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Month: September 2014 (Page 1 of 3)

Missing Breakfast Bad For Your Heart

Missing breakfast bad for your heart

Missing breakfast bad for your heart

We’re always being told to start the day with a well-balanced breakfast, to keep blood sugar and energy levels steady. 

Now a new study in the journal Circulation has found breakfast to be heart-protective too. The Harvard School of Public Health followed 26,902 male American professionals aged between 45 and 82 years old for 16 years.

Analysing data, researchers found that men who skipped breakfast had a 27 per cent higher risk of coronary heart disease than men who ate breakfast, and men who ate late at night had a 55 per cent higher risk of coronary heart disease than those who didn’t.

They speculated that this might be because people who eat breakfast have a healthier diet overall or that regularly missing breakfast may disrupt normal metabolism and circadian rhythms which could, in theory, raise the risk of heart disease.

Whatever the cause, it serves as a reminder to men and women (and children) that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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Fiona

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How to Not Get Sick This Winter

How to not get sick this winter

How to not get sick this winter

Learn how you can beat the cold weather blues and support your body through the tough winter months — because better nutritional support can help give you better general health for stronger immunity.

Book a pre-winter vitamin and mineral analysis before the end of October and as a bonus get a 10% saving off your online consultation.

After you have filled out the forms you will receive very specific and personal recommendations for your diet, lifestyle and supplement programme. The aim is not only to help you improve your immune function so that you stay healthy throughout the winter, but also to address any other niggling health challenges you may be facing.

These could be to do with your energy levels, hormones, weight, fertility, blood pressure, cholesterol… or even more serious problems.

There are limited appointments for this special Winter offer which ends on 30th October 2014 so contact me today to confirm your consultation and you get your individual discounted link.

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Fiona

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Heart Health and Alzheimer’s Link

Heart health and alzheimer's link

Heart health and alzheimer’s link

Researchers in the US have discovered a link between mildly elevated cardiovascular risks in young adults and brain health later in life.

Those with healthier levels of blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol in their 20s had better brain function 25 years later. Conversely, those with just small signs of deteriorating heart health when young were less likely to score well in cognitive tests in middle-age.

In the study 3,330 18 to 30-year-olds had their blood pressure, fasting blood sugar and cholesterol levels checked every two to five years, and their cumulative cardiovascular health over 25 years.

At the end of the study, published in the journal Circulation, the participants took three tests measuring memory, thinking speed and mental flexibility. Researchers found those with healthier levels of blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol in their 20s had better brain function 25 years later

The study leader concluded that the narrowing of the arteries leading to and in the brain was the most likely explanation for the link between cardiovascular health and cognitive function.

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Nutrition Memory Passed Down

Nutrition memory passed down

Nutrition memory passed down

The diet a pregnant woman eats can affect not only her child’s health, but her grandchild’s as well. 

A ‘memory’ of nutrition is passed down between generations, according to research published in the Journal Science.

In particular, researchers have found that actually under-eating can cause a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity for their descendants who could be born pre-programmed to cope with undernourishment.

They believe that this effect may explain why we now have such a type 2 diabetes epidemic on our hands.

Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith, of the department of genetics at Cambridge, said: ‘When food is scarce, children may be born ‘pre-programmed’ to cope with undernourishment. In the event of a sudden abundance in food, their bodies cannot cope and they can develop metabolic diseases such as diabetes.”

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Cinnamon and Parkinson’s Disease

Cinnamon and Parkinson's Disease

Cinnamon and Parkinson’s Disease

Could cinnamon help halt Parkinson’s Disease?

The spice cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasting blood glucose, making it a contender in the fight against diabetes.

Now a study has shown that a chemical, converted from the spice by the liver, could be used to treat neural disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. This chemical when it enters the brain stops the loss of the proteins that help protect cells. In addition, it protects neurons and improves motor functions.

Researchers commented in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology that this could be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson’s patients.

While one in six patients are diagnosed before age 50, Parkinson’s is generally considered a disease that targets older adults, affecting one of every 100 persons over the age of 60.

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Alkalise Against Osteoporosis

Alkalise against osteoporosis

Alkalise against osteoporosis

It is now well known that our modern acidic diet is having a detrimental effect on bone health and that by making our diet more alkaline we can reduce calcium loss, decrease bone resorption and also increase bone mineral density.

Dr Reto Krapf of the University of Basel in Switzerland and colleagues conducted a study of 161 post-menopausal women with osteopenia whose average age was 59. In a randomised, double-blind trial they gave half of the women an alkaline supplement to take and the other half a neutral (not acid or alkaline) supplement.

