The gut-muscle axis: potential implications for athletes

Posted by Simone do Carmo

We’ve all heard of the gut-brain axis (the bidirectional signalling between our gut/microbiome and central nervous system), that regulates mainly stress-related responses and our mood. But now a new axis has emerged from increased research interest into sarcopenia and cachexia: the gut-muscle axis, in which our gut microbiota are thought to be deeply interlinked with muscle function and metabolism.

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Does your training (and life) make you nervous?

Posted by Ian Craig

Within the realms of functional medicine (click here for background reading), we have a word that includes the consideration of our nervous and endocrine systems, and that is ‘communication’. Communication networks in our body emanate from our central nervous system and influence our physiological structures in many different ways, often stimulatory or inhibitory.

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Bringing context into nutrient timing

Posted by Simone do Carmo

Nutrient timing is a broad concept and, like everything else, depends on context. It gained popularity in 2004 with the publication of a book entitled Nutrient Timing: The Future of Sports Nutrition (Drs Ivy and Portman). But as we delve deeper into the research, we realise that nutrient timing is not so clear-cut.

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