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Unhealthy diet during pregnancy can be related to ADHD

New research conducted by scientists from  University of Bristol & King’s College London found that a high sugar and high fat diet during pregnancy may be linked to symptoms of ADHD in children who show problems early in life. The study showed epigenetic changes at birth may explain the link between unhealthy diet- behavioural problems and ADHD.

Problems seen in the child from the onset such as lying, fighting, attention-deficit- hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are the primary causes of child mental health referral in the UK. These two disorders tend to occur  together, ‘more than 40 per cent of children with a diagnosis of conduct disorder also have a diagnosis of ADHD’. This can be seen back to similar prenatal health experiences such as poor nutrition and maternal anxiety.

Results from the study found that ADHD symptoms and conduct problems in children can be prevented by promoting a ‘healthy prenatal diet’. Consequently, nutritional and epigenetic risk factors can be altered.

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Eat the rainbow for BEAUTIFUL SKIN!

BEAUTIFUL SKIN! We all want it NOW! And we want to maintain it throughout our life, but how? If you look after your body internally, be wise about your food and drink choices and use some reasonably priced natural organic beauty products; you will look and feel gorgeous!

I have been lucky to have soft, clear skin throughout my teenage years and now, I will let you in on my SECRETS! Are you ready for naturally flawless looking skin? Read on…

1. DRINK WATER:
First and foremost, I cannot stress how important it is to stay hydrated!! Yes, it does sounds obvious but it is astonishing how many people forget this; considering our bodies are 70% water it’s no wonder we require at least 10 glasses a day, for good digestion. Drinking water doesn’t have to be boring, add some great flavour by adding fruits of your choice! For example you can add lemon juice to water for a refreshing taste and detoxify your body. The high level of vitamin C in lemons means that they are amazing for healthy skin and gums. It is also high in flavonoids which are great for boosting the effects of vitamins C and they contain other nutrients such as limonene which has been proven to slow the rate of cancerous growth! Also coconut water is a wonderful drink for rehydrating you, especially after a workout!

2. EAT THE RAINBOW:
Enjoy eating an array of fruit and vegetables frequently within your meals and as snacks! If you are on the go, a great way to squeeze in your essential fruit and veg intake is by adding a mix to water, almond, oat, or soya milk etc. blend. However, it is most beneficial to eat these foods raw in salads, salsas etc., so that you are gaining the full nutrients from these whole foods, such as grapefruit, apples, raspberries etc. to keep its fibre content. The high vitamin C content of grapefruit means it is great to for improving your immune system.

3. HEALTHY CARBS:
Yummy Sweet potato! Rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene which is anti-cancer and anti-viral. The vitamins A, C and E found in sweet potato help prevent wrinkles, protect eyes and even improve memory!

4. Coconut oil to moisturise skin!
Known for its healing properties, I absolutely love this oil for my skin and hair! So rich in vitamins such as E, keeping the skin lovely and supple and the skin tissues strong, thus preventing wrinkles!

Try it out and let me know what you think! Be happy-be bright-be you!

By Sabrina Moied

Latest report proves ‘SHOCKING’ sugar levels in hot drinks!

Research findings estimated that more than 1/3 of drinks contain the same amount or MORE SUGAR than a can of coca-cola, which contains 9 teaspoons of sugar per can. Around 1.7 billion cups of coffee are sold each year and 1/5 of the population visit coffee shops daily (including teens).

A report by ‘Action on Sugar’analysed 131 hot drinks and found some of the worst cases; drinks contained more than 20 or more teaspoons of sugar!!! Drinks analysed included flavoured coffees such as mochas and lattes, hot fruit drinks and hot chocolates from coffee shops and fast food chains. The statistics showed that 98% of the drinks tested would receive the red nutritional value label  for high sugar content. Some of the worst ‘sugar content’, for each type of flavoured drink are as follows:

-costa and Chai latte – Massimo with 20 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
-starbucks-white chocolate mocha with whipped cream – Venti with 18 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
-starbucks- Signature hot chocolate – Venti- with 15 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
-cafe nero- Caramelatte with 13 teaspoons of sugar per serving.

Starbucks, Costa and Cafe Nero said they were committed to reducing sugar content in their drinks. To tackle the issue ‘Action of Sugar’ called for a reduction on the amount of sugar in coffee shop drinks, a 20% reduction in tax for unhealthy drinks and products as well as a ban on marketing and promoting these products.

But for now these drinks have more than 3 x the Government recommended maximum!! We will say choose the healthiest options when you go out for drinks and better still stick to your water and home-made smoothies!! Be happy-be bright-be you!

 

Should sugar be taken out of your diet?

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Sugar isn’t all bad, not from fruit anyway. But sugar in high amounts is very bad, no matter what kind. Don’t understand? Read on to learn more….

Supplements are promoted more and more these days but supplements can’t match or duplicate all the protective strengthening elements of real fruits and vegetables. There are too many unknown and undiscovered nutrients in these nutrient-rich natural foods. These cannot all be synthesised.

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Without fruit, we negatively affect our personal potential for health, performance and longevity.

Today, you’ll hear a lot about not eating fruit, “no sugar,” and getting more protein. Protein is portrayed as the one safe macronutrient, which unlike fat and carbohydrates has not yet been demonized.

But does cutting all (or most of) the sugar out of your diet make any sense at all? I think you’ll agree that we need carbohydrate to fuel our bodies using whole natural food. But our brain is fueled only by sugar (glucose). The issue is not the naturally-occurring sugar from fruits and vegetables; the issue around sugar is from two words or actions that spell out all of the trouble—refined and added.

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So the answer is yes, if you are cutting out refined and added sugars. The answer is no if you are talking about the natural sugar in fruits and vegetables.

So how much sugar in your diet is too much? Should you limit sugars from fruit too?

Here are the essential insights you need to know:

Refined and added sugars contribute to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, impaired cognitive function, and cancers.

Refined and added sugars may be listed on ingredient labels as sugar, honey, evaporated cane juice, brown sugar, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut sugar or fruit juice concentrates.

Regardless of the name, refined and added sugars are nutrient-poor substances that are absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream, raising blood sugar and insulin to dangerous levels; or in the case of the higher fructose sweeteners, increasing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

As humans, we naturally incline towards sweet foods to gain the nutrients from fruits but we are now being controlled by nutrient-poor refined sugar. Only way out is to re-progarm ourself to reach for fruit rather then refined sugars. Even then the amount of fruit consumed should be controlled.

Fresh fruits provide amazingly sweet flavor packaged with fiber, essential nutrients, antioxidants and other phytochemicals that protect us against the same diseases that refined and added sugars promote.

Unlike refined foods with added sugars, nutrient-rich fresh fruits do not perpetuate sweet cravings and overeating. They nourish and detoxify your body, stabilize and strengthen your immune system and optimize the way you eat.

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Kids require healthy eating awareness from a young age! 

Healthy eating habits is key in preventing type 2 diabetes as well as maintaining nutritious cooking methods and incorporating exercise daily. Kids need to be educated about this from a very young age; from the home to the school setting. Health awareness is paramount to halt the rise of the type 2 diabetes epidemic. 

Nutritious eating is the key…