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Nutrigenomic Profiles – How Important Are They?

POSTED IN Blog ON Feb 14th, 2019    No Comments

What is Nutrigenomics? Nutrigenomics is the study of the effects of food and food constituents on gene expression, and how genetic variations affect the nutritional environment. It focuses on understanding the interaction between nutrients and other dietary bioactives with the genome at the molecular level, to understand how specific nutrients or dietary regimes may affect […]

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Eat Well and Be Happy

POSTED IN Blog ON Feb 6th, 2019    No Comments

I frequently harp on about the importance of diet in mental health. I feel the need to constantly report on trials to prove my point not only to clients but to doctors as well. So finally, here we have it, a 2019 meta-analysis of 16 RCT (randomized controlled trials) showing dietary interventions significantly reduced depressive […]

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Managing Menopause

POSTED IN Article ON Jul 25th, 2018    No Comments

The following is an excerpt taken from an article I wrote for Natural Medicine, September 2009 For many women, the menopause can be a turning point. Not only physically but psychologically as well. Because of this, the first step to managing the menopause is to keep a positive outlook: menopause is not a disease. It […]

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Fish oil vs lard: Why some fat can help or hinder your diet

POSTED IN Latest News ON May 15th, 2018    No Comments

  According to the latest research in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, a diet high in saturated fat can make your brain struggle to control what you eat. This means that if people are looking to lose weight, they should stay clear of saturated fat (found in butter, lard, animal fats and fried food).   Saturated […]

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

POSTED IN Article ON May 14th, 2018    1 Comment

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disease in women, affecting 5-10% of those of child bearing age. Common symptoms include: menstrual irregularities, hirsutism, acne, painful periods and alopecia. The cause of PCOS is unknown. But most experts think that several factors, including genetics, could play a role. Women with PCOS are more […]

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Diet Is Associated With Risk of Depression

POSTED IN Latest News ON May 5th, 2018    No Comments

  A healthy diet may reduce the risk of severe depression, according to a prospective follow-up study of more than 2,000 men conducted at the University of Eastern Finland. This is ground breaking research because psychiatrists have always maintained that it is unclear whether diet and the intake of foods and nutrients are associated with […]

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5 Reasons Why You’re Struggling to Lose Weight

POSTED IN Article ON Feb 7th, 2018    1 Comment

Banting, Blood Type, Low GI, Low Fat, Fasting… you’ve tried them all. Yet, those kilos just aren’t budging and your mood is sinking with each incremental increase on the scale. If you’ve been losing the battle against the bulge, perhaps it’s time to start investigating the underlying contributory factors:   Adrenal stress and thyroid function […]

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Snacking on almonds is good for you

POSTED IN Weekly Tip ON Feb 7th, 2018    No Comments

  A new study published in the October issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that study participants eating 42g of almonds every day experienced reduced hunger and improved dietary vitamin E and monounsaturated (“good”) fat intake without increasing body weight. Almonds have also previously been shown to increase satiety in both normal […]

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Healthy Snacks for Kids

POSTED IN Kids Health ON Jan 21st, 2018    No Comments

The latest US research shows that a mere 12%  of American children are meeting the recommended servings of fruit and only 8% of American children are meeting the recommended servings of veggies. I’d like to think we’re better off in South Africa but I have a sneaky suspicion that if we are not a par […]

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Low folate and high homocysteine linked to depression

POSTED IN Latest News ON Jan 17th, 2018    No Comments

  Recent research has found both low folate and high homocysteine levels to be linked to depressive symptoms in adults. Homocysteine is a marker of inflammation providing more clues into the underlying biomedical processes involved in the development of depression and other mood disorders. This is not the first time that depression has been linked […]

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