May 12, 2017
A few years ago the alkaline diet was all the rage among Hollywood celebrities and therefore among us plebs as well. It seems to be rearing its head again; diets tend to be like clothes, going in and out of fashion in cycles. But does the alkaline diet have any real science behind it and does it work?
March 13, 2017
The state of your body being resistant to the effects of insulin is referred to as the condition of insulin resistance. Hyperinsulinemia, or high levels of insulin on the blood, is the result of insulin resistance as your body produced more and more of the hormone to compensate. Hyperinsulinemia increases the risk of many chronic diseases as well as weight gain, particularly in the abdominal region.
January 24, 2017
When it comes to getting healthier and /or losing weight, many people focus on the food they eat and neglect to think about what they drink on a day to day basis. Today is an absolute scorcher and so it got me thinking about this concept. You might be surprised to find your favourite choice of drink may be seriously derailing your progress.
January 6, 2017
Ah, the start of a new year. A blank page, waiting to be filled with memories and achievements. It is also the time that people typically decide to get healthier, lose weight and get more active. Commendable goals for sure but come March many people have already fallen off their new health wagon. Why is that? And how do you prevent it?
August 18, 2016
Have you ever suffered from “eating amnesia”? That is when you are aware you have eaten something but you just can’t remember the details; what did your food smell like, what did it taste like and did you actually enjoy it? If this happens on a regular basis, you are likely to be a distracted eater. The chances are then that you will eat again in a short while, and probably overshoot the calorie mark for the day. Not such a big deal now and then, but if this is happening daily this could lead to weight gain and ill health.
July 27, 2016
Most people know that the complications of diabetes include worsening vision, nerve damage and kidney disease but now we can probably add brain atrophy to that list. Atrophy means the wasting away or decrease in size of a tissue, in this case the brain. This ultimately will mean the development of a neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Yet another reason for diabetics or those at risk of diabetes to manage their blood sugars levels!
June 27, 2016
Today being a Monday got me thinking about the topic of this blog post; it is usually a Monday that people attempt a new diet or weight loss programme. As if Mondays weren’t bad enough, now you are also following the latest fad diet that the latest celebrity is doing which you read in the latest magazine. This very thinking of “I’ll start on Monday” might be one of the key reasons you never really reach (or at least maintain) your goal weight. Here are some of the biggest obstacles to successful weight gain and how to navigate them…
June 17, 2016
If you have ever tried to lose weight, you may have come across the use of leptin injections for this purpose. You may be wondering if it’s an effective way of shedding those extra kilograms. This article looks at the science behind leptin, and why it is not the magic bullet you are looking for (sorry to disappoint you!)
June 14, 2016
Most children go through a period of carrying a bit of “puppy fat”. This is a normal phase of development. But how do we know when the puppy fat becomes a problem? Unfortunately, many parents are unable to identify that their child may have a problem, despite them being significantly heavier than what they should be. This is a delicate area but one that must be addressed sooner rather than later. Here is how.
June 2, 2016
When it is chilly outside, the last thing one normally wants at work is a salad. It is more tempting than ever to pop into the cafeteria and grab that hot pie and chips. Before you know it, spring is here and you have gained those few kilo's you worked so hard to shed in the summer. Here is the perfect work lunch idea to satisfy those cravings for something warm and salty, and to keep you trim and healthy at the same time.
May 13, 2016
What you eat and drink during an event you have been training months for can make or break your race. Don't risk trying anything you haven't tried before...get advice from someone who knows what they are doing and make sure you practice it in your training.
May 6, 2016
You may know that Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting, but you may not know what other important roles it has in the body. As the title suggests, these roles are often forgotten and it may benefit you to know how to increase your Vitamin K levels.
April 5, 2016
It is well-known that the state of health of our gut has some relationship with the development of chronic conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. By adopting certain dietary habits, getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night and exercising regularly, you can ensure that your gut remains in tip-top condition.
March 8, 2016
Surprised at a high cholesterol reading? Confused as to why this may be despite eating carefully, always making sure to choose low fat and lean foods? You may have missed a very important culprit in your diet....
February 24, 2016
Eating disorders, especially among school girls, are on the rise. Girls at an all-girls school may be more at risk than those at co-ed schools. High school aged girls are at most risk, although disordered behaviour and self-image issues are starting to be seen in primary-age school children. The earlier an eating disorder is addressed and treatment set in motion, the higher the chance of full recovery.