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duncan_bioDuncan Reeve is one of the co founders of Peak Of Wellbeing. He has been in the health, fitness and wellbeing industry for over 12 years at varying levels i.e. providing gym floor, personal training, manual therapy and massage, group exercise classes.

Duncan is also a C.H.E.K Practitioner, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Golf Performance Specialist, and has trained extensively under the CHEK Training scheme for the last 12 years. He is now part of Team CHEK, teaching and presenting CHEK programmes throughout Europe and the UK. The CHEK system is a ‘whole’ body approach, which means a practitioner looks at the way an individual moves, breathes, eats, sleeps, thinks and hydrates.

Acclaimed for his passionate and enthusiastic teaching style and willingness to share knowledge, Duncan is an avid golfer and cricketer and works with many sports men and women, including golfers, from professionals to amateurs, as well as designing health and wellbeing programmes for all types of individuals.

He works with clients in Europe and the UK on a one to one basis, in small groups and via workshops, and his specialist areas include:

1. Golf Performance Conditioning
2. Back Pain & Core Strengthening
3. Rehabilitation & Corrective Exercise

Duncan Reeve, Dip. Sports Therapy, Premier Personal Training, Master CHEK Practitioner Level 3, CHEK HLC L3, CMTA and Golf Performance Specialist.

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By Duncan Reeve, Peak of Wellbeing

How can Nutrition be stressful?

Not eating enough food can be very stressful for the many functions and glands in the body.

Eating too much food can obviously also be stressful for the body, putting pressure on the digestive system.

If we put aside junk food and processed foods, all foods are healthy foods, but the question is, ‘are they healthy for you the individual?

We all have different body shapes, therefore we all have different requirements for food. Our outer physical bodies are as different as our bodies on the inside. Our thyroid glands, adrenal glands and pituitary glands can all come in different shapes and sizes too!

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By Duncan Reeve, Peak of Wellbeing

Why people have high cholesterol levels and what does it mean?

Cholesterol’s main job in the body is to clear up inflammation. It does many other things, but this is one of it’s main roles. So if a person has high cholesterol levels, it means that their body is inflamed. Inflammation tends to be in the gut or digestive system.

Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely through the body. In fact, the body actually produces 12 eggs worth of cholesterol daily in the liver!  However, inflammation in the body causes the cholesterol to become trapped. Inflammation is your body’s natural defense to an invader such as bacteria, toxins or virus. If we constantly expose the body to large amounts of toxins and foods the body was never designed to eat, we create chronic inflammation. Same applies to cholesterol.

Although a lot of people are eating low fat diets with very little meat, a huge percentage of the population are taking cholesterol lowering drugs and heart disease is at an all time high.

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By Duncan Reeve, Peak of Wellbeing

Today a client asked me ‘What is the thyroid gland and what does it do?’

A great question! According to Dr. Cass Ingram, author of the Body Shape Diet, the thyroid is known as the ‘master of metabolism.’ One of it’s most important roles is controlling the metabolic rate. This gland also has a role to play in immune function and circulation. Hence why most people who have a thyroid condition suffer from freezing cold hands and feet.

The thyroid needs iodine to function optimally. Iodine can be found in fish and seafood. The idea is that water runs down the rocks, collecting iodine and depositing it into the sea. Hence why fish, seafood and kelp should contain good amounts of Iodine. In the Alps for example, water runs extremely fast down steep mountains and often there isn’t enough time for large quantities of iodine to be collected. People in these regions can often suffer from thyroid issues. On top of this, in certain parts of Europe and the Alps, sauerkraut is a local dish. Extremely nutritious if you don’t have thyroid issues. However, It is known that these kinds of vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli etc. can block thyroid function when eaten raw.

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By Duncan Reeve, Peak of Wellbeing

Wild Salmon is a great food which feeds the adrenal glands, thyroid gland and pituitary gland. It should be bright pink in colour if it’s wild. The paler versions are often farmed. It provides good levels of Vitamin A, E, D, B12 and B6 plus great levels of calcium, potassium and copper. All are vital for healthy skin, teeth, bones, glands and a balanced mood.

It is very high in protein and good Fats, which will ensure energy levels are high all day long.

The high levels of omega 3 oil in salmon is extremely beneficial for people with depression or diseases such as Alzheimer.

There is currently a lot of controversy surrounding omega 3 fish oils. Some say they cause inflammation in the body and some say it reduces inflammation. I have found it has only ever caused inflammation when people are using fish oil supplements. Many fish oil supplements are toxic and contain soya oil plus other fillers. Yes, this will cause inflammation in the body.

Hip-measurement

By Duncan Reeve, Peak of Wellbeing

Did you know that existing muscle imbalances could be hampering your swing, causing a potential injury and preventing you from improving?

The full swing requires nearly perfect joint mechanics for optimum performance & injury prevention.

Through years of training golfers and rehabilitating backs, shoulders, knees and hips, I have found that the majority of male golfers could greatly benefit from improved flexibility in the hips and low back. This lack of flexibility in the back could show up as excessive movement from the hips, with too much sideways movement in the backswing. In addition, the upper back and arms tend to be overused due to make up for this lack of movement in the lower back.