The 6 Best Foods for Your Thyroid

The 6 Best Foods for Your Thyroid

Health
The thyroid gland, a small yet powerful butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, is responsible for producing a range of hormones that help maintain many of the body’s processes such as metabolic processes, heart rate, weight, body temperature and blood pressure. This small gland plays an extremely crucial role in the endocrine system, and works with the nervous and immune system to ultimately regulate metabolism. When a gland involved in so many important bodily processes starts to deplete in function, it can really take a toll on your health in a number of unpleasant ways. An underactive or overactive thyroid gland (termed hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism respectively) produce opposite symptoms. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, fatigue, feeling cold, hair loss, dry skin and constipation. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism often mirror those…
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The New Nordic Diet – Could Scandinavian be the New Mediterranean?

The New Nordic Diet – Could Scandinavian be the New Mediterranean?

Health
Scandinavia – the land of incredible healthcare systems, more paid holiday days than anywhere else in the world and subsidised tertiary education, amongst many other qualities. With all these amazing assets, who wouldn’t be inspired by the Scandinavian lifestyle? They must be doing something right, considering recent studies have shown that the Nordic countries are home to some of the happiest people in the world. With recent hype around diets such as the Mediterranean diet and veganism, the Nordic countries have had one of their greatest and most beautiful secrets practically pushed to the side and concealed from the global media spotlight: the Nordic diet. What is the Nordic diet? As the name suggests, the Nordic diet features foods that are native, traditional and easily sourced in Denmark, Sweden, Norway,…
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The Lowdown on Lactose Intolerance

The Lowdown on Lactose Intolerance

GI Disorders
You’re at a party and everyone’s having the time of their lives - drinking, dancing, eating. Soon enough, it’s time for the best part of the night. Yep, time for that gloriously rich and succulent mud cake, topped with chocolate swirls and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate – doesn’t get any better than that, right? Well, unfortunately that’s not quite the case for approximately 65% of the world's population who are, to some degree, lactose intolerant. What is lactose intolerance? Lactose intolerance is characterized by the inability to completely digest the sugar found in dairy products, called lactose. Lactose is a disaccharide, meaning it is composed of two single sugar molecules – one unit of galactose, and one unit of glucose joined together. This inability to digest lactose…
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Nutrition in the Digital Age

Nutrition in the Digital Age

Health
Social media, arguably one of the most expansive and dominant media forms in recent times, has quickly grown to become a powerhouse of connections and information. From what started as a seemingly innocent way to connect and share our lives with friends and family, social media has transformed into an almost incomprehensibly-sized platform for practically anything you can imagine - ranging from budding a relationship to fostering a new business. Social media, whilst a great place to connect with loved ones, has brought along the opportunity for anybody and everybody to voice their opinions on almost every matter – including nutrition. When becoming a nutritionist only requires an internet connection With a simple web search, a world of information is readily available to be read, interpreted and used - but…
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