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...
That must mean it has many health benefits, right? Wrong. Coconut oil would have to be one of the most misrepresented “health foods” on the market. Sure, it’s got beneficial properties, but they don’t generally extend to food. Today we will separate fact from fiction when it comes to coconut oil.
Let’s jump right in and address the myth we’re all thinking about.
Coconut oil is healthy because it contains multiple chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are good for weight loss, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
In reality, only 10-13% of coconut oil is made up of MCTs, with the remainder being saturated fat. These two fats DO NOT have the same effects. Saturated fat is responsible for elevating the LDL-cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Now let’s put this into perspective. 1...
The feeling of ‘hunger’ drives us to eat. Our brains require energy, which is derived from the foods and fluids we consume. Without enough energy, our brains cannot run effectively, and our bodies begin to shut down.
Appetite is based on pleasure, and is influenced by what we see, smell, taste and even think! You may be familiar with the concept ‘Pavlov’s dog’ which describes a process of conditioning dogs to salivate when exposed to the idea of food. This same concept applies to humans, as when we’re tempted with something tasty, our bodies react and prepare by increasing saliva and excitement levels.
Challenges relating to appetite
And what does that mean? Well, It’s time to purchase an advent calendar and get ready for the Christmas pudding! Christmas is a time of celebration. Once a year, we get together with our families, sing a Christmas tune and indulge in some Aussie delights. This could include honey-glazed turkey, nana’s homemade rumballs and a bevvy (or two).
So today we will explore some common questions us dietitians receive as we head into the silly season!
As a dietitian, are you worried about Chrissy weight gain?
Christmas weight gain is always a consideration of mine, due to the fact that it can be a month of over-indulgence (well, for me it is). Nutrition Australia has released new research stating that the average weight gain around the X'mas period is 0.8-1.5kg. What's even scarier, is that the evidence...
Life can be stressful. And how do we deal with stress? We eat….well, many of us do. Food can be a comforting tool, to momentarily slide that stress away and make us feel better. But why do we do this? And what impact does this have on our long-term health? Today, we’ll explore these questions by firstly explaining the stress response.
The stress response
When we feel stressed out, our body produces a hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol interacts with the appetite-regulating hormone, leptin. Leptin is responsible for suppressing our appetite after we’ve had a feed.
Chronic stress can elevate cortisol and block the effects of leptin. This means that a person is more likely to overeat and feel hungry all the time. Other implications include an increased risk of chronic disease development, like cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes.
So why do we stress eat?
Eating food can dampen our stress response by eliciting positive psychological...
What is the Set Point Theory?
In the world of weight loss, the set point theory is a common discussion point. The set point theory describes a specific weight that our body wants to be. Our body weight can fluctuate up or down slightly, but it generally returns to its regular set point. This set point weight is usually determined at the end of puberty, hence why it’s so important to pursue a healthy weight pre-adulthood.
Where did the set point theory come from?
As humans, we have been designed to maintain our weight. In centuries gone by, our bodies were required to store fat to get us through the winter. Maintaining weight has been ingrained into our genetics as a protective mechanism. The problem is, we don’t need this mechanism anymore. We’ve got heaters and blankets now.
If we lose too much weight, our body starts to put up a fight. Our metabolism slows down, hunger hormones increase, and our appetite-suppressing hormones become less...