Over the last few weeks, I’ve spoken with people who are chronically tired and wish they had more energy. If you’re one of them, here are three somethings that may be causing this and some little things you can do to help.
We see lots of adverts promising to help people with indigestion, GERD and reflux – usually they are offering some form of antacid. Why is this so common and what causes it?
Soroptomist International Jersey have launched their ‘No More Taboo Period’ campaign (details at the end) and have asked me to give some simple dietary advice on making ‘that week’ of each month somewhat better. This means today’s column about premenstrual syndrome (PMS) might be uncomfortable reading for some, but it does apply to all: you …
Do you have smelly farts or ‘non-purfumed’ delights? That’s the subject of my column in today’s Jersey Evening Post 🙂 Sorry to be rude, but do your farts smell? Do you try to blame the dog? Farting is natural, but your farts can give you a clue as to what’s going on in your gut. …
My article on vitamin D coincides with the first day of the year we (Jersey) have seen anything more than a few minutes of sunshine, and the rays are great to see 😊☀️ JEP – 400 words – Why we Need Sunshine – Jacqui Carrel It’s that time of year when many are trying to …
My article is in today’s JEP 😊 It was written in response to the scary and misinformed headlines of ‘red meat causes cancer’. A meat eater myself, I have pescetarian hubby and vege and vegan friends, and this is not about whether we should eat meat or not, but I do think we …
Can you burn off fat by exercising? No. Can you lose weight by exercising? Yes. Can you gain weight by exercising? Yes. Can you become healthier through exercising? Yes. Can you cause health damage by exercising? Yes. Confused? Let me explain.
What do you think the greatest contributor to dying from disease is? Surprisingly, it’s not poor diet, lack of exercise, or too much drinking and smoking.
Fats (triglyceride lipids) are made up of glycerol and fatty acids; these fatty acids are either saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. They have the same basic structure (a carbon backbone with hydrogen branches and a carboxyl end); the difference lies in the number of used or spare hydrogen bonds.
Fats are made from fatty acids (FAs); generally they are put into three major groups, but each group has many different types of that type with it. The main groups are saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids; here more about the FAs in each one.
Happily we don’t see so much TV advertising for fat blockers now, but they are still around and promoted all around social media. They are seriously bad news. Why?
The statement ‘eat 3,500 fewer calories a week’ (or use up 3,500 calories by exercising) to lose 1lb is not only ubiquitous, it is stated as fact. The problem is, it’s wrong.
Back to the NHS again; bless their little cotton socks. A few points for trying – and many points off for doing it badly. This time, it’s on the subject of puddings (desserts).
Positive feedback is where a response to a stimulus causes an amplification in the response – during labour, for example. It is a much less common response than negative feedback which is used to maintain physiological and homeostatic control. On the other hand, most negative feedback mechanisms of a variable work with a receptor, control …
Which foods can be especially beneficial for the thyroid gland? Many people with thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions have certain vitamin, mineral, fatty acid and amino acid deficiencies, so it makes sense that a diet with adequate micronutrients, lipids and proteins would be helpful, as would a diet low in refined carbohydrates.
Here’s my latest Jersey Evening Post article – on how to stay away from the doctor (and save money):
Pesticides include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides and antimicrobials. For the purposes of this post, we’ll look at the effects of the most ubiquitous – the insecticides and herbicides – which contain both active and inert ingredients.
What are the food components that prevent the absorption of iron, calcium & zinc? Mineral absorption refers to the amount of dietary minerals that the body obtains and uses from food; for instance, healthy adults absorb about 10% to 15% of dietary iron. Individual absorption is influenced by several factors, including the amount of the mineral …
The UK’s ‘Eatwell’ plate should be called ‘EatCrap’ plate. It shows an almost overwhelming misunderstanding of what constitutes a healthy diet. Here’s one of my takes on it: