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Being more active improves your ability to prevent damage and recover

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The overwhelming feeling I get when reviewing all I’ve learned about the benefits of exercise is that the most important benefit you get is the ability to recover from any risk you take or damage or injury you incur. Take this tweet Kimberly Stein, PhD ‏@kimwhitestein  11 hrs FFA transporters move to the plasma membrane during endurance exercise to bring more fat …

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Hormesis, disease resistance, aging and activity

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There is growing evidence that our own immune systems are key to many of the common illnesses of western society. They’re even implicated in the aging process itself. An overactive immune system is starting to be considered a problem in itself and thus finding the right balance is becoming key. When working at a gym I found the healthiest people …

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A good night of sleep is like hosing down your filthy brain

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Why animals sleep remains one of the enduring mysteries of biology, but new research suggests the primary reason might be to allow cerebrospinal fluid to wash all the gunk out from between your brain cells. Read more The researchers interpretation is that this is literally a cleaning process after a busy day. I would wonder if it’s also a restocking …

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Problems of inflammation

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Inflammation is quickly becoming linked with just about every major disease and for good reason because it is the bodies natural response to injury and disease making the inflammation mechanism the bodies rapid response unit. Inflammation is the bodies equivalent of the army, police, health and fire services rolled into one. Once you realise that the bodies most natural response to infection is …

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How Much Glucose Does Your Brain Really Need?

Colin Chambersactivity, brain, general health, insulin resistance, migraine, mind, nutrition, recover Leave a Comment

I understand that our brains can only obtain energy from sugar. The can’t get it from protein and fat like the rest of our body. So when I found an article considering How much glucose does your brain actually need? I knew I needed to make a record for future reference. This is something I learnt through bio psychology and my PE …

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What I am learning from my injuries

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I am active therefore I get injured. That’s probably the best way to think about it. So injury is part of life and something I need to learn about and overcome. To that end I have started to document what I have learned from my injuries The other posts focus on specifically treating that injury including: wrist sprain, ankle sprain, toe …

Sports Injuries: An introduction

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This year for me has been about injuries, their treating, rehabilitation and prevention. Thankfully I’m pretty much healed and now on the road back to full fitness but I couldn’t help but wish there were more simple and clear tools and advice out there to help prevent these injuries in the first place. So I thought I’d start my own …

Exercise in pregnancy may help your newborns brain!!!

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Just came across a fascinating bit of research suggesting that exercise during pregnancy gives newborn brain development a head start. It is just one study but it is promising research. A randomised controlled trial in humans, reflecting previous results on animals. It is just nice to find more evidence to support being active through pregnancy and essentially throughout life. The …

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The cancer ecosystem

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I just came across Game theory and the treatment of cancer. A fascinating article considering the ecosystem within a cell and organism as relevant to the understanding of Cancer. I much prefer this more holistic view because much of what I’m learning shows cancer and the viruses and bacteria which cause it to be involved in the same kinds of …

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Things you can do better asleep than you can awake

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following on with the theme that sleep is far more important than many of us realise. Here’s an analysis of things we can do better asleep than when we’re awake. Essentially there seem to be three main areas that we do better asleep: Lets summarise each area: Forming accurate memories Most neuroscientists agree that sleep is when we organize memories …

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Neural Darwinism: is this how we learn?

Colin Chambersbrain, coaching, compete, competing, competition, Education, evolution, Learning, memory, mind, Physical Education, recover, sleep, Strategy, training, truth Leave a Comment

I’m excited to have just discovered Neural Darwinism through an interview with Gerald Edelman on all in the mind. The idea that our brain constantly adapts to our environment using the same evolutionary principles described by Darwin is what I’ve been coming to believe. It’s clear that we create and remove connections every day during sleep and that our brains are constantly evolving from the …

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Rehabilitating a sprained ankle

Colin Chambersbackpain, general health, injury, recover, sleep 4 Comments

So I sprained my ankle quite badly way back on August 10th this year. I’ve sprained my ankles a ton of times before and recovered fine so I know the rehab drill. A bunch of years had passed since my last sprain so I thought I’d check out how the advice had improved. Unfortunately it hadn’t improved much at all.  …

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Do our minds work like browser caches?

Colin Chambersbrain, coaching, DNA, Education, Learning, mind, Physical Education, recover, sleep, Strategy, Virtual body Leave a Comment

It occurred to me recently how to express my experience of how I learn and how our brains are capable of providing lightning fast access to so much of the info we hold in our heads. I think the process might be similar to the methods used in hardware and software mainly because I think they evolved for the same …