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Month: February 2017

This Diet Will Help You Lower Your Blood Pressure

23 February 2017

Let's be honest. It's easier to take our health for granted when we're not feeling sickly or weak. But neglecting your diet or ditching an active lifestyle for a long period of time can definitely leave a dent on your health. One of the leading lifestyle related disease nowadays is hypertension. In 2011-2012, over 4.6 million Australians (32%) aged 18 years old had high blood pressure (a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or above). When this heart condition occurs, many doctors result to giving regular medications to control your blood pressure. However, the way you eat can also tremendously help keep your blood pressure at bay. With regards to your nutrition, dieticians and nutritionists will likely prescribe to you the DASH diet. The DASH Diet, which stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension", is a lifelong approach to healthy eating that's designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure. The primary principle of this diet is to reduce sodium and increase the intake of potassium, calcium, and magnesium by emphasizing fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fish and poultry. Here's our short-cut guide to the DASH Diet: Sodium levels On an average, a regular Australian can take...

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10 Signs Of Gluten Intolerance

15 February 2017

Gluten free products and diets are everywhere, but not a lot of people are aware that this diet is specifically designed for people who are suffering from Coeliac's Disease. It's an autoimmune digestive disorder wherein gluten found in starchy foods such as wheat, rye, oats, and barley, causes the lining of the small intestine to become inflamed and damaged. Coeliac Disease in Australia Coeliac disease affects on average approximately 1 in 70 Australians. However, around 80% of this number remains undiagnosed. This means the vast majority of Australians who have coeliac disease don’t yet know it. Although better diagnosis rates in recent years can be partially attributed to improved awareness of the condition, there has also been a true increase in the incidence of coeliac disease. Here are the 10 most common signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance. Skin Problems Those with gluten intolerance can experience a variety of different skin issues that are not explained by anything else. A flushed complexion, acne, different types of pimples, and unexplained rashes that just seem to pop up are all examples.. Migraines and Brain Fog You may experience one of these or both, depending on your level of intolerance. The brain fog...

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Going Gluten Free: Is It Really Necessary?

8 February 2017

Walking down the supermarket aisles, you have probably encountered quite a number of food items labeled as gluten-free. It's everywhere nowadays, and some celebrities and personalities have been swearing by it. You're friend has probably been telling you how she's been avoiding gluten to try to lose weight and be healthy. But in reality, how good is going gluten free for you? What is Gluten Free Diet? Gluten is a type of protein found in carbohydrate-rich foods. Essentially, gluten-free diets are prescribed to individuals who suffer from hypersensitivity to gluten (also called Coeliacs Disease). Coeliac disease is a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine. The principle of gluten-free diet is eliminating gluten-rich foods like wheat, barley, rye and oats. Among the other foods one would be allowed to eat while complying to this diet are: Beans, seeds, nuts (unprocessed) Fresh eggs Fresh meats, fish, poultry Fresh fruits and vegetables Most dairy products Quinoa Rice Sorghum Soy Tapioca Gluten foods like the following should be avoided: Beer Breads Cakes and pies Cereals Crackers and cookies French fries Gravies Imitation meat or seafood Pasta Should You Go Gluten-Free? Of course, eating gluten-free makes sense for anyone with Coeliac Disease or a...

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Your Nutrition and Mental Health

1 February 2017

Have you ever heard of the saying "you are what you eat"? As cliche as this may sound, the old saying may have some truth to it. In one way or another, most of you have likely experienced the uncomfortable and sickening feeling after a bad and unhealthy meal or getting more energised and refreshed after a morning smoothie. This is because food affects both physical and mental health. What we eat can determine how we feel but how we feel can also determine what we eat. Food and the chemicals in our brains interact to keep us going throughout the day. It is important to eat a variety of healthy foods, as they have different effects on our brains. For example, carbohydrates increase serotonin, a brain chemical that has a calming effect. Perhaps that's why people often crave carbohydrate-rich foods when they are under stress. Protein-rich foods increase tyrosine, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which help to increase alertness. In addition, certain healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids) become part of the membranes of brain cells and control many brain processes. Poor nutrition or lack of a variety of healthy foods can contribute to depression by limiting the availability of these specific...

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