Category Archives: Health

Here are some blogs that focus on helping to create True Health.

Are you managing to balance your dreams with your responsibilities?

A couple of days ago, Clay Lowe, Soulcruzer interviewed me for a Sound Portrait and asked about my passion and my goals in life.  If you want to know who I am, this will show you how I have managed to learn to balance my dreams with my responsibilities.

Here it is – check it out:
Sound Portrait

How about you?  Are you managing to balance your dreams and your responsibilities?  And if not, do you know what you can do about it?

I am in the process of preparing an email campaign you will be invited to subscribe to and in that, I will be sharing my tips how to create a future where your dreams ARE your reality.  I hope you will join me and we can share this journey together.

I will be in touch soon to let you know how you can use your time now to make 2015 the best year yet.

In the meantime, get in touch if you want to get the ball rolling quicker!

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Scientific Method: Advanced Applied Nutritional Science

 First published on USANAToday By David Baker

Science carries a certain amount of mystique. The lab coat seems the cloak of a secret society operating just out of reach of the layman’s understanding—not quite magic, but certainly not mundane.

Pull back the curtain and you’ll find science is much less clandestine than you might imagine. In fact, USANA’s in-house team of scientists is just working hard trying to produce the best science-based products available.

That’s not to say there aren’t things USANA’s research and development (R&D) team wants to keep under wraps. Some of the information—tucked away in the unremarkable piles of paper around Brian Dixon’s office—might be the next big thing in nutritional science. As USANA’s director of product innovation, it’s Dixon’s job to turn those piles of scientific literature and USANA’s 27 studies into the next game-changing product or upgrade.

Transforming information into effective products isn’t easy, so you’ll have to forgive Dixon and his colleagues for keeping some secrets. Especially when those secrets turn into patented technologies and products.

From Page to Test Tube

What starts in stapled stacks on the desks of USANA’s third floor transforms into something that rattles inside bottles that end up on so many kitchen counters through a process more work than wonder and more moxie than magic.

It starts in the pages of the scientific literature that make up a roadmap of sorts. They don’t predict the future, but the literature does indicate the direction science is heading, knowledge that’s essential to staying on the cutting edge.

With scientists from so many different backgrounds constantly studying diverse areas of the literature, USANA covers a lot of ground. The R&D staff contains a doctor of naturopathy, an expert in sports science, molecular and cellular biologists, nutritional biochemists, pharmacists, nurses, biologists, and chemists. Since all of the members of the R&D team focus on different areas and approach problems from different points of view, they create a huge, robust way of looking at things, which is important.

When the team finds something of interest in the journals, they are able to run with it. Depending on the type of finding, they will either design an in-house study, or consult the experts at research partners like the Linus Pauling Institute (LPI) or The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH). Research partners are currently working on 22 of USANA’s studies.

“We yield to the experts whenever we need to, which I think is smart,” Dixon said. “It’s working smarter, not harder.”

A good example of the role USANA’s scientists play in external research is a recent study about bioflavonoids. The R&D team found a paper that suggested bioflavonoids could blunt a spike in blood glucose. They asked a postdoctoral researcher at LPI if the findings had any validity. She looked into it and said the bioflavonoids in USANA’s line theoretically should have the same effects found in the paper.

Knowing LPI had more expertise in the area, USANA had them take the lead on the study. The project found itself in a time crunch, so Dixon and another USANA scientist went to LPI to work side by side at the lab bench with the postdoctoral researcher. Their findings were recently submitted for publication.

Although USANA will defer to the experts they partner with, the company’s R&D team contributes its own expertise to external research. “USANA brings speed, efficiency, and passion to any project we’re involved in,” Dixon said. The in-house team also has an experienced, hard-working, well-qualified human clinical research and analytics team, and top-notch facilities available on-site.

“We’re working with a group of physicists and chemists at the University of Utah,” Dixon said. “They don’t have much human clinical experience, so they can develop technologies, and we can test them in human beings. We’re combining efforts for the greater good.”

The Basics of Applied Science

Expertise isn’t the only consideration when deciding if a study should be handled in-house. USANA prefers to do applied research—applying basic research done by institutions to humans, and using it to develop or improve products.

“We’ll do basic research when we think it could pretty quickly dovetail into applied,” Dixon said. “But we like working as closely with the human, with our customers, as possible.”

