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Understanding Lactose Intolerance

What is Lactose Intolerance? Firstly, lactose intolerance is not an allergy and the symptoms are not the result of an immune response. Lactose intolerance occurs when the lactase enzyme is missing from the small intestine. Lactase is used to break down lactose into simple sugars, glucose and galactose, which are easily digested. When lactase is […]

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Blender Bottle ProStak New in Stock

The Blender Bottle ProStak has just arrived in stock.  Carry your protein powder and vitamin pills in the same convenient shaker bottle system. Comes with 1 pill tray and two (2) containers. Colours and more details here  

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Protein Digestion and Metabolism (Part 2)

After your protein powder shake or protein meal has digested and passed through the walls of the small intestine (as described in Protein Digestion and Metabolism Part 1) almost all of it ends up in the liver. The liver then processes most of these amino acids and peptides, with about 20% (mainly BCAAs) moved on […]

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Protein Digestion and Metabolism (Part 1)

Part 1 – Protein Digestion & Absorption Digestion Digestion of the protein we eat starts in the stomach. It ultimately involves breaking the protein into small peptides (short chains of amino acids) and individual amino acids (also know as free form amino acids) that can be absorbed through the small intestine. Gastric juice, which is […]

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What is the Best Whey Protein Isolate?

We are often asked “What is the best whey protein isolate?” A seemingly simple question but the answer depends a lot on what your goals are. Additives Are you looking to avoid additives? The most common additive is some form of lecithin which is added – around 0.5% – before the whey is dried. The resulting […]

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To Old to Train?

Over 40, and the whinging about getting old usually starts.  And as the years roll by it gets easier to use age as an excuse for not training as hard or as often or, heaven forbid, retiring the weights all together Dorian Yates dominated bodybuilding in the 1990s. Now it’s Charles Eugsters turn to dominate […]

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Is Expired Protein Powder Safe to Use?

  Occasionally, I get a call from someone who has just found a bag of protein powder in their cupboard that is past its best before date. What should they do? Is it still okay to use? Short answer is: probably. Use By and Best Before Dates Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) requires that […]

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Protein Powder Quality

Protein, and protein powder, quality can be classified using a number of different methods. The main issues are how much of the protein is broken down and enters the blood stream (digestibility) and once the protein peptides enter the body how much of this can used to build proteins in the body including the repair […]

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Fast Food for Post Workout Recovery! Really?

When two people (thanks, Troy and James) send you links to two different articles claiming that fast food is just as good as supplements for post workout recovery you’ve got to sit up and take a look. In “Post-exercise Glycogen Recovery and Exercise Performance is Not Significantly Different Between Fast Food and Sport Supplements” by […]

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Paleo and Whole Grains

After dealing with the paleo diet and dairy last week I was about to get started on another Paleo no-no, whole grains, when an email from arrived in my inbox. Brian St. Pierre, it turns out, has settled the Great Grain Debate before I could even get started so rather than re-inventing the wheel here are the […]

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Paleo and Whey Protein Powder

The Paleo Diet is based on what proponents believe our ancestors were eating from 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago, a period known as the Paleolithic Period or Stone Age. Stone Age humans consumed a hunter gatherer diet that was seasonal, climatic and geographical.   They were opportunistic eaters and scavengers who consumed whatever was […]

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What is Protein?

Protein consists of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen molecules arranged in specific ways. Nitrogen as part of what in known as an ‘amino group’ distinguishes protein from carbohydrates and fats. Amino Acids The smallest unit of protein is an amino acid. These consist of four different but distinct molecular groups: an amino group a carboxly […]

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Bieber Bodybuilds & Tabata Refresher

Justin Bieber is on the cover of Mens Health. I came across this via a great article by Marina Hyde in the Guardian.  A snippet Happily, for sworn enemies of sarcasm in public life, there are the likes of Justin Bieber, whose comments on his current Men’s Health cover confirm that earnestness is always the […]

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5 Reasons to Take Creatine Monohydrate

1. Increase Your Power Output Study after study has shown that supplementing with creatine monohydrate causes a significant increase in power output and in strength. This not only applies to weight lifters but to all other sports were strength and power output are important. However, it does not appear to improve running or swimming performance. 2. Increase […]

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Post-Workout, Pre-Workout: Explained (Part 3)

In Parts 1 and 2 we established that a drink containing fast digesting protein powder and carbohydrates around workout time can kick start the muscle building process and be an aid in recovery. Counter intuitively, this type of drink can also help if your goal is fat loss. The base drink should contain 20 to […]

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Muscle Memory, Sleep, Rise and Earners

Muscle Memory Imagine if someone scanned almost every cover of the bodybuilding and strength magazines ever published until 2012 (maybe that’s when their scanner broke). Imagine! That’s a lot of covers, over 5000 by my rough and ready count. From the 1936 cover of  La Culture Physique   to the first and only cover of […]

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Post-Workout, Pre-Workout: Explained (Part 2)

  In Part 1 I discussed the general principles of nutrition around workout time (peri-workout nutrition) based on a simple protein and carbohydrate (P & C) drink. Here, in Part 2, we’ll get into more detail regarding the protein and carbs. Fast and Slow Protein When we talk about the speed of a protein powder […]

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Flow, Grow, Diet

Hacking Athletic and Creative Performance KStarr interviews Steven Kotler about the Flow state, or being in the Zone. If you’ve never heard of the flow state this interview is as good a place as any to start. If you’re like me and you think you know about flow, listen to the interview to learn how […]

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Post-Workout, Pre-Workout: Explained (Part 1)

The buzz started quite a few years ago, that a post workout drink might have a positive effect on performance, muscle gain and fat loss. Then new research found that pre-workout might be even better. What we know now is that the right combination of amino acids, fast acting proteins and/or carbohydrates can have a positive […]

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