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27.04.2014
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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One of the best things I have ever introduced into my diet was fresh vegetable juicing. Recently I purchased a new juice machine so that I could get a wide range of vegetables to help detoxify my skin. For over 20 years I have suffered with Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes cells to build up on the surface of your skin, leading to thick, unsightly scaly patches that are very itchy and often painful. This type of disease leads to vitamin and mineral deficiency and I needed to find a way to increase my intake of green leafy vegetables in order to detoxify my skin. Almost every health authority recommends that we get 6-8 servings of vegetables and fruits per day, yet most people are lucky to get half that. One easy way to virtually guarantee that you will reach your daily target for vegetables, is juicing. However, you need to be cautious with fruit juices, especially if you are over-weight or diabetic, as these foods have a high sugar and fructose content that can cause more problems. The exception to this rule would be lemons and limes, which have virtually none of the offending sugar and fructose levels that cause most of the metabolic complications. Also lemons and limes are amazing at eliminating the bitter taste of the dark, deep green leafy vegetables that provide most of the benefits of juicing, for example Kale.

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23.04.2014
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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We quite often see this with clients at 6am who have not eaten breakfast. Many see this as a great strategy to help them lose a bit of weight or body fat. With all the confusion that exists with what nutrition and exercise it is easy to see how people think they are doing the right thing when in fact they are self-sabotaging themselves. So the short answer to the question is very simple. NO. It is not good, in fact working out on an empty stomach will have the reverse effect on your body and slow your metabolism down and end up making you fat instead of lean and toned! Think of this like driving a car around a circuit as fast as you can, but driving with "no fuel in the tank". The car will be using dirt and all sorts of inferior fuel to drive fast, which will mean you will not be driving as fast as you could of if you had of filled the tank before setting off. The body is very much the same. So why do people still adopt this method?

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09.04.2014
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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For almost every lower limb injury and lower back problem I work with in my studio there is close relationship with this person having weak gluteal muscles! For such massive muscles, they are also very lazy and dysfunctional creating a multitude of problems if their weakness is left unaddressed. The good news is many people are aware of this and try to find ways to improve the strength of their glutes. Unfortunately, many people cause more problems by isolating our glutes with all types of weird exercises that create more problems than they solve. Even though at times we might train individual muscles in the gym, in reality, for any kind of daily life movement it is the way the muscles work together, rather than in isolation, that makes the difference. And if there are broken or weak links, as a result of unbalanced training, injury or poor technique, the rest of the muscles will be affected and will work poorly. In this article, I will explain the correct way to restore strength to this muscle group to not only restore dysfunctional movement and eliminate compensation causing pain, but improve sporting performance and overall power.

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