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Protect your family this winter

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Why you should choose a Ketogenic Diet

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Having Enough Energy

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Heart Health

Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Disease

Atherosclerosis is a build up of plaque inside your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygenrich blood to your heart and other parts of your body. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. With an unhealthy lifestyle, increased age, other co-morbidities and oxidised circulating cholesterol, plaque sticks to artery walls and hardens, narrowing the arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body. Atherosclerosis can lead to the serious problem of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) which can often lead to death.

A) Normal artery free of plaque
B) Atherosclerotic artery highlighting…

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Colostrum - How might it benefit my health

What is colostrum?

Colostrum is a milk-like substance that comes from the breasts of mammals for the first few days following birth.

It is sometimes referred to as first milk, as it comes before true milk appears and is high in fat for energy, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. However, it is the protein molecules that hold a special function. Some of these proteins are antibodies that fight disease-causing agents such as bacteria and viruses, which a newborn is exposed to as soon as it enters the environment outside of its mother. These provide the newborn with passive immunity; basically kick-starting the immune system development.

Antibody leve…

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Fibre for a Squeaky-Clean Digestive Tract

There is clear evidence that a diet high in fibre has many health benefits for everyone, particularly for the health of our digestive tract.

“A digestive what?” I hear you ask.

Our digestive tract, also known as the gastro-intestinal tract, or GIT for short, is kind of like a hollow tube, if you will, that runs through the middle of your body and is responsible along with various organs for the digestion and absorption of the food we eat.
The intricate digestive process in the human body starts in the mouth as we chew our food; moves through the stomach where food is further broken down; enters the small intestine where most nutrient absorption occurs; then proceeds into the large intestine where water and electrolytes are absorbed before any undigeste…

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Are your hormones making you fat?

There is more to weight loss than the often publicised 'energy in = energy out' equation; a low calorie diet alone is not enough, we need to make sure that our body uses the food that we eat for energy, and doesn’t put it into fat storage.

If you’re finding it difficult to lose weight, regardless of how little you eat and how much exercise you do, then it may be that your body isn’t responding to your metabolism and appetite regulating signals, causing your body to store energy rather than use it. There are 3 major hormones involved in regulating these signals: Insulin, Leptin & Ghrelin.

Insulin

When we eat the body releases the hormone insulin to assist in th…

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Macronutrients and Micronutrients

What are they and what do I need them for?

We all know that we eat in order to provide our bodies with energy so that we can perform our daily tasks.

Every single cell in our body also has ‘a daily to do list’, which differs between cells. However without energy and nutrition, these cells are unable to perform their tasks and our bodies will not perform optimally. Macronutrients are the energy providers for our cells and fuel for our bodies. The macronutrients are carbohydrate, protein and fat.

Alcohol is also a high energy provider (see table 1), but it does not provide any essential nutrition that the three macronutrients do. Alcohol is classified as non-essential, as the body does not require it for survival…

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Protein – How much is enough?

What is protein? Proteins are known as the building blocks of life.

They break down into amino acids which are used in cell growth and repair. Our bodies need protein for skeletal muscle, skin, blood and collagen. The enzymes in our bodies are also just proteins, albeit specialised.

We get protein mainly from animal products like meat, fish, egg and dairy and smaller amounts from plant based foods, like tofu, temph, beans, legumes and vegetables. Unlike fats and carbohydrates, the body is unable to store energy from protein. What is not used by the body is processed through the kidneys and expelled. This is good news for those looking to reach or maintain a healthy weight range.

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Sleep your way to Health

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and wellbeing throughout your life.

Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, as well as your safety and the safety of those around you. Like good diet and exercise, sleep is a critical component to overall health.

Sleep deprivation is linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke heart disease, CVD, diabetes and kidney disease. Being deficient in sleep is also linked with an increased risk of obesity; in fact some studies have shown that for each hour of sleep lost your risk of obesity increases.

What happens when we sleep?

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Melatonin – The answer for a Good Night's Sleep

If you have sleeping problems, you’ve probably heard of melatonin.

It’s the hormone your body makes every night to kick start sleep. It’s also marketed as a supplement, to top up your natural melatonin – the idea being, this will give you a better night’s sleep. But taking a hormone is not without risks. Before you consider a melatonin supplement, read on.

Melatonin is activated when it’s dark. Remember, part of your sleep plan is to pull the curtains to make your bedroom really dark. For more information see Healthy Choices Issue No.2 “Are You Getting Enough?” That’s because the darkness signals your body to release melatonin, sometimes called the ‘hormone of darkness’.

Melatonin is released from your pinea…

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Bovine Colostrum

Naturally Healthy Resistance to Ills and Chills

Bovine colostrum has been shown to support digestive health, healthy immunity and natural resistance to bugs, germs and viruses.

Many of us are looking for natural ways to remain healthy this winter. Colostrum offers support for a healthy immune system, primed to resist the variety of bugs, ills and chills we may be exposed to.
Colostrum is nature’s first food – the pre-milk fluid a breastfeeding mother provides her newborn to assist the baby’s healthy development. It contains a number of immune components, including antibodies, growth factors, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
Now, sc…

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Protect your family this winter

Colostrum and Lactose

Colostrum - How might it benefit my health

Building Strong Immunity

Stem Cells and Colostrum – The Latest Research

Re-Calibrate your body for Optimal Health

The human body is truly wondrous.

From the enormous growth and neurological development that takes us from birth to fully functioning adults, to the continual monitoring of our surroundings by the immune system and so much more, the human body is a highly intelligent organism.

So why then, do we suffer from disease and illness? To be honest, in most cases it’s not a design fault of the body but much more likely a result of our environment – that is things such as diet, lifestyle, daily habits, increased stress, poor sleep, pollution, suboptimal nutrients in modern foods and lack of regular physical activity.
Over the dec…

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Staying Sharp – Nutrients to support Brain Health

Sleep – Are you getting enough?

The Digestive System

Strong Healthy Bones

Early Childhood Nutrition

Is Low-Carb eating the answer to Obesity?

The latest stats are in and they don’t paint a pretty picture of New Zealanders, or of any other nation for that matter.

A review of more than 1,700 studies covering 188 countries from 1980 to 2013 failed to find a single country that had been able to reverse the worrying obesity trend that has resulted in 2.1 billion people being either overweight or obese. That’s nearly 1 out of every 3 people in our global community. Back in 1980 this figure was 857 million, or 20% of the global population.

New Zealand come out above Australia for our rates of both adult and childhood obesity. Not something we should be proud of. In New Zealand 2 out of every 3 adult…

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Having Enough Energy

Sugar – Just how much is too much?

Protein – For Strong Healthy Bodies

Why you should choose a Ketogenic Diet

Diet - History over the years

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