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August 2021

Every time you worry or feel stressed out the brain sends signals to the rest of your body to start preparing for a possible incoming threat. Your heart starts beating faster, fuel gets made readily available in the bloodstream and your muscles tense up. We call this effect the “Stress response”, the severity of this effect can be greatly influenced by our perception, biases and attitude towards the stressor. We’ve created five easy-to-implement tools that are aimed at mentally reducing the stress response, bringing down the stress response and overtime becoming

The way our healthcare system is set up and the developments we have made there over the past 100 years have given us the ability to perform the most brilliant brain surgeries, organ transplantations, but above all, we have developed for every illness known to man. The unfortunate thing about this system is that the underlying causes of these diseases are not always addressed at their source. A pity because as our traditional Dutch saying goes:; “Prevention is better than curing” The current health crisis has revealed that not everyone reacts the

When you think of cardio, you probably think of the gym in January, with loads of people struggling endlessly on their cardio equipment, whilst scrolling through their Instagram. You’d probably burn more calories just staying on your couch. If after an endless hour of cardio you magically see 500 kcal appearing on your screen, it will probably be mitigated by 3000 kcal that you eat on a Saturday evening. Chasing calories is therefore never a good idea. The cardio I mean makes you stronger, faster, more conditioned, and improves your stress

Constipation.. Not the most pleasant subject but your “poo health” is an important factor in fat loss and it can tell you a lot about your health in general. A healthy digestive system would consist of 1-2 bowel movements a day. If you have irregular bowel movements or feel slightly constipated, please make sure to follow these 5 easy steps. Stay hydrated: You should drink at least drink 1L of water per 25 kg of bodyweight. Our body is made up out of 80%, and water is involved in almost all

Every second day of the new year, a new wave of highly motivated people eagerly starts their quest to become healthier, fitter or lose some weight. Why does this weird phenomenon occur? Why do all these highly motivated people, eager to become better drop out before the month is over? One of the reasons is I believe is the power of positive momentum or rather the lack of it. You have decided to do something about yourself and you expect to see results, fast! Only you don’t know how to get

Heart Rate Variability is the optimal marker of health and well being. For, heart rate variability is an extremely valuable thing to track. A measure of your HRV is a measure of your autonomic nervous system, HRV is one of the best objective metrics of physical fitness, as it calculates your health markers via, recording each and every heart beat. Heart rate variability is literally the variance in time between the beats of your heart. So, if your heart rate is 60 beats per minute, it’s not actually beating once

Over 100 years ago now, one man managed to monopolize the American oil industry, build the first-ever trust company, become the first billionaire in the world and he managed to accomplish all of this in just over two decades. Later in his life, he spent a majority of his money on philanthropy and he managed to live up to the age of 97. His name was John D Rockefeller. What can we learn from this pioneer of capitalism? How did he manage to build such a vast company in such a short period

HIIT, Spinning, workouts  and fads of  “1,000” calories are the trend of our time, but is this obsession with calories completely correct? Or is all that blood, sweat and tears wasted effort? Time to analyze these concepts with a scientific lense and see if these ways of training will really help you achieve your fitness goals. The answer will surprise you … “Stop chasing calories, chase the adaptation instead” – Luke Leaman Apples and pears A calorie is simply a measure of how much energy a certain type of food contains. When you

I’ve been getting the “why can’t I have granola?” question a lot lately. So I thought I’d clarify this once and for all – by giving your 6 reasons why I don’t like damn granola:   1.) A proper high protein breakfast helps set the neurotransmitters for the day, improving energy levels, focus, and concentration. Energizing neurotransmitters like dopamine and acetylcholine are essential for proper cortisol utilization allowing your body to signal fat mobilization for energy.  2.) When you wake up, your body is in a state of primarily using fat for fuel.

We know: you don’t want bulging biceps or thunderous thighs… but that doesn’t mean you should skip the weight room and here is why: 1) Weights won’t turn you into a manly bodybuilder Don’t worry – It is simply physiologically impossible! How? Well women have up to 15 times less testosterone than men, so to gain a ‘manly’ physique to that level of muscular development naturally is not going to happen; even if you are lifting heavy weights. If you do a few bicep curls and eat some spinach, you’re not going