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Healthy Living

  • Everyday's a School Day - A Supplement That Can Reduce Sick Days in Children

    The average UK absence rate for school children is around 4-5%, with 1 in 10 children being classed as persistently absent. While there are a number of other factors and reasons for not attending school, one of the most unnecessary is sickness, coughs and colds. Adults have around 2-3 colds per year, and children are susceptible to experience even more. There has been growing evidence that, beyond just having effects on our digestive system, probiotic supplements can positively impact our immune system.

    A systematic review in 2015 (1) concluded that probiotics reduce the number of people experiencing episodes of coughs and colds, the mean duration of the symptoms, and antibiotic use.

    Following this evidence, a further study (2) looked investigated the efficacy of Lab4 probiotics with vitamin C in reducing the symptoms of coughs and colds in young children.

    Fit for School ProVen Probiotics

    • Provides 12.5 billion Lab4 acidophilus & bifidus per tablet
    • Vitamin C
    • Strawberry flavoured
    • Chewable tablets designed specifically for children
    • 30 tablets

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    The set up

     

    In total, 57 children aged 3-6 years were recruited and then divided into two groups. Group 1 received a placebo chewable tablet daily for 6 months while group 2 received a chewable tablet containing 12.5 billion Lab4 probiotics plus 50mg vitamin C daily for 6 months.

    The researchers then recorded the number and duration of upper respiratory tract infections (characterised by symptoms of sore throat, coughing, sneezing, blocked or runny nose), absence from preschool, visits to the GP and medication usage including antibiotics daily for 6 months.

     

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    The Results

    At the end of the 6 months, there was a 49% significant reduction in the duration of all symptoms of coughs and colds in the group taking Lab4 probiotics and vitamin C compared to placebo and a 33% significant reduction in the incidence of cough and cold symptoms in children taking the Lab4 probiotics and vitamin C.

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    Those in the probiotic group also used fewer medications such as cough and cold medicines and antibiotics, and fewer visits to the GP. What is perhaps one of the biggest findings came in the form of days off from school.

     

    There was a 30% reduction in the number of children that had at least one day off from school due to illness, as well as the total number of days off by children in the probiotic group.

    These were remarkable results and hopefully the first of more studies to investigate the effects of probiotics on the immune function of children. As there were no blood or stool samples collected during the study, the exact mechanism for how the probiotics may have had a positive impact is not clear. However, the results are a positive sign for the future of probiotic research and immune function.

    References

    1 - Hao, Q., Dong, B. R., & Wu, T. (2015). Probiotics for preventing acute upper respiratory tract infections. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2).

    2 - Garaiova, I., Muchová, J., Nagyová, Z., Wang, D., Li, J. V., Országhová, Z., ... & Ďuračková, Z. (2015). Probiotics and vitamin C for the prevention of respiratory tract infections in children attending preschool: a randomised controlled pilot study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition69(3), 373-379.


     

    If you are taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist BEFORE taking vitamins or supplements. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If pregnant or lactating, ALWAYS consult your doctor before use. Or if you have any queries about any supplement ALWAYS consult a QUALIFIED medical professional.

     

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  • The Power Of Greens - What Are Greens Drinks And Do You Need Them

    What are ‘Greens’?

    When we talk about ‘greens’ and green foods, we tend to be talking about foods that are literally green. Maybe not green smarties or wine gums, but typically either cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, sprouts, kale, lettuce, spinach, kale…) or things like Spirulina, a type of blue green algae, that has a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals and other exotic green vegetables that we may not consider as a part of a typical western diet, such as chlorella. Green leafy vegetables are rich in phytonutrients that tend to be absent from most multivitamins and recovery drinks, and many processed foods. For example, spirulina may prevent muscle damage under conditions of oxidative stress, while inducing immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory responses(2). Kale provides a source of calcium and vitamin K, with low levels associated with increased chances of fractures and decreases in bone strength(3). Other greens like chlorella have been shown to combat the reduction in SIgA secretion (an antibody serving as the first line of defense within our immune system)(4).

    Coco Choc Greens - Coconut Chocolate Flavoured Greens Drink With Added Pre & Probiotics

    - Great Coconut Chocolate Flavour!
    - Contains 10 super green foods with added pre & probiotics
    - Supports the immune system (1)
    - Source of Vitamin B12 to maintain energy levels (2)
    - Source of Iron which supports mental function (3) 

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    Do I Need Greens?

