Swept up in a fiery inferno of destruction, both literally and politically, Australia is currently a nation on fire. For the most part confined to the realm of abstraction, the reality of global warming hasn’t truly sunk in for masses (myself included), that was until a month ago when our country went up in a blaze.
Since 2015 the market for “cognitive-enhancers” has well surpassed the $1 billion mark, proving that boosting memory, focus and overall cognition is something most people are looking for in their lives.
Bursting onto the scene in the past decade MCT Oil has recently received an explosion of interest from the mainstream health & fitness community over it’s alleged ability to help increase fat metabolism, enhance muscle maintenance and significantly boost energy levels.
Will MCT live up to the hype or leave us with a heart full of broken promises like so many other fad health products. We take a deep dive into the science behind medium chain triglycerides and how they work in the body.
What is MCT Oil?
MCT stands for Medium-Chain Triglycerides. “medium-chain” referring to the length of the molecule and “trigycerides” being a fancy scientific name for a type of fat or lipid found in the body. …
Synonymous in pop culture for their recreational use and ability to induce mind-bending hallucinations, magic mushrooms and more importantly their active compound Psilocybin, have been a victim of their own press through their hallmark involvement in the 1960’s counter-culture movement. For a substance once marginalized by mainstream science their has been an explosion of interest and research conducted by elite institutions including Johns Hopkins, New York University and Monash University exploring the clinical value of these fungi in treating a variety of mental illnesses.
The West Discovers Psilocybin
Magic mushrooms are among the oldest recreational drugs that human beings have ever used, with ritualistic usage tracing back to 9000 B.C. in North African indigenous cultures, based on representations in rock paintings. The Native American cultures like the Mayas and Aztecs had symbols, statues and paintings which indicate that they consumed psilocybin mushrooms, especially during religious rituals, as a way to communicate with deities. They often refereed to them as “ teonanácat,” or “flesh of the gods” due to their ability to induce mystical experiences which they believed to be a form of divine communion. …
The average american will sleep 6.8hrs per night, out of a 24hr day this means we’re spending around 28% of our lives deep in the comforting embrace of unconsciousness. To the ambitious this might seem like a waste of precious time but as we’ll discover the quality and quantity of time spent between the sheets may be some of most crucial hours of our day when it comes to determining the quality of our waking life and health outcomes.
So what is sleep?
It seems obvious, but most of us have only a vague notion of what we’re truly undergoing when we hit the sack. Through a scientific lens sleep can be characterized as a state of unconsciousness that is relatively easy to reverse (compared to coma or hibernation), in this state we can observe a series of predictable neurological and physiological changes depending on which phase of sleep we are in. …
To diet or not to diet? If only there was a way to achieve the results of a diet, without the diet? Imagine weight loss, longevity, mental clarity and focus… without any crazy diets or energy restrictions. But how you ask? Welcome to intermittent fasting…
Intermittent fasting is NOT a starvation diet, nor is it about WHAT you eat… it’s about WHEN you eat. Intermittent fasting is simply an eating style where there is a voluntary abstinence from food (the fast), followed by a scheduled time for meals (the eating window). The fasted periods usually occur for 16–48 hrs, meaning the eating window is restricted to 8 hrs or less per day, depending on the eating style you have adopted. …
The Ketogenic Diet: a fat approach to living
The word ‘keto’ is becoming a household name, and chances are, if you’re here… you’re contemplating the first steps of a lifestyle change supporting a ketogenic way of living.
Over the last 10 years, the ketogenic diet has had strong support in many research studies showing effective weight loss; improved cognitive function; improved physical performance; increased body image satisfaction; and decreased emotional eating.
But what does the ketogenic diet do?
Following a ketogenic diet induces a state of ketosis in your body. It is fairly simple, when depriving your body from carbohydrates, your blood glucose stays at relatively consistent levels and insulin secretion from the pancreas is reduced. The body can then switch to using fat stores as a fuel source over glucose consumed from carbohydrates. The liver converts the stored fat into compounds called ketone bodies, or simply ketones. These ketones become the new source of fuel in our bodies… and this is the state of ketosis. The metabolic changes needed to induce ketosis usually occurs in about one week after making the change to a ketogenic diet. …