The game changes is a documentary on Netflix promoting a vegan diet for better health and performance. In this article I will attempt to break down and compare some of the misconceptions made in the film. Confirmation bias is a term used when people seek out information and studies to back up their claims, we have all been guilty of this at times.
The game changers is jam packed (excuse the pun) with celebrities promoting their choice of diet and pseudoscience to back up said claims which makes it harder for people without a science background to challenge the claims that have been made in the film.
Roman gladiators ate a vegan diet
Gladiators were slaves owned by Roman aristocrats for entertainment purposes. The life expectancy of a gladiator was approximately two years once becoming a slave. It has been said gladiators were fed a diet full of grains and legumes to not only pack on body fat which offered some protection from cuts and wounds in the arena but was also a cheaper source of calories to feed the slave labour.
1) correcting your posture can do wonders to prevent putting muscles under strain and increasing blood flow.
2) cold showers and hot baths can help to increase blood flow into the muscles.
3) Breathing techniques; rapid breathing (hyperventilation) can cause an imbalance in carbon dioxide in the blood, meaning proteins attach themselves to calcium ions making them unavailable to the muscles.
4) Progressive relaxation; tensing and relaxing various muscle groups can help to prevent muscle spasms after a few sets of toning and relaxing.
5 Sleep tips
1) Try a light snack 1-hr before bed:
Hot chocolate, foods high in tryptophan (Turkey/Banana), non-caffeinated herbal tea such as camomile or passionflower.
2) Relaxation techniques:
Yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, stretching.
3) Hot shower before bed; As your body temperature cools it brings in a state of drowsiness.
4) Aromatherapy such as lavender oil or rosemary scent on your pillow.
5) Get into your favourite sleeping position; close your eyes and block out all background noise. Clean bed linen and blacked out curtains or eye mask can also help.