    Hopefully we all know the importance of taking on nutrients, antioxidants, bioactive compounds, and phytochemicals from a balanced diet with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other plant foods for optimal nutrition, health, and well-being(1). But does this mean we need to take these on in the form of powdered drinks? 

    It depends.

    You need to ask yourself how many portions you get a day through your normal diet - and be honest. If the answer one or two (or none), chances are you could benefit from a convenient increased intake of these superfoods.

    Those most likely to benefit from Greens Drinks:

    - Those with diets lacking in a variety of vegetables and fruits
    - Those currently on a calorie restricted (or lower calorie) diet

    Aliment Greens Supplements

    So, while many people consume adequate green foods and vegetables in their diets, there may be times when a convenient, nutrient dense Greens Drink will be beneficial.

    Aliment's greens drinks are the UK's ultimate green nutrient products. They are a blend of some of the most antioxidant-rich vegetables and algae around. Yes, Greens Drinks are packed full of goodness, such as antioxidants and vitamins that provide amazing effects on your immune system, energy and overall health, but they’re not always the tastiest of ingredients and often get avoided more than they should, which is why we’ve made our green drinks possibly THE best tasting and most refreshing greens products on the market, making your dose of greens a tasty one.

    References

    1 - Nieman, D. C., & Pedersen, B. K. (2004). Exercise, nutrition and immune function.Journal of sports sciences,22(1), 115-125.

    2 - Wu, Q., Liu, L., Miron, A., Klímová, B., Wan, D., & Kuča, K. (2016). The antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and anti-inflammatory activities of Spirulina: an overview.Archives of toxicology,90(8), 1817-1840.

    3 - Liu, R. H. (2013). Health-promoting components of fruits and vegetables in the diet. Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal,4(3), 384S-392S.

    4 - Otsuki, T., Shimizu, K., Iemitsu, M., & Kono, I. (2012). Chlorella intake attenuates reduced salivary SIgA secretion in kendo training camp participants.Nutrition journal,11(1), 103.

  • The Italian Diet – The Next Big Diet for Weight Loss?

    Over the last few days The Italian Diet Plan has gained a lot of media attention and pushed as one of the next big things in the weight loss world. This new take on the Mediterranean diet promises weight loss while enjoying many of your favourite foods, cooked in ways that deliver on big flavours.

    What Is The Italian Diet?

    The foods that are generally included are fresh fish, lean meat, pulses, olive oil and lots of fruit and vegetables, and a little red wine. Some of the individual foods and components within the Diet which are particularly beneficial to health (for example, extra virgin olive oil), but overall it is the combination of foods which is thought to be linked to improved health. Equally, like many other popular diets, unsurprisingly, the Italian diet severely limits the consumption of energy-dense convenience foods and desserts (so no cake, ice cream or fizzy drinks).

    Carbohydrates and Wine in a Diet?!

    When most of us think of Italian meals, we think of pasta, probably eaten with a glass of red wine. While some diets exclude these foods to reduce your carbohydrate intake, or cut out alcohol, this combination has been shown to have some benefits to health. For example, pasta and wine are major sources of polyphenols – compounds that have been linked to health and longevity (and even our gut health). Observational data shows that one or two glasses of red wine a day might even reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease(1).

    One of the reasons why this diet has seen a surge at the turn of the New Year is no doubt in part to its backing from Celebrity Chef Gino D’Acampo ahead of the release of his new cook book. But is it worth all the hype?

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    What are the health Benefits Of The Italian Diet?

    The Mediterranean diet has long been touted as a healthy way of living. And there is some evidence that this may indeed be a better way of life than typical Western Diets. For example, one large review of the research has shown that strong adherence to the diet reduced the risk of overall mortality, cardiovascular diseases, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, overall cancer incidence, neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes(2). However, if your goal is purely weight loss, this diet has been shown to only be as effective as numerous other diet approaches(3) – a finding that is seen time and time again when popular diets are pitted against each other. This tends to be because adherence to the diets reduces over time as people find it difficult to continually exclude certain foods that are restricted on particular diets.

    So, what’s the bottom line? The Italian (Mediterranean) Diet could lead to health improvements if it is adhered to in the long term. However, as a weight loss strategy, it is only going to be effective if it can help to produce an energy deficit. And it has not been shown to be any more successful for this as other diet plans.

    1. Teissedre, P. L., Stockley, C., Boban, M., Ruf, J. C