Basic research isn’t always so basic. It explores the mechanisms of a phenomenon, and establishes the scientific understanding needed to apply groundbreaking research to the human condition. So USANA’s research partners are out looking for next greatest thing in nutritional science, and in-house experts leverage that basic research and apply those cutting-edge techniques and technologies directly to human health.

Translational research is the term Dixon uses. And there’s plenty of it going on in-house at USANA. There are currently five human clinical studies in different stages that Dixon said should be finished this year—an impressive number, to be sure.

The first study is an effort to find a medical device that can quickly show USANA’s products are yielding real health benefits. From research they’ve done, the R&D team knows antioxidant status is increased after taking the USANA® Essentials™, but that increased status doesn’t feel or look like anything. The study, which is in the process of data analysis, looked at five different medical devices to assess their ability to measure biomarkers that can show the health benefit of taking USANA products.

Another study examines whether the phytosome technology used to raise the bioavailability of the turmeric extract in USANA’s upgraded Procosa® can be used with other core ingredients. Phytosome technology uses healthy fats to encase nutrients to protect them through digestion and deliver them more effectively to the cells. They are currently investigating if this can help different nutrients and antioxidants get into the blood and the cell, increasing their effectiveness.*

USANA was one of the first supplement companies to put advanced doses of vitamin D in its core products. “We didn’t stop there,” Dixon said. “USANA being USANA, we wanted to actually prove that our customers were experiencing a real benefit. So what we did is conduct a study.”

Actually, two studies. Both are about vitamin D status in USANA product users, and are currently being written up. The R&D team, with the help of Associates, found 500 people, half who used USANA products containing vitamin D, and half who didn’t. One study measured the vitamin D status of participants at the end of winter, when levels should be at their lowest. The other measured levels at the end of summer, when participants should have the most vitamin D.

The winter study found that those taking USANA products, on average, had a 47-percent higher vitamin D level than those who were not taking USANA products. The summer study yielded almost the exact same results, which is odd because a person’s body can typically make tens of thousands of International Units (IU) of vitamin D in about 20 minutes of moderate sun exposure. But contribution from the sun only equated to study participants taking a supplement with 300 IUs, which results in a negligible amount of vitamin D in the blood.

Dixon and the team attributed the results to a modern lifestyle that doesn’t allow for enough sun exposure during peak times between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is especially true for people who live above 37 degrees north latitude or below 37 degrees south latitude—where the tilt of the earth causes much of the essential UVB radiation from the sun to be filtered out by the planet’s atmosphere.

The data suggests people shouldn’t just be worried about vitamin D status in the winter, Dixon said. To achieve optimal levels, they should be supplementing with vitamin D all year.

The final in-house study is shrouded in some mystery. It involves a possible discovery that could impact USANA’s products and their effectiveness. All Dixon would say was that it’s a technology that could keep antioxidant levels in the blood higher for a longer period of time, providing more protection against oxidative stress. After further study, USANA is hoping to file patents.

Publications and Products

The conclusion of a study doesn’t mean the end of the work. Researchers write papers for presentation at scientific conferences or to submit for publication in scientific journals—just like their peers at major research institutions. The peer-review process the research goes through means studies are evaluated by experts, who check the papers’ scientific validity.

“We’re still held to the same standards of scientific excellence that any university or research institution is,” Dixon said.

Including papers that come out of research collaborations, Dixon said USANA scientists have about 10 papers published a year. Publications are a good metric for evaluating researchers, and almost one a month is an output even larger labs would love to have.

Getting journal articles published raise the credibility of USANA’s research, but the ultimate goal for any study is to make better, more effective products. It’s long, less-than-magical work taking science and turning it into something to keep the USANA family—and the world—as healthy as possible. But it’s totally worth it.

“Simply put, Associates get the best science-based health products in the world,” Dixon said.

Go back and read all the Scientific Method articles, and learn about all the research going on at USANA and its partner institutions.

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (“USANA”) of 3838 West Parkway Boulevard, Salt Lake City, Utah 84120 USA is the promoter of this trading scheme in the United Kingdom. The goods which are sold under this scheme are nutritional supplements, body care and related products produced or supplied by USANA and any other suh goods or services as USANA may market from time to time.It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to make a payment by promising benefits from getting others to join the scheme.
Do not be misled by claims that high earnings are easily achieved.

