Importance of Vitamin D

 

 

 

Why is Vitamin D so important?

 

Vitamin D plays a key role in bone health and is essential for the absorption of calcium to help strengthen our teeth and bones. It can also assist with healthy skin, muscle strength and enhancing the immune system. Low levels of vitamin D can increase our risk of osteoporosis, falls and bone fractures. 

 

Healthy Snack Ideas

 

Healthy Snack Foods 

Snacking can be a great way to increase your energy and protein consumption throughout the day, especially if you are failing to meet your requirements in just 3 meals per day. This can apply to a wide range of people from those wanting to gain weight for personal or medical reasons right through to those with chronic conditions that may impact on their ability to eat enough.

 

 

Does eating ‘fat’ make you fat?

 

Healthy Fats 

A common misconception people have is that eating foods containing fat will make them gain weight. The reality is that high fat foods contain more calories per gram than carbohydrates or proteins. However, eating foods containing high amounts of fat does not automatically make you gain weight. Weight gain is a complex process which doesn't happen overnight. You need to be consistently eating more calories than what your body needs in order to put on weight. So, when you break it down you could gain weight by overdoing it on any type of food, whether that food contains high amounts of fat or not. 

 

 

Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Often the focus is on type 2 diabetes in the community, but today our attention will be on type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto immune condition where the beta cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin, are destroyed by the body’s immune system.  Although there is currently no way to prevent or cure type 1 diabetes, it can be well managed through diet and exercise, leading to a happy and healthy life. 

The recommended blood glucose level (BGL) targets for an individual with type 1 diabetes:

 

Iron rich sources of food

iron

Iron is an essential nutrient found in many different foods. Its primary role is to transport oxygen around the body. When you don’t consume enough iron you may feel fatigued, have pale skin or feel out of breath with minimal activity. Men and women have very different iron needs. Women in their reproductive years typically require more iron due to menstrual losses each month. 

So, with all that in mind where do we actually get iron from? 

Is it gluten or wheat intolerance?

gluten

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Some people may be intolerant to wheat, however this is not the same as coeliac disease. When someone has coeliac disease they have an immune reaction following the ingestion of gluten. Coeliac disease primarily affects the small intestine, and can lead to severe inflammation and malabsorption over time. The symptoms of coeliac disease and wheat allergies/intolerances are quite distinct, so getting an accurate diagnosis is often easier than you think. 

Constipation tips

Constipation

Thanks to the current COVID-19 situation, many of us have found ourselves cooped up indoors, maybe not being as active as we once were, and not eating as we once did.  You may have noticed that a very real and frustrating part of being in isolation is that your toilet habits have changed. Specifically that you're not going as often as you used to. If this sounds like you then keep on reading for our top tips to beat constipation!

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