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Organic Vs Conventional

Organic Vs Conventional

What is “Organic Farming”? Organic farming refers to a food production system that sustains the health of the land, natural biological systems, biodiversity and people. The food is produced without synthetic pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified seeds and the fertilizers used are plant and manure based without being commercially produced. Animals reared organically are not given prophylactic antibiotics or growth hormones. Is it better for me? When reviewing the available

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SHOULD I QUIT GLUTEN?

SHOULD I QUIT GLUTEN?

Avoiding wheat and other gluten-containing grains is certainly a popular dietary trend, but is it necessary? Coeliac disease and wheat allergy It is well known that sufferers of coeliac disease must adhere to a strict gluten free diet to control symptoms and manage the condition. Individuals with coeliac disease react to the gluten protein found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and oats and an autoimmune process causes damage to the

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Artificial sweeteners for weight management?

Artificial sweeteners for weight management?

According to the currently available evidence, artificial sweeteners are not beneficial for health and weight management. Both animal and human studies indicate the consumption of artificial sugar substitutes increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease [1] with long-term consumption associated with weight gain and not weight loss [2], [3]. Although this may appear counterintuitive, it highlights the holistic approach to healthcare needed to manage these complex conditions. There are

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Is the food pyramid upside down?

Is the food pyramid upside down?

Many people believe the common (and logical) misconception that eating fat makes you fat. However, current research shows us that a high fat, high protein and low carbohydrate diet reduces hunger, increases energy levels, assists with weight loss, improves athletic performance, and in some cases may even reduce the need for diabetes medication. Scientists have encouraged us to follow the Australian food pyramid guidelines, which recommended that we reduce fat

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Some questions answered about the Thyroid

Some questions answered about the Thyroid

Why is the Thyroid so important? The thyroid gland is one of our largest endocrine glands, located in the neck and shaped like a butterfly. It contributes to regulating our metabolism, producing energy and maintaining healthy calcium levels. The most common problems include an underactive thyroid, referred to as hypothyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, referred to as hyperthyroidism. Pathology tests which measure thyroid function include TSH, fT4 and fT3. Sometimes

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