Protect Yourself with Proper Skin Care

It’s cold outside. Which is good for winter activities, but bad for your skin. The constant temperature changes and blowing heat can quickly dry out your skin, leaving it dull and irritated.
As the weather cools down you need to refocus on your skin, which is why the American Academy of Dermatology has designated November as National Healthy Skin Month.
It may seem surface level, but skin care is more comprehensive than it appears. Your skin is your window to the outside world. As such, it is the first defense against germs and harsh elements.
Although your skin is tough, it has a lot to combat. Sun damage, pollution, bad diet, and stress cause your skin to age prematurely. And one in every three cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer, making it the most common form of cancer in the world.
Fortunately there are several things you can due to reduce the risks. By following these tips from leading dermatologist Regina Hamlin, M.D., you can help counteract environmental factors and keep your skin looking young and fresh:

  • Protect your skin—The sun can cause damage and premature aging, so cover up and avoid prolonged sun exposure. Also stay away from tanning beds, which can lead to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
  • Watch what you eat—A balanced diet, high in antioxidants, will help fight visible signs of aging.
  • Adequate Nutrition—Consuming the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids help your body and complexion maintain a healthy, youthful appearance.
  • Drink plenty of water—Your skin needs water to maintain a healthy glow. Just like a raisin, your skin shows it when you don’t get enough.
  • Proper skin care—Moisturize and cleanse your skin with paraben-free products that are free from added chemical preservatives.
  • Get a check-up—Be sure to get a skin cancer related check-up annually, and perform frequent self-exams to check for changing moles or lesions.
Taking care of your skin is a lifelong endeavor, but the results are worth it. By comforting your skin, you can be comfortable in your skin no matter the season!
There are a few options how to get the products delivered tailored to suit your budget and needs. To discuss the best and most cost-effective option for you, please contact me via
07747 035 208
Thanks so much.

An Evening of Opportunity

Have you noticed the sun is beginning to come out? As spring is beginning and new life is appearing, do you find yourself looking for new opportunities?  

You might want to work on your looks – inside and outside. You might want to discover new ways to keep yourself healthy.

You might even be looking for ways to reinvent your whole self and include reviewing your professional life.

How about a whole new career? Or a part-time career?

All Your Life would like to invite you to an evening of opportunity – a chance for you to explore different approaches to your health, wellness and to your life. Come along for a chance to catch up with some old friends, make some new friends and find out about all the different things we can do to improve our quality of life. You may be looking to enhance your current business or wanting to return to the workplace.

All Your Life are giving you the chance to sample some of their finest and most enjoyable therapies for just £10! For one night only! Fish Pedicures, Manicures, Pedicures, Mini Facials, Eyebrow Threading, Makeup by Julian, Massage, Reiki and Reflexology. Booking of these treatments are essential and early booking is advised.

Our Guest – Sandra Kanfer Clarke, a wealth creation expert will spend 30 minutes showing you some different routes how to take your dreams and adjust your lives to make them a reality. She will look at the benefits and drawbacks of those methods and show you how she has chosen to collaborate with a company called USANA Health Sciences to make her dreams reality.

Sandra Kanfer Clarke has almost 20 years experience in the branding and marketing field. She started off learning from the largest and the best by working with big agencies and corporate’s, took that knowledge and applied it to the smallest and finest in their fields, showing small businesses and one-man-bands how they can gain more customers and retain those they have got.
She has always been extensively involved in researching market trends and directions and as a result, switched to showing people ways to wealth creation. She has a huge passion for health & sustainability and her vision is to “change the world to one where people ‘can do’ – a world where people take action to turn their dreams into reality, take charge of their own lives and feel in control and in charge of their destiny”.

This is a Ladies evening, a social gathering, a meeting of minds.

You are invited, so secure your treatment slot now:

Call 01242 222118

Email: dee@allyourlife.co.uk

Don’t forget that treatments are just £10 on this night so book fast.

Feel free to come along on the night with some friends to simply discover our wonderful environment and enjoy a few drinks and an inspiring talk.

When:  Monday, 28 March 2011      18.00 – 21.00

Where:  All Your Life, Number One St. Margaret’s Terrace, Cheltenham

Please share this with anybody who might be interested and in the area.


