Eating a balanced diet isn’t easy and often involves a fair amount of careful planning if you want to ensure you’re meeting your nutritional needs.
Unfortunately, no one food is that complete. But there are some which contain a greater nutrient makeup which are able to satisfy our nutritional requirements. These foods have a superior ‘nutritional fitness’ rating.
By including some of these foods in our diet every day, we are better able to meet our nutrient intakes for good health.
This last couple of months have been a difficult time. Exactly three weeks to the day after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, my father passed away. This was a huge shock for my family and we're all coming to terms with what happened in our own way.
As a Nutritional Therapist, my job involves helping clients find the root cause of their health concerns, then guiding and supporting them towards taking control of their own health. This includes a detailed investigation into their previous and current health history as well as their lifestyle and other factors.
You may have read some alarming news stories recently declaring that dairy alternatives such as soya and almond milk may be putting people's health at risk.
According to researchers at the University of Surrey(1), non-dairy milks don't contain nearly enough iodine. After testing 47 alternative milk drinks including hazelnut, coconut, oat, hemp, rice and soy milks, they found that on average they contained around 2 percent of the iodine found in dairy milk.
To be honest, I hadn’t even heard of kefir until two years ago. But now I’ve discovered its wonderful health benefits, kefir has become a permanent staple in my fridge. It’s easy to make at home yourself and is now found widely in most major supermarkets and health foods stores.
For those who haven’t yet been acquainted with kefir, let me explain a bit more about this amazing food which is crammed full of friendly bacteria which our digestive systems love.