Complementary healthcare is a term used to describe therapies or healthcare approaches that are used in addition to, or alongside, conventional care.
Common uses of complementary healthcare include improving quality of life for those living with chronic conditions or in palliative care; post-surgical care; and helping anxious patients to complete orthodox treatments and procedures that have unpleasant side effects, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy. People with chronic or life-limiting conditions such as multiple sclerosis, mental health problems (i.e. mild depression and anxiety), weight problems, musculoskeletal problems, or a history of substance misuse (including alcohol and drugs), can be greatly supported using complementary healthcare alongside conventional care.
The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition: “Focuses on the acute and chronic effects of sports nutrition and supplementation strategies on body composition, physical performance and metabolism.”
Jose Antonio PhD and the team at the JISSN provide open access articles aimed at researchers and sports enthusiasts alike. An excellent resource for anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of sports nutrition and delve into the science of the process.
The position stands and related articles involving nutrient timing, creatine, protein consumption are all highlights that can benefit the full spectrum of individuals from elite athletes to regular gym goers.
The homepage currently states: “Examine.com is an independent organisation that investigates the science behind supplementation and nutrition. Over one million people visit us every month”
In a supplement industry filled with ‘magic pills’ and bold claims promising incredible results, it can be confusing and disheartening. The reality is more akin to pointless pills, unsubstantiated claims resulting in weight-loss via a lightening of your wallet!
The team at Examine spend countless hours trawling through the scientific literature to bring an unbiased (and in my opinion unrivaled) source for supplements and nutrition. The fact the site is not affiliated with any supplement company speaks volumes.
Aches and pains are an inevitable part of modern life whatever our age and lifestyle. The human body is an amazing self-repairing organism but it isn’t perfect and can’t always fully fix all the accidents and injuries we get. And the older we get the less well it can repair so the cumulative effect of postural and occupational stresses as well as the legacy of past injuries eventually take their toll. We all know deep down that we won’t live forever but we want to believe our body will keep going at 100% until that time comes, but it sadly doesn’t. Although that backache, stiff shoulder or painful knee isn’t going to kill us it does affect our enjoyment of life on many levels. They are not usually severe enough to justify drastic medical treatment so we just have to suffer with them. Or do we?
Perhaps my most recommended website to clients, friends and just about anyone else who’ll listen! Put simply MFP is a calorie counting device with a huge database of foods to choose from.
I do not believe calorie counting is essential but I do believe in educating client's about the relative quality and quantity of their diet. MFP provides an easy and accessible (via mobile app) tool to track caloric intake over a given period.
I have clients that track for 2-weeks, I have one client who hasn’t missed a days’ tracking for 18 months (and counting…). As ever the use of a tool like MFP should be contextual. I do believe as an initial starting point for any diet this website is definitely worth a look