It could be said that we are in the midst of a food revolution. There is more information available than ever before about the link between diet and wellbeing, prompting consumers to ask more questions about the food they buy. This is undoubtedly a positive step, but it doesn’t come without hurdles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.