In a new study published in the Journal of Gerontology, it was found that just 35% of the study group had sufficient levels of Vitamin D. The study found that insufficient and deficient levels of Vitamin D were linked with poor results in cognitive tests.
This study is worrying on two levels; firstly that low levels of Vitamin D have a connection with such important issues for seniors, and secondly that such a small percentage of seniors have adequate levels of Vitamin D.
However, it is important not to react to studies like these by supplementing individual vitamins, which should only be done under the guidance of a professional.
Instead, these studies serve as a reminder that all people should be supplementing a high-quality, 100% natural multivitamin and mineral to ensure that they are receiving the correct balance of all nutrients.
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Everyone knows how important protein is – it’s the building blocks for our body and is also often said to be the best way to build up muscle and lose fat.
But not all protein is created equal.
This post reveals the best sources of protein from seafood, meat and vegetarian foods, as decided by the protein content of each food per 100g of that food.
- Beef = 36g
- Lamb = 35g
- Chicken breast = 33g
- Pork tenderloin = 32g
- Turkey = 30g
- Cod = 63g
- Clams = 48g
- Tuna = 30g
- Octopus = 30g
- Prawns = 21g
- Tofu = 48g
- Parmesan = 42g
- Pink Lentils = 25g
- Walnuts = 24g
- Almonds = 22g
For a full list of vegan sources of protein, see this post
This month’s Journal of the National Cancer Institute has revealed a surprising research study into the connection between fruits and vegetables, and cancer risk.
The study suggests that there is only a slight connection between a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and cancer risk.
This conclusion is disappointing, as there has long been thought to be a potential link between these two things. In fact, many studies have determined links, hence the surprise surrounding this particular research.
However, in my opinion, this research highlights the need for further investigation.
The study raises several questions for me.
What types of fruits and vegetables were used? Were they fresh, tinned, frozen? Were they organic?
And was the length of the study really enough to draw meaningful conclusions? Given the 5-20 year period it takes for cancer to build in the body, is an 8 year study long enough?
Clearly, this one study shouldn’t overrule all of the studies that have found a clear link between fruit and vegetable intake and cancer prevention.
I wanted to share this study, though, and particularly to highlight the main question that it raised for me…
We are living on a toxic planet, where pollutants are unavoidably seeping into every single body of water, contaminating our air, and entering our fresh foods. So, when we tuck into a nice plate of fruits and vegetables, even organic ones, the nutrient content we eat is different to what it should be. Our planet is affecting the quality of our food, and that is affecting the goodness we receive from our diet – no matter how healthy it is.
So, I read this study, and I had to ask: Is our fresh produce now reaching the point where it’s nutrient content is so damaged it can no longer help protect us from illness as well as it originally could?
I have a lot more to say on this subject, but right now I have to pack – I’m leaving for a week’s vacation. I’ll make a few updates about healthy eating when being on holiday, providing I can get an Internet connection, so look out for those.
Until then, keep eating your fruit and vegetables – this one study shouldn’t be used as an excuse to leave your greens! 😉
If you are unsure about why your body needs vitamins, and which foods are truly a good source of each vitamin, I came across this handy free tool that will really help you.
The first three months of pregnancy are an extremely important time for eating properly as all of the growing baby’s organs are formed during this time.
However, as most women know, this is also the time when the so-called ‘morning sickness’ tends to occur, leaving the mum-to-be hardly fancying eating at all. While morning sickness is probably due to the hormonal changes that occur, women with poor diets are most likely to suffer from it.. which leads to a Catch 22 situation.
Morning sickness can be improved naturally, though, by giving your body the nutrients it needs to support the growing baby.
Your body has an increased need for vitamins B6, B12, folic acid, iron and zinc, and taking supplements of these will usually overcome even the worst cases of morning sickness. You should also eat small amounts of fruits, nuts and seeds frequently during the day.
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A lack of essential fatty acids is actually the most common reason for dry hair.
And the reason is pretty easy to understand:
Your body has a limited amount of nutrients, and a list of priorities for which body part receives the nutrients it needs.
If your diet is lacking in various nutrients (as most people’s are), the body parts further down the priority list won’t receive enough, if any, which will lead to some non-emergency problems — such as dry hair.
Because, let’s face it, while shampoo advert glossy hair would be a nice bonus, it isn’t your body’s main priority.
If your hair is dry, the best way to change this is to increase your intake of essential fatty acids. Here’s how:
- Supplement a pure, high quality omega 3 supplement
- Eat oily fish three times a week
- Eat seeds or their cold-pressed oils daily