The Importance of Zinc

This week, I’m going to cover the vital mineral, Zinc. This is a mineral that I learned so much about during my time studying nutrition. Ironically, I have recently found myself to be deficient in it after pregnancy, which I would put down to breastfeeding and stress. 

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The truth on Fat

Believe it or not, there are different types of fats. Some are good and some are bad. Fat is a major source of energy, it can help absorb vitamins and minerals, lower inflammation, boost brain health, it's needed to build cell membranes, build healthy hair, skin and nails and protect against heart disease. 

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Why Fibre is so important

Fibre is an important component of a healthy diet and it’s something that most people aren’t eating enough of. Some of the health benefits include:Soluble fibre can help control our blood sugar levels by slowing down the breakdown of carbohydrates and absorption of sugar. 

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Magnesium

Magnesium is an incredible mineral with a very long list of benefits to the human body. It is needed by every cell of your body. About half of your body's magnesium stores are found inside cells of body tissues and organs, and half are combined with calcium and phosphorus in bone. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 chemical reactions in the body. It is needed for muscle and nerve function, it keeps your heart rate steady and bones strong, it helps strengthen bones and teeth, helps muscles to relax, helps with energy production and relieves PMS symptoms.

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Postpartum Exercise

The human body is pretty incredible, it blows my mind just thinking about what goes on inside us every second of the day.  What blows my mind even more is that fact that some woman are able to grow a little human inside of them.  Pregnancy changes women’s bodies, sometimes forever. You grow a baby (or babies) in there, and then your body has the task of then getting that baby out of your body, be that through your mimi or out the sunroof. 

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Postpartum hair loss

During my pregnancy, like many other expecting mothers, I received a lot of advice on just about everything baby related. Some of it was helpful and some not so much. One thing that no one warned me about was postpartum hair loss. How did I not know about this?About 3 months ago (4-months postpartum), I remember showering and handfuls of hair began to fall out, my hair brush was full of hair. Hair was EVERYWHERE.

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How to survive a long haul flight with a baby

The thought of flying with a baby or children is enough to put many parents off flying. Travelling with a small human can be hard, however it shouldn’t stop you from seeing the world. With a little bit of planning, you can give yourself the best chance of surviving, with your sanity intact at the other end. When Max was 2 months old, I flew from South Africa to New Zealand return.

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Do you need to increase your fruit and vegetable intake? Try these easy ideas!

It’s no secret that fruit and vegetables are an essential part of our diets. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytonutrients and contain water to help keep you hydrated. They are also an excellent source of dietary fibre, which helps to maintain a healthy gut, prevents constipation and other digestion problems. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of bowel cancer, which is a huge killer in the Western world.

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Cesareans, the not so easy way out

During my pregnancy I did what other females do and dreamt up how I wanted my labour to be - I wanted the “perfect natural” delivery, without any drugs, and with a speedy recovery. You know, just like Miranda Kerr. Not too much to ask is it?  I wasn’t interested in a Cesarean, and actually knew very little about them, why would I? I would never need to have one... until I ended up having one.

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