How to Encourage Your Children to be Healthy

How to Encourage Your Children to be Healthy

Health
Are your kids as healthy as they could be? The early years of a child’s life are an important period in establishing positive attitudes and behaviours towards health. To give you an idea about the latest findings, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports interesting insights, including: • 2.5% of children aged 5-14 and 3.3% of people aged 15-24 eat enough fruit and vegetables. • 26% of children aged 5-14 and 22% of young people aged 15-24 are overweight or obese. Encouraging your children to pursue an active lifestyle The above statistics and insights are certainly concerning. That’s why it’s important to encourage your kids to lead a healthy lifestyle. Here are three ways to do just this. 1. Playing sports The benefits of playing sport are well documented.…
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Gut-Friendly Foods

Gut-Friendly Foods

GI Disorders
Your gut is home to an entire ecosystem of gut microbiota (bacteria), which has a holistic influence on your health. There are tens of trillions of microorganisms (consisting of at least 1000 different species of known bacteria) that are responsible for helping our digestive systems break down food, filter toxins, absorb vitamins, support the immune system, and balance hormone levels that affect our moods. As a home doctor I always advise patients to look after their children’s and their own gut health, because so many elements of life can throw gut bacteria out of balance. In most cases you can keep your gut happy and healthy by eating a diet high in probiotic bacteria and prebiotic carbohydrates, as these promote the growth and activity of good bacteria. Together, probiotics and…
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Nutrients go best in pairs

Nutrients go best in pairs

Health
Author: Dr Ryan Harvey, House Call Doctor When we think of nutrition we tend to focus on the benefits of individual nutrients, but what we don’t think about is how the nutrients in our food can work together. Segmenting nutrients in our mind can be beneficial, as it helps us remember their benefits and avoid deficiencies. However, it’s also important to know which nutrients are best paired together. The correct pairing of nutrients (i.e. foods) will create the best absorption possible and leave you feeling happy and healthy at the end of a meal. This is the reason why healthy, natural food enriched with nutrients is preferred over nutrient specific supplements in most situations. Here are the nutrient pairs that can give your body the best advantage at absorbing nutritional…
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