Sadly, summer is now firmly behind us once more, and the autumn weather is ploughing full speed ahead.So to help you prepare for winter and stave off sickness, we have compiled a list of foods that will help your immune system stay on top of its game, hopefully protecting you from a few weeks of sniffs and sneezes.
Whether it’s for the likes of fried chicken and ice cream, or a healthy piece of fruit, we all get hit with sudden food cravings every now and again. It’s easy to put this down to simply being in the mood for a snack you like, but when your body is telling you something, there’s always a reason. Depending on what you crave, your body could be trying to tell you any number of things, and it’s important to listen. Here we’re going to outline some of the main food cravings, and the meanings behind them.
Many people start running as a part of a general lifestyle change to get fit and lose weight. Running burns a lot of calories (an average of about 100 calories per mile), so you would think that would lead to weight loss. However, this is not always the case with some runners finding they don’t lose any weight. There is no straight forward answer on this, as everyone is different, but here are some things to take into consideration…
Eating the right amount of protein and carbohydrates immediately after exercise can assist with protein synthesis and carbohydrate replacement. As a general guide, athletes should consume 1-2 of the following snacks after exercise.
Given that most ‘fun-runs’ are conducted in the morning, it doesn't make sense to sacrifice sleep in order to eat and digest a full meal (which would mean you’d have to start eating 2 to 4 hours before the event). Here’s a guide to what you should and shouldn't eat before your runs.
We’ve all heard of lactose intolerance, but do you really know what it is? There’s a good chance that you think it is the medical term for a dairy allergy, but the two are in fact completely unrelated conditions. This blog will look at the definition and various forms of lactose intolerance, as well as its implications.
April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, and despite the fact that IBS is not something most people would like to discuss, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, an estimated 10-15% of the global population is thought to have IBS, so the condition is more common than most of us realise.
While we often hear about the physical benefits of a healthy diet, today we’re going to look at what foods you can eat to improve your mood.
It goes without saying that we need water to survive, but water doesn't just give you life, it can also help you improve it. Here are the five main reasons you should drink more water.
Every year we tell ourselves that we will take it easy on the indulgence over the Christmas season and every year the temptation grows and grows until we are overcome by the turkey, desserts and seasonal treats. This is followed by an impulse New Year’s resolution purchase of a pricey gym membership and a painful diet.
This is the biggest mistake people make because they are not addressing the issue at hand. You need to look at what has caused you to gain weight and how you can counteract these factors to bring you back to a normal, regulated diet and exercise regime.
Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you have to go hungry. In fact, rather than starving yourself, eating foods that are filling but not fattening is a far more effective way to lose weight, so here are five foods you can eat that will help you lose weight.
The 14th of November 2016 is World Diabetes Day, which aims to raise awareness and spread information about diabetes. In honour of this important day, we’ve compiled a list of the five best superfoods for diabetics.
World Sight Day is held on the second Thursday of October every year. This year, it falls on the 13th, so in honour of this, we’ve put together a list of some of the best foods you can eat to keep your eyes as healthy as possible.
September is Irish Heart Month, which will see a focus across the country on the importance of a healthy diet to support your heart and keep it beating strong for years to come. The key to a heart-healthy diet is knowing your limitations – rather than focusing on the idea of “bad foods” or foods to avoid, the importance is on moderation and being aware of what you’re putting into your body (because it will affect what you get back).
When we eat, the food we consume is broken down by the acids & enzymes in our bodies. The carbohydrates in our food then turns into glucose, which enters our bloodstream and can be used for energy or stored as fat. This is accomplished with the help of insulin, which our bodies essentially track in real time.
You may have heard some talk lately about plant-based diets, but with so many different diets out there, it can be hard to keep track of all of them. You may think the name suggests it is just another way to say vegetarian or vegan, and while that’s not far off, it’s not exactly right.
Kale has become an increasingly popular element of many people's daily diet in recent years. The leafy green has been described as one of the most nutritious foods known to science - but what exactly are its benefits?