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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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Summer Fun and diabetes management…

Now we are hitting summer, a time to relax, unwind and enjoy, getting ready for the summer parties, picnics, barbecues, outings and events-a time when eating and drinking seems to be never-ending, do you agree?  

Sometimes, these events can be constant over a few days; this constant eating and indulging means it becomes difficult to manage one’s diabetes-a challenging time it may seem. However,  you can take charge and change your habit! By making more informed-wiser-healthier food and drink choices!

In contrary, to eating a usual meal that is finished once eaten, food at dates and events, do not have the same sense of ‘being finished’, we can always have one more snack or drink and become carried away whilst chatting away!

It’s up to us change these thought patterns, and create better choices for YOUR optimum health and well-being!  Rather than eating too much, bear in mind your usual portion sizes and carbohydrate amounts on an ordinary day.
It’s great to socialize and have a delightful time, but take control and know when you should say, ‘no, thank you’, so as not to overeat and drink at the expense of YOUR  OWN health! We believe in enjoying life to the full, to enjoy good food and drink in moderation, whilst being in CONTROL of your diabetes; as oppose to ignoring your body’s requirements in turn causing you difficulty in mind and body-short and long term. Having a mental or written ‘note’ of how to eat and drink sensibly whilst you are out enjoying yourself is vital for maintaining positive health and well-being, so be in control and keep the balance right!
Be happy-be bright-be you! ❤

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

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

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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