Will a high-protein diet harm your health? The real story on the risks (and rewards) of eating more protein.

In this article, we’ll explore: What are high-protein diets? What does the evidence say about high-protein diets and health? Does protein source matter? How much protein is right for me?

Source: Will a high-protein diet harm your health? The real story on the risks (and rewards) of eating more protein. | Precision Nutrition

Fish oil and omega-3s fats: How to be safer with your supplements. | Precision Nutrition

Interesting article about Omega 3 supplementation from the Precision Nutrition team.

Everyone knows that fish oil is awesome. It’s full of omega-3 fatty acids, which do so many fantastic things in the body. However fish oil has come under fire.

Some claim that it could be hurting instead of helping us. That we’re consuming too much. That we’re in danger.

In today’s article, we’ll review the latest research paper that’s confused and bewildered many people. And we’ll help you make sense of the controversy.

Read More: Click the link below

Source: Fish oil and omega-3s fats: How to be safer with your supplements. | Precision Nutrition

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Five-a-day fruit and vegetable advice ‘unrealistic’, says new GPs’ head

When it comes to fruit and vegetables, two-a-day might be more realistic advice to give to families says one of the UK’s leading doctors.

Individuals are a diverse lot… Diet and nutrition need to be tailored to each individuals likes, needs, and of course circumstances.

For someone who only eats one small piece of fruit once in a blue moon, telling them to eat 5 fruit / veg per day will probably be a waste of time.

Small changes and small steps are the way to change peoples habits.

At Shake and Lose, we can coach you, doing what we are doing to work towards a healthier more active lifestyle.

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To read the full article, click the link below.

Source: Five-a-day fruit and vegetable advice ‘unrealistic’, says new GPs’ head – BBC News

Winter Immune System Boosters

Don’t get sick!!

So winter is officially here.  The mornings are cold, the evenings are dark…….

Top this with the stresses of daily life, public transport and possibly an inadequate diet, and you’ll soon experience the discomfort of a ‘common cold’.

The great news is that much of what our bodies need to fight off infection is found in the foods we eat, so beef up your immune system and add some of these great immune boosting nutrients to your diet.

cold-and-fluVitamin C
Vitamin C tops the list of immune boosters. There has been more research about the immune-boosting effects of Vitamin C than perhaps any other nutrient. Vitamin C is available naturally in many fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kiwi fruits, mango, citrus fruits, sweet peppers, asparagus, green vegetables and parsley. Eat your five portions a day and increase the production of infection-fighting, white blood cells and antibodies, as well as levels of interferon, the antibody that coats cell surfaces, which prevents the entry of viruses.

Vitamin E
This important antioxidant and immune booster doesn’t get as much press as vitamin C, but is important for a healthy immune system. Vitamin E stimulates the production of natural killer cells and enhances the production of B-cells, the immune cells that produce antibodies that destroy bacteria. To get your daily Vitamin E dose eat foods such as sardines, sunflower and sesame seeds, oats, brown rice and dark green leafy vegetables.

Beta carotene
Beta carotene is another powerful antioxidant that mops up excess free radicals and increases the number of infection-fighting cells. The body converts beta carotene to Vitamin A, which itself has anti-cancer properties and immune-boosting functions. Foods high in beta carotene include watercress, apricot, papaya, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, sweet potatoes, carrots and green leafy vegetables.

Zinc
Zinc is an essential element and critical to the work of more than three hundred enzymes in the body which assist in cell reproduction, maintain vision, wound healing and enhancing immune function (just to mention some). Zinc, like vitamin C, also possesses direct antiviral activity. The food highest in zinc are oysters but if you (like me) can’t stomach them, have some pumpkin seeds, fish, egg yolks, nuts (like almonds or cashews), turkey, lean red meat or spinach. (If you’re curious if you’re zinc deficient,get in touch with me and we can meet up for a quick, easy and free test.)

Garlic
Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. Over 1,000 studies have shown that garlic’s immune-boosting properties are due to the sulphur compounds found in allicin, an antioxidant that’s released when fresh garlic is crushed.

Now here are two more factors for all those sleep deprived and sociable people who want to make sure their immune system doesn’t get depressed: sleep and alcohol.

Research shows that not enough sleep leads to more colds and flu, and excessive alcohol intake can harm the body’s immune system in two ways. First, it produces an overall nutritional deficiency, depriving the body of valuable immune-boosting nutrients. Second, alcohol, like sugar, consumed in excess can reduce the ability of white cells to kill germs.

Now you’ve got the tools, so stay healthier this winter

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Good Ways to Get Quality Protein: Making Protein Choices to Boost Energy and Improve Your Health

 

Some Protein Sources
Some Protein Sources

Chemically, protein is composed of amino acids, which are organic compounds made of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen or sulfur. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and proteins are the building blocks of muscle mass, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Learn all you need to know about protein, including how to choose proteins to strengthen your body and mind and provide you with energy you need.

