How to Use MCT Oil to Fuel an IRONMAN Triathlon, and, How Endurance Training Affects Carbohydrate Tolerance

Written by Megan Roberts, MSc, and Tommy Wood MD, PhD In the endurance athletics community, becoming “fat adapted” is increasingly seen as a useful goal. That’s why we recently wrote “The IRONMAN Guide to Ketosis”. Once fat-adapted, your body is much better at using its own fat stores for energy...

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The IRONMAN Guide to Ketosis

Written by Megan Roberts, MSc, and Tommy Wood MD, PhD   What if there was a way to: Restore the boundless energy of your youth Improve your body composition and mood Eliminate the gas and bloating that plagues your every race Fuel your races without Gatorade and sugary gels AND regularly...

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PHAT FIBRE Development

If you’ve been following the NBT podcast and website for a while, you’ll probably know that we dreamed up a product a while back: PHAT FIBRE.* The product is a simple 50:50 combination of two ingredients – MCT oil and a digestion-resistant maltodextrin (a “Bionic Fibre”). Note, this is not...

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Electrons, Neurotoxins, NAD+, and Mitochondria

A very interesting paper posted by the encyclopaedic Rhonda Patrick last week brought a few recent discussions at NBT full-circle. The study is a nice and succinct amalgamation of data from humans showing that endurance exercise produces a shift in the kynurenine pathway, resulting in more kynurenic acid (KYNA) and...

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Instant Ketosis: 0.4 to 6.2mM in 30 Minutes

If you watched the Keto Summit, especially my interviews with Prof. Kieran Clarke, Dominic D’Agostino and Patrick Arnold, you’ll agree that exogenous ketones are an exciting area of research and development. Frank LLosa, CEO/Founder KetoneAid Inc. was recently kind enough to send me 50 ml of the (R)-3-hydroxybutyl(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) ketone...

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Optimizing Vitamin D for Athletic Performance

Written by Brad Dieter, Ph.D with contributions from Tommy Wood, MD and Christopher Kelly Blood Vitamin D (25-OH) Deficiency Optimal Excess nmol/L ng/mL nmol/L ng/mL nmol/L ng/mL < 50 < 20 100 - 125 40 - 50 > 125 > 50 Vitamin D has been a focus of medical research...

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Does Bike Racing Cause Low Cortisol?

Cortisol: the king of hormones. No other hormone has the ability to liquidate your assets in the presence of danger quite like cortisol. For bike racers like me, the danger is self-imposed and takes the form of a whistle and the start of the race, and cortisol is part of...

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UCAN, Waxy Maize, Fructose: Which Is Best?

I love UCAN, but it’s expensive. Waxy maize could potentially work as well but there’s no way for me to know because the studies compare UCAN to maltodextrin. Wait, you’re still choking down maltodextrin gels and shot blocks? That’s so 2012! You may find it helpful to watch this presentation...

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Debug Me: Learn to Optimise Your Personal Health

I’m standing on stage at QCon San Francisco ready to give my presentation of Floyd’s results and I’m certain I’m about to become one of those people whose mind goes blank in front of live audience. I’m used to public speaking, my podcast recently reached 50,000 downloads per month, but...

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Four Signs You Need to Return Your Body to It's Natural State of Fat Burning This Off-Season

When I first began training seriously as an endurance athlete, I naturally came under the influence of the sports nutrition companies. It’s understandable. Their large marketing budgets are able to create big advertising and promotional campaigns, which newbies like me tend to notice and trust. Not to mention everywhere you...

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Here Is a Method That Is Giving Athletes More Energy This Off-Season

You’re headed into the offseason and ready for a hard-earned break. Hopefully, you’ll notice some changes that indicate a reduction in the stress of racing and training. Some signs to look for: An increased interest in all things sexy. If you’re a man, you’ll notice an increase the volume and...

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Measuring Heart Rate Variability is Easy: Here's Why You Should

Heart rate variability (HRV) as a simple way to measure readiness to train. It's also an ideal biomarker for tracking your workout progress, which allows you to avoid overtraining and running into low cortisol issues. Because of the benefits of HRV, I get everyone I work with—athlete or not—to take...

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