Fresh fruit is the standout performer. There are only pros to eating fresh fruit, with the major ones being:
There’s very little difference between fresh and frozen...
There is no doubt that eating something processed (e.g. a chocolate bar or a packet of chips) will raise our spirits intermittently! These foods are likely to activate a dopamine pathway in the brain, giving us a short-term fix to make us feel better.
But it is the long-term consequences of eating these foods regularly, which can significantly affect our mood. Generally, these discretionary foods are high in sugar and saturated fat, which can be detrimental to our long-term physical and mental health.
Studies have shown that nutrient-poor diets have strong links to mental health disorders, like anxiety and depression. Interestingly, depression is now considered a ‘whole body condition’, rather than just something in our heads. Evidence shows the relationship between gut health and one’s mood and mental state.
Why is gut health so important?
Essentially, it comes down to the bacteria in the gut (AKA the gut...
This brief overview alone demonstrates that not all fats are created equally. But what exactly are the benefits of the ‘good’ fats? And what do we need to be mindful of? Today we will provide a distinction between good and bad fats and some recommendations to make mindful choices.
These fats are generally plant-based and come from foods like olive oil, nuts and fatty fish. Each subtype of fat (mono- and polyunsaturated) have a protective effect on heart and brain health.
Cheese is one of those ingredients that can elevate a meal from a four to a solid eight out of ten. Personally, I gravitate towards the softer cheeses for a sandwich and the harder cheeses for a wine night with the girls. Actually, I just gravitate towards any form of cheese… but you see, hear is where the problem lies. It’s easy to overdo it on cheese because it tastes so damn good.
If you’re trying to lose weight or are concerned about heart health, cheese can be a bit of a “danger food”. Most cheeses are a high source of energy and salt in the diet. This can equate to weight gain if consumed in excess, or high blood pressure…eek! Today, we will run through some cheese differences and provide...
There are three primary forms, which include type 1, type 2 and gestational.
So, I’ve provided a brief overview regarding type 2 diabetes, but let’s dive a little deeper. Type 2 diabetes is a multifaceted condition, which is generally caused by a diet high in carbohydrates, a lack of...
But what does following an alkaline diet entail? And is it all that it’s cracked up to be?
Today, we will dig out the magnifying glass and investigate the science behind this trendy health craze.
Let’s take a trip back to year ten science class and explain what ‘alkaline’ means and its significance.
All substances fall onto a pH scale, between one and twelve. Substances with a pH between one-six are ‘acidic’, seven are ‘neutral’, and eight-fourteen are ‘alkaline’ (also commonly referred to as ‘basic’). This diet’s premise is to consume foods that fall within the alkaline category to reduce inflammation throughout the body.
Interestingly, our body has in-built systems to manage the internal pH environment. For...
But what is it exactly? And is it all that it’s talked up to be? Today, we will run through the cons, pros and effects of contrave.
Contrave was designed to control appetite and cravings within the brain. The drug is intended for obese adults, who have metabolic conditions caused by being overweight. This is an adjunct form of therapy and is recommended to run alongside diet and lifestyle changes. Adults are encouraged to follow a low-calorie diet and increase their physical activity, to optimise the benefits associated with this medication.
Cons of Contrave
To be honest, it’s a bit mixed. Salt is an essential mineral which regulates muscle contractions, fluid balance and nerve transmission. The problem is we overeat it. On average, we’re consuming 3,600mg per day, with the recommendations being no more than 2000mg. Essentially, we’re giving our bodies double the sodium it requires, which can lead to adverse health outcomes.
What are the main foods a-salt-ing our body?
Well, the main culprits include table salt (no duh), packaged food (cakes, biscuits, chocolate, etc.) and deep-fried foods (hot chips & fried fish). What might surprise you is that it’s also found in...
Today we will answer those fundamental questions and provide you with practical strategies to increase your fibre intake. This will reduce your risk of chronic disease, whilst also improving your overall health outcomes.
Fibre is the roughage of plant-based products. In terms of health benefits, fibre feeds our healthy gut bacteria, supports weight loss, can improve blood sugar levels and lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Sources of fibre
Benefits of fibre
Research shows that fibre-rich foods have an abundance of health benefits.
It typically occurs on parts of the body that produce oil, like the face, back and neck. Adolescents are the general sufferers, but this is now extending into adulthood. If acne is severe, it can lead to permanent scarring of the skin, as well as emotional distress.
So, what causes acne?
In terms of diet, acne is most associated with dairy-containing foods. This is because there is an amino acid called leucine, which is found in dairy-rich foods and can trigger acne. Leucine is also excellent for muscle building and is generally found in protein powders, specifically whey-based protein powders. Hence, why we see acne in a lot of...