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Brain and Nervous System
October 8, 2018

Nootropics can boost your brain power

Do you often turn to coffee or an energy drink when you need a boost? Most of us do to get that quick wake-up fix. Now, you could also try “nootropics”; smart drugs which are natural substances, supplements, and other cognitive enhancers that can improve your memory, focus, creativity and help you feel motivated. How do nootropics work? For your brain to work effectively, it needs the right levels of neurotransmitters to be in the right place at the right time. Your brain is “needy”! Neurons are in a constant cycle of death (the complete and irreversible loss of brain…
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Tests & investigations
October 8, 2018

Prevent illness with these top health tests

Blood testing can help catch potential health risks early, before they progress to serious health problems. Blood tests are recommended on an annual basis for people over the age of 40. Keep an eye on your overall health with these tests. Thyroid function Your thyroid regulates how your body uses energy. It influences the way your respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems function. It also influences brain function, cholesterol levels, menstruation, body temperature, muscle tone and strength, and skin conditions. When your thyroid function is too high or too low, you could have serious health complications. Tests for... A thyroid-stimulating hormone…
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Hair & nails
October 8, 2018

The best vitamins for hair growth

Your hair is your crowning glory. If you want long, thick hair, but struggle with thin hair, and slow growth, these vitamins can help stimulate luscious locks. Vitamins are essential nutrients that help your body perform different duties. This is what allows you to function properly. Vitamins can help heal wounds, keep your bones strong and boost your immune system. Vitamin A All the cells in your body need Vitamin A for growth, including your hair. If you lack this vitamin, you may notice you’re losing hair. Vitamin A helps your skin glands make an oily substance called sebum. Sebum…
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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
February 20, 2018

Is protein powder bad for your kidneys?

There’s no mystery as to why bodybuilders and gym fanatics gulp down protein shakes. Protein is a macronutrient that helps your body to build, repair and heal muscle tears caused by the intense contractions of muscles during a workout. Solid foods like seafood, milk, cheese, chicken and eggs are good sources of protein but it takes more time to digest than protein powder which absorbs into your muscles faster. These powders are great for after your workout when you have to heal muscle tears quickly. The bad news though, is that in large amounts, protein powder may harm your kidneys.…
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Food & nutritionVitamins & Supplements
October 24, 2017

The herbs that adapt to whatever you need

You’ve heard about superfoods, but what about super herbs? Make way for adaptogens: the miracle herb you wish you knew about sooner. Adaptogens are a unique class of herbs and roots used to improve the health of your adrenal system; the structure in charge of managing your body’s hormonal response to stress. These natural substances work by regulating the hormones of your adrenal system, helping you fight stress, cope with anxiety, and put fatigue to rest. Adaptogens have also been shown to boost your immune system, increase your energy levels, and help you maintain a healthy weight, balance your moods,…
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Food & nutrition
July 31, 2017

Why more bodybuilders are using pea powder

Whey has been the go-to for fueling up on protein for years, but now there’s a new(ish) kid on the block. Make way for pea protein – a dairy- and gluten-free, plant-based protein made from dried and ground yellow split peas. Pea protein is becoming a firm favourite amongst the health-conscious. It’s showing up in energy drinks, protein bars and shakes, cereals, pastas and even potato chips. With its ever-growing popularity, it raises the question: ‘Is pea the new whey?’ Pea protein vs. whey protein Both pea protein and whey are considered complete proteins because they contain all nine essential…
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HormonesThyroid Disease
May 11, 2016

3 Things you can do to boost your thyroid function

So, you’ve had your thyroid tested and everything is ok, except you still don’t feel ok? Or have you been diagnosed with hypothyroidism? Along with any medication prescribed by your doctor, here’s what you can do to boost and support your thyroid function: Exercise! Ideally every day, but at least 3 times a week, get 30-40 min of exercise where you raise your heart beat, sweat and get out of breath. Running, walking, swimming and circuit training are all great options Eat to support your thyroid! Eat more iodine rich foods such as low fat dairy products, eggs, fish, soy…
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Vitamins & Supplements
April 23, 2015

Should you be taking multivitamin supplements?

Adverts tell us we can’t live without them. Pharmacies stock hundreds of different brands, each claiming to be the best…but, are multivitamins as effective as they are claimed to be? Does it matter at which time of the day you wash one down? (more…)
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Food & nutrition
February 6, 2015

Supplements: Building you up or breaking you down?

Supplements claim that they are able to increase your muscle mass, melt away body fat and boost endurance – and we buy them without speaking to an expert because we’re willing to do anything we can to get the results we want. But, are you getting professional advice about these body chemistry enhancers before you pop them with your morning smoothie? If you answered, NO, stop now and speak to a health professional! (more…)
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