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Important Nutrients For Athletes And Where To Find Them

Important Nutrients For Athletes And Where To Find Them

Life is busy and finding time to eat a nutritionally balanced diet can be a struggle. We live in a culture of convenience foods which may not always be packed with the essential nutrients that your body requires; especially if you are active regularly. Couple that with conflicting and confusing sports nutrition available and it can be an absolute mission trying to figure out what to eat and when. If you train a lot or partake in competitive sports, then having a basic understanding of eating to fuel your activity is essential.

Today our head dietitian, Michelle, wants to highlight some key nutrients that are worth prioritising in your diet if you take part in regular activity and where to find them.

Diet And Dental Health: Nutrition Strategies For Healthy Teeth

Diet And Dental Health: Nutrition Strategies For Healthy Teeth

Anyone who remembers the 90s can tell you how much Ireland has changed over the past 30 years. But while you may hear plenty of comments about the influence of the Catholic Church, or how all those houses used to be fields, there is one area people will usually overlook: dental health. It may not be obvious, but the state of dental health in Ireland has improved dramatically since 1990. This is thanks in part to significant investment in the sector, but the impact of lifestyle changes shouldn’t be ignored.

Gout Diet: What To Eat And What To Avoid

Gout Diet: What To Eat And What To Avoid

As May is Arthritis Awareness month, we at Spectrum Nutrition aim to spread awareness on the diseases that may affect the overall health of many people within the Irish population. 

If you have been suffering with severe and prolonged joint pain, you may be at risk for having gout. Almost 1 in every 20 people in Ireland suffer from gout; this means that there are over 140,000 people who face this form of chronic joint pain. This whopping number constitutes for around 4% of the population and it seems that the number of people with this condition has been increasing at an alarming rate.

Does Diet Have An Effect On Osteoporosis?

Does Diet Have An Effect On Osteoporosis?

If you have ever closely examined a bone, you may remember that it appeared to have lots of tiny holes, similar to a sponge or a honeycomb. The presence of these holes means bones are much more lightweight than if they were completely solid, but the size and spread of the holes means the bone is still incredibly strong and durable. Osteoporosis, which literally means “porous bone”, is a condition where these holes are much larger than they should be, either because the bone has lost density, or never produced it in the first place.

The Sugar Tax: What It Really Means

The Sugar Tax: What It Really Means

At their most fundamental level, taxes are intended to raise money and cut costs for the government by changing consumer behaviour. Activities that the government wants to discourage, such as drinking and smoking, are taxed heavily, while activities that they want to encourage, such as buying from within your own country or driving an electric car, are taxed at a reduced rate, or given exemptions.

How To Eat Intuitively This Festive Period

How To Eat Intuitively This Festive Period

For most people, Christmas is one of the best times of the year. It is a time when we get to indulge and treat ourselves to a variety of presents and treats without feeling guilty. But as fun as it may be, letting yourself go too crazy can mean you spend most of next year trying to shed the pounds you put on in a few short weeks. To help address this issue, we’ve laid out a few tips to help you treat yourself without mistreating your body.

10 Everyday Tips For Managing Your IBS

10 Everyday Tips For Managing Your IBS

It is estimated that about 10-15% of the world’s population has Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Despite the fact that it is actually quite a common condition, many people with IBS are uncomfortable discussing it openly with others, which means that the information surrounding it does not flow as freely between people as it might with other conditions. Science has yet to develop a cure for IBS, but there are a number of things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms.

Probiotics vs Prebiotics – What’s The Deal With My Microbiome

Probiotics vs Prebiotics – What’s The Deal With My Microbiome

The human microbiome refers to all the microorganisms that live in or on humans. These include the likes of single-celled organisms, fungi, non-living viruses, and most prominently, bacteria. In fact, we have more bacterial cells in our bodies than human cells, with estimates of the ratio ranging from 3:1 to as much as 10:1. Our microbiomes are extremely important to our overall health, providing us with abilities our human cells cannot, such as digesting certain foods, or fighting off harmful bacteria.

The FODMAP Diet For Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

The FODMAP Diet For Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects roughly 10% of people worldwide. The most common symptoms of IBS are cramps, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Research has long supported the theory that symptoms of IBS are exacerbated by certain foods that cause inflammation of the digestive system. In recent years, a new diet has been developed by a team of researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, which aims to tackle the symptoms of IBS by circumventing the foods that trigger it. This is known as the FODMAP diet.

Eating For Your Skin

Eating For Your Skin

Your skin grows using the nutrients your body gets from your meals. Just like building a house, the the end result will depend heavily on the quality of the building materials you provide, so a poor diet will inevitably lead to poor skin. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways you can drastically improve your dietary intake and promote the growth of healthy skin.