After six to 12 months, the researchers conducted bone mineral density tests on the participants’ lower spine and hips.

The group taking the alkaline supplement showed a one percent increase in bone mineral density in the lumbar spine area, as well as a one percent increase in bone density in the hips.

Conversely, the group taking the neutral supplement experienced a one percent loss of bone density at both test sites. The researchers also found the women taking the alkaline supplement lost less calcium through their urine than those taking the neutral one.

The important message here is that we need to eat a more alkaline diet with more fruit and vegetables in order to protect ourselves against loss of bone density and osteoporosis.

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Lycopene Supports Sperm Health

Lycopene supports sperm health

Lycopene supports sperm health

I have written before about how our environment adversely affects both men and women’s fertility. 

However, men can do quite a lot to support sperm health by cutting down on alcohol, eating healthily, taking cooler baths than normal and…  eating cooked tomatoes!

There have been several studies identifying an antioxidant in tomatoes called lycopene that has been associated with boosting male fertility.

Now Britain’s Infertility Network, a support group for infertile people, is undertaking a year-long survey to see if supplementing with a high dose daily lycopene supplement will result in more pregnancies.

A spokesperson said that while it is often assumed that women are to blame for infertility, much of the time the problem is with sperm function or quality.

A meta-analysis published by the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, reviewed 12 studies by different groups around the world. The research shows that lycopene could increase sperm count by up to 70 per cent.  All of them showed that lycopene improved sperm count and swimming speed, and reduced the number of abnormal sperm.

Other studies have shown lycopene reduces diseases of the prostate, the gland which makes sperm, and may slow down or even halt the progress of prostate cancer.

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Iron Helps Beat Fatigue

How to beat fatigue

How to beat fatigue

A recent study set out to discover whether there is a true benefit for menstruating women to supplement with iron, particularly to help them feel less tired and have a better quality of life.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 102 women out of 198 (96 in the placebo group) who were not anaemic were given 80mg daily iron supplements (as ferrous sulphate).

The women receiving iron supplementation had a 3.5-point improvement in their fatigue score compared with those in the placebo group. Women who received the iron reported a 47.7% decrease in fatigue, whereas the women in the placebo group reported a 28.8% decrease.

No differences were observed between groups with regard to depression, anxiety or quality of life.  Gastrointestinal disorders were reported in 11.8% of the women in the iron group and 10.4% of the women in the placebo group.

Please note that I wouldn’t recommend you supplement with ferrous sulphate as it is an inorganic iron and not easily absorbed and can cause gastrointestinal problems as seen above.

Contact me if you need a recommendation for a good quality iron supplement in a form that won’t upset you.

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Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement Helps Women Lose Weight

Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement Helps Women Lose Weight

Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement Helps Women Lose Weight

A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial followed 87 obese women aged between 18 and 55 for 26 weeks.

Divided into three groups, one group was given a multivitamin and mineral supplement, the second took a 162mg calcium supplement every day, and the third took a placebo.

After the trial period, the multivitamin and mineral group had significantly lower body weight, body mass index (BMI) and fat mass, as well as lower levels of total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, with an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol.

Participants in this group also lost an average of 3.6kg body weight compared to 0.9kg in the calcium group and 0.2kg in the placebo group.

Don’t forget — not all vitamin and mineral supplements are created equal. Contact me if you would like a recommendation.

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Higher Vitamin D Intake Associated with Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s

Higher vitamin D Intake associated with lower risk of Alzheimer’s

Higher vitamin D Intake associated with lower risk of Alzheimer’s

There seems to be an almost constant stream of research proving the importance of vitamin D for so many areas of our health and wellbeing. 

The latest, published in the medical Neurology, shows a link between low vitamin D in the over 65s and an increased risk of developing dementia.

This was a six year study on over 1,000 people aged 65 and over, carried out by a team of international researchers who suggest that this is the largest and most robust study of its kind.

The researchers found that those with good levels of vitamin D had a one in 10 chance of developing dementia compared to a one in 5 chance for those who were severely deficient in this vitamin.

The researchers concluded that ‘our results confirm that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of all-cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This adds to the ongoing debate about the role of vitamin D in non-skeletal conditions.’

Higher dietary levels of vitamin D are linked with a reduced risk of many conditions including multiple sclerosis, heart disease, depression and several forms of cancer.

Make sure you are not deficient in vitamin D by checking your level with a simple home finger prick blood test.

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