A review of the latest research on the impact of caffeine on hydration status in Australia last year concluded that caffeine has only a minor diuretic effect and this is negated when you exercise.
Cholesterol is a type of fat that is made by your liver. It's important for building things like hormones and for the production of vitamin D. But having too much cholesterol in your blood is associated with having too much inflammation in the body. For example, if inflammation is present in your blood vessel walls, cholesterol acts like a sticky plaster and builds up over time - and that's why it can cause a structural concern.
There are many signs of adrenal fatigue, but the key ones include difficulty sleeping and trouble getting out of bed, a dip in energy around 4pm, mood disturbances, trouble concentrating, craving for salty foods, low immune system function and slow recovery from exercise and injury. It's also a common contributing factor for reproductive issues and digestive problems such as IBS. Testing is simple, straightforward and relatively inexpensive and I highly recommend it.
Porridge oats are a simple and inexpensive source of slow release energy, and the soluble fibre is great for both your digestive system and your heart. This recipe offers warming seasonal fruit and spices to power you through chilly mornings.
Sporty people need more iron. That's because intense exercise increases your body's need for iron as your body excretes it as part of the inflammatory and healing/repair processes - and it also decreases your ability to absorb it. This means that athletes are at a greater risk for anemia due to iron deficiency.
Green juices are the hottest trend in food right now, and the NutriBullet seems to have taken the world by storm. But can smoothies and juices actually improve your health?