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

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.…

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Mediation – 8 reasons why

Still deciding whether to commit to meditation? 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.



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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I don’t know about you, but I can easily get stuck making the same meals time and time again. Here is a winning peanut butter smoothie recipe I found that is absolutely amazing!!!

Serves 2

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup milk (I used coconut, but nut milks would be yum!)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons 100% natural peanut butter
  • 2 large tablespoons yoghurt (I used coconut)
  • 2-3 handfuls of ice
  • 1-2 large scoop of your preferred protein powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder or 1/2 teaspoon essence

Optional (for extra nutritional punch): 2 large handfuls of organic spinach (see green tinged smoothie below).…

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Beetroot & Rosemary Healthy Chips

Baked Rosemary Beetroot Chips

Recipe Beetroot chips

Prep time –10 mins

Cook time – 20 mins

Total time – 30 mins

30-minute baked beet chips infused with rosemary and speckled with sea salt. Perfectly crispy, simple to make, and a healthy snack on the go.

Ingredients
  • 3 medium-large beets, rinsed and scrubbed
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Sea Salt + Black Pepper
  • 2-3 sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place oven rack in the center of the oven.


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Zinc – Can’t Live Without It, Are You Getting Enough?

Zinc Essential For Health

You may currently take zinc when you have a cold or flu. However, did you know that your cells need it on a daily basis? The adult body contains approximately 2.0 to 3.0 g, mostly stored inside your cells. Zinc has far-reaching actions which affect the health of your whole body.



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