Celiac disease patients carefully following a gluten-free diet will be surprised to learn that this might not protect them from exposure to potentially harmful amounts of gluten, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
“Individuals who are on a gluten free diet are consuming more gluten than we actually imagined. It's not uncommon for them to be consu... ››› more
Passion flower is a strikingly beautiful wildflower that produces a fleshy fruit. As its name suggests, it's kind, gentle and calming from nature.
You might already know about some of the health benefits that passion flower offers, such as helping anxiety and calming inflammation from skin irritations and burns. But these aren't the only benefits that the herb has to offer…
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It's common for people with depression to eat to make them feel better or help them cope. Unfortunately, the foods people tend to turn to have the opposite effect.
Eating junk food, or foods that contain large amounts of saturated fat, refined sugars, heavily processed ingredients or caffeine, when you're depressed can make you feel much worse!
On the other hand, sticking to a healthy diet ... ››› more
According to statistics, up to 60% of people with thyroid problems aren't even aware of them. Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is characterised by fatigue, depression and forgetfulness, while hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, presents symptoms of excess sweating, excessive hunger and heat intolerance.
If you think you may have a thyroid problem, here's some good news: There a... ››› more
Although hemp only recently became recognised as a ‘food' in South Africa, much of the world has been consuming it for decades. It comes from the same species as cannabis, but is a completely different variety that yields a golden-coloured oil and tiny seeds.
Hemp contains no psychoactive THC, so the only high you'll get from consuming it are some truly impressive health benefits. It's no won... ››› more
Do you get enough sleep but still find yourself dragging through the day like you're trying to escape quicksand? You're not alone - fatigue can often feel like a battle you can't overcome.
The good news is that certain foods can help you break free from the downward spiral that's slowly swallowing up all of your energy, leaving you feeling groggy and achy - not to mention dozing off at your des... ››› more
If you suffer from gastrointestinal disorders like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn, there's a good chance your doctor has prescribed protein pump inhibitors (PPIs).
There's no doubt that PPIs are highly effective in treating these disorders - 10% of the population wouldn't be using them if this wasn't the case. However, there's a downside to these drugs: They promote chroni... ››› more
Gastrointestinal bloating can be painful and embarrassing, but this condition can be somewhat prevented as well as treated. Probiotics have become increasingly popular for treating a multitude of digestive problems, and they may also be able to help get rid of belly bloat.
One of the biggest culprits of gastrointestinal bloating comes from gas that's produced by bacteria that feed on undigested... ››› more
Over 150 studies have tied hormone-disrupting chemicals, such as bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, to health problems including obesity, infertility, breast and prostate cancer, and heart disease.
BPA is most commonly found in plastic bottles and canned foods, but sometimes also in cash register receipts and contact lenses, while phthalates are found in plastics, pesticides, cosmetics and flame... ››› more
We can all agree that in this fast-paced world, most of our days are jam-packed and chaotic. And it's only normal to feel somewhat tired at some point during those long days.
If you're feeling like you'd rather be taking a dive back into your bed instead of exercising, working or doing whatever it is you need to do, you've come to the right place. We're sharing our top tricks for getting your e... ››› more
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