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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!

 

AMAZING BENEFITS AND SOME SIDE EFFECTS OF BITTER GOURD (BITTER MELON)…..

Bitter gourd juice may not be the most tastiest vegetable, however it is a perfect juice for a Diabetic; besides most medicines are hardly tasty! It is best taken on an empty stomach in the mornings! Bitter gourd from the melon, squash and cucumber family has amazing benefits when consumed in moderation!

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AMAZING BENEFITS OF BITTER GOURD!

  • Treats blood disorders such as blood boils and toxaemia, to solve this problem (mix 2 ounces of bitter gourd with lime juice and consume on an empty stomach for 4-6 months for improvement in health).
  • Treats respiratory disorders.
  • It contains a rich source of a certain plant insulin (a hypoglycemic compound), this plays a key role in lowering sugar levels in blood and urine. This juice helps in improving blood glucose tolerance.
  • Also, bitter gourd treats gout; it is great in cleansing the liver as it flushes out the toxins of the blood circulation. It reduces gout pain, thus providing relief.
  • Treats asthma and bronchitis.

Recipe:

  • 2 ounces of freshly prepared gourd juice
  • Mix with honey in a diluted cup of water

WATCH OUT FOR HARMFUL EFFECTS OF BIITTER GOURD!

Although extremely healthy, more than 2 ounces of bitter gourd juice or consuming more than 2 gourds a day is not advisable; it can cause:

  • Abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
  • It is a ‘big no no for pregnancy’, as too much tends to stimulate uterus and may lead to preterm labour.
  • May cause adverse effects upon the body when consumed with other glucose lowering agents.
  • If suffering from glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), can cause a condition called Favism; if one consumes the seeds of biter gourds.. This condition can cause anaemia, headaches, fever, stomach pain

Oriental noodle and tofu salad

Serves 4 (Ready in 35 minutes)

400g firm tofu, cut into 8 slices
2tsp soy sauce
170g dried soba noodles
6 spring onions thinly sliced
2 large carrots, peeled cut into match sticks
2 courgette sticks cut into match sticks
50g baby spinach leaves roughly torn
150g bean sprouts
100g radishes thinly sliced
A handful of fresh coriander

For the dressing:
4cm fresh root ginger peeled & finely grated
2 tbsp soy sauce
Finely grated zest and juice of one lime

Line the grill rack with foil and arrange the tofu on top in a single layer. Drizzle over the soy sauce and marinate for 10 minutes.
Mix all the dressing ingredients in a large bowl.
Cook noodles, then toss in dressing. Add spring onions, courgettes, spinach, beansprouts, carrots, radishes and coriander and toss.
Preheat your grill to high, cook tofu for 2-3 minutes on each side, then cut into cubes. Divide the noodle salad between 4 plates (or bowls), top with tofu.
Serve warm straight away, or chill in the fridge and serve later.