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Less Salt… More Taste!

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Healthy Eating
Less Salt... More Taste!

What You May Not Know About Salt

Feel tired? Suffer from fluid retention? Blood pressure too high ? Suffer from arthritis, rheumatism, gout or osteoporosis? If so, your choice of salt could be the answer.

Salt is sodium chloride which, in limited amounts, is useful to the body.

Together with potassium it helps with keeping fluid (e.g. water) correctly balanced. The maximum recommended adult intake of salt daily is 6 grams, yet the average adult ingests about 9 grams.

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Meat-Free Barbeques

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Healthy Eating
Meat Free Barbeque

Where’s the Beef?

You don’t have to eat meat enjoy the summer BBQ season – there are plenty of vegetarian dishes that can be enjoyed.

1. Veggie kebabs: Chop yellow peppers, red onions, parsnips, carrots, corn and red peppers into one inch cubes and, together with whole cloves of garlic, push a wooden or metal skewer through different pieces so as to create a colorful medley and then marinate them in olive oil, fresh herbs and Herbamare (a herbal sea salt low in sodium).

2. Veggie burgers: Nut burgers, veggie burgers and veggie patties are all extremely tasty and can be used for barbecues.

3. Corn on the Cob, usually a favorite with kids, cooks well, giving wonderful aromas. Wrap it in tin foil to avoid direct contact with the hot charcoal.

4. Baked potatoes can be finished off foil wrapped over the coals.

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7 Harmful Effects of Coffee on Your Body

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Healthy Eating
7 Harmful Effects of Coffee on Your Body

Coffee and Your Body

Are you one who can’t start your day without coffee?  It has almost become a tradition to start your day off with a coffee, but being aware of how it has an impact on your body is definitely important.

It’s time to educate yourself on the effects of high doses of caffeine on your system.

7 Harmful Effects of Coffee on Your Body

1. Decreased iron absorption

The presence of tannin in coffee may reduce the absorption of iron in foods when you drink coffee during a meal.

2. Aggravates osteoporosis

Coffee is bad for bone health. Heavy coffee consumption has a significant diuretic effect and, as such, increases the depletion of minerals from your body, including calcium. Vitamin D is extremely important in fighting decalcification, particularly for those who drink large amounts of coffee.

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Worrying About Sleep?

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Healthy Living, Stress and sleep
Worrying About Sleep?

Sleeping Problems and Effects on Your Body

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book” – Irish Proverb

Sleep is designed to restore us. During the night, tissues are repaired, organs rest or finish cycles such as flushing out toxins. The mind also uses the time to filter everything that has happened that day.

‘Sleeping on it’ is a great technique, but obviously you actually need to sleep—staring at the ceiling all night doesn’t have the same effect… When sleep is disturbed we can find our brains struggling to cope, memory slipping, feelings of anxiety, poor concentration, muscles fatigued, skin dull and eyes lack-lustre.

We all know that we feel better after a good sleep. What we may not realise is how many facets of our health are boosted by the simple mechanism of sufficient slumber.

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Stress Belly: Ring a Bell?

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Stress and sleep
Stress Belly: Ring a Bell?

Symptoms of Stress

We’ve all heard about the “beer belly” and the “mid-life belly,” but did you know that when our nervous system goes into overdrive, our body stockpiles fat that we could do without.

Stress in and of itself is a positive thing. It’s our body’s way of reacting to physical and/or psychological aggression. In fact, our bodies are genetically programmed to set in motion this survival response when stimulated. By releasing the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, the sympathetic nervous system prepares to cope with stress.

These hormones are secreted by two glands located above the kidneys, known as the adrenal glands. When released into the blood stream, these hormones mobilize our body to respond to stress. Continue reading >