By SodaStream on
The Dry July month is the perfect time to reassess all of your health and wellbeing goals for the rest of the year.
Hydration is a key element to ensuring physical and mental performance as our body water content declines with age, from about 75% in babies to 60% in adults.
According to research conducted by Sodastream, there is mass confusion around the effects of dehydration, with only a third (35%) of Australians recognising key symptoms like lethargy, despite the majority (80%) suffering on a regular basis.
Despite many believing that two litres is the recommended daily amount for all, the amount needed varies, dependent on individual factors including age, diet, climate and levels of physical activity.
Sodastream put together 5...
By Jacqueline Alwill on
It’s easy to feel confused by the labeling on foods these days. And especially with products in organic grocery stores. They bring up more questions than they answer. Are they really worth the money? Are they actually a wonder ingredient? Will this overhyped product solve all my problems, make me super healthy and save me from Friday night’s alcohol binge? With this in mind, let’s step away from the bright lights and clever packaging, and look at some of the basic foods found in regular supermarkets, and how they can supercharge our health. Here’s some you’ll find in my basket:
A member of the brassica family, cauliflower is rich in sulfur containing nutrients and glucosinates, to reduce inflammation and support liver detox...
By Peter Rule on
We all seek the taste of sweet foods naturally in our diet, however it can be easy to crave excess high sugar foods for many varied reasons.
We have 5 basic recognised tastes – sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami (savoury) however we can become imbalanced in our food choices due to stress, low energy, eating on the run, looking for psychological reward or treat or nutritional deficiencies, just to name a few.
Refined sugar is addictive due to the release of dopamine from the brain. Dopamine is one of the principal neurotransmitters involved in creating substance dependence on things like alcohol. The excess dopamine that is produced gives rise to powerful feelings of pleasure; however these excess levels also take a long-term toll on...
By Peter Rule on
Cleansing is something that our body is doing all the time through the organs that manage detoxification and elimination. These vital organs are the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin which work very hard to eliminate harmful toxins and wastes from the body. Toxins can come from a variety of sources such as heavily processed foods, food additives and preservatives, chemicals like herbicides and pesticides, environmental pollutants and excess alcohol, processed sugar and caffeine.
Luckily, nature has a natural pharmacy of foods which can assist these vital organs to cleanse toxins from the body and these foods can be obtained at most fruit and vege outlets.
Here are seven of my favourite “foods for cleansing” and I have been recommending...
By Courtenay Turner on
It’s 8am and the sun is peeping through your blinds. Before you’ve even got up out of bed, your fingers find the familiar edges of your iPhone. Passcode entered, screen brightness down, Instagram open: let the onslaught of healthy #foodporn begin.
Paleo pancake stacks, raw vegan bliss balls, dairy-free ice cream, grain-free waffles with superfood sauce… it all sounds too good to be true and it’s all right there, just waiting to be visually devoured.
Without a doubt, the “clean eating” trend currently sweeping social-media sites is an abundant source of inspiration for those looking to take control of their health. It encourages us to experiment with more nourishing recipes and try a more varied range of whole foods. It motivates us eat...
By Claire O'Meara on
Most people take a brief case to work, but I’m more likely to accompany it with a soft esky filled with goodies. Here are some examples of things I take on a regular basis to work. Taking everything would be overkill for the day, but picking and choosing different ones during your week makes sure you are getting a variety of healthy nutrient rich, satisfying delicious foods.
When you eat healthy foods you not only improve your physical health, but you will also help your mind and body deal with stress. When the brain gets the right nutrients, it performs better and stays alert during the day. When the brain is working better you’ll find that your thinking will be clearer and you will get tasks done faster. The morning and afternoon...
By Cyndi O'Meara on
A food craving is usually due to the body requiring nutrients, either macro (fats, carbs and protein) or micro (vitamins and minerals). A food addiction is where a certain chemical is in the food that passes the blood brain barrier and effects receptors in the brain.
When you begin to eat foods that are REAL as opposed to foods in packaging, which are subsequently laced with additives, preservatives, flavouring, modified foods and non food sources, then your body gives you the right cues as to the right food you need to eat. But because we don’t consider what we eat, we make poor food choices when a craving begins.
In animal husbandry, when cows start eating fence posts and rocks, the farmer knows to put out a salt (mineral) block!...
By Rosie Mansfield on
As Dry July kicks off, now is the perfect opportunity to replenish your body and reap the benefits of being hang-over free. These healthy breakie options are a tasty and nutritious alternative to the traditional fry-up and will keep you energised for an active weekend.
Poached Eggs & Avocado – Poaching is the healthiest way to cook eggs, which contain high quality protein to help keep you fuller for longer. Avocados are loaded with heart-healthy fatty acids, and can even help lower cholesterol levels.
Oats & Banana – Bananas are a time-saving breakie option which will give you a boost of energy due to the high levels of potassium levels. Use it as a topping for wholegrain oats packed full of b-vitamins and you’ll instantly feel...
By Geraldine Coren on
Most of us have heard of the benefits of meditation, how it can slow down a busy mind and calm the nervous system. But meditation is more than just focusing and relaxing. It is a powerful tool for...