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Managing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Naturally & Effectively

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Managing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Naturally & Effectively

A new study published in the journal Human Fertility has shown that probiotic supplementation in women with PCOS promotes favourable effects on weight loss, insulin resistance and overall improved lipid profiles (triglycerides and very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-c) levels). PCOS - A Hidden Epidemic?  PCOS is an increasingly common yet poorly understood endocrine and metabolic disturbance, affecting women of reproductive age. The syndrome presents clinically as a group of symptoms to include; menstrual dysregulation, ovulatory dysfunction, hyperandrogenism and metabolic disturbances such as hyperinsulinemia and obesity. PCOS manifests as polycystic ovaries, alongside reproductive, metabolic and psychological disturbances (Willacy, H 2017). It...

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What is Athlete Gut & More Importantly, What Can You do About it?

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What is Athlete Gut & More Importantly, What Can You do About it?

When it comes to exercise, there is definitely a happy medium that provides health benefits. Too little activity is associated with detrimental health effects, including a compromised immune system, decreased resistance to stress, and decreased resilience of circadian rhythms. However, too much (too strenuous, too intense) activity also negatively impacts health, including causing dysregulated cortisol, increased susceptibility to immune-related diseases and infection, and a leaky gut. While not all endurance athletes suffer overt symptoms, strenuous exercise does appear to increase intestinal permeability in everyone who indulges in exhaustive exercise, albeit to varying degrees. A variety of studies have documented increased...

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Living Well Longer + Our 6 Best ‘Bang For Your Buck’ Life Hacks

Living Well Longer + Our 6 Best ‘Bang For Your Buck’ Life Hacks

Sometimes you listen to a podcast that does it all and blows you away in the process. This conversation between Tim Ferriss and Rhonda Patrick was one of those epic, all-encompassing long-form conversations that kind of covers everything in just the right amount of research-backed detail. If living long and living well are your thing then this conversation is for you. We’ve hacked it down to our favourite bits and added in a little Fibr along the way. The interface between nutrition and genetics, aka nutrigenomics, plays a central theme with a focus on mitigating the damaging effects of ageing....

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Anti Anxiety Solutions that Don't Involve Meditation and Breathing

Anti Anxiety Solutions that Don't Involve Meditation and Breathing

We all know that Meditation and Breathing are great for anxiety (please do these!) but here at FIbr, we’ve learnt there are other equally if not more effective anti-anxiety strategies that are easier to implement and require less effort and ‘thought’ than meditation. Let’s face it when experiencing a full-blown episode of anxiety, it’s not always easy or appropriate to plug into the Headspace App (which by the way is superb!). More and more people are experiencing the symptoms of anxiety on a daily basis. Sleeplessness, panic attacks and the inability to think clearly all prevent people from living life as they...

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The DUTCH Plus - The Ultimate Hormone Test (& More)

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The DUTCH Plus - The Ultimate Hormone Test (& More)

The DUTCH test is a cutting edge at home urine test offering a comprehensive insight into your hormone levels and how well they may or may not be functioning. D = dried U = urine T = test C = comprehensive H = hormones Taking hormone testing to a new level; alongside sex hormones and their metabolites, the DUTCH Plus looks at the overall diurnal pattern of free cortisol, and the total and distribution of cortisol metabolites. The inclusion of Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) brings another important piece of the HPA axis into focus. The addition of 6 organic acid markers...

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