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Nutrition

What are ProBiotic and PreBiotic?

What Are Probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria beneficial for your digestive system and your general health. Your body contains both good and bad bacteria. Probiotics are often referred o as good bacteria because they help maintain optimal bacterial balance in your digestive system. Good bacteria are naturally found in your […]

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Amino Acids and their Role in your Body

Amino Acids and their Role in the Body   Amino acids build muscle, instigate chemical reactions in the body, transport nutrients, help prevent illness, and carry out many other functions. Amino acid deficiency can result in decreased immunity, digestive problems, depression, fertility issues, lower mental alertness, slowed growth in children, and […]

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How Food is Digested in your Body

Your body must injest and absorb nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water to survive. Your digestive system includes processes like chewing (mouth), swallowing (peristalsis) enzymes and digestive juices (Stomach and small intestine) to break down the nutrients into parts small enough for your body to convert […]

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Protein Intake for Older Adults

Protein Intake for Older Adults Current Australian Nutritional guidelines for adults of any age recommend 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. However, healthy people over the age of approximately 65 need more protein than people of a lesser age to help support  muscle mass.  In 2013, an international […]

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Nutritional Labels

Nutrition information panels provide information on the: ► average amount of energy (in kilojoules or both in kilojoules and kilocalories), ► Protein, ► Fat, ► Saturated Fat, ► Carbohydrate, ► Sugars ► and Sodium (a component of salt) ►Number or the name of any additives (e.g. monosodium glutamate = MSG […]

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Weight Loss

Weight loss is not an instant outcome, just as weight gain isn’t an instant outcome. It takes time, and effort; though is not as difficult as it may be perceived. The equation to experience weight loss is expressed two ways: Amount of Energy in + Type of energy in + Equivalent […]

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Iron Sources

Foods Rich in Iron Well absorbed Iron Sources   (haem iron) Trim lamb grilled 125 grams 6.8 Pate Chicken Liver 60 grams 5.3 Lean Beef Mince 125 grams 4.3 Lean Beef Sirloin 125 grams 3.9 Pork leg Steak 125 grams 1.5 Salmon Canned 125 grams 1.5 Chicken Breast Skinless 125 grams […]

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Magnesium Sources

Calcium Variances: Symptoms: Insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, depression, fatigue, muscle / joint pains, muscle spasms / cramps, high stomach acid, osteoporosis, seizures, birth defects, miscarriage, high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, cardiovascular disease, hemorrhagic stroke, aneurysms, PMS, dysmenorrhea (painful periods), rickets, higher risk for some cancers. Magnesium Variances: Symptoms: Irregular heart […]

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Glycemic Index and Glycemic Loading

Definitions:   Glycemic Index (GI) Classifies carbohydrates according to how fast they release sugar (glucose) into the blood stream. High GI foods releases glucose quickly, Low GI foods realse glucose slower, allowing the body to better absorb the sugars  Glycemic Loading (GL) Glycemic Index multipled by the total Kilojoules in […]

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Eating the Smart Way

Eating is an individual need. The more we align eating to an individual’s needs, the better the outcome. A good base to begin is to have varied mix of fruit, vegetables, meats dairy and grains. But ultimately, we need to select the foods that are the most useful to  help […]

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