Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnancy Nutrition

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Pregnancy is experienced in many different ways. Some women talk about the magic of it all with dreamy eyes and glowing skin, while others roll around uncomfortably making silent wishes that this baby would just get out already. No matter how you experience pregnancy, it really is a miracle. A little human is growing inside of you, which will one day emerge and go on to live its own life (maybe create its own offspring one day). How do we give our child the best start? What can we do to ensure that our child lives a long and happy life? More and more research is suggesting that the very earliest of life stages are of upmost importance for future wellbeing. In utero nutrition is often underestimated by doctors and…
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The B’s

The B’s

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Vitamin B comes in many forms, all of which are essential to the diet. I’m here to shed some light on this complex nutrient and highlight its important place in our daily diets. The B’s touch many aspects of health so in order to achieve wellbeing, adequate vitamin B is crucial. B1 B1, also known as thiamine. B1 is found naturally in beef, pork, oranges, nuts, oats and eggs. However, we mostly consume it in fortified cereals. Thiamine is so important to our diet that it is legally mandated that all cereals (for example, bread and pasta) have added thiamine. The major role of thiamine is within carbohydrate and branched chain amino acid metabolism. The RDI for vitamin B1 is 1.2mg/d for males and 1.1mg/d for females. 1 cup of…
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Bones Need Nutrients Too

Bones Need Nutrients Too

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Without bones, we would be piles of mush on the floor. Sounds dramatics, and the image it conjures is a little graphic, but it’s the truth. Bones offer support and rigidity to our bodies. Our ribs protect our lungs and heart, our spines keep us upright, our skull protects our brain and our arm and leg bones make us functional. You’re probably getting the idea by now- bones are extremely important. By the same logic, it is important to keep them healthy. If you’re interested in keeping all 206 of your bones in good shape, well into old age, read on. Making Your Youth Count It’s a fact that most bone mass is laid down in the first 25-30 years of your life. This mass is carried into old age…
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New Year, New Nutrition

New Year, New Nutrition

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Every year millions around the world take a New Year’s vow to eat healthier and exercise more. As the fireworks set off at midnight, and 2017 turned into 2018, did you make a similar resolution? Here’s some tips for meeting your New Year’s resolutions and having a happy and healthy 2018. 1. Setting Your Goals The resolution ‘eat healthier’ is far too vague. Often, it is not the difficultly of the resolution that causes its failure, but instead, its quality. If you want to get serious about your New Year’s resolutions, you’ve got to smarten up! SMART goals are specific, measureable, achievable, realistic and timely. Be Specific In order to make your goals specific, include detail. Convert ‘eat healthier’ to ‘eat less fast food, cook more at home and buy…
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A Merry Christmas and A Healthier New Year

A Merry Christmas and A Healthier New Year

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It’s that time of the year again. The stockings are hung, the tinsel is on the tree and Dad has spent 3 hours getting the Christmas lights to look just right. I’ll admit one of my absolute favourite things about the festive season is the food, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. The trifle, the ham, the gingerbread, the cocktails, the rumballs. I put on a couple of kilos just thinking about it! Swap It Don’t Stop It No, I didn’t come up with the ‘swap it don’t stop it’ slogan all by myself. I’ve borrowed it from a Government campaign that encourages small healthy changes in daily life. The idea is that these small changes will add up to big health improvements. For example, swapping the morning…
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Food That Makes You Sick

Food That Makes You Sick

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We generally only question the safety of our food in Asian countries, or at dicey Mexican mystery meat takeaways. These sort of food toxins take quite obvious and violent effects on our health. Often, we forget to consider more sinister, and less obvious food toxins consumed on a daily basis. While 24 hours spent over the toilet (thanks, seafood cocktail sushi!) is unpleasant, the food toxins with less acute affects are more worrying. BPA BPA stands for bisphenol A. You may have heard of it before. I will admit until I investigated it for myself, I thought BPA was a health con. A myth made up to scare the health conscious into paying more for the same products. I shook my head when my mother scolded me for reusing a…
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Fighting Obesity with Food

Fighting Obesity with Food

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Too much food makes us fat. By this logic, it makes sense to combat obesity with less food. While this simplistic energy in, energy out algorithm has driven weight loss diets for many years, perhaps there are more sophisticated ways to address weight loss. It’s not just the amount of food we eat, but the type. Research suggests some foods assist in weight loss, more so than others. Brown Adipose Tissue Thermogenesis refers to the energy our bodies expend, due to the food we eat. It can be broken down into two main categories; adaptive and obligatory. Obligatory energy losses are those used for gut movement, nutrient absorption and other activities necessary to digestion. These energy losses cannot be modified to any great extent. Adaptive energy losses are of more…
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The Diabetes Epidemic

The Diabetes Epidemic

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  Diabetes is a chronic disease taking our world by storm. There is an estimated 1.2 million Australians diagnosed with diabetes. Of this 1.2 million, most are diagnosed with preventable type 2 diabetes. How much trouble are we really in? What can we do to change course, off this bleak path? Understanding Diabetes Diabetes comes in 3 varieties; type 2, type 1 and gestational. They all have one thing in common- high blood glucose levels (BGL). What is different between the 3 types, is how they progress, why they occur and how they are treated. Type 2 Diabetes Despite largely being preventable, type 2 diabetes dominates the diabetes scene. It is often the result of unhealthy eating and physical inactivity. This lifestyle results in high BGL, which puts pressure on…
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Crazy About Curcumin

Crazy About Curcumin

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If you’ve ever seen bright orange turmeric lattes on Instagram and wondered what all the fuss I about, read on! Curcumin is a valuable phytonutrient within turmeric. While its food sources are limited, it can be found in a myriad of bottled forms. As a pill, or in the form of food, what are the benefits of consuming curcumin? The Benefits Curcumin is found to decrease systemic inflammation. This can help in the reduction of almost all obesity related co-morbidities including cancer, diabetes, hypertension and liver damage. It deactivates a signalling molecule known as Nf-Kappa-B (NfKB). NfKB modulates gene expression of inflammatory cytokines. By inhibiting this molecule, curcumin inhibits the production of cytokines. Hence, reducing inflammation. Curcumin is also an anti-oxidant. This means it helps naturalise the harmful reactive species…
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Hungry for Health

Hungry for Health

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  I love my food. And I hate being hungry. In fact, I don’t get hungry, I get hangry (any one of my friends will tell you). The benefits of fasting have to be pretty darn spectacular for me to even consider giving it a go. After some research, I was pretty impressed with what I found and I’m shocked to say, that even I, a hunger hater, would consider going hungry for health. Helpful Hunger In the 1930’s the American Great Depression saw severe drought and food restriction. During this time, the average life expectancy (unexpectedly) increased by 6 years! Nowadays, westerners can go a lifetime without experiencing true hunger and life expectancy (for the first time in history) is going down. This pushes the question; are these two…
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