Do what you can to combat the radioactive fallout

This information was provided by a USANA associate in the US.  Please distribute this widely:

Below is a piece of information concerning prevention of radioactive fallout which is possible from Japan at this time.  The below article is from the Colgan Institute.  It was sent to me and requested that it go out immediately.

I have contacted Dr. Ladd McNamara to get his feedback also, and he personally is doubling his Chelated Minerals and always takes 5 mg of Iodiral which he has recommended in his books for years.  (Thank you, Dr. Ladd, for giving me an answer on a Saturday night.) He also believes it is a consideration for everyone and not just those on the West Coast of North America.  Iodiral can be ordered anywhere online and may be available in your health food store.  Our Essentials may well be enough, especially with doubling the Minerals, but it might be wise to error on the side of caution with the extra Iodiral.  Each person must make a personal decision.

Our USANA Essentials have everything else below except iron as we don’t have iron in our products.

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Thank you, Louise Houghton of Australia, for sending this through.  You are right, Louise!  Thankfully we are all on USANA!!!

Preventing Absorption of Radioactive Iodine
The building housing the nuclear power plant Fukishima 1 exploded yesterday, 11 March 2011, allowing a cloud of radioactive iodine into the atmosphere.  As the British nuclear authorities reported this morning, the core fuel must therefore have been partly uncovered, in order to create enough hydrogen for the explosion. Japanese officials report today, as wer write, that Fukishima 2 is overheating also, and only has a few hours power left in its batteries to power its cooling system.
Get Your Protective Iodine from Food
Twenty grams of kelp contains a sufficient daily dose of iodine to protect you from the Japanese radiation.  It also contains the main nutrients essential for interactions with iodine, selenium, zinc, and iron, that allow iodine to function properly in thyroid metabolism.  Because the half life of the escaped radiation is about 60 days, you need to take the kelp from today each day for 60-90 days.
You need to take it from today because you have to load your thyroid to prevent the radioactive material from getting into it before the radiation fallout arrives in clouds and rain.  This is especially important if youlive on the western coast of North America. Once the radiation gets in, it is too late.
Depending on the speed of the Jetstream, which flows directly from Japan to the West Coast of North America, radiation detection stations here should start to see a spike in their readings about tomorrow afternoon or Monday morning, 14 March 2011.  So there is no time to spare. Approximately one in every 12 Canadians and one in 10 Americans are iodine deficient.
Numerous seaweed in addition to kelp are also loaded with iodine, and its main interactive nutrients.  You can add 20 grams of several different whole seaweeds to your daily diet.  The main kelps sold as food are, Fucus, Sargassum, and  Hiziki.  The main red seaweeds are Dulse, Nori, and Irish moss.  You can eat seaweeds in soups, or salads; or crumbled and sprinkled onto any food as a condiment. For a potent intake of iodine do not cook the seaweed.  Best is untreated, dried, raw seaweed, in pieces, not reconstructed flakes or granules.

Getting Iodine from Supplements
A good daily supplement to protect the thyroid from irradiated iodine is:
Potassium iodide   300 mcg providing 250 mcg iodine
Vitamin A (Retinol)  5,000 IU
Ferrous gluconate  100 mg providing 12 mg elemental iron
Selenomethionine  200 mcg
Zinc gluconate  50 mg providing 5 mg elemental zinc
One dose per day for 90 days with food. Take a good look at your daily supplement as much of this may already be in your formula.

Use your family to help you reach your goals

Courtesy of Alan Kerr, a USANA associate in Canada who referred to Brian Klemmer:

Several options to raise your level of intent for what you want, are:

1) making commitments

2) putting yourself at risk

3) visualization

Let’s go back to your goal as we consider making commitments.  Who have you shared your goals with?  If you haven’t told anyone, then the odds are you want the result, but it isn’t your intent.

If you have children, try this:
Make a commitment to them regarding what you will get done in two weeks.  Now ask them what they want when you get it done in two weeks.  Be sure to negotiate if they ask for something unreasonable!

Explain to them that the family is a team and that everyone has different roles.  Part of your role is to produce and part of their role is to be supportive of you.

If you’re like most parents, you would rather do many uncomfortable things than face your children at the end of two weeks and say, “You don’t get what I promised, because I didn’t get done what I said I would do.”

By committing to your children you have raised and clarified your intent.

Give it a go and share your results with us!

