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The importance of 40 different colours

The foods you eat daily may play a part in controlling or guiding which metabolites your gut produces. A diverse diet rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish have shown over a longer period to modulate the gut microbiota for the better. These foods provide fibre and plant chemicals known as phytochemicals which turn into short chain fatty acids such as butyrate and propionate. These  metabolites may potentially decrease the inflammatory process, regulate appetite, stabilise blood glucose levels and help protect the gut barrier. Colourful phytonutrients, fibre and omega 3 help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. A diet high in plant based foods, fibre, low in processed foods is...

Healthy tips for the festive season

If you are having lunch or dinner, skip the snacks beforehand and focus on the main meal Try to stick to one plate of food and avoid seconds Balance is good - Load your plate with veggies and salad. Try for half veggies/ salad + ¼ protein + ¼ carbs You can have your cake (or pudding) – but try to stick to a small serve and eat it mindfully so you enjoy it 😊 If you are drinking alcohol, alternate with water between drinks Swap soft drink for sparkling water, and add some fruit like lemon or berries Incorporate exercise into your plans. Even a...

What’s messing with your hormones?

A number of  internal and external factors can mess with our hormones causing them to become unbalanced. In this blog post we talk about how diet, stress, endocrine disrupting chemicals, genetics and inactivity can cause our hormones to become imbalanced. Diet - Highly processed foods, preservatives and growth hormones in animal products including dairy, pesticides sprayed on fruit and vegetables and alcohol can negatively affect hormones. Phytoestrogens found in foods like soy, citrus and wheat can have a positive or negative effect depending on what stage of life you are at.  Stress - Stress in the short term is likely to have a positive effect on the body. It signals...