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Food & nutrition
July 30, 2018

Battle of the sexes: should your diet be different?

The way you eat could be determined by your gender. According to research, a man’s nutritional needs vary from a woman’s – and age and lifestyle also play roles. When you’re younger, you can process calories more efficiently. As you get older, it’s not that easy! Both genders will have slight differences in nutritional needs for many reasons. During pregnancy and lactation, the amount of energy a woman needs, increases. As too does the necessity of certain vitamins and minerals to support mom and baby. Following menopause, older women have a greater risk for osteoporosis and need to pay closer…
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Food & nutrition
July 16, 2018

Why raw food isn’t always the best

Raw food has its benefits; often, it’s healthier than processed food. Keep in mind though, not all raw food is created equal. While eating raw food may be beneficial in getting a dose of important vitamins and minerals without being broken down; not everything can be eaten raw. It all depends on the food and nutrient. Raw poultry, meat and seafood may come into contact with faecal matter during butchering or harvesting. Fruits and veggies run the risk of being washed in contaminated water. If chickens are infected, they can lay eggs that contain salmonella bacteria. Alongside salmonella are its…
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Food & nutritionVitamins & Supplements
July 16, 2018

Why is nitric oxide important?

Nitric oxide is a molecule that your body produces to help cells communicate with each other. It does this by sending messages to different parts of the body. For many athletes, it’s commonly known as a performance-boosting supplement; just one of its many uses. This powerful molecule helps reduce recovery time after exercising and injury, increase endurance, and improve the ability to perform and learn. It also helps: Your immune system fight off bacteria and prevent tumours. Regulate blood pressure by dilating your arteries. Reduce inflammation. Improve sleep quality. Improve bone and joint health. Increase your sensory abilities (i.e. smell).…
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Food & nutrition
July 16, 2018

Truths and myths about protein

Does protein really bulk you up? Is it true that eating nothing but protein helps you lose weight? First, let’s understand this substance. Protein is essential for our bodies. This nutrient helps build and repair muscles, red blood cells, enzymes and other tissues. They’re often called “the building blocks of the body” – for good reason. So, your body needs protein. But how much, and through which sources? Let’s separate fact from fiction: "I can only get protein from meat." Untrue. Vegans and vegetarians, rest assured: vegetables contain protein too. Quinoa, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh eggs and cottage cheese are packed…
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Food & nutrition
July 11, 2018

Supercharge your diet by pairing these foods

Wine and chocolate, burgers and fries…we’re all familiar with pairing food for taste (whether healthy or not). Now here’s something you probably haven’t tried: pairing food for their nutritional value. Combining certain foods may be more helpful than eating them separately as some nutrients work better side by side. Food synergy Food synergy means combining two nutrient-rich foods in one dish to maximise the dietary impact. Certain components in foods and drinks (like minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals, fibre, and fats) interact with each other to boost health benefits. Sometimes, those benefits may include weight loss! Research from The American Journal…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
June 3, 2018

How to trick your brain to like healthy food

It is a sad reality. The foods that we crave the most are, in terms of nutritional value, the worst. Salty chips, chocolates, burgers, pizza, ice cream… the list goes on. In fact, sometimes even the thought of these types of foods can set off the most intense craving.  However, it’s not all in your head…well, actually it is. In fact, it is all in your brain. Many of our favourite snacks have been carefully modified and manipulated by manufacturers to contain the perfect combo of sugar, salt, fat, additives and - most importantly - flavouring, designed to make you…
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Food & nutrition
April 20, 2018

Which eating plan is best for you?

To find a diet and eating plan that works for you has a lot to do with your body’s unique needs, tolerances and intolerances. How do you respond to food? Food tolerance is a digestive system response. Certain foods aren’t able to digest properly in your stomach and you end up with aches and pain. Because of our unique genetic make-up, we all respond to foods in different ways. Lactose intolerance Normally, when you eat something that contains lactose, an enzyme in the small intestine called lactase, breaks it down into simpler sugar forms of glucose and galactose. Being lactose-intolerant…
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Food & nutrition
March 7, 2018

10 teas to make you feel better

Before you rush off to the pharmacy for medication, try tea for a health boost. Detox buddy Kombucha tea has become very popular in recent times. Some of its health benefits include its ability to help remove toxins from your body. It also helps with digestion and absorbing your food better. Anti-ageing assistance Good news, Rooibos drinkers! Scientists from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University discovered that Rooibos may also contain anti-ageing properties which can decrease the rate at which age-related disease develop. They found that when you age, the natural process of fat distribution in your body begins, moving fat…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
March 7, 2018

Here’s why you aren’t losing weight

You’ve been meal prepping like a pro and diligently sticking to your workout routines, so why hasn’t the scale moved an inch? Eating healthy and exercising may be the dynamic duo that helps with weight loss, but common weight loss mistakes may be preventing you from reaching your goals. Find a balance in your workout routine With weight loss, you lose muscle and fat. But the amount of either is affected by your exercise routine. Not exercising at all, or exercising too little will decrease the amount of muscle mass you lose and lower your metabolic rate. On the other…
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Food & nutrition
February 20, 2018

Detox from sugar without feeling awful

Give your body a boost by eliminating the bad sugars. Sugar addiction is no joke. When you’re hooked, the cravings can be hard to resist; but the not-so-sweet truth is that too much sugar leads to a ton of health problems. According to Claudine Ryan, a Cape Town-based registered dietician, an easy place to start to detox from sugar is to reduce the sugar you add to hot drinks, like coffee and tea. Do this gradually and over time, to give your tastebuds time to adjust. Some people find it better to avoid artificially sweetened drinks and foods altogether. But…
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