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Dr Sally Norton's Guide To Vitamin D

Dr Sally Norton's Guide To Vitamin D
Up to 10 million Brits are simply not getting enough sunlight to make the right levels of Vitamin D. That’s about 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children. There are certain groups of people in particular that are more at risk and the risk is greatest between October to April when the sun isn’t out very often.

What has the sun got to do with it? Well, quite a lot! We don’t get much vitamin D from foods – we make it in our skin when it is exposed to sunlight. The winter sun is insufficient and not of the right wavelength for us to make much Vitamin D. Sunlight is so important that statistics show 8% of adults have vitamin D deficiency in the summer compared to 39% in winter. When we don’t get enough sunlight, our Vitamin D levels decline – it’s that simple.

Dr Sally Norton's Guide To Nut Butters

A guide to nut butters by Dr Sally Norton
Not that long ago, the only choice when it came to nut butters was smooth or crunchy peanut butter. Now the preserves shelves in health food shops are offering a choice of almond, cashew and brazil alternatives – but what are the health benefits?

While nuts may contain a seemingly high amount of calories and fat – they can play a role (in the right portions!) in a well-balanced, healthy diet. Most of the fat in nuts is the healthy unsaturated type, plus they are a fabulously well-rounded source of protein, vitamins E and B group, minerals including copper, zinc and magnesium and fibre. They are a great on-the-go snack with a low glycaemic index to help you feel fuller for longer and help suppress appetite. You can easily make your own, just by blitzing nuts (pre-roast for a few minutes if you like) in a food processor until the natural oils are released to form a buttery texture. But if you go for shop-bought, check the label to find one that has no hidden nasties like sugar or palm oil.

Here’s our breakdown of the pros and cons of the nut butter aisle:

Herbalife Review: Are Herbalife products good for you?

Herbalife is a company I've seen on social media quite a lot recently. I had a vague awareness that it was an MLM company and knew that I wouldn't be able to buy their products from a shop and that I would need to find an independent distributor instead. So when I was put in contact with Personal Trainer & Herbalife Wellness Coach, Jordan Head, I wanted to take this opportunity to ask him about Herbalife products and how they fit into a healthy lifestyle and test out some of the product. I also consulted with Dr Carel le Roux, a professor from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London, to find out more about the ingredients of the products and their health benefits.

So let's discuss the Herbalife and some of their products, specifically and from a health and nutrition perspective.

Neil Welsh's 10 Ways To Introduce New Food To Kids

how to introduce new food to kids
Eating healthily is a hard enough task on its own. It is made much harder when we have to take into account the eating preferences of a whole family, especially if the kids at the table are less than adventurous! We’ve all been there, thumbed through a cook book full of tantalising recipes… ruling out one after another as the kids will more than likely turn their noses up at it.

The good news is that it does not have to be that way. All over the world, families sit down to meals together, enjoy the same food in a relaxed environment without even having to threaten the kids with no pudding if they don’t eat their fish fingers!

Here are 10 ways that we can all help our kids try new things at meal times and make our dinner tables more varied and more relaxed…. starting right now.

Clifton Goldson's 6 Tips For Fitness All Year Round

Clifton Goldson's 6 Tips For Fitness All Year Round
By mid-January, many of us are struggling to keep up with our new year's resolutions but by the end of February, most of us have long forgotten what they even were. There's a pretty good chance that they were something vague, along the lines of 'get fit', 'improve my health' or perhaps 'lose weight'. Does this sound familiar? Vague goals are difficult to aim for as their not specific and so they don't let themselves to creating a plan or action or feeling pumped and motivated about them.

Personal trainer, Clifton Goldson has shared with us his his 6 tips for all year round fitness, providing you with a roadmap for how to structure your vague goals and plans, and pick up where you left off once and for all...