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The Longevity Diet – Book Review

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This book is by the Italian biologist Dr Valter Longo, PhD, best known for his 5 Day Fasting-Mimicking diet. Here he details the various factors that can contribute to a longer life, and also those that are artificially shortening them. The topics range from nutrition to exercise, sample studies of populations that age well, as well as his famous fasting …

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Why We Sleep – Book Review

This book looks at all the latest research on the importance of sleep, a lot of which has been conducted by the author himself. It’s a horrifying read for anyone who frequently fails to achieve the desired 7.5 to 8 hours sleep required by the brain (and body) each night and urges you to make sleep a priority. The topic …

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Genius Foods – Book Review

Genius Foods looks into the latest research with the aim of optimising brain function and minimising age-related decline. As an avid listener of health podcasts I was impressed to see not only healthy foods covered but research related to heat shock proteins, BDNF, Reactive Oxygen Species and fasting protocols. While there is nothing ground-breaking in this book, it is a …

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Sleep Smarter – Book Review

Over the last few decades technology has shaped the way we sleep – and not in a good way. From an abundance of artificial light to constant stimulation from social media and blue light emitted from screens, it’s harder than ever to get a good night’s sleep. Even when we do manage that elusive 8 hours, how much of that …

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Take Your Pills (Netflix) – Review

This documentary covers the use of Adderall in America, and more widely the consumption of prescription stimulants. Prescription stimulants are a $13 billion industry and one that only appears to be growing. The focus (pun intended) begins with Adderall, an amphetamine commonly used by college students for studying and taking exams. The benefits are those of a traditional stimulant: the …

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CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession (Netflix) – Review

CT Fletcher is a former drug-free Bench Press champion turned motivational speaker. He rose to fame following a YouTube interview, seen below.  The opening credits contain my absolute favourite clip. A young CT, casually talking to the camera during pause reps with 180kg (405lbs) on the bench press. In his prime he managed a 295kg (650lbs) Bench Press and …

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The Truth About Alcohol (Netflix) – Review

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Dr Javid Abdelmoneim investigates the truth about alcohol. This is following the new UK guidelines of 14 units/week of alcohol for men.  The Truth About Alcohol (Contains Spoilers) Dr Javid begins by tracking his alcohol intake with a tag fitted to his ankle. This measures the alcohol concentration in his sweat levels. Why not pen and paper? He’s in a …

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Tools of Titans – Book Review

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Tools of Titans is a collection of tips and tricks from the 200+ highly successful podcast guests Tim Ferris has interviewed. From Billionaires to professional athletes and actors, each guest is profiled in 3-5 pages of important information conveyed during their 1-2 hour interview. Tim’s podcast episodes have surpassed 200 million downloads, and once you hear them you can understand …

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7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – Book Review

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This book offers a structured approach to improving your life. The habits improve your organisational skills, people skills and critical thinking, which can be used in both career and personal life. They are lessons in personal change, which can be practised and tackled one habit at a time. Book thirteen is… The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen …

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Generation Iron 2 (Netflix) – Review

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Generation Iron 2 is fresh out on Netflix and follows five of the top figures in the bodybuilding industry. The filmmaker follows Kai Greene, Calum Von Moger, Iris Kyle, Ahmad Ashkanani and Rich Piana – a broad spectrum who share a common desire to be successful. Generation Iron 2 We start with a brief overview of bodybuilding, noting that while …

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