It’s time to stress less. What vitamins you should be taking during stressful times

By | February 16th, 2018|Nutrition, Uncategorized|

Have you been experiencing tightness in your body, tiredness, headaches, sleep disturbances or digestive issues? You may be suffering from stress which impacts both our physical and mental health. If you are up-against deadlines taking time out to relax may not be an option (do remember that however busy you are compromising on sleep is counter-productive as this directly impacts your productivity!) so ensure you are supporting your body in the best way possible by including the following supplements into [...]

Soy milk – good or bad?

By | February 12th, 2018|Nutrition|

A new study has been published claiming that nutritionally speaking, soy milk is the best dairy alternative. The study claims soy has the most 'balanced nutritional profile', however, it also states that one main drawback of this option is the presence of 'anti-nutrients'; substances that reduce nutrient intake and digestion. So, is soy milk good or bad? Soy milk comes from processing soybeans and is an alternative for those with a lactose intolerance, however, did you know that there is a strong correlation between having a [...]

5 surprising facts about the sunshine vitamin

By | January 16th, 2018|Nutrition|

This essential nutrient gets a lot of press but did you know these 5 surprising facts about the sunshine vitamin? 1. Sunscreen screens more than sunshine (say that 3 times fast...) Did you know that being super strict with your sunscreen application may actually be hindering your exposure to vitamin D? We're not suggesting you stop protecting your skin against UVB rays, but it's important to know that sunscreen with a sun protection factor 15 or more blocks more than [...]

The real reason why you’re tired all the time

By | December 10th, 2017|Nutrition|

Trouble getting out of bed in the morning now it’s cold and dark? Well, you aren’t alone. Winter tiredness is an actual thing, even the NHS recommends ways to beat it... The question is, is it purely coincidence that winter is associated with sleepiness? Surely there more to it than red wine and log fires? Read on for real reasons why that snooze button is getting a lot of love this winter. Melatonin Melatonin, the sleep hormone which makes us [...]

Anxiety

By | April 26th, 2017|Nutrition|

With exposure to social media being almost inescapable, we are inundated, like never before, with aspirational, glamourized and to a certain extent, unattainable lifestyles.  The hours in our days remain the same, however the expectations of higher levels of productivity are continuously on the increase.  It is no wonder that stress-related symptoms are all too often becoming common place, with anxiety being a silent but detrimental disorder. Anxiety is a normal emotion which helps us to recognise real problems [...]

What should we eat for a healthy heart?

By | March 27th, 2017|Nutrition|

The term 'heart-health' is used freely in the food and supplement industry, often with little evidence behind health claims.  In 2014, cardiovascular disease (CVD) was the second main cause of death in the UK.  Although mortality rates have gone down by 68% between 1980 and 2013 in the UK, hospital admissions for all CVD increased by over 46,000 from 2010 to 2015. 36,500 of these were men. Our hearts give us life, and although no one is immune to [...]

Exercise Has The Power To Heal

By | February 21st, 2017|Nutrition|

We all know exercise is good for us, but do we know exactly why? The first things that often spring to mind are the correlation between regular exercise and keeping your heart healthy and excess weight off. But what causes these associations, are these even proven, and are there more reasons that should be motivating us to swap an evening on the sofa for an activity that increases our heart rate instead? How much exercise do we need? If you [...]

Gut health: Pre-, pro-, and synbiotics

By | February 3rd, 2017|Nutrition|

What is the microbiome? Our gut bacteria is increasingly being recognised as key to health. The more we understand about our microbiome, the more we can work towards manipulating our health. Our gastrointestinal (GI) tract, houses up to 1000 distant bacterial species. The activity of these microbes control some of our body’s vital processes, ranging from our mood, immune defences, and our metabolism. Microbiota metabolic functions are mainly based on the fermentation of available substrates that have escaped digestion [...]

The Science Behind The Detoxification Process

By | January 2nd, 2017|Nutrition|

As a society we are exposed to more toxic compounds in the air, water and food chain than ever before and there are countless scientific papers which support the fact that an individuals’ ability to detoxify substances is of critical importance to achieve optimal levels of health. The body processes toxins via the liver and excretes them through sweat (our skin is our largest organ) urine and stools. Although we can reduce toxin exposure by avoiding consuming foods which [...]

Foodie Hotspots on The Gold Coast

By | December 26th, 2016|Nutrition|

My last trip to the Gold Coast was five years ago. I remember being inspired by the 6am beach joggers, families hiking in Springbrook National Park and a memorable trip to Govindas, a delicious vegetarian restaurant on James Street in Burleigh. This December I returned for much needed family time and have seen, tasted and experienced a whole new Gold Coast; one with an advanced nutrition scene and an infectious attitude to embracing fitness, and importantly wellbeing. The Gold Coast [...]

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