The gut microbiota is a complex community of micro-organisms that live in our digestive tracts, while the gut microbiome refers to the genomes of these micro-organisms. It is composed of hundreds of different species, mainly consisting of bacteria, but also other micro-organisms like fungi, protozoa and viruses. The amount ofContinue reading “The Gut Microbiome”
Vitamin D is important for our health for a number of different reasons, including the maintenance of healthy bones, muscles and teeth and the functioning of our immune system, which is particularly important in our current climate. There are very few dietary sources of vitamin D. These include eggs, oilyContinue reading “Vitamin D”
Sustainability has become a bit of a buzzword lately, as we are all becoming more and more aware of its importance in protecting the health of our planet. But what does it mean to have a sustainable diet? And what changes can we make to adopt a more sustainable diet?Continue reading “Food Waste & Sustainability”
How can we obtain it through our diet? There are a number of minerals that are important for our health and iron is certainly one of them. Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world. Women are particularly at risk of having low body storesContinue reading “Iron”
There are times when it can be our best friend and times when it is our worst enemy. It can give us the boost that we need on a tired morning or we can lay awake at night cursing it. Our complex relationship with caffeine reflects the mysterious ways inContinue reading “Caffeine Complexities”
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an uncomfortable condition of the digestive system that causes digestive issues including frequent constipation and diarrhoea. Unfortunately, it is a long-term condition which causes discomfort and pain. As well as physical discomforts IBS can also impact mental health, as it can be difficult to manageContinue reading “The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS – Part 1”
If you have ever turned to google for advice or information on the menopause you will know there are copious amounts of claims and myths out there. Misleading information online can cause harm to us and our bodies and distract us from scientific evidence. In this article we’re going toContinue reading “Myth-Busting the Menopause”
What are phytoestrogens? Phytoestrogens are natural, plant-derived compounds present in a healthy and balanced diet. They are most notably found in soy products as well as flaxseeds, sesame seeds, wheat, oats, lentils, carrots, apples and many other fruit and vegetables. They get their name from being oestrogen-like in structure andContinue reading “Mysterious Phytoestrogens”
Hmm the vegan diet…Is it adequate? Should I become vegan? Will I be nutrient deficient? What can I eat? What can’t I eat? Will I lose weight? There is a lot of speculation and doubt out there on the vegan diet as its popularity grows. Many are choosing to becomeContinue reading “Being Mindful of Nutrients when Vegan”
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