While we know that it plays a fundamental role in the building of our bones, Calcium’s influence goes far beyond bone health. It plays a vital role in other processes including muscle function, nerve transmission, and even blood clotting. In other words, it helps us to maintain a well-functioning body, in addition to preventing bone diseases.
Our lovely bones support our shape and movement and it would be really great to start to invest in good bone health all through our lives, so that we can remain mobile and strong for as long as possible as we age. Issues with our bones can be a problem for many reasons including poor diet, compromised digestion, or the influence of ageing and declining oestrogen
I was listening to a podcast with Tim Spector recently, who is a professor of genetics and author, and he mentioned that we should eat a variety of 30 plants per week as a good guide to getting a cross section of the nutrients and phytochemicals that we need. It sounds like a lot
While it would be ideal to eat all organic, it isn’t always possible to for loads of reasons. So have you ever wondered how to wash fruit & vegetables…
Have you ever joined the gym in January with the best of intentions, and yet not kept up your exercise routine? I often think that actually March is a better month to start because you are giving yourself a better chance to succeed. Our brain always wants to succeed, so if we are failing at something we often re-focus onto something else and best laid plans fall by the wayside. However, you might wonder why does our digestion need us to move in the first place? Well read on, in case this is the motivation you need to get back on the horse and start over.
I love red or purple (ok purplish red!) cabbage so much and will literally eat it any way – raw, cooked or fermented! All cabbage is great but red has even more antioxidants and nutrients than green.
We all know that everything is better after a good night’s sleep, but it is not always easy to achieve a good 7-9 hours for a multitude of reasons
When it comes to supporting our immune system, people are generally aware that Vitamins C and D are beneficial. You probably know that 70% of your immune system lives in your gut and so you need to take care to balance your microflora (beneficial and harmful bacteria)…
Our bodies have a natural acid/alkaline balance which should be maintained in order to stay healthy. You might remember from science class at school, that a pH of 0 is completely acidic and a pH of 14 is completely alkaline.
Vitamins and minerals must all be broken down in our digestive tract in order to be usable, or bioavailable, to our bodies. This usually entails simply being chewed in our mouth, churned in our stomach (think cement mixer!) and meeting the right enzyme (think...
Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral found in our blood, bones, tissues and organs (Lipman 2015). It is involved in at least 300 (yes – 300!) biochemical reactions in the human body and it plays a key role in the following functions.
When it comes to Hydration, we all know that we SHOULD drink 6-8 glasses of water a day so why is it so hard for some of us to do? For me, understanding why it is important and what it does for my health, helped me to decide that I needed to focus on embedding the habit of drinking enough water every single day.
Sleep is extremely important to our health and sense of wellbeing. Getting enough sleep, at the right times, protects and supports our physical health, mental health, emotional health and quality of life.
It’s fair to say that we take breathing for granted! Our autonomic nervous system breathes for us but how optimally we breathe, actually depends upon our state of mind and whether we are in a Rest and Digest or Flight or Flight state.