Overworked and overtrained – to what extent is your exercise regime affecting you?

Whether you are an athlete and have been training for years, or have just started exercising, for example to improve your general health or to run a charity marathon, we all have our limits. Exercise can be beneficial through many aspect, from decreasing body fat and increasing bone density, through to improving immune function and mental health. Exercise itself is a stimulation in which the body must adapt to, for example by increasing heart rate. However, if the body is not adequately nourished and rested, it can fail to adapt.

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Essential Facts about Essential Fats

Essential Facts about Essential Fats

We all know that consuming essential fats can have great health benefits, including supporting heart health and brain function. Fish is a fantastic source of the vital omega 3 fats EPA and DHA. But we may not get enough fish in our diet to provide these essential fats or we might be concerned about the quality of fish and presence of pollutants. That’s where using a fish oil supplement can be helpful, but how do you choose one that is healthful and will make a difference?

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What’s essential about fats?

There are many different types of fat, which are essential to health. One of the most important groups are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats. These are known as essential fatty acids. This means they are essential to health and need to be taken from our diet, rather than manufactured internally from other dietary sources. They are part of a group of fats called polyunsaturated fats.

Generally, we can obtain omega 6 from a plant-based diet in terms of nuts, seeds, avocados and plant oils. Omega-3 fats are provided to us from oily fish, which have an algae-rich diet. The best sources include sardines, mackerel and salmon.

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What’s So Great About Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds originate from Central America and were eaten as part of the traditional Aztec diet. We’re now rediscovering the benefits of these tiny but nutritious seeds and they’ve become a favourite of nutritionists, healthy foodies and celebrities alike.

So what’s so great about the humble chia seed, and why should you be eating them? Here are some of their key ‘selling points’, followed by some of their potential health benefits.

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Should You Go Gluten-Free?

Gluten-free diets have become increasingly popular over the last number of years. More and more of us are buying gluten-free products, and the choice of ‘free-from’ food in supermarkets is increasing.

But what should you do if you think you might be gluten intolerant? Is going gluten-free always the best choice for your health?

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