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Something I have always wondered is how people who stay up so late all the time can function in their days. If I’m not asleep by 10:30 at the latest it affects me the following day. It used to fascinate me when I lived in the UAE and would walk to work through the streets at 4:30am and men were just folding up their blankets and saying goodnight to each other, or flat mates and colleagues would show up for their morning shifts after watching films until the early hours.Some of it does come down to cultural environment, one I must say I am glad I’m not part of any more as anything social didn’t start until 10pm meaning I spent the whole-time yawning. I am not saying they’re are doing it wrong... its reported even President Trump only gets 4-5 hours a night (could be fake news) but how bad is it for us to restrict sleep?
Our bodies are naturally made to adapt to our environment, however because we’re pretty far from ‘natural’ in the modern day world, we don’t always adapt as easily to seasonal changes and temperature drops.
Winter is the time of year when we could use a helping hand to stay healthy and well. There are certain key nutrients we tend to lack during the depths of winter, due to low light levels, availability of different foods, and a certain change in the air which means we’re more in need of nourishment and warmth.
Here are a few supplements that can help you to feel well throughout winter:
It’s obvious that during winter the one thing there’s usually less of is sunshine. Along with the warmth, comes a whole host of benefits, largely due to the high amount of vitamin D we receive...
Due to a whole range of factors such as processed food, mineral deficiency in overused soil during farming, improper diet and simply lack of health knowledge, we in the western world are quite often undernourished in some way or another.
For most people, this deficiency takes place either in the form of low levels of vitamin D, or low levels of magnesium.
Since vitamin D supplements have officially been added to the UK’s national recommended dietary intake list, it’s a little easier to find quality vitamin D supplements[LINK] these days, and there is plenty of information out there about it.
Magnesium supplements however have a wide variety of types, but the information on what we actually need and how we can most efficiently absorb it isn’t as commonly discussed.
There are quite a few forms of supplemental Magnesium including:
- Magnesium oxide
Let’s be frank here and say that CrossFit gets a pretty bad rap in the fitness industry! The new kid on the block, people are quick to diss this new philosophy and those drinking the “kool aid”!
With CrossFit gyms (or boxes as they are called) popping up as quicker than Starbucks, it doesn’t look like this training style is going anywhere! In fact there looks to be about 13,000 CrossFit gyms in the world today and it’s showing no signs of slowing down either!
What is CrossFit?
The CrossFit model was founded by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in 2000. The idea was crafted many years before that as Glassman, a teenage gymnast thrived to be stronger.
He learned that by incorporating weightlifting into his program, he could be stronger than any other gymnast! In less than twenty years Greg Glassman...
The word protein is derived from the greek word protos meaning ‘first’, as protein is the basic material of all living cells. 
Without protein we do not exist, so it seems like it’s pretty damn important, right?
And one common topic of conversation, certainly one I get as a trainer a lot is whether it’s safe to consume a high protein diet. So we’re going to take a look at the evidence for and against high protein diets.
Protein: A Brief Primer
Protein is the fundamental building blocks of our body and makes up the majority of muscle mass at around 70% . Of all...
Can Curcumin offer you a happy, healthy and pain free body?
What is Curcumin?
Peanut Butter (MCT) Infused Chocolate
- 100g 85-90% dark chocolate
- 2 tbsp LLS MCT oil
- 2 tbsp peanut butter powder
- ¼ cup crushed walnuts
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- Place a light, non-plastic bowl over a pot of lightly steaming water, you can keep the pot on a low heat also.
- When the chocolate starts to melt, mix in the MCT and vanilla/maple if you are including them.
- When the chocolate is melted and of a silky consistency. Remove from the heat.
- Stir in the peanut butter powder.
- Using a mould or a baking dish lined with parchment paper, pour in the chocolate.
- Sprinkle the...
It seems to be a trend within the health and fitness world that as a supplement becomes increasingly popular, the amount of information about it also increases, and this is certainly the case when it comes to 5-HTP.
And while it is of course a great thing that we have access to a vast amount of knowledge, it can also make it very difficult to find the right answers when it comes to supplements. What does 5-HTP do? Does it work? Is it proven to work?
Considering this, we aim to give you these answers and more in this article, based on our analysis of scientific study findings. So take 5 minutes and get learning about the benefits of 5-HTP.
What is 5-HTP
5-HTP; full name 5-hydroxytryptophan, is a supplement in capsule form, and is a naturally occurring amino acid and a...
I've written about the benefits of Maca Root before, and many of our customers are extremely happy with the effects on mood that it provides. There are many ways to add Maca to your diet, including:
Open your capsule and add to:
- Smoothies of your choice
- A cup of tea
- Coconut water
- Coconut yogurt
- Nut milk along with whey protein
- Make Nutrition Energy Balls (recipe below)
As a Team LLS member I am always tasked with creating recipe's that will be original and innovative, and here I have created an awesome all natural recipe using Paleo approved ingredients to give you the perfect energy boost and a great way to add Maca to your diet.
Nutrition Energy Balls
The Energy Balls are perfect for that post-workout boost because they have a good amount of protein, clean carbohydrates and...
It’s estimated that 4 out of 5 people in the UK have a ‘desk job’. 
If you too are one of those people who tends to spend most of their day at a desk, you’ve probably started to notice the effects a desk job has on the body and mind. From chronically shortened hip flexors to kyphosis of the upper spine, and poor posture encouraging equally poor breathing patterns, the modern world seems to set us up for aches and pains...
Sitting for long periods of time – especially in the position we’re in when sitting in a chair, on the sofa or when driving – are especially unnatural for the human body. We’re naturally creatures of movement, and while jobs and general life activities used to keep us mobile enough to stay healthy before the industrial revolution, we...
We are told from a young age that fish oil is one of the most important supplements to take. Things were very basic back then, and it was usually just cod liver oil that was recommended.
Nowadays, we have so much choice and it can be difficult to know which option is best for you. Have you been taking regular cod liver oil or Omega 3's but now have heard that Krill Oil is better, more potent and proven to have better results? Or do you stick to what you know and continue with some good old fashioned fish oil?
Well, I’ve done some research for you, so you can make a much more informed decision!
EPA and DHA Explained
EPA and DHA are “essential” fatty acids, this means we cannot produce them naturally in the body and must obtain them from our diet. We can...
This is an updated version of a post I originally posted at www.benlawprimal.uk on 24/08/2014.
In May 2013 I bought a book called 'The 4 Hour Body' by Tim Ferris. I had previously bought the first book by Tim Ferris called 'The 4 Hour Work Week' which I really enjoyed, so for that reason I thought I would buy his next book. It definitely wasn't because I believed there was anything wrong with my body or the way I was eating and exercising. I had always had an interest in health and fitness but thought I was very fit and healthy.
Upon reading, however, Tim raised some very interesting concepts on diet and exercise including reduced carbohydrate or 'low carb' eating to reduce body fat. Tim developed a diet around...
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