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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.