By Gemma | August 29, 2014 | Nutirition
B vitamins are essential to our energy levels as they play an extensive roll in the energy producing pathways (1), alongside the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and the production of our red blood cells (2).
Truth about microwaves
By Gemma | July 30, 2014 | Nutirition
We seem to have become a nation that is obsessed with quick and easy meals. Have you noticed in most supermarkets the first cold isle normally contains masses of microwave meals? They do cater for a diversity of cultures, but we should really look at why these meals are not good for us, and why we should ditch them completely.
The Paleo Diet
By Gemma | August 05, 2014 | Nutirition
When we think back to how we have evolved as humans it is quite remarkable how technology and science have moved on so quickly. We were a species that learnt to survive on a diet of wild animals and plants for thousands of years. The foods we consumed varied depending on our geographical location and climate. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 17th Century when the agricultural revolution hit England (1) that our diets began to change more rapidly and we were introduced to manufactured foods.
The Paleo diets rules are pretty simple, If you can’t kill it, dig it from the ground or pull it from a tree, you can’t eat it.
What is diet-induced thermogenesis? And how will it make me lose weight?
By Gemma | May 21, 2015 | Nutirition
When we talk about weight-loss we all jump onto the latest diet craze because ‘it has to work, everyone is doing it’. However, we really need to understand the true mechanisms behind how our body turns the food we eat into energy. This way instead of doing a diet that won’t give us the results we desire, we can eat productively without putting ourselves under pressure.
Food for thought
By Gemma | July 13, 2015 | Nutirition
We discuss nutrition all the time and we think we know why we are making it a massive part of our day to day chit chat. However, do we really know and understand why nutrition is becoming such a big topic?
We are basically what we eat.
Why am I sleepy at 3pm?
By Gemma | July 30, 2015 | Nutirition
It's 3pm in the afternoon and all of a sudden your energy has crashed. The chocolate and coffee machine seem much more appealing and even if you do take the temptation it doesn't seem to have that much of a positive effect on you!!
Does this sound familiar?
Foods to Support your Immune System
By Gemma | November 23, 2015 | Nutirition
It is really important to make sure that your body has the right nutrients to help it fight against bacteria and viruses. In this post we discuss a couple of the best nutrients you want to bee getting from your diet to support your immune system, to help you fight colds, flu etc.
How can foods negatively affect my immune system
By Gemma | January 11, 2016 | Nutirition
It is becoming apparent that inflammation contributes to many of the chronic diseases our Nation is faced with (1). Our immune system makes up a clever unit and is involved in keeping inflammatory processes in the body under a tight regiment making it critical to survival. The problem is, the inflammatory process is like a sword with two very sharp edges! (2).
When working efficiently, it creates balance, however, it can become dysfunctional, resulting in a wide range of systemic imbalances, which become destructive to us (2). The well-known outcome of this process includes: rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), eczema and other infections.
By Gemma | March 15, 2016 | Nutirition
The whole way through my Nutritional Therapy Diploma my lecturers kept going on about the benefits of Kefir as a Probiotic drink. At the time of studying, the thought of spending time cultivating my own probiotics just seemed like another stress I didn't need, however, it was probably something I really could have done with at the time. But now I am cultivating my own water Kefir grains and so far it is going really well.
in this post I will discuss how Kefir can benefit our health, including its effect on our microbiome.
Gluten: the good, the bad, or the ugly?
By Gemma | May 24, 2016 | Nutirition
Gluten is a word that is being thrown around more and more by today's society. But what is it? And, why is it affecting so many people?
Read more to find out the answers.
You have got to love Beetroot!
By Gemma | September 07, 2016 | Nutirition
In this post we discuss why beetroot is such a super food! There are numerous health benefits to eating this tooth vegetable as it is packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants. It has also demonstrated to boost endurance performance so read more to find out how.
Junk Food - a dagger in our health
By Gemma | March 30, 2019 | Nutirition
On average, our nation consumes 22 million takeaway meals every week, bringing the junk food industry in the UK a revenue of £19.1 bn.
Why are we addicted? What is it doing to our brains and our health? How can we fix it?
Why is everyone talking about sugar?
By Gemma | July 22, 2017 | Nutirition
The western diet has change dramatically since the industrial revolution and now we are surrounded by foods that continually tempt us. Sugar is one of these foods and it is fast becoming a substance that we are addicted to.
Read more on this in this blog.