What is a third party validation worth? It’s priceless.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
What’s a Third-Party Test Worth? Priceless
There have been a number of articles in the media lately that talk about the real science behind products and whether or not there is a need for third-party validation of their safety and efficacy. Well, it’s an interesting thing to think about. Companies usually do their own in-house due diligence in Research and Development prior to bringing a product to market to make sure that it will do exactly what they say it will do and there are no risks or questionable science associated with it, right? Well, you would certainly hope so. I know of one such company that does and I’m not just saying it — others can back it up!

One of the more interesting things that I have found while working at USANA is the importance of third-party testing and third party validation. Why, you ask? Well, I think that I am a fairly demanding consumer and when I buy something I want to know that it has been tested, validated, and confirmed to be effective at doing what it’s supposed to do. In other words, if I buy an automobile, I’m expecting that someone tested it out, confirmed that it is safe to drive, made sure it worked properly, and did so enough times to ensure that my buying and ownership experience would be a good one.

I use this analogy because I spent 15 years in the auto industry and I know first hand how important validating these things can be especially when people put their lives on the line every time they get in their cars. They need their vehicle to be safe and work properly or they run the risk of accidents or engine failures.

So if car companies do their own research and development, then have people like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Consumer Reports, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, etc. check and confirm these things for consumers, why don’t all other companies do the same for other consumer goods? Well, that’s an easy one. It’s expensive to do these tests and validations and often times result in a higher cost of goods. Sometimes, they’re even afraid that the testing will disprove what they have found and they don’t want to have to deal with the fallout. Many companies do their own in-house testing and believe that it’s sufficient and it also saves them a little bit of money along the way.

Well, if I’m going to put something in my body — the most important automobile that I will ever own — I want to make sure that the company providing the goods has not only done their own testing, but that it goes the distance and get that third-party validation. It’s for my peace of mind 🙂

That’s exactly what I found at USANA and it makes me proud to be a part of the company, but more importantly I feel safe knowing that the supplements I take are safe and effective and there are multiple independent organizations that validate those findings.

But Don’t Just Take My Word for It…
USANA invests in the third-party validations from places like ConsumerLab.com, which tests for label validity in products that are both submitted to them for testing and ones that they purchase on their own for independent test results. Since 1999, CL has tested more than 2,900 products, 350 different brands and nearly every type of popular supplement in order to help consumers and healthcare professionals identify the best quality health and nutrition products.

ConsumerLab.com is also the only third-party verification group that freely publishes its testing methods and quality criteria/standards. USANA has had a number of products tested by this organization and all have passed with high marks. We were also recognized as #1 in customer satisfaction in a survey of their consumers.

Another organization that we work with is NSF International, which is the nation’s first truly independent testing standard and product certification program.

Why are they important to us? NSF developed the nation’s first truly independent testing standard and product certification program strictly for dietary supplements. We go the extra mile on this one because of the expectations of all of our consumers and elite athletes, like our 6 winter Olympic Teams and the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) that trust our supplements for their elite athletes.

We also test a number of our products with an organization called HFL in the United Kingdom that tests supplements for banned substances and contamination to assure athletes that they can trust products to be pure and effective when they put them in their body. The testing procedures at HFL are designed to meet the standards set forth by the governing bodies of various sports. You can see our core products tested right here.

Then there are the relationship we have the Linus Pauling Institute at the University of Oregon, The University of Utah, Boston University, University of Sydney, and the University of Colorado Denver. There are also numerous doctors and researchers that we rely on regulary to test products, ingredients, safety, and effectiveness of our products. If you want to check out a pretty substantial list, click here.

The Key is to Do Your Own Due Diligence
The bottom line is that if you are going to buy a car or take a supplement, do your fact finding and see what kinds of third-party testing the companies use and whether or not they are truly independent. It’s one thing to say you’ve done your own testing on a product, but are you willing to invest in the research and testing necessary to validate what you have found?

This is what has drawn so many elite athletes, doctors, celebrities, consumers, etc. to USANA. We do our own aggressive research and development in house, but we also partner with credible resources like the Linus Pauling Institute and more importantly, we take that last step and invest in our findings through third-party testing at institutions like ConsumerLab.com and NSF.

