Boost your Mood

Wouldn’t it be great to have a good mood all the time? How is this possible I hear you asking. The weather's still cold! One simple way to boost your mood is by incorporating foods containing the amino acid tryptophan such include: mung beans, lobster, turkey, asparagus, sunflower seeds, cottage cheese, pineapple, tofu, spinach and bananas. Tryptophan is synthesised into serotonin in the brain a neurotransmitter that that can be found in the digestive tract, central nervous system and blood platelets. Serotonin is responsible for regulating mood and makes you feel positive and confident. Carbohydrates are needed for serotonin production and the reason is because the  insulin induced by the carbohydrate increases the tryptophan ratio over the other amino acids. Therefore ensure you are getting complex carbohydrates from potatoes, sweet…
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Get minty with peppermint

Peppermint has been used for thousands of years to soothe the digestive system. Peppermint is a natural hybrid of spearmint (common flavour found in toothpaste and chewing gum) and watermint (mentha aquatica). The crossing of the two species resulted in a herb that contained far higher levels of essential oils, making peppermint the most medicinally active of all the mint species. The most active constituents are the essential oils, two of which are menthol and menthone, which have a range of powerful effects on the digestive system and respiratory system. A number of clinical studies have found peppermint oil significantly improves symptoms of IBS such as gas and pain. Peppermint is a useful decongestant and commonly added to cough and cold remedies. As a topical application peppermint oil may have a pain-killing…
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Improve your eyeSIGHT with the right nutrients

Commonly described as the gateway into the soul our eyes allow us to experience colours, flowers, words, pictures, faces, animals, food, trees, and lots more. The eyes are also  useful diagnostic structures that tell us a lot about our general health. Regular eye check ups with the optician are cruicial and a trip to an iridologist may also prove insightful! Some common experienced eye complaints aside from myopia (short sightedness) and hyperopia (long sightedness) include dry eyes, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.  There are many risk factors associated with these conditions however diet and lifestyle are modifiable. The eye is an active part of your body that needs to be fed and nurtured. You may have heard of Lutein (LOO-teen) and Zeaxanthin (zee-ah-ZAN-thin) two pigments, which give marigold…
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