A bit about acai Acai berries, previously considered an exotic fruit, have now become a virtual staple in almost every supermarket’s collection of health foods and supplements. No longer the sole preserve of health stores and delis, these nutrient-dense berries have become increasingly popular in the form of dietary supplements, food powders, shakes and juice […]
Tips for building muscle
Basic steps for gaining muscle Increasing your muscle mass can be frustrating when you don’t immediately see the results you want, but the most common reasons for slow or inadequate muscle gain are easy to overcome if you know what to look for and how to avoid the pitfalls. Improve your workouts and diet, and […]
What am I eating?
Do you eat “clean”? In this modern age of processed foods, farming on a massive scale and the widespread use of artificial chemicals to enhance everything from taste and appearance to shelf life, you can no longer take it for granted that you know what is in your food just by looking at it. Unfortunately, […]
Fibre for digestion
What is dietary fibre? Dietary fibre, “bulk” or “roughage” (a complex carbohydrate) is the part of plant-derived foods that can’t be completely broken down by digestive enzymes in the human digestive system. Instead, it travels through the gut largely untouched, when it arrives in the colon where it may or may not be fermented by […]
Antioxidants for health
What are antioxidants? Antioxidants are beneficial compounds found in certain natural foods, such as fruit, vegetables, grasses, grains etc and even some animal products (such as fish oils). They help to defend your cells from damage caused by potentially harmful molecules, known as free radicals. How do free radicals damage the body? When free radicals […]
What is coeliac disease?
Coeliac disease (pronounced see-liac and spelled celiac in other countries) is an autoimmune disease, not an intolerance as is often assumed. This means that the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues, through the production of antibodies. In the case of coeliac disease, this reaction is triggered by gluten. Gluten is a protein composite found […]