Archives for the month of: February, 2014

Recently, I have been spending more time with my arse in the air than on my throne. Get your mind out of the gutter please. It’s not like that. I have decided to take up yoga. Why? Still not sure. It originally seemed to make sense because of my hip. Stretch it. Get it moving again. But there have been some other quite unexpected results. I most definitely feel about 30-40% more heroic.

As anyone with any inflammatory disorder knows, for some inexplicable reason (gremlins), the morning is always the hardest part of the day. Either my hip is stiff or my stomach is dodgy. Now I understand how movement can help with joint pains and aches; and help loosen the muscles (is that the appropriate use of a semi colon). But I have been noticing that after the practice, my stomach feels fine. Not sure what the cause of this is (again…gremlins).

I have been trying to look online (wikipedia) for a link between exercise and pain relief. Most of what I have found shows that there is a link between exercise and joint and muscular pain relief. Which again makes sense. But I was trying to look at the chemical side of exercise. So this is a call to arms for all people studying people (not stalkers). Is there is chemical link between exercise and chronic pain relief. As in, does a chemical get released into the body during exercise that inhibits the pain receptors in the brain.

It’s an interesting idea but maybe I am thinking too much into it. As this only really happens when I do my yoga, there may be something about the yoga practice itself. There are many stories of people loosing there legs and growing them back again with yoga or whatever, and they mostly sound too good to be true (and not enough credit given to the gremlins). But having noticed this difference, I am changing the way I think. It may be the meditative aspect of it that is pushing the pain out of my head, or maybe the practice is helping me flush out the toxins in my body. Anyway, I am feeling great.

I train at a place called the Training Temple (link below) and would highly recommend it (because my word is law).

http://www.trainingtemple.co.uk/

Now while you take a gander at that, have a listen to (and watch) the below video from Driving Lolita. Proper gets you in the mood for training…or raving…or both!

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Oh my ulcerated intestines this has been a massive pain in my arse. I am way more surprised than you that I actually finished this. Ok it was a few months late but to be fair I did the first 8 back to back. Then I just ran out of things to write about. So many, many, MANY stupid supplements people take that it is hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. You could honestly bottle goats piss, slap an antioxident sticker on it and make millions. But now I am just hating for no reason so lets crack on.

Acai berry. Does it count as a supplement? Course it does otherwise I would have to think about something else to write about and frankly I don’t have the brain power. So why this berry? Well I want to really use this berry as a cross-sectional representation (if that is a thing) of other super foods. See there are loads of claims about super foods but they are usually unsubstantiated. So I am going to try and give Acai a bullshit free review (not that I was bullshitting about the others but maybe I got sucked into the hype).

Can Acai make you fly? No. Does it cure you from your crippling ugliness? No. Does it make me funnier? If it did, I would be injecting it straight into my eyeballs. Like most super foods, Acai is an antioxident (and most definitely not goats piss). But lets be honest here. Antioxident is just a throw away word to make us sound healthy but what does it actually mean.

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MMM…Antioxidents

 

An antioxident is a food that prevents molecules inside your body from oxidizing (hence the name). Now bare with me while I try and wrap my head around this while I type. When a molecule in our body oxidizes, it forms a free radical. A free radical is a molecule that a single electron that it wishes to bond to another molecule. Now these free radicals are highly reactive and so therefore will bond easily to another molecule altering its state and also creating more free radicals. This chain of events carries on occurring, mutating the molecules within your body and so causing various medical disorders.

If any of that is wrong then please tell me. It has been ages since I have done chemistry. So there Acai is awesome for that. It is also high in fiber and great for cleaning out the gut (hello Crohn’s peopleses). It increases energy levels and promotes healthy digestion which is always a good thing. For all the Crohn’s sufferers, it does help poopage so you probably wouldn’t want to take it if you are having a (Rick) flare up.

One of the biggest pieces of BS about the Acai berry are the claims that it promotes weight loss. Obviously it is super good for you in many other ways and alongside healthy diet and exercise, you will lose weight. But that is because of the healthy diet and exercise. Popping a couple of these on there own won’t do anything. However, popping a couple of these while on a treadmill might.

So that is my final 12 Days of Supplements and I am never doing it again. Having said that, I learnt a lot myself about the supplements I am taking and how they are benefiting me. Just need to keep it up. I shall leave you with this tune.