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Rooibos tea boosts antioxidant defences

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Too many caffeine-containing stimulants such as black tea, coffee and chocolate can leave you running on adrenaline and in the long run leaves you feeling exhausted and prone to mood swings.  There are so many great tasting alternatives in the shops that you don’t have to feel deprived when trying to ditch your regular pick-me […]

Elevate mood with blue green algae

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Phenylethylamine (PEA) is a neuromodulator or neurotransmitter in the brain.  It has a positive effect on mood and is commonly known as the ‘love molecule’ as it has been identified as one of the chemicals associated with falling in love.  Recent research indicates that PEA levels increase with moderate exercise and may cause the euphoric […]

Food, mood and mental health

Friday, May 14th, 2010

What we eat very much affects how we feel and our state of mind.  The importance of eating enough food, and the right types of food, is clearly demonstrated by a study carried out by Keys et al back in 1950.  In the study, 32 healthy male volunteers were put on a semi-starvation diet for […]

Eating disorders and the zinc link

Monday, May 10th, 2010

The idea that nutrient deficiencies could play a part in the development and treatment of eating disorders was first put forward in 1979.  Of particular interest was the mineral zinc, as researchers noticed that the symptoms of anorexia and zinc deficiency were very similar in a number of respects.  The symptoms of both zinc deficiency […]

The link between low serotonin and eating disorders

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

A number of studies suggest that those prone to anorexia or bulimia nervosa have a special dietary need for tryptophan, which is an amino acid precursor for the neurotransmitter serotonin.  Serotonin is essential for good sleep and mood as well as appetite control.  One can develop a sub-optimal level of serotonin for a number of […]

Establishing a regular eating pattern is key to helping to overcome binge eating

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Overcoming an eating disorder is a lengthy and often complex process, involving treatment of the whole person, nutritionally, emotionally and spiritually.  On a nutritional level there is a huge amount of support that can be provided to help break negative eating patterns and to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food.  A common […]

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