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The Free Energy Principle Explained

Ever wondered what it means to be alive? What is the key factor that separates us and other living organisms from inanimate objects? In 2006, English professor Karl Friston introduced his free energy principle (FEP) to the world. In this post, we pick over the bones of his fascinating and controversial principle.

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Is It Safe to Exercise Whilst Fasting?

Fasted cardio has really captured the imagination of both the scientific community and public. There are lots of purported benefits of working out on an empty stomach, like fat loss and more energy. But is exercising whilst fasting safe? We explore in this post.

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What Part of the Brain Controls Interoception?

The region of the brain where interoception is controlled is called the insula cortex. Deep in the brain, it’s from here we make our decisions on how to act on information we receive from the body about our internal sensations. By understanding which parts of the brain help us to process and control interoception we can build a more detailed picture of the two-way flow of information between brain and body. Ultimately, this may help us develop better therapies and treatments for disorders where interoception is functioning poorly.

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Take Part in Our Internal Body Awareness Study

Would you like to participate in our pilot study to test a unique online training programme? We want to investigate whether internal body awareness can help improve mental health and reduce lockdown-related stress. Participants, who will take part remotely, will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 gift voucher.

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Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of healthcare where changes to lifestyle habits are prescribed by medical professionals to help treat and reverse diseases. In 2020 over 550 healthcare professionals, including NHS doctors, took part in an online course to train in delivering this approach to their patients.

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What is Interoceptive Exposure Therapy?

Public speaking.Heights.Spiders. Especially long-legged ones. Whatever the threat, when we’re anxious, we experience a range of different sensations inside our bodies. Things like breathlessness, increased

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Can Interoception Treat Anxiety?

Interoception, or internal body awareness, is a term used to describe our ability to sense changes as they occur in our bodies, including pinpointing where these feelings are coming from, for example the stomach, chest or arms. There’s growing evidence to suggest that increasing internal body awareness can help to reduce anxiety.

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How to Use Breathing to Enhance Your Sporting Performance

Whatever your sport and however you train, breathing is important. But for many of us, how we breathe when we train may be holding us back.
By deliberately slowing our breathing, we can dial down the body’s stress response and activate its relaxation response. Blood and oxygen are more efficiently distributed around the body.

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Hormesis Meaning – Using Stress to Make You Stronger

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Do you want to know the science behind this well-known phrase?
In this post we discuss hormesis, which refers to the way organisms respond to stress factors.
Depending the strength and duration of the stressor, the response can be beneficial or harmful to us.

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What Is the Circadian Rhythm?

Our bodies are programmed to follow a 24-hour cycle that roughly matches the daily rotation of the earth on its axis. This natural cycle is called the circadian rhythm, an essential component of the body that helps to regulate many of our internal processes.
In this article we show how rhythms are at the heart of good health – and give you easy tips to put your body back in sync with the rhythms that have supported us for millennia.

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