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Magnesium - Why do we need it and how can we get it...

 

 

 

 

Magnesium is a mineral essential for good health with over 300 cellular reactions dependant on it. Sounds important! So lets learn a little bit more about this powerhouse of everyday nutrition. 

 

The recommended daily intake of magnesium as listed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) is:

  • Male: 320mg/day
  • Female: 270mg/day

We know that many Australians are deficient in magnesium. Possible attributing factors for this include nutritional trends and modern soil depletion. The opinion of a number of health researchers is that the recommended levels listed by the council are already too low. Given estimates that our hunter and gatherer ancestors were consuming upwards of 700mg/day it is wise for all of us to increase our daily intakes. We can be sure of the safety of increasing our intake, as there is little risk of magnesium toxicity.

 

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Cold and Flu vs Your Immunity

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The Cold and Flu season is fast approaching and some of us have already succumbed to becoming ill.

 

Patients often ask us…

 

“What is the best pill or supplement I can take so I don’t get sick?”

 

Perhaps a better strategy is to ask…

 

“What is taxing my immune system and what can I do to keep it strong?”

  

There are times when we just can’t let the world go by while we rest and recover, and if that’s you – the best strategy is a strong immune system!

 

So what is the difference between the Common Cold and The Flu?

Why is it that some people get sick and others do not?

9 ways to Build a Strong Immune System and KICK a Colds Butt Before It Kicks Yours! 

 

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Sugar - How sweet it isn't

 


 

If you're reading this, you have likely emerged from your Easter sugar coma. Congratulations! 


Unfortunately, those tasty little nuggets of rabbity goodness have some pretty shocking implications to your overall health and wellbeing.  We have known for many decades how excess sugar negatively affects organs like the pancreas and that it is the main culprit in creating metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity, but scientists the world over are taking a closer look at how excess sugar intake can contribute to cancerous states and have a severe, negative impact on your overall health. 

As always, moderation is the best policy.  Follow the link for more details on how sugar feeds cancer:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130201100149.htm

Chia: The Amazing Superfood!

 


Sustaining a healthy lifestyle is often a challenging feat. Since most convenience foods seem to typify the antithesis of health, extra effort is required to strategically map out nutritionally-rich preparations that fit within our busy lifestyles.

 

Seeking out nutritionally-dense ‘superfoods’ aids in simplifying the quest towards optimum health. It alleviates some of the strain involved in trying to consume considerable amounts of salubrious nourishment, often not readily available on-the-go.

 

One such ‘superfood’ is the Chia seed, which packs a punch so strong that it is virtually unmatched in its nutritional profile.

Chia (salvia hispanica L) is a tiny little seed that is packed full of goodness! It is a gluten free wholegrain, in fact, the only wholegrain that you can eat raw, exactly as it comes from the plant. It looks much like a poppy seed, and comes in black & white. Despite the colour variations, they are nutritionally very similar.

 

Chia seeds are a natural source of Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3 & 6), soluble and insoluble fibre, antioxidants, protein & essential minerals (calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper and potassium) as well as vitamins A, B & E.

Rarely for a vegetarian source of protein, the Chia seed is complete with all 8 essential amino acids. They are also a great source of antioxidants, assisting in the proper function of bodily organs and tissues and protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease through the removal of damaging free radicals.

                 

Difficulty maintaining bowel regularity? Chia is known for its easy digestibility. Each seed is coated with soluble fibre, which aids in the gelling action, maintaining healthy digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

Absorbing more than seven times its weight when placed in water, Chia seeds form a gel that, when eaten, produces a physical barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes in the stomach. This process effectively aids in the regulation of blood sugar levels.

The exterior of the seed is protected by insoluble fibre, which helps keep food moving smoothly through the digestive process.

 

How do I use Chia?

 

When including Chia seeds in your diet remember that EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) are destroyed by heat.  Many of the other health benefits will remain once heated but the EFA’s are gone. For the optimum health benefits of Chia - RAW is best.

Luckily, Chia seeds generally do not have a taste and when mixed with other foods , it does not change the flavour at all.

Chia seeds can be found at good quality health food shops. Here are some easy ways to incorporate Chia seeds into your diet.

 

  • § Mix in through yoghurt
  • § Sprinkle it on salads
  • § Stir it through juice
  • § Add it to your cereal
  • § Add it to icecream
  • § Add it to a fruit salad
  • § Put a tablespoon in a smoothie
  • § Sprinkle it on top of the icing of a cake

So what are you waiting for ?  Get your "Chia Head" on and go get some!


Are You a Couch Potato?

 


Couch Potato Lifestyle Conservatively Estimated to Kill 5 Million People Per Year

 

The medical journal The Lancet has just published a study exposing the estimated death toll of being a couch potato.  Unsurprisingly, the sedentary lifestyle typical of many developed nations has been found to be only marginally less harmful than smoking.  


Conservative estimates of deaths attributed to a lack of physical activity come in around 5 million per year, worldwide. 


The statistics are worrying for individuals aged 15 and over, with around 1/3 not getting the recommended amount of exercise (about 2.5 hours per week), while a shocking 80% of children aged 13-15 fail to meet these specifications.  


Have a look at the ABC's article summarizing the findings at this link:


 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-18/inactivity-kills-5m-per-year/4137902 


and then get out from behind your computer and MOVE!