Despite its many benefits, The Irish Heart Foundation has confirmed that 80% of adults in Ireland are eating less than the 25 – 34g of fibre recommended daily. While children need less (their age plus 5g fibre per day i.e. a ten-year-old child should be getting 15 g a day (10 years + 5g of fibre)), we know that the majority of Irish children are not getting enough either.
Almost ¼ million Irish people have diabetes, and a further ½ million of us are pre-diabetic. This is particularly shocking when you consider that most cases are preventable and that it can have serious long-term health consequences. It’s not all bad news though! There are some easy ways to identify if you are at risk and some simple dietary changes that can reduce your risk in as little as three months. Read on or watch Heather share her tips on Virgin Media’s Weekend AM.
Iodine is essential for thyroid function. It is taken up into the thyroid gland from the bloodstream where it joins to thyroglobulin within the thyroid tissue to form thyroid hormones. Three iodine molecules join to form T3 or tri-iodothyronine and four molecules are added to form T4 or thyroxine. These hormones are then released from the thyroid gland back out into the bloodstream where they have wide reaching effects on every system in our body.
Acne is a condition whereby the pores of the hair follicles are blocked and fill up with sebaceous fluids. These may then become infected with bacteria and form pustules, spots and cysts. If these are left to grow they may leave scarring and damage to the skin. In addition to this, acne can cause sufferers to experience poor body image and low self esteem.
Just say the word ‘barmbrack’ and images of Halloween come to mind. Traditionally it contained various objects baked into the bread and whatever you fished out revealed your fate – married or spinster, poor or rich! There are no coins or rings in this version but feel free to add your own. Just be mindful of the potential choking hazard!