Calcium is a mineral most famous for keeping our bones strong and healthy. In fact, over 99% of the calcium in our bodies is found in our bones and teeth. But calcium also serves a lot of other purposes in our bodies, such as helping our blood clot, our nerves send & receive signals, and keeping our hair & nails healthy. Dairy products are one of the most well-known sources of calcium, so if you are intolerant or following a vegan diet, finding alternative sources is essential. Here, we are going to look at 10 ways you can increase your calcium intake without dairy.
The battle to get children to eat their vegetables is as old as time itself, but for every family, it is a battle that is important to win. Teaching your children to eat healthy early on, and instilling in them a genuine fondness for the flavours will set them on the path of a good diet for life. To help you accomplish this all-important mission, we have laid out several ways to encourage your children to eat their vegetables.
Detoxing has become an extremely popular form of personal healthcare in recent years. With celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham all throwing their hat into the ring and advising their fans on what to use, it can be difficult to know which options are the best. There are lots of different options out there for you to choose from, such as smoothie plans, 3 day diets, 7 day diets, but they all involve a lot of the same ideas. In this blog, we’re going to focus on the vegetables that offer the best detoxifying qualities.
There have long been rumours that we tend to get sicker in winter, but we now have some evidence to support that. While the cold weather does not affect our immune systems as many thought, it seems that certain pathogens can survive better in winter. Combine this fact with the ‘breathing zone’ theory, which states that people spending more time indoors together helps spread illness, and you go a long way to understanding why some sicknesses spike during winter.
Despite a growing interest in healthy eating, the fast pace of the modern world means that many of us go for food that is tasty, quick, and convenient, rather than the food that is best for us. But as appealing and affordable as the plethora of options available to us may be, what we consume has a major impact on both our mental and physical health.
People can easily get swept up in all the excitement of Christmas, losing track of what, and how much, they’re eating. Since it’s a lot easier to gain weight than to lose it, we have put together a few tips to help keep you on track and avoid any unnecessary weight gain this Christmas.
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.