Nutrition for Bone Health

Nutrition for Bone Health

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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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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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What You Need to Know About Going Vegan

What You Need to Know About Going Vegan

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There are a plethora of reasons why people might choose veganism – for the environment, for their health or just because it’s the latest trend. In any case, it is important to understand the pros and cons of going vegan. So, if you are vegan, or have ever thought about going vegan, read on! What is Veganism? For those of you who don’t know, veganism is the complete avoidance of animal products such as dairy, eggs and meat. A less obvious example of an animal product is jelly beans, which are sometimes coloured with insect blood! While not all are strict enough to avoid traces of insect blood in their candy, all vegans do run the risk of serious malnutrition if the diet is not properly managed. The Cons Cobalamin…
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Do Calcium Supplements Reduce the Risk of Fractures?

Do Calcium Supplements Reduce the Risk of Fractures?

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Recently I asked myself a question about whether there were any topics of nutrition that I could write about that very few people in the nutrition world were 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 above fifty years of age. 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. It never made sense to me why there was no clear result in the research. Calcium has always been strongly linked to increases or maintenance of bone mineral…
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