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Should You Take Vitamin D Supplements to Reduce Your Risk of Fractures?

Should You Take Vitamin D Supplements to Reduce Your Risk of Fractures?

Health
  To follow up on my previous post on calcium supplementation, this post will be on the effect that vitamin D supplementation has on fractures risk. The majority of our vitamin D comes from the sun and a small amount comes from our diet. Surprisingly, even though Australia is known for its sunny weather, approximately one third of Australians are deficient in vitamin D [1].   With the knowledge that vitamin D increases the effect of calcium, it is common sense to assume that it would reduce the risk of fractures. To make the assumption even stronger, vitamin D supplementation also leads to an increase in bone mineral density [2-3].   Although in theory vitamin D supplementation should reduce fractures risk, after going through every study in the past 20…
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2 Tips to Banish Acne with Your Diet

2 Tips to Banish Acne with Your Diet

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  Anyone who has acne can appreciate how difficult it can be to get rid of. Many people, like myself have tried a variety of ointments and skin cleansers with minimal improvements. One largely overlooked strategy to help clear up acne is to focus on diet.   To understand the effect of diet on acne, it is important to understand what acne is. Acne is a skin condition, characterised by the inflammation of the sebaceous glands (the small glands in the skin which secrete oil into the hair follicles) which causes the glands to become clogged with dead skin and excess oil. The severity of Acne differs between each individual, most commonly appearing as pimples, black heads and white heads on the face, neck and back. Follow the following three…
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Do Calcium Supplements Reduce the Risk of Fractures?

Do Calcium Supplements Reduce the Risk of Fractures?

Health
  While I was contemplating what I could write for my first blog post, I was trying to think what I could offer that nobody else in the nutrition world was already providing. The conclusion that I came to was the findings of my systematic review that I did in my final year at university, on the topic of whether calcium and vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of fractures in people 50+ years old. I never published the results and I chose this subject because there had been no clear answer in the research, so I figured that it’s something that I could share that nobody else could. To keep things short and sweet, I’ll do this post on calcium first and then do a separate post on vitamin…
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Spice up Your Salads with This Simple Olive Oil Dressing

Spice up Your Salads with This Simple Olive Oil Dressing

Food
  This is one of my favourite recipes that I am sharing with you! It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s most importantly, DELICIOUS and HEALTHY! How could you possibly say no to that? I love adding this to my salads, particularly when I have a lot of green leaves (which I find can be quite boring in flavour but that’s just me!) I have become quite obsessed with olive oil since I started doing my research on the Mediterranean diet – I honestly put it on everything I can #noshame – so I couldn’t think of a better way to funk up my salads than with an extra virgin olive oil based salad. So.. using extra virgin olive oil as my base – this salad dressing will spice up any…
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Should I Go Gluten Free?

Should I Go Gluten Free?

GI Disorders, Health
    With so many gluten free products hitting the shelves, you may start to wonder whether going gluten free will help enhance your health. However, before you go cold turkey on gluten, are there actually any general health benefits to following a gluten free diet? Keep reading to find out exactly what gluten is and why going gluten free may benefit some people but not others.   What is gluten anyway? Gluten is a mixture of two proteins, glutenin and gliadin, naturally found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Gluten is also artificially added to many processed foods such as gravy and candy bars. Gluten plays an important role in maintaining a foods shape and structure. For instance, gluten is added to gravy to ensure it is…
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The Survival Guide for Honours: Tips and Tricks

The Survival Guide for Honours: Tips and Tricks

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  Have you thought about doing Honours? Whether you are a nutrition student or a dietitian, the option to do Honours in Nutrition is available to anyone who has done undergraduate or post-graduate studies in this field. I completed my Honours year in 2016 at La Trobe University and I ended the year with First Class Honours. My thesis was titled, ‘The Effect of the Mediterranean Diet on Visceral Fat in Australian Patients Post-Cardiac Event’, we aimed to explore whether the Mediterranean diet could reduce visceral fat at 3-months and whether this effect was sustained or larger at 6 months in a non-Mediterranean population group. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the AusMed research team, which is led by Professor. Catherine Itsiopoulos, A/Prof Audrey Tierney, A/Prof Mike…
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High Healthy Fats Diet Effect on Weight

High Healthy Fats Diet Effect on Weight

Body Composition, Health
    In the past, high fat diets have been slammed for their ability to increase weight and effect our overall health. Although, diets which are high in fat are often high in saturated fats and trans fats, which have been continually linked to obesity and cardiovascular disease. But what about a diet which is high in healthy fats such polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) and monounsaturated fats (MUFAs)? More recent systematic reviews have highlighted the ability of high healthy fat dietary patterns such as the Mediterranean diet, to support modest weight loss in centrally obese individuals [1]. In addition to this, the Mediterranean diet has also been shown to reduce waist circumference among a Mediterranean population group [2,3,4], as well as also reporting significant declines in body weight after a 5-year…
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5 Nutrition Hacks to Ensure Optimal Progress in the Gym

5 Nutrition Hacks to Ensure Optimal Progress in the Gym

Body Composition
  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that getting that muscular, toned body is 80% nutrition and only 20% training, or that abs are made in the kitchen. A proper diet is vital to ensuring that you see optimal progress at the gym. Without adequate nutrition, not only does your body lack the fuel it needs to push through a tough workout, it is unable to effectively recover and grow after each session. This article will outline 5 nutrition hacks to ensure that you are getting the full benefits out of each session.    1) Ensure you are eating enough kilojoules   Consuming the correct amount of kilojoules per day is vital to ensuring you are seeing progress at the gym. Consuming too many kilojoules can cause your body to…
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Introducing the Ideal Nutrition Blog

Introducing the Ideal Nutrition Blog

News
  Ideal Nutrition is a dietetics private practice currently offering dietetic and nutritional services at Xceler8 24hr Fitness in Wagga Wagga. With only one dietitian initially (myself), the practice caters for all goals that can be achieved through nutrition. While Ideal Nutrition is set up so that it can cater for all goals and conditions, its specialties are weight-loss, diabetes and sports nutrition. The goal of the business is to help as many people as possible through improving their nutrition. Clearly this goal will be impossible to undertake with only one dietitian, which is why there are intentions to hire additional dietitians and expand to as many locations as possible. What will happen in the future isn’t clear, but the goal of helping people improve their lives is definitely going…
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What Is a Mediterranean Diet and What Are the Benefits?

What Is a Mediterranean Diet and What Are the Benefits?

Health
  What is a Mediteranen Diet? The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating based on traditional foods and drinks of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The archetypal traditional ‘Cretan’ Mediterranean diet was first established three decades ago as a cardio-protective diet in the Seven Countries Study [1]. Keys and co-workers found that residents in Crete in Greece had the lowest mortality from heart disease and this was positively associated with their dietary pattern. This traditional dietary pattern is characterized by an abundance of plant-based foods such as leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, whole grain cereals, nuts and seeds, olive oil used as the main added dietary fat, moderate amounts of low-fat dairy products, fish and seafood, smaller quantities of red meat and red wine to be…
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