WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH VITAMIN D, by Alice Mackintosh

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH VITAMIN D, by Alice Mackintosh

It’s hard to know who or what to believe these days when it comes to our health and specifically our diets.  As new light is thrown on old evidence, which seems to contradict information that many previously took as gospel, the overall confusion about what we should and shouldn’t be doing grows.

NUTRITION 101 - ZINC

NUTRITION 101 - ZINC

Zinc is absolutely indispensable for our bodies, being needed to activate more than 300 enzymes. It’s found in cells throughout the body and is involved in cell division and cell growth.

It has anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant properties, and is vital for immunity, digestion, brain function, fertility, energy and hormone production.

It’s also needed structurally in our skin, hair and nails.

WHAT IS GI AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

WHAT IS GI AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

GI (glycaemic index) is a measure of how much carbohydrate-containing foods increase our blood glucose levels after consumption, as they are broken down into their constituent sugar molecules.

Pure glucose is the base measurement at 100.

The lower the GI, the lower the rise in blood glucose.

 

NUTRITION 101 – MAGNESIUM

NUTRITION 101 – MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is an essential mineral needed by our bodies in large quantities. It’s required for over 300 biochemical reactions yet deficient in much of the population.

It’s vital for bone health, regulating muscle & nerve control, energy production, electrolyte balance, protein synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism, heart & blood health.

It can also ease muscle tension, relax the nervous system & aid sleep.

 

‘SHOT TALKS’ – ASHLEIGH WILSON, FOUNDER OF THE BALLET HIIT WORKSHOP

‘SHOT TALKS’ – ASHLEIGH WILSON, FOUNDER OF THE BALLET HIIT WORKSHOP

Meet Ashleigh Wilson, member of the London Contemporary Ballet Theatre and founder of the London based Ballet HIIT Workshop.

Originally hailing from a farm in the Gauteng Province in South Africa, Ashleigh now resides in London where she works as a freelance artist and trainer.  

We discuss her healthy habits, wellness rituals and proudest achievements.

 

THE GLUTEN DEBATE - Should non-coeliacs go gluten-free?

THE GLUTEN DEBATE - Should non-coeliacs go gluten-free?

Few topics in nutrition have polarised opinion in recent years as much as the debate over gluten.

Some argue that removing gluten from your diet is the answer to a long list of ailments, whilst others think that the gluten-free trend has snowballed into an unnecessary, and potentially harmful, commercial juggernaut.

 

BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY – THE SHOT WAY

BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY – THE SHOT WAY

At SHOT, every single ingredient that we use has been carefully selected to ensure maximum nutritional benefit. Anything potentially harmful, including all chemicals and refined sugars, are avoided entirely.

The result is that the food and drink we produce is packed full of vitamins and minerals, including those essential to immune function. 

 

BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY – Ingredients to strengthen your defences

BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY – Ingredients to strengthen your defences

Before Christmas, we listed the 10 vitamins & minerals essential for the optimal functioning of your immune system.

Now we give you our top picks of foods to supercharge your defences; get these in to your diet to make 2017 a sickness free year!

 

BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY – 10 Vitamins & Minerals For Immune Function

BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY – 10 Vitamins & Minerals For Immune Function

As the temperature drops and the festive season begins, so the risk of cold & flu increases. Everyone knows the obvious tips; stay hydrated, get enough sleep and don’t party too much!

But to give yourself the best chance of surviving December unscathed, be smart with your food choices. Below, we list 10 key vitamins and minerals needed for your immune system to function optimally, and where to find them.

Each one of these has been proven to contribute to the normal function of the immune system, as per the EU Register of Nutrition and Health Claims.

 

CALORIE COUNTING – ONLY PART OF THE ANSWER

CALORIE COUNTING – ONLY PART OF THE ANSWER

There’s no getting away from the fact that the number of calories we consume plays a key role in whether we gain or lose weight.

In fact, for many years we were led to believe that it was the only variable that mattered. More recently, there’s been a backlash with many arguing that in fact we shouldn’t track calories at all.

The answer lies somewhere in the middle. If we consume more calories than we burn, we will inevitably gain weight.

But blindly chasing a calorie deficit is also a flawed strategy in the long-term, and here’s why.

 

TOP 10 DIET TIPS FOR BUILDING MUSCLE – MIKE BURT (ONE PERFORMANCE UK)

TOP 10 DIET TIPS FOR BUILDING MUSCLE – MIKE BURT (ONE PERFORMANCE UK)

Mike Burt is a former European Powerlifting Champion, veteran of the personal training world and the founder of One Performance UK, a premium provider of Personal Training and Sports Therapy services, located in Richmond. Here, he gives us his top 10 diet tips for gaining muscle mass.

To find out more about One Performance UK, visit http://oneperformanceuk.com or contact info@oneperformanceuk.com

 

10 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CHEMICAL LOAD

10 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CHEMICAL LOAD

The modern world is awash with chemicals, with the food industry being no exception.

Mass production and the demand for cheap products from all over the world means that finding clean and natural food has become a challenge. Modern farming techniques go to new and unnatural lengths in order to support growing global demand whilst adhering to strict guidelines imposed by supermarkets.

The result is produce that has been sprayed, treated and injected with chemicals to make it grow faster, bigger and more enticing.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTEIN

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTEIN

The importance of protein cannot be overstated. It’s not just the domain of the bodybuilder; protein is involved in virtually every cell function. We need it for immunity, detoxification, hormone balance, brain function, gut function, sleep and much more.

It’s the key component of hair and nails; a vital building block of muscles, skin, bones and cartilage; essential to the building and repair of tissues, and involved in the production of enzymes and hormones. Furthermore, unlike carbohydrates and fats, our bodies cannot efficiently store protein.

3 TIPS TO BOOST ENERGY THROUGH DIET

3 TIPS TO BOOST ENERGY THROUGH DIET

The demands of modern day life leave many of us feeling constantly fatigued.

Whilst it’s normal to feel tired now and then, the number of people reporting chronically low energy has risen sharply in recent years. Many of us just assume that this lethargy is our new norm, or even worse, don’t notice the exhaustion until we’re forced to stand still for a moment.