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Get dirty, it makes you happy


The dirtier the ride, the better

I always feel better once my tires hit the gravel and I set off into the woods. The further I go, the dirtier the ride, the happier I am at the end. But is this increasing ease and pleasure we experience in nature simply coming from escaping reality to de-stress?

Nope. Scientists have discovered that bacteria living in mosses on tree branches and in the dirt are floating through the air and interacting with us—in particular, with the bacteria in our gut. And this dirt bacteria has been proven to enhance our well-being and have antidepressant effects. Microbes like bacteria and fungi are often associated with disease, however most microbes are beneficial.  Continue Reading…

Nutrition for Sport

Turmeric Spice: Anti-Inflammatory & Cancer Fighting


Forget the Advil and knock back a shot of Turmeric

Curcumin, the compound in turmeric responsible for that bright hue, isn’t just for making those bold curry colours. Curcumin is has a whole host of the health benefits and is one of the most potent anti-inflammatories in nature.

The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin, is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world.  Continue Reading…