It is very important that raw cacao is not confused with cocoa, its roasted, processed and nutrient-poor distant relative. Cacao is busting with nutrition and an excellent source of magnesium in particular but also other minerals such as iron, zinc, copper and calcium, in addition to fatty acids. It is also full of polyphenols which makes it a great fertiliser for your microbiome.
The impact of stress on our health cannot be underestimated. It is a known risk factor for chronic disease and can impact our sleep and general wellbeing greatly. In a recent cross-sectional study, eating more fruit and vegetables was linked to lower stress. The greatest benefit (a stress reduction of 16–36%) was seen with a combined intake of at least 400g per day. If you consider each potion of veg to be approximately 50g that equates to around 8 servings, we definitely need to up our 5 a day game!
Oestrogens are a family of hormones which include Estrone (E1), Oestradiol (E2), and Estriol (E3). There are also oestrogen metabolites which are primarily metabolized in the liver and excreted from the body through the digestive and urinary tracts. This topic can get quite complex and a real case in point as to the importance of personalised nutrition and supplement advice. The DUTCH test (which we offer in clinic) gives us exactly this information. However, if you want the basics of healthy oestrogen metabolism read on….
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (also known as autoimmune thyroiditis) is an autoimmune inflammatory condition where the body produces antibodies that attack its own thyroid gland. It can often be associated with the presence of other autoimmune diseases like coealic for example. Read on to see how Vitamin D may be a key player in it’s management.
In 2020 the BMJ and Swiss Re Institute collaborated to produce a second series of articles on nutritional science. Included in these was a discussion around whether current guidelines around salt should be taken with the proverbial pinch. You can read the article and watch the presentations here.
In this blog we consider current intake and recommendations and where exactly where all this salt is coming from.