Nutrition for Health Conditions

  1. Which foods are best for anxiety and depression?

    Which foods are best for anxiety and depression?

    Mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are becoming all too common in our modern society and unfortunately, they’re on the rise. Beyond Blue says that there are around 3 million Australians living with anxiety or depression right now. Are you one of them?

    We’ve known for a while about the scientific evidence around diet and lifestyle factors improving our physical health and wellbeing. Now there is a growing body of research to demonstrate that specific vitamins and minerals can also boost your mood and mental health too, helping to treat conditions such as anxiety and depression. Let’s take a look.

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  2. Do you have a vitamin deficiency? Here are some common signs.

    Do you have a vitamin deficiency? Here are some common signs.

    Have you ever wondered if your diet is providing you with all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy? Do you suspect that you may be lacking in certain nutrients but not sure which ones? This article outlines some common vitamin deficiency symptoms.

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  3. Hormonal imbalance. How to balance hormones with food

    Hormonal imbalance. How to balance hormones with food

    The role of hormones

    Hormones are chemical messengers that carry signals from one part of the body to another. Some well-known ones are insulin, melatonin, cortisol, adrenaline and testosterone, though there are over 200 altogether. They are made, stored and released by our endocrine system and it’s their job to regulate the activity of cells or organs throughout our body.

    Hormones control a variety of functions including mood, growth, appetite and weight (metabolism) and sexual development and function. Whilst we will all experience periods of natural hormonal fluctuations in our life, hormonal imbalance can also occur when the endocrine glands are not working properly. Correcting this is important as hormonal imbalances can lead to a range of serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease to name a few.

    In this article I’ll cover tips on how to balance your hormones but firstly, let’s explore some of the early signs that your hormones may be out of whack.

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  4. Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Top that - 10 meal toppers to supercharge your diet

    Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Top that - 10 meal toppers to supercharge your diet

    We’re all busy and sometimes don’t have time to fully prep and cook all our own meals. And even if we do, we can run out of ideas for how to make them both appealing and healthy too. But if you’re after a short-cut to achieving a higher nutrient hit for the meals you do eat (whether bought or home-made), I’ve got a secret to share with you. Toppers.

    If you haven’t yet embraced soup and salad toppings as a way of adding extra nutrients to improve health, this article will help. If you have, then I’m here to give you some extra inspiration.

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  5. Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Sustainable eating - top tips to choosing sustainable food

    Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Sustainable eating - top tips to choosing sustainable food

    What is sustainable eating?

    Sustainable eating is about choosing foods that contribute to a healthy balanced diet while additionally having a low impact on our environment. To define it further would be to say that sustainable diets aim to ensure food security for present and future generations; protect biodiversity; respect cultures; be economically fair; optimise nourishment; plus combat malnutrition and obesity. Sustainable eating is about more than just the food itself – it’s about production, distribution, packaging and consumption.

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  6. Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Eat your way to better skin. The best foods for glowing skin.

    Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Eat your way to better skin. The best foods for glowing skin. If you think radiant skin is just for the under 25’s, think again. You can have a healthy glow at any age and I’m about to show you how. Read more...
  7. Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Food trends 2021. What could you be eating this year?

    Zoe Bingley-Pullin: Food trends 2021. What could you be eating this year?

    I love eating variety and appreciate how good food diversity is for gut health and overall wellness. It’s because of this that I’m always fascinated to hear about new ingredients. New foods inspire me to get creative in the kitchen, sampling new taste combinations and inventing new recipes.

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  8. The secrets to good gut health

    The secrets to good gut health

    Your gut is your first line of defence against pathogens and toxins. It’s also responsible for digesting your food, absorbing nutrients and making vitamins. But the importance of gut health extends far beyond that! We now know that it impacts your immune system, body weight, metabolism, brain functions and mood regulation.

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  9. Can plant-based eating protect you from COVID-19?

    Can plant-based eating protect you from COVID-19?

    Since the start of this pandemic, and as coronavirus panic has escalated, there have been many touted treatments and cures. Some may have a scientific basis, though there are numerous bogus or downright dangerous ones as well.

    One of the latest claims to capture headlines in the media is from well-regarded scientist Dr T. Colin Campbell who has drawn on his previous research to say that eating a plant-based diet is protective against COVID-19. Could this be true?

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  10. Zoe Bingley-Pullin: My secrets to a long happy life

    Zoe Bingley-Pullin: My secrets to a long happy life

    If you’re born in Australia this year, you can expect to live for 83.5 years. Lucky you, as you’ll statistically out-live the Swedes, French, Germans and Kiwi’s. Back in 1950 a person could expect to live for 68.7 years, so we’ve come a long way.

    But living a long life is quite different to living a healthy, long life. Do you really want to live those extra years unwell and unhappy?

    Play your health cards right and you can be living longer living stronger, disability-free until advanced old age. Remember genes are one factor but adopting good lifestyle practices are even more important in the quest to help you stay mentally and physically fit.

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