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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

Coconut, Blueberries, and Mango Quinoa

Serves 4: Cook 20 mins

115 g quinoa, 300 ml of coconut milk/ rinsed/ 100 g blueberries/75 g caster sugar/ 300 ml coconut milk/ juice of 1 lime/ 350 g mango chopped/ 1/2 inch (piece f ginger) chopped/ 4 tbsp coconut shavings

  • Put the coconut milk and quinoa in a saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low-cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.
  • Remove from the heat for grains to swell. Put into a bowl- leave to cool.
  • Add the mango, lime juice and sugar into a blender. Squeeze the ginger through a garlic press- and add the juice into the blender. Blend  until smooth.
  • Add the puree into the cooled quinoa, and cover for 30 minutes. Finally, serve the mixture into 4 bowls- sprinkle with blueberries and coconut shavings.

Kale and Mango Smoothie

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Bursting with calcium, beta carotene, C and B group vitamins.  The sweetness of the mango balances the kale. Refreshing and delicious!

juice of half a lime/1 tbsp sesame seeds/ a handful of curly green kale/1 mango peeled and chopped/ 225 ml almond or soya milk/small handful of crushed ice

Put the sesame seeds into a blender- process into a fine powder, add mango, kale and lime juice. Add milk and crushed ice, blend until smooth.

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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.

ANTIOXIDANT SMOOTHIE

  • 1 cucumber (seeded with a spoon, and chopped into chunks)
  •  A handful of blackberries
  • A handful of chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • Add mint, cucumber, berries and yogurt into a blender, process until smooth and enjoy!

Antioxidant- Green Smoothie!

Cucumbers are a fabulous source of vitamin C and a phytonutrients called caffeic acid which prevents water retention. A great source of Folate- a B vitamin that is essential in maintaining a healthy heart. Berries are loaded with antioxidants, vital in order to keep your immune system strong!