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The information on the Water for Health blog is purely for educational or discussion purposes and is used as a forum to exchange information and opinions, particularly as regards the benefits of hydration and nutrition. No health claims are made or implied. Any reader contemplating implementing any suggestion should firstly discuss with their health practitioner. Any guest postings do not necessarily represent the views of Water for Health Ltd.

  • Why the Chia Seed is Here to Stay & is a Food Cupboard Staple

    The hype surrounding the health benefits of the chia seed are here to stay; and for good reason. Chia seeds are small, yet their nutritional components are large. One serving of chia seed (one ounce) offers only 137 calories and one gram of digestible carbohydrate. One ounce serving also contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (9 grams of fat total), 18 percent of the RDA of calcium, 30 percent of the RDA of magnesium and manganese, and 27 percent of the RDA of phosphorus. Chia seeds also provide a good amount of zinc, niacin, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin B12.

    Incorporating chia seeds into your diet is easy. They can be eaten raw, soaked in water or juice, and added to foods and baked goods. Chia seeds do not need to be ground, making them easier to use in cooking than for example flax seeds. Use chia seeds in your homemade trail mix recipe, or sprinkle them over oatmeal, rice, or pudding. They can be used in smoothies to help enhance flavor and nutrient absorption of other foods. Chia seeds can also be used as a substitute for eggs in some recipes.
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  • Why it's Imperative to Your Health to Supplement with Omega 3

    Omega 3’s are the powerhouse of fats. They are polyunsaturated fatty acids utilised for numerous normal body functions, including blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain.

    There are three major types of omega 3 fatty acids. The first is alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, which is found in soybean, canola, and flaxseed oils. It can also be found in walnuts, some green vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and salad greens.
    The second and third type are eicosapentaenoic, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic, or DHA. Both of which are found in fatty fish. The body is able to partially convert ALA to EPA and DHA.

    Omega 3’s are especially important because the body cannot make them; therefore, we need to obtain them from food. Supplements are a great way to get your daily intake of omega 3’s. Here are some important ways in which supplementing with omega-3’s can improve your health.

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  • Health Hacks - How to Boost the Nutritional Value of Any Meal with these Superfoods

    Eating healthy doesn’t mean your diet needs a dramatic and mentally exhausting overhaul. Taking small, simple steps is the perfect way to start out. Adding superfoods to the foods you already eat is an easy way to boost your nutrition intake without going to extreme lengths.

    Boost Your Breakfast
    Start by putting some thought into the foods you already eat. Having cereal for breakfast? Try adding strawberries, blueberries, or goji berries.

    Consider swapping out your cow’s milk for a non-dairy option. Almond milk is a great choice. It contains approximately 30 calories per one cup serving, compared to 80-150 calories per serving from cow’s milk. Almond milk also has as much calcium and vitamin D as cow’s milk. If buying store bought almond milk, be sure to look for a brand that does not contain carrageenan additive that may disrupt the digestive system functional. If non-dairy isn’t your thing, consider grass-fed milk. Grass-fed milk is derived from cows that are pasteurized and fed nothing but grass, which makes it high in CLA and other healthy fats that promote a healthy brain, among many other benefits.

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  • Why Souping Instead of Juicing is Taking the World By Storm

    Looking to detox or just eat healthier in general and tired of juicing? Try souping. Soups are more generously offered in places like restaurants and delis, making it easier to achieve a soup detox over juicing.

    Soup can also be served hot or cold, meaning you can eat it virtually anywhere, including at the office, without the need of appliances such as blenders, food processors, stoves, refrigerators, and microwaves.

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  • Can Vitamin D Improve Autism? This Mother Certainly Thinks So!

    According to one mum, vitamin D is responsible for improving her son’s life with autism. The mother, named Michelle from Minnesota, wrote to Dr. John Cannell at the Vitamin D Council. In her letter, she stated that because of vitamin D her son’s speech, eye contact, and social skills have improved. Read it for yourself here:

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  • 5 Minute Healthier Recipe for Healthier Than Store Bought Energy Bars

    Energy bars have the potential to be a great food choice. They are portable, convenient, and can be eaten virtually anywhere. However, the wrong energy bar can sabotage your diet.

    Most store bought energy bars are loaded with hidden trans fat, salt, and sugar. To ensure you are snacking on a healthy treat, try making your own energy bars.

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  • The Proper Way to Rotate Theralac and Truflora

    IMPORTANT: Since the two strains of Lactobacilli in TruFlora are antagonistic to Bifidobacteria, Theralac and TruFlora should not be taken at the same time. They complement each other when taken in rotation. Follow one of the dose programs below:

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  • The Difference Between Theralac and TruFlora

    Theralac® and TruFlora™ are very different probiotics, yet they are complementary when taken together on a rotational basis (see other side). You can benefit from both probiotics’ unique applications over time. Here’s how Theralac® and TruFlora™ differ:

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  • One Dose of MCT Fat Can Boost Your Brains Function Immediately

    One single dose (40 ml or 2.7 tablespoons) of MCT fat is all it takes to boost brain power. According to a 2004 study, neurobiological evidence suggests that elevation of plasma ketone body levels through an oral dose of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) may improve cognitive functioning in older adults with memory disorders (Reger et al, 2004).

    During the study, 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s Disease or mild cognitive impairment consumed a beverage containing MCT’s or a placebo. Results showed significant increases in levels of the ketone body beta-hydroxybutyrate (beta-OHB) after 90 minutes of treatment in the MCT group. For four subjects, beta-OHB levels continued to rise between the 90-120 minute marks.

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  • Not Buying Organic Fruit & Veg? Here are the Top 12 Dirtiest to Avoid

    Every year, the USDA Pesticide Data Program tests for pesticide residues on more than 13,000 samples. These samples of fruits, vegetables, grains, milk, and drinking water, are purchased at grocery stores. In 2004, approximately 76 percent of fresh fruit and vegetables showed detectable pesticide residues; 40 percent of these contained more than one pesticide; and only 0.2 percent exceeded the tolerable levels (Stewart 2007).

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