Intro: Pollen is from the male seed of flowers; Bee’s collect this and mix it with nectar. The colour, size, weight and shape of bee pollen granules can vary depending on the plant species it’s collected from. 1 teaspoon of bee pollen contains 2.5 billion flower pollen grains and takes 8 hours work for one bee to harvest […]
‘All disease begins in the gut’ Hippocates What are probiotics? Probiotics are co-evolved beneficial microbes e.g. bacteria and yeast. They are not detrimental but fundamental to the processes of life interacting with our own DNA. The ratio of bacteria to human cells is 10:1, with around 100 trillion bacterial cells inhabiting the human body predominantly […]
Green smoothies should be regarded as a superfood and a year round staple for any health conscious individual. They deliver a plethora of vitality-inducing properties:
- Vitamin and mineral dense including antioxidants and phytochemicals
- Alkalising delivering high levels of bioavailable magnesium, potassium, calcium (these help neutralise any over acidity in the body)
- anti-inflammatory, improving inflammatory-related diseases and training recovery
- High in fibre which aids bowl function/toxin elimination and feeds our beneficial gut bacteria (a prebiotic for our probiotics).
Upper Cross syndrome is a modern day epidemic. The postural imbalance consists of tight/short neck extensors (muscle of the back of the neck), pectorals (chest muscles) and arm internal rotators. Conversely neck flexors (muscles of the front of neck) are weak and elongated, as well as the rhomboids (muscles between the shoulder blades). The head protrudes forwards (flexed), the shoulders are rounded (scapular protraction) and the upper back is rounded (thoracic kyphosis). This forward head posture increases the amount of load applied to your cervical vertebral, placing unnecessary stresses on the spine that can potentially develop into a source of pain/migraine.
You have a deep set of core muscles (transverse abdominals, pelvic floor muscles, diaphragm and spinal multifidus muscles) when contracted in sync they make up what’s called the ‘inner core unit’. Correct contraction of these muscle groups creates intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) which makes the torso rigid and fixates/protects the spine. You become more biomechanically efficient, being a shock rebounder not a shock absorber; this sets the best platform or anchor point to create movement against i.e. in every exercise and every set of your resistance training.
The ‘techniques’ of meditation pull our awareness back into the here and now instead of perpetual engagement with our thoughts and interpreted projections (our recollected past, imagined future & compulsive judgements of good/bad). This common state of consciousness creates a separated defensive sense of self. The practice has immense physiological benefits as well as the discovery of deep inherent spiritual truths that are found experiential. Read more