Vitamin B12 also goes by the cobalamin and is a water-soluble vitamin that is needed by every cell in the body. It is essential in keeping the brain and nervous system healthy as well as playing an important role in DNA and red blood cell production. Being essential means the body cannot make B12, so it needs to be obtained through diet or supplement form. Unfortunately, vitamin B12 is one the most common deficiencies in the world, and there are certain factors that can put you more at risk of becoming deficient like smoking, long-term alcoholism, having digestive issues, anemia, following a vegan or vegetarian diet and being in the older population.
Vitamin B12 is a neurotropic vitamin which means it plays a very important role in keeping the nervous system healthy and functioning
I’m sure you have heard people say when you are sick to have a bowl of chicken soup. Its not just and old wives tail. The benefits come from the chicken stock/broth which is the base of the soup. Not only is a soothing easy to digest soup that delivers a whole load of nutrients, chicken stock contains and amino acid called cysteine which helps thin mucus in the lungs.
Another year come and gone in the blink of an eye and what a year 2017 has been! Now is an important time to sit back and reflect on the passed year. Think about all the things you have achieved and all the people (and animals for me) that have made an impact on your life this year and the impact to you have made on theirs.
Sage is a perennial woody herb, that you will find in most herb gardens. It is used to add flavour to savoury dishes. After doing research into I am going to be using it for a lot more than that. I hope after reading this blog you will too.
The use of sage in medicine has been well documented and dates back thousands of year when it was initially used to treat things like snakebites. Nowadays with modern research sage has been shown to help with cognitive function by increasing memory retention and concentration in healthy adults. Even helping improve memory for people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's.
It can be chewed, taken in capsule form or brewed as a tea. To make sage tea, get a handful of fresh or dried sage. Poor over boiling water and let steep for 5minutes, then strain out the leaves. Add some honey to sweeten as the tea can be quite bitter.
Following on from my blogs on carbohydrates and proteins - onto the last macronutrient - FAT.
I will start off this blog how i started off the others - with the false claims/beliefs that people have with fat and end with some truths. With the supermarket shelves full of “low fat” “reduced fat” or even “fat free” its hard to avoid the stigma around “fat”. You will most often than not find that if an item is “fat free” etc its usually has added sugar to improve the taste that was lost when the fat was taken out. Yes it will be less calories - fat has 9 calories per a gram vs the 4 calories per a gram of carbs and protein. Fat is the most energy dense macronutrient
Following on from my last blog on carbohydrates now onto Protein. The biggest misconception with protein (and i hear it all the time from female clients and some male) “If i eat too much protein it will make me get big muscles” This couldn't be further from the truth and many wish it was simple as that. But unfortunately you have to also train really hard and lift heavy to get “big muscles”. Drinking a protein shake is not going to turn you into the incredible Hulk a lot of hard work in the gym is required!