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Food & nutritionVitamins & Supplements
October 22, 2018

Can vitamins make you sick?

When it comes to staying healthy and strong, vitamins are important. They help your body function properly. Most of the vitamins you need can be found in the foods you eat, but if your diet doesn’t give you what you need, supplements can give you a helping hand. Supplements come in the form of powders, tablets, capsules and syrups. Although vitamins are good for you, an overdose can harm your health. Balance is vital. Too much of a good thing Just as you can overdose on drugs or alcohol, you can also go over the limit with things that are…
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Food & nutritionVitamins & Supplements
September 17, 2018

Do you need more zinc in your diet?

Your body needs just a small amount of zinc for its everyday functioning, but this doesn’t make it any less essential. This element contributes to, among other things, wound healing, proper immune system functioning and normal growth and development during pregnancy. It can also help keep your vision healthy as you age, and your sense of smell and taste shipshape. But our bodies can’t hold on to the mineral and we need a daily “top-up” to maintain healthy levels. Where to get your zinc The recommended daily allowance *(RDA) for zinc for the average adult male is 11 milligrams (mg),…
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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 & 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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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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Vitamins & Supplements
May 25, 2014

Vitamins and supplements – How much should you take?

In a perfect world, a balanced diet would supply your body with everything it needs to function optimally. The stark reality is though, most of us don’t get the nutrients we need from the food we eat. So, taking a daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement helps ensure you don’t lack any of the vital nutrients you need. (more…)
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Food & nutritionInfectionsVitamins & Supplements
May 13, 2014

Beat the winter blues! Top 5 ways to boost your immune system

Winter’s just around the corner, and those nasty cold and flu bugs are already making their appearance. So, how can you fight them off? By boosting your immune system! These are my top 5 must-haves to help build immunity against colds and flu this season. Zinc Zinc is an essential mineral, and even a slight deficiency can negatively affect your immune function. People most at risk of zinc deficiency include: the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, breastfed babies older than 6 months, vegetarians, people with gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. Supplementing your diet with zinc can help reduce…
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