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Licorice Root Extract – Why I’m a fan

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Why do I like Licorice Root Extract? Licorice Root Extract is epic. It’s probably one of the best adaptogen/cortisol regulating supplements out there for those who have issues with cortisol. This affordable, easy to access supplement can assist with energy, fat loss, stress and muscle gain! Licorice root extract works by inhibiting the enzyme 11-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 2 (11-b-2). 11-b-2 breaks down active cortisol into the inactive cortisone. When this enzyme is inhibited cortisol levels are elevated – which, at the right time, is a good thing! I know, I know, cortisol is regularly demonised in the fitness/bodybuilding community for its…

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L-Dopa; better sex drive, better sessions and more GH

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I’ve always been a big fan of nootropics and smart drugs. You will have seen me talk really regularly about really easy to use, cool things like 5HTP, phenibut and aniracetam. L-Dopa is another one of these cool things. L-Dopa boosts the amount of dopamine and serotonin in your body which makes you feel good. Even better is L-Dopa’s effect on sleep, performance and your hormone profile. In this article I’ll discuss how it helps and how much you should take, referencing studies along the way.   Sex drive Ok so this part really isn’t gains related, but who doesn’t…

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Glucosamine for Joint Injuries

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As all you lifters know, joint injuries are the easiest way to slow down rapid progress. When you’re lifting hard, heavy and with high volume you often succumb to joint injuries. This is often due to form deterioration when you approach failure, increased load on the joints and insufficient tendon and ligament hypertrophy to compensate for increased muscle hypertrophy. Fortunately there is a really easy solution. Glucosamine. All of your joints and their components are made with lots of fibres called collagen. Collagen is a helix like structure which provides structural stability and support and allows the components of your…

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The Gut-Thyroid Connection

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If you guys haven’t already got this, I’m pretty passionate about gut and microbiome (gut bacteria) health. The gut and microbiome are crucial for optimal body function and when these two are damaged or malfunction you can see some pretty negative shifts in body composition, mental state and health. In this article I’m going to take a closer look at how the dysbiosis in the microbiome can lead to issues with thyroid hormone production.   Selenium, Iodine and the Thyroid A health balance of selenium and iodine is crucial for optimal thyroid hormone output. There are 3 main thyroid hormones,…

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Preventing Shoulder Injuries

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When you are training hard to build up your delts, arms, chest and back the last thing you need is a shoulder injury. Shoulder injuries commonly occur in those who train the upper limbs frequently which in my experience is more than 4 times per week. This comes down to three reasons; Not doing enough mobility work (i.e. dynamic stretching and putting the muscle/joint through the full range of motion) Not doing enough stability work (i.e. forgetting to work each part of the rotator cuff) Compensation mechanisms in built from lifestyle habits (i.e. tight upper traps due to a sedentary…

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My Current Diet

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So it’s been a while since I shared with you guys what I’m doing with my own diet. Since I’m on a rather unusual plan at the moment I thought why not post something now! For those of you who don’t know, I am currently undergoing treatment for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). As the name suggests, SIBO is when you have too many bacteria in your small intestine. This condition is caused by poor digestion of food, lack of chewing food, not drinking enough water, or poor gut motility. To fix this I am on a very strict supplement…

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Live Leaner, Live Better

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Introduction I tell all of my clients that in order to live a happier life you should live a leaner life. Living with low body fat levels is healthy and very advantageous to whole body function; lesser body fat levels allow higher testosterone in males, reduced inflammation throughout the body and allow reduced toxin accumulation. However, the interesting thing about all this is that very few people know how to live lean. This article will outline and discuss how your protein intake, caloric intake, and exercise can enable you to live leaner.   Protein Intake Individuals who consume higher levels…

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How to Stay Motivated

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Introduction How many times have you heard of someone who has just begun their training journey, yet falters within the first few weeks? How many times have you seen a bodybuilder achieve a lot in a short space of time, then end up binging on junk food because they can’t sustain their lifestyle? The answer to both of these is often. Staying motivated to train and diet can be challenging! There are many temptations along the road to success. Luckily, however, there are many ways to keep your motivation levels high. In this article I’m going to discuss how you…

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What are Xenoestrogens (XEs)?

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XEs are a group of highly variable compounds that mimic the effects of estrogen. They do this by taking a similar shape to naturally occurring estrogens (estrone, estradiol, and estriol). XEs bind to estrogen receptors throughout the body and can cause the same effects as estrogen itself. Exposure to compounds that mimic effects of naturally occurring hormones can result in unnecessary over or under-activation of endocrine system. XEs contribute to estrogen dominance within the body, a term that describes the over activation of estrogenic pathways within the body. For centuries humans have been exposed to naturally occurring XEs (phytoestrogens and…

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Why You Need Red Meat

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Covered in this article If you’re not eating red meat you’re missing out Red meat is a good source of arachidonic acid – a highly anabolic fat source Red meat has anti-inflammatory properties, which reduces the strain on your immune system Red meat contains high levels of l-carnitine, an amino acid which uses fat for energy   Introduction We all know that the biggest of the biggest bodybuilders eat lots of red meat. I myself eat roughly 4kgs of red meat every week… and that’s just when I’m cutting. Red meat is essential for a number of muscle building and…

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