Iron Deficiency – Are You at Risk?

Iron Deficiency – Are You at Risk?

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Nutrient deficiencies are not often thought to be big issues in developed countries such as Australia, with access to fresh food and water it can be easy for us to get adequate nutrients from a balanced diet. However, Iron deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies in the world, affecting more than 25% of people worldwide. Young women are at particular risk, with higher requirements for iron during childbearing age. Iron is a mineral required for a number of functions within the body including making red blood cells and transporting oxygen around the body. It is also important for producing energy, optimal immune function and storing oxygen in our muscles. Iron is an essential mineral meaning you must get it from food. The symptoms of iron deficiency include general…
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The Debate on Dairy – Is It Beneficial?

The Debate on Dairy – Is It Beneficial?

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Dairy for many was once a staple in our diet – with milk poured over cereal, added to tea or coffee, blended into milkshakes or served straight from the carton as a refreshing drink. Today, however, dairy often takes a back seat with more people opting for dairy-free alternatives whether it be due to ethical reasons, intolerances or the increase of popular “wellness trends”. Statistics confirm that dairy consumption is on the decline. According to the most recent 2011-2012 Australian Health Survey, more than half the Australian population (aged 2 years and over) have inadequate intakes of calcium. This means a lot of people are not consuming the recommended three serves of dairy per day. Milk consumption in Australia is higher than most western nations, with figures from Dairy Australia…
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Why You Should Include Omega 3s in Your Diet

Why You Should Include Omega 3s in Your Diet

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You have probably heard the term good fats and bad fats being thrown around and it can be confusing differentiating between the two, however, omega-3s are definitely a type of good fat that you should be including more in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids refer to a family of essential fatty acids that play numerous important roles within the body. Our bodies do not produce these types of fats on their own and therefore we must get them from food. There are a number of different types of Omega-3 fatty acids but the three most important types are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Not only does your body require Omega-3 fatty acids to function, but they also deliver a number of proven health benefits, including…
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