You look for it in a car, why wouldn’t you look for it in something to fuel the most important vehicle you’ll ever drive — Your Body!
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Posted by Dan Macuga at 2/22/2011 12:14:00 PM

Nutritional Supplements – some of the science explained

I responded to Neil’s blog on his blogsite with the following:

Neil’s asked me to elaborate on his blog on Tuesday by explaining some of what I had discussed with him.

As Neil said, he is working his body very hard at the moment and I have the greatest respect for what he is doing. It’s not easy to push yourself to your physical limits and when you’re running a successful, vibrant business at the same time, you have to work incredibly hard physically, mentally and emotionally.

When our bodies are faced with stress, even if it is ‘healthy’ stress from hard exercise, free radical production increases. This means that we need to have a high intake of antioxidants to combat that free radical production.

The official recommendation is to ensure we have 3 – 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. That is in line with the ‘recommended daily allowance’, which is sufficient to ensure that we don’t develop deficiencies, such as Rickets. However, if we want to ensure that we protect our body against long-term chronic deterioration, which is by far the biggest problem we all face today, we need to massively increase our daily intake to the ‘optimum level’ (5 – 10 times the amount of the recommended daily allowance).

Do you eat 15 – 30 portions of fruit and vegetables a day? Probably not – I certainly don’t. Add in the loss of nutrients in the soil causing food not to have the same level of nutrients in it that they did 50/ 60 years ago and you can begin to understand why more and more experts recommend that a healthy lifestyle ought to include daily supplements of multi-vitamins and minerals.

And then we face another issue: when moving to high-dose supplements, we have to be careful to make sure we get good quality products. Vitamins and minerals can have a powerful impact on our bodies and to ensure what we do is genuinely helpful, we have to have the right balance of the individual ingredients, we have to ensure that the ingredients have as little contamination of metals etc. as possible and we have to ensure that the tablets are definitely going to dissolve in our bodies.

USANA Health Sciences, the company that manufacture the supplements that Neil has now decided to take, guarantee all of the above as they manufacture their products to the same standard as pharmaceutical drugs are manufactured. There are only one or two companies in the UK that are able to offer that. By manufacturing to such a high standard, they can guarantee the tablets will dissolve in your stomach in 30 minutes, they source the highest quality ingredients to ensure that they are as pure as possible and they have an extensive team of scientists continously researching to ensure that each vitamin and mineral used is provided in the right quantity and balance to achieve maximum results.

The benefits? Most people notice an increase in energy levels, sleeping better, better recovery times from injury and generally feeling more positive. So, as Neil said – no supplements can avoid him hitting that wall or needing to work hard to get to his goal – but we definitely hope that the USANA supplements will help Neil get to his goal with a little more energy.

If you would like more energy or if you want to achieve a goal like Neil, go to http://www.smadarhealth.usana.com/ or ring me on 01451 832 206 and find out more.

Good luck Neil – keep peddling!

What’s the performance down to?

Posted by Neil Ryder on 24th February 2011 – he is in training to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End this year to raise funds for the charities supported by Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club. Check out more of his blogs at http://www.lejog-wbtrc.co.uk/?page_id=2

So five days ago I have my first experience of ‘hitting the wall’. And today, I have my best ride over 14 miles this year (in terms of average speed and average heart rate)!

I know the average speed is affected by so many variables (there’s a great article on this in this month’s Cycling Active Magazine) but it does tend to be the first thing you look at when you get back. But when you combine it with the lowest average heart rate, there’s got to be something significant in there somewhere!

So what’s changed?

* The weather – at 06.30 in the morning! – was noticeably warmer. (It was dry and there was a slight breeze – but that’s no different from many mornings)
* I hadn’t slept any better than on other nights
* I’ve changed my handlebars to a set of butterflies and this was my first ride with them. Butterflies are slightly wider than straights and offer more hand position options (comfort – my main reason for the change). I know that others claim that the wider hand position opens up the chest and makes breathing more easy.
* I’m trying to spin at a slightly higher cadence (90-95 rpm) whilst maintaining a lower heart rate
* I’ve started taking nutritional supplements – see Tuesday’s blog. If they make such a difference so quickly then you have a miracle product on your hands Sandra Kanfer Clarke!

I suppose we’ll never know the true answer to the change in performance – but will it be maintained?

Out of interest, I did my Purton Stoke loop.

Total Distance: 14.7 m
Average Speed: 14.1 mph
Average HR: 121 bpm
Peak HR: 137 bpm