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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.

Is Yo-Yo Dieting Worth It?

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.

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When it Comes to Fatty Acids, Quality Matters

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.

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MCT Oil vs Coconut Oil - Which is Better?

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.

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The Top 5 Vegetarian Protein Sources

There are many great reasons to become vegetarian. Setting aside the ethical considerations generally at the forefront of such a decision, shunning animal products and going ‘green’ usually means reducing your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol. Adopting a vegetarian (or vegan) diet also means you’re much more likely to favour fibre-rich vegetables that help alkalise our blood and supply a plentiful array of essential minerals, vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants.

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Iodine Deficiency: A Contributor to Poor Health?

According to a 2009 study, approximately 50 percent or more of the adult population in most developed Westernised countries is deficient in iodine. Iodine deficiency is a growing problem in the UK.

Iodine is an important mineral that is needed in almost every organ and tissue in the body. It is vital for supporting thyroid function, a healthy metabolism, and even for the prevention of many chronic illnesses.

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Vital Pet Products: Top Products To Please Your Pet

Britain is a nation of pet lovers. In fact, it’s estimated that 40% of households have a pet, whether in the shape of a dog, cat, goldfish, rabbit…the list goes on. Predictably enough, dogs are, er, top dogs in the tally (24%) with cats a not-too-distant (17%) second.

With this in mind, we’ve looked at the most vital pet products on the market. Our shortlist includes joint supplements for dogs, stepladders for cats and a fitness tool that bears more than a passing resemblance to the FitBit you wear on your wrist. Let's do this.

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Love Your Liver: Helpful Habits for Better Liver Health

Most of the time when we hear about the liver, it’s in relation to alcohol – and usually in the form of a quip: “Your liver won’t thank you for last night!” However, everything we eat or drink passes through the liver – whether good or bad. Like any organ, it must be looked after in order to be able to carry out its physiological functions, of which there are over 500. In this blog, we focus on liver health and outline ways you can keep yours tip-top.

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Meal Replacement Shakes – How Healthy Are They?

Meal replacement shakes are a terrific invention. They are perfect for drinking on the go or whenever you need a nutritious breakfast or lunch but don’t have time to prepare a healthy dish. But if you're not careful, you could be doing yourself more harm than good by ingesting nothing more than a glorified sugary drink.
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Vitamin Angels: Who Are They and What Do They Do?

With January already in the books, 2017 is well and truly motoring. Our world remains in flux, with politics on both sides of the Atlantic dominating the headlines. But since there’s always room for a feel-good story amid the catastrophic forecasts and general doom and gloom, we thought we’d talk about Vitamin Angels and the stellar work the charity is doing throughout the world.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Are You Getting Enough?

According to a new population study out of Germany, over 70% of middle-aged women are at an increased risk of heart disease due to inadequate consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s, which are prevalent in oily fish and in some plant foods, are rightly famed for their brain and vision-boosting properties, although they are primarily linked with heart health.

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How Probiotics Can Help You Stay Lean

Forget weight loss pills! You can significantly reduce your stomach bloat and even shed a few pounds by taking good care of your gut microbes. Probiotics are often praised for their digestive health boosting abilities but many don’t know this includes the metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates to keep you lean. Especially if you are one of the many who deal with a bloated stomach, you may want to consider adding a probiotic to your daily weight loss regimen. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Chlorine and Heavy Metals Lurking in Your Tap Water

Of all the places heavy metals could be lurking, not many people would consider their tap water as a primary source. But research shows there are plenty of scary heavy metals with long-term serious health effects hiding in your tap water.
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5 Useful Gadgets That Help Promote Wellness

Most of us enjoy our gadgets – largely as measures of convenience and entertainment – but rarely do we see them contribute to our wellness. Yet quite a few inventors have contributed products to the market designed to improve our health.

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Brown Toast and Roast Potatoes Linked with Cancer, say FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has highlighted a link between several types of starchy foods and cancer. The government body is keen to provoke a sea change in the way people cook, in an effort to minimise exposure to a harmful carcinogen called acrylamide. Produced when starchy foods are fried, grilled, baked or roasted for too long, acrylamide is a natural by-product of cooking, although it’s also present in tobacco smoke.

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Is This the Answer to Fussy Eating?

We were as surprised as anyone when Tam Fry, head spokesperson for the National Obesity Forum and a leading obesity campaigner, suggested bribing kids with cash to encourage them to eat their greens. Although the method might work, it’s hardly setting the right example. Surely there’s a better way of getting youngsters to finish their broccoli, asparagus or peas? And maybe the process can be fun rather than frustrating.

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