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Why you should eat a plant-based diet – that doesn’t mean being a vegetarian

Why you should eat a plant-based diet, but that doesn’t mean being a vegetarian

Plant-based diets are often shown to be good for health. Yet Australians eat a lot of meat and are sometimes reluctant to completely cut meat from their diet. So it’s important to know that eating a plant-based diet doesn’t have to mean becoming a vegetarian.

Plant-based diets are high in vegetables, wholegrain bread and cereals, legumes and whole fruits, yet can still contain small amounts of lean meats and reduced-fat dairy products.

A survey of Australians found most (70%) thought a plant-based diet would prevent disease. But what does the literature say?… + Read More

Vitamin D3 may increase bacterial richness in the upper gastrointestinal tract and reduce opportunistic pathogens, says a new study from Austria.

Vitamin D3 and the human microbiome

Vitamin D3 may increase bacterial richness in the upper gastrointestinal tract and reduce opportunistic pathogens, says a new study from Austria.

Scientists from the Medical University of Graz report that high daily doses of vitamin D3 for five weeks led to significant reductions in bacteria such as Pseudomonas spp. and Escherichia/Shigella spp.

“The marked reduction in Gammaproteobacteria, which include typical opportunistic pathogens and the increase in phylotype richness, supports the beneficial effect of a high-dose vitamin D3 supplementation on the human gut microbiome,” wrote the researchers.

“This might in part explain the effects of a vitamin D-rich diet on IBD or bacterial infections and encourage studying the effects of vitamin D in these patients.”

Study details

The researchers recruited 16 healthy people to participate in their open-label, pilot study.

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Mindfulness: 8 reasons why you should try meditation

Still deciding whether to commit to meditation? Well, reading this should help make that decision.

Until you’ve experienced first-hand the benefits of a regular meditation practice, it can be difficult to commit to the routine. In fact, initially, you may not even fully understand why you should spend time crossed-legged and alone with yourself every day.

meditation

Here, we will show you in detail why you should meditate. Science is now able to position meditation as one of the most positive activities you can do to improve intelligence, health and happiness. Here are the facts:

1. Meditation lowers stress

All of us are affected by stress in some way.

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Dates Cacao Protein Bliss Balls

Energy packed dates & cacao bliss balls

These take no time to make – if you prepare plenty of the ‘base’ recipe mix, divide them into portions & you can make a whole variety of different flavours to see you through the week.

Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Its also a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc can be found in dates. It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.

*Best eaten post training!*

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup raw cacao
  • ¼ cup shredded/desiccated coconut
  • ¼ cup unsalted almonds or cashews (chop in food processor)
  • 1tsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or Stevia (better option for low sugar)
  • 6-8 dates.
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Olive leaf – Cardiovascular support

Olive leaf – Olea Europaea

Legend and history

Athens is named for the Goddess Athena who brought the olive to the Greeks as a gift. Zeus had promised to give Attica to the god or goddess who made the most useful invention. Athena’s gift of the olive, useful for light, heat, food, medicine and perfume was picked as a more peaceful invention than Poseidon’s horse – touted as a rapid and powerful instrument of war. Athena planted the original olive tree on a rocky hill that we know today as the Acropolis. The olive tree that grows there today is said to have come from the roots of the original tree.… + Read More

Reishi mushroom boosts longevity, fitness, liver health

Ancient Asian healers heralded Reishi mushroom for its ability to lengthen life. Reishi was used throughout Japan, Korea, Tibet and China to heal a myriad of disorders. The common name of Reishi (also known as Lingzhi mushroom in Chinese medicine) means “immortal mushroom. It’s common name in Japanese means “immortality plant.”

Super food

Studies have found that Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum) boosts the immune system, improves liver health, inhibits the growth of cancer and defers conditions related to mortality such as heart disease.

No wonder it was called the immortality plant. And it grows throughout the world, including in North America.

Liver Benefits including Increased Longevity

A 2017 clinical study published in the journal, Pharmaceutical Biology has proven Reishi’s ability to improve liver health.… + Read More

Health Check: does caffeine cause dehydration?

For a long time people have been told that caffeine is a diuretic. For some, this translates into advice to avoid or remove caffeinated beverages from the diet of people at risk of dehydration, or during periods of extreme summer heat.

While possibly well meaning, this advice is wrong.

By definition, a diuretic is a product that increases the body’s production of urine. Hence water, or any drink consumed in large volumes, is a diuretic. Importantly, urinating more does not inevitably lead to dehydration (excessive loss of body water).

Drinking simultaneously provides the body with fluid for absorption (avoiding dehydration) and initiates urine production.… + Read More

Health Check: what are coffee naps and can they help you power through the day?

Health Check: what are ‘coffee naps’ and can they help you power through the day?

Coffee naps

Caffeine and napping have something in common. Both make you feel alert and can enhance your performance, whether that’s driving, working or studying. But some people are convinced that drinking a coffee before a nap gives you an extra zap of energy when you wake up.

How could that be? Is there any evidence to back the power of these so-called coffee naps? Or are we better off getting a good night’s sleep?

Feeling sleepy?

If you don’t get enough sleep, you incur what researchers call a sleep debt.

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The Paleo Diet – The new and the old

Paleo – The new, old diet

Paleo diet

The basis of the Paleo diet

The paleo diet (also nicknamed the caveman diet, primal diet, Stone Age diet, and hunter-gatherer diet) is hugely popular these days, and goes by one simple question: What would a caveman eat? Here, we explain what the paleo diet involves, its pros and cons, and, ultimately, what a modern person needs to know to decide whether or not to take the paleo diet plunge.

Paleo foods

The paleo diet runs on the same foods our hunter-gather ancestors supposedly ate: fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and nuts. “By following these nutritional guidelines, we put our diet more in line with the evolutionary pressures that shaped our current genetics, which in turn positively influences health and well being,” says Loren Cordain, PhD, professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University and author of The Paleo Diet.… + Read More

The great debate – Pros and cons of dairy

Got milk?

One of the most common questions I get, what do you think of dairy? Is it healthy? Do I need it for strong bones? Do you drink milk….

Do I drink milk?

No, I don’t drink milk, I think it should be reserved for growing calves. Here is what I’ve found and I am sure if we keep digging there will be pros and cons for any argument, but what I ask is you to read the China Study. I do eat fermented dairy, yoghurt on occasion and cheese, they would make up less than 5% of my diet I don’t feel these are an issue.… + Read More

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