Source: Good Ways to Get Quality Protein: Making Protein Choices to Boost Energy and Improve Your Health

Teaching Doctors About Nutrition and Diet – NYTimes.com

Years later, as a newly minted doctor on the wards seeing real patients, I found myself in the same position. I was still getting a lot of questions about food and diet. And I was still hesitating when answering. I wasn’t sure I knew that much more after medical school than I did before.

Source: Teaching Doctors About Nutrition and Diet – NYTimes.com

 

It is a sad fact that many doctors know not a lot about proper nutrition, yet need to advise patients how to eat, what to eat etc….. Whether it be to gain, lose or maintain weight fore good health

Most now realise that Nutrition is probably the most important part of medicine, as good nutrition helps to prevent many of the chronic illnesses people around the world suffer today!

 

High Cholesterol? Beta heart® Launched In EMEA

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No doubt you’ve heard about the heart health benefits associated with a diet that includes consuming oats. That’s partly because oats are good sources of the soluble fibre beta glucan.

When it comes to naturally boosting the immune system by optimizing its response to diseases and infections, Beta Glucans are crucial weapons in the fight to stay healthy. But because the body doesn’t produce beta glucans naturally, the only way to get the compound is through outside sources

Introducing Beta heart®

Overview

High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease. Beta-glucans contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.*

Beta heart® is a nutritious vanilla-flavoured powder that contains the key ingredient OatWell™ oat beta-glucan. Oat beta glucan has been shown to lower/reduce blood cholesterol.

*Coronary heart disease has multiple risk factors and altering one of these risk factors may or may not have a beneficial effect.

OatWell™ is a trademark of DSM.
HEART UK Charity Registration Number 1003904.

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1 scoop of Beta heart® provides:
– 1.5g oat beta-glucans
– High in fibre (3g)
– Source of protein
– 25 kcal
– Sugar free

The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 3g of oat beta-glucan.

Details

Whatever your age, lifestyle factors can play a big part in raising your cholesterol. Take control of your health in 3 simple steps.

 

 

Step 1: Eat well:
Reduce your intake of trans and saturated fats with simple food swaps:
-Wholegrains over white bread/pasta.
-Oily fish or lean poultry over processed or red meat.
-Nuts, seeds or soy beans over ready-to-eat snacks like crisps.

Step 2: Get active:
Being active helps to increase the ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) in your blood. It stimulates the movement of fatty deposits to the liver, which helps to keep the heart and blood vessels in good condition.
150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week is all you need** – try 30 minutes, 5 days per week!

Step 3: Boost your diet:
High in fibre and a source of protein, one serving of Beta heart® also provides 1.5g beta-glucans; a soluble fibre found in the oat bran from oats, which helps to lower or maintain your cholesterol.*

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* Oat beta glucan has been shown to lower/reduce blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease. Beta-glucans contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels. Coronary heart disease has multiple risk factors and altering one of these risk factors may or may not have a beneficial effect.
**NHS guidelines: High cholesterol – prevention. Posted 16/08/2013.

Could turmeric really boost your health?

 

We found one particular gene which showed the biggest difference. And what’s interesting is that we know this particular gene is involved in three specific diseases: depression, asthma and eczema, and cancer. This is a really striking finding.”

Source: Could turmeric really boost your health? – BBC News

Clinical study proves Fish Oil’s role in weight management – Nurse Updates

Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules.
Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules.

 

Herbalife released data from a clinical study with Taipei Medical University, which showed that the combination of meal replacement, fish oil and a calorie-restricted diet led to effective weight management and improvements in metabolic syndrome.

Source: Clinical study proves Fish Oil’s role in weight management – Nurse Updates

Just 1.6% Of School Packed Lunches Meet Nutritional Standards

A study finds that school lunchboxes have improved by only 0.5% in the last decade, with only one in five containing vegetables.

Just 1.6% of packed lunches in England’s primary schools meet national nutrition standards, according to a study.

Help your children eat correctly and enjoy healthy food today… otherwise they’ll only be another statistic!

Let’s spread the word and help educate everyone that little bit more. These stats are shocking!

Source: Just 1.6% Of School Packed Lunches Meet Nutritional Standards

Red Foods. The Heart Healthy Option

 Red Foods
The phytochemicals in red foods are Carotenoids and Anthocyanins

 

One of the most abundant carotenoids is lycopene
Lycopene helps reduce damage from free radicals in your body

 

Prevents heart disease, cancer, prostrate problems, and reduces the skin damage from the sun
These red foods help memory function, urinary tract health, and keeps your heart healthy.

Vegans should take vitamin B12 supplements ‘permanently’: German Nutrition Society

It is “difficult or impossible” for vegans to get enough of nutrients like vitamin B12, the German Nutrition Society (DGE) has said in a position paper now cited by the government.

Source: Vegans should take vitamin B12 supplements ‘permanently’: German Nutrition Society