Spring has sprung and so have the flowers with plenty of pollen and the wind to spread it.For those who suffer with hay fever and asthma it can be a nightmare. Pollen and dust can cause the immune system to have an allergic response. This includes inflammation, particularly in the nose for hay fever sufferers. How can your diet help? One way is via our gut microbiome,which influences inflammation in the body.
It is always exciting for footy fans at finals time! With 17 AFL seasons under my belt, including 3 premierships at Hawthorn AFL Football Club, I still love the sniff of finals time in September. AFL is a long, gruelling game. Maintaining energy levels for 25-30 minute quarters, a and repeat this for 22 matches and finals is challenging. It is important players fuel their body with nourishing foods to get the most out of training, recover and sustain energy levels throughout the season. So what do AFL players need to eat?
We all know the importance of a healthy diet for prevention of disease and to fuel ourselves for exercise –but do we think about fueling the organ in charge of our body; the brain? There are some foods that have more influence on our brain health than others. I thought I would talk about 5 key dietary areas. Let’s take a look. Literally food for thought.
What do we mean by, ‘Clean eating’, such a marketing and buzz phrase? Clean eating is a term often used to describe eating wholefoods, with minimal or no processing, as close to their natural form as possible. It usually involves a diet with wholegrains,plenty of vegetables and fresh fruit, lean meats, seafood, nuts, seeds and minimal or no added sugars, alcohol or highly processed foods. That is fantastic, and the way we should be eating. Australians eat too many discretionary foods and a poor diet contributes to the global burden of disease related reduce the I think I call it healthy eating! Some products market as 'clean' but are they really? What about gluten free, no added sugar? Have we moved happily onto, 'plant based diet'?
Winter is nearly here. I am looking forward to some things it brings. The opportunity for enjoying winter warming dishes. Holding a mug of hot soup. Digging a spoon into delicious fruit crumbles and enjoying a hearty winter stew. A good diet will help keep our immune system in good order over winter. Let's see how.
Thinking about a glass of wine when you get home or a beer with a barbie, while watching the footy or after training? Many people enjoy an alcoholic drink with few adverse effects to their health. However, it is worthwhile to know what the safe drinking limits of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) are, as there are also a substantial number of people who do suffer adverse effects to their health and life due to drinking more alcohol than is recommended. The news is not all bad, read on to understand more about enjoying a drink without being negative on your health and performance.
There is a lot of pressure to perform and bring home good results for both elite athlete's and students. Nutrition can play an important role and you are in control of how you choose to eat at a time when sometimes we can feel out of control. I have picked 7 tips to help you perform at your best!