If you’ve ever opened the fridge at 10 p.m. looking for that sweet treat, you’ve probably asked yourself, maybe even out loud, ” Why do I crave sugar? ” And because it’s a common side effect of digestive and hormonal dysfunction (more on that later), it’s a question I regularly get asked by clients. I remember it all too well when I was struggling with gut health issues and an incessant need to eat another brownie. As always, I’ve left the old wives tales and myths about sugar behind to focus on the latest science so you know exactly what’s going on in your body and why sugar cravings are driving you crazy.
New research overturns guideline advice that daily oral iron supplements be taken in divided doses to maximise absorption.
A study of iron-depleted young women in Switzerland has shown that optimum levels of iron are achieved when supplements are taken on alternate days in a single dose.
Taking iron on alternate days may also improve compliance by minimising gastrointestinal side effects, researchers have reported in Lancet Haematology.
In the study involving 40 young women with depleted iron stores, they found that the amounts of iron absorbed from supplements were significantly higher in people assigned to take 60mg on alternate days for 28 days than in those who took the same dose daily for 14 days.
While it’s good to eat fewer carbs overall to control blood sugar levels, it’s not always that easy.
New research has shown that when people eat carbohydrates at the end of the meal after consuming vegetables and protein, their post-meal blood glucose levels were about half as high as when they ate carbs first. The carbohydrate-last meal was also associated with lower insulin secretion and higher levels of a gut hormone that helps regulate glucose and satiety – meaning you’re likely to eat less overall!
Although not so well known, N-acetylcysteine – or NAC for short – is a natural compound that I LOVE and use regularly in my practice.
NAC is a slightly modified version of the sulfur-containing amino acid cysteine. When taken internally, NAC replenishes intracellular levels of the natural antioxidant glutathione (GSH), helping to restore cells’ ability to fight damage from reactive oxygen species (ROS).
NAC has been used in conventional medicine for more than 30 years, primarily to manage conditions such as cystic fibrosis, in which mucous is abnormally thick and tenacious – NAC acts to break down mucous. Beyond this particular application, NAC has remained a relatively obscure and poorly understood compound until quite recently. Scientists all over the world are now beginning to understand the potential role of NAC as a frontline defence against many of today’s most pressing health concerns. Read more
Proper nutrition and supplementation essential for treating ADHD
For over 25 years, Dr. Fuhrman (Family Physician, Nutrition Researcher, New York Times Best-Selling Author) has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss and reverse heart disease, diabetes and many other diseases using smart nutrition. In the following article, Dr Fuhrman explains why Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) need more than just medication to alleviate symptoms. He outlines why it’s important to realize medication is not the cure all and can have side effects, and how providing proper nutrition and supplementation is crucial.
“There’s a very strong link between quality of diet and the risk of common mental disorders like depression and anxiety,” Felice Jacka, associate professor, psychiatric epidemiologist and director of the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University told HuffPost Australia. Jacka goes on to state that “Depression is very common and extremely disabling. The way diets across the globe have changed over the last 20 or 30 years is profound and very much for the worse. That has had a major impact on the health of the world.”