Water for Health Blog: Promoting better health through hydration, nutrition and mindful eating.
At Water for Health, we want to help you reach peak health, look fresh and feel energised. Our broad knowledge of nutrition and hydration, as well as our commitment to keeping up to date with developments in the world of natural health, makes our blog a treasure trove of information. In this section, you’ll find diet advice, news about emerging disease-prevention studies, product reviews, topical content and lots more besides.
March 23, 2017
Parents everywhere can relate to the struggle of getting your kids to eat anything remotely healthy throughout the day. But before you give in to your kid's request for ice cream as breakfast, be aware that what goes in their bodies now may greatly affect them later in life. Nutritional deficiencies are a very real and widespread problem.
March 23, 2017
Probiotics are widely known for alleviating digestive ailments, but recent research shows that taking a daily probiotic supplement may also help reduce anxiety. This finding comes at an important time for many who struggle to keep up with the demands of modern life.
As the rise of prescription anti-anxiety medications full of unwanted side effects continues, can probiotics be the answer to promoting an overall balanced and calm disposition? One leading health expert certainly seems to think so. Continue reading
March 22, 2017
Like many, you’ve likely never considered whether you have a magnesium deficiency. But in spite of our collective devil-may-care attitude, magnesium deficiency remains a very real and widespread problem. According to some estimates, 80% of us fail to get enough. So far in 2017, we’ve already heard how magnesium could offer fresh hope to sufferers of tinnitus and kidney disease. As such, there’s never been a better time to address the magnesium deficiency symptoms plaguing your body.
March 17, 2017
It’s Nutrition and Hydration Week (March 13-19), so what better topic to dissect than water – and not just any old water but lemon water! Drinking lemon water has become the latest health craze to sweep the nation, with restaurants and health stores getting in on the act. But do the purported benefits of drinking lemon water stand up to scrutiny? Read on to find out.
March 15, 2017
Digestive enzymes play a huge role in digestive health. Without them, the digestive process wouldn’t exist. The body does not absorb food; it absorbs nutrients. Many people with digestive ailments turn to digestive enzymes to reduce their symptoms, but do they really work? Here’s what you need to know about the missing puzzle piece from your healthy diet, and why it could help with digestive dysfunction. Continue reading
March 10, 2017
Lignans are plant compounds reputed for their considerable antioxidant properties. Belonging to the polyphenol family, they are most commonly found in high-fibre plant foods like flax seeds, sesame seeds, soy beans and berries. Although associated with a number of potential health benefits, plant lignans have perhaps most regularly been linked with hormonal health. Firstly, though, let’s take a look at what else they’re good for.
March 8, 2017
In recent years we’ve witnessed a startling growth in probiotic products in our supermarkets – mainly in the form of probiotic yoghurts dominating dairy departments. Probiotics, of course, are bacteria lining the digestive tract which help the body absorb nutrients and fight off infection. Although primarily known for strengthening immunity and aiding digestive health, a new study by the University of Florida recommends probiotics for hay fever sufferers.
March 4, 2017
Red marine algae have been studied over many years and have frequently been found to positively modulate the immune system, which strengthens it for those prone to always picking up the latest bug doing the rounds.
Many naturalistic practitioners use red marine algae to treat patients with chronic fatigue. It has also been shown to possess anti-inflammatory, analgesic and gastro-protective properties, as well as a few other uses that may surprise you. Continue reading
March 2, 2017
Among the many good reasons to maintain a healthy body weight, we can add another: a decreased risk of cancer. While quitting smoking is unarguably the single best thing you can do to reduce your likelihood of the disease, it turns out that staying in shape is a close second. Coming a week after the revelation that we should eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day to enjoy longer lives, it would seem that the latest research represents yet another clarion call to get active and eat healthy.
February 27, 2017
Recently we discussed the best vegetarian protein sources available to us, and why everyone would benefit from reducing their intake of meat. This was in a sense borne out by a new Imperial College London study illustrating the huge health benefits of eating ten portions of fruit and veg per day: meeting this ambitious quota will by extension necessitate a reduction in the amount of meat we eat too. As far as health goes, you’re unlikely to read a study that recommends eating ten chicken breasts or steaks per day!
February 23, 2017
Heart disease affects approximately 2.3 million people in the UK alone. At least two million people suffer from angina, a common symptom of coronary artery disease characterised by restricted blood flow to the heart that results in chest pain.
If those numbers aren’t scary enough, imagine that more than 73,000 deaths in the United Kingdom are due to heart disease and one in six men will die from it. Here are some scientifically proven methods for protecting your heart. If you don't want to become a statistic before your time, it's certainly worth following these healthful habits. Continue reading
February 23, 2017
For a long while, we’ve known that eating fruit and vegetables is good for us. For our energy levels, our weight, our concentration, even our skin. But how much fruit and vegetables should we eat per day? Five a day is the official UK recommendation, though one study a few years back suggested those who ate seven or more portions had a 33% reduced risk of all-cause death compared to people who ate less than one. And now a brand-new report says 10 portions of fruit and veg is what we should aim for.
February 21, 2017
Yo-yo dieting: losing weight to put it back on again. Doesn’t sound like fun, does it? In fact, it sounds very much like labouring to roll an immense stone up a steep hill, only for the stone to tumble quickly back to earth. There’s a word for that – Sisyphean. And though it sounds like a feat best avoided, yo-yo dieting is something many of us have experience of.
February 17, 2017
Recently, fatty acids – specifically omega-3s – came under the microscope on the BBC’s Trust Me, I’m A Doctor. Though the programme had only good things to say about fatty acids, and credited supplements with elevating respondents’ levels of omega-3, they reached the rather dubious conclusion that you were just as well using cheap fish oils as expensive ones. How wrong they were.
February 16, 2017
MCT oil and coconut oil are excellent sources of medium-chain fatty acids, which should become part of your daily nutrition intake. But only one of these oils acts has fast-absorbing properties that may help boost cognitive function, improve athletic performance and increase weight loss. MCT Oil vs Coconut Oil – there can only be one winner. But who is it? Read on to find out.