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Nutrient deficiencies are a lot more common than people think and certain groups of our population are at higher risk than others. Vitamins and minerals are essential to our bodies normal function so not eating enough or absorbing enough can have dangerous consequences. While most people aren't severely deficient, there are several mild deficiencies that are very common in the UK. Let's look at 3 of the most common ones, their effects and foods you can eat to avoid them.

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spices on spoons on table

This week marks Salt Awareness Week in the UK, a week-long campaign aimed at increasing awareness about salt intake and its effects. You may have seen the numerous articles in the news yesterday talking about salt intake in the UK, particularly the salt content of takeaway meals. The headlines revealed that some of the worst takeaway dishes from some Chinese restaurants contain 5x as much salt as one Big Mac! Most people know by now that salt content in takeaways and ready meals is a lot higher than food they would cook at home but what is the deal with salt? What does it do, how much should we be having and how can we avoid it?
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With Mother's Day being tomorrow, we thought we would share 5 amazing brunch recipes to treat your Mum to this Mother's day. From baked eggs to baked oatmeal, your Sunday morning will be covered with one of these drool-worthy recipes. Click on the title to head to the full recipe and get cooking!

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Calorie counting, sandwich

This week Public Health England unveiled their plans to cut calorie consumption in the UK. The new guidelines, which suggest a 400-600-600 rule have been hotly contested by the public, nutritionists, dieticians and other healthcare professionals. These plans are part of the government's strategy to tackle childhood and adult obesity, with 1/3 of children and 2/3 of adults in the UK being overweight or obese, excess weight is an undeniable public health problem. It is estimated that obesity costs the NHS £6.1bn per year and the wider costs to society are even higher, however, is a strategy that recommends restrictive behaviours and calorie counting the right way to tackle this problem?
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Prepping your meals can make your life so much simpler and will help you reach your fitness goals much quicker. While making the decision to meal prep can be an easy one, figuring out what foods to include and how much can be a much more difficult task. Unless you are committing to counting your macros and weighing all of your foods, which let's be honest can be a lot of effort, eyeballing can often lead to you easily over or under-eating which won't help you reach your goals. Eating chicken, rice and veggies for lunch every day can also get dull real quick so coming up with new, easy to prep combos to keep things fresh is also key. Today we are going to give you some top tips on how to structure your meals without having to weigh out all of your food and some delicious combos to spice up your weekly meal prep.

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 Health trends are in-fashion at the moment in a big way. Every celebrity under the sun seems to be releasing their own "health" book and our society is buying in to nutrition supplements and fitness plans more than ever. While focusing on our health more can only be a good thing, it can be easy to get caught up in these ideals that are posted all over social media, and some of them are complete lies and potentially even harmful. So lets dive in to 5 nutrition fads to avoid this year.

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Bowl of cereal and glass of orange juice

Breakfast is a controversy. There are the people that swear by cereal and a glass of orange juice in the morning, the people who shun any food before lunch, the people who just grab a cup of coffee and call it breakfast and the people who need to eat the minute they get up to start their day. It can be confusing to figure out whether you should eat in the mornings, and if so, what you should eat to feel your best. So here are a few facts explaining why eating a great breakfast is one of the best things you can do for your metabolism and why it should definitely be a part of your morning routine!


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Everyone is loving on the protein at the moment, not only are more people opting for a high protein diet, you can now buy a vast array of foods with added protein. Protein granola, protein yoghurt, protein peanut butter, protein cookies and now even protein water – we are surrounded by #proteinproducts and it seems everyone  is buying in. Gone are the days where high protein diets and protein shakes were reserved for the mega body builders, protein is now being marketed to many other groups for many different needs. Weight loss, fat loss, muscle bulking, lean muscle building, meal replacement, blood sugar stability, muscle repair and increased satiety are just some of the claims about protein that are floating around out there. What of this is really true? Should we be having protein enhanced cookies instead of our usual choc chip? Let’s take things back to basics and have a look at the science behind protein.

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Salad in bowl

Digestive health and digestive issues are common problems that many of us are concerned about, they can strike at any time and really have an impact on our lives. Our digestive tract is highly sensitive to what we eat and certain things can really improve or worsen its function. It is also highly connected to our brain and can have a significant impact on our mood so having a healthy digestive tract is key to feeling great. We have billions of different bacteria living in our gut - the bacteria outnumber our human cells by 10 to 1! These bacteria help us digest food and absorb nutrients and they can become imbalanced easily which has been associated with many health conditions such as irritable bowel disorder, obesity, cancer, autism, diabetes and many other conditions. You would be right in thinking that it is quite a complex system! While there are many things that are important for digestive health such as stress management, exercise and a balanced diet there are a few things that we can include in our diet that are particularly important. So let's talk about 5 nutrients for a healthy, happy digestive tract.

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