Influencing Factors of Absorption

This article covers a very complex topic in a very broad sense. You should walk away from it with a bit more of an idea of what impacts the foods, nutrients and supplements you take and how effective they are. It might even raise some awareness and ideas that will in fact improve your supplement regime and get more out of what you’re putting in.

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So what is Gluten anyway?

There's a lot of information out there about gluten sensitivities and coeliac disease that really makes it out that if you stop eating bread and you have not been diagnosed by a medical practitioner, you are a bad person. It's a strange phenomenon because if a vegetarian says, "I just don't like how eating meat makes me feel" the following reply usually is something along the lines of, "Oh that's cool. I've been trying to eat a lot more veggies lately too!", "So do you only eat vegetables?" and that's where the conversation usually ends. With gluten however, the conversation from the other party usually gets steered in the direction of, "Like, are you a real coeliac, or just one of those fake ones?". I find this absurd. I even know of some coeliacs, who are quite vocal about this and belittle those who are trying to find their way to health.

In this article, I'm going to cover what exactly gluten is, how it affects a large portion of the population and the pit falls of a gluten free diet.

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Top 10 "Super foods"

‘Superfood’ is such a loose marketing term these days. Sometimes we’re talking about simple everyday foods like garlic or ginger, other times we may be talking about more exotic things like Acai or Camu camu. Because of this confusion in the market, when I was asked to write a top 10 list of superfoods I decided to turn to the internet. I took 20 blogs, media outlets and supplement producer websites. Collated their suggestions of top 10 lists and tried to get an idea of what most nutritionists and health experts think of the best superfoods available. Oddly enough, I sort of agree with how this list turned out.

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Vitamin B1 - Thiamin

Thiamin is a water soluble vitamin that has many essential roles within the body. It is the first of the water soluble vitamins to be described leading all the way back to 2700BCE where Chinese medicine literature identifies a thiamin deficient disease known as beriberi. 

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