Eatwell Guide

  According to the UK government “The Eatwell Guide is a policy tool used to define government recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet”.   What are the key nutritional messages of the Eatwell Guide? We should all be aiming to eat at least five (80g) portions of a variety fruit and vegetables […]

Exercise, Nutrition and efficiency

  Nowadays, more and more people are seeking to get nutritional advice for an ideal diet before and after exercise. It should be emphasized though that the nutritional needs of each person is unique even if they share a common goal (i.e. weight loss). A healthy and nutritionally complete personalized eating plan, requires taking into […]

Vegan Pancakes

Ingredients (6-8 pancakes) 1 cup of plant based milk (e.g. coconut, soya, almond) 1 cup of flour (of your choice) 1 tablespoon of oil (of your choice) 1 tablespoon of Stevia powder 2 tablespoons of Baking Powder Instructions Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until it looks like cake batter. Spray a pan […]

Sodium

Benefits: It is responsible for the regulation of body fluid content and electrolyte balance. Needed for muscle contraction. Needed for the absorption of some nutrients and water from the gut. Deficiency: Sodium deficiency is rare but it can occur in some cases such as excess sweating, diarrhoea, renal failure, drugs such as diuretics may remove […]

Selenium and Zinc

Selenium     Benefits: It has an important role in the immune system and in reproduction. It is an important component of some antioxidant enzymes. It helps to prevent damage to cells and tissues. It helps regulate thyroid hormone activity. Deficiency: Deficiency is rare. Toxicity: High selenium intake causes selenosis which is a condition which […]

Potassium   

   Benefits: Essential for controlling the balance of fluids in the body. Essential for the normal functioning of cells. Needed for muscles contractions. A diet rich in potassium may lower blood pressure as it promotes the loss of sodium in the urine. It helps maintain steady heartbeat and it is vital for normal functioning of […]

Phosphorus

Benefits: Helps to build strong bones and teeth. Assists to the release of energy from food. Deficiency: Rare as phosphorus is available in many foods.          – Toxicity: Phosphorus has very low toxicity but symptoms of very high doses, commonly delivered by supplements, include diarrhoea and stomach pain. Consuming large amounts of phosphorus for a long […]

Magnesium and Manganese

Magnesium    Benefits: Needed mineral for muscle and nerve function. Needed for the regulation of blood pressure. Needed for parathyroid hormone secretion  which is important for skeletal development. Assists to turn the food into energy. It is intimately involved with calcium in metabolism. Deficiency: Deficiency is rare but it is characterised by progressive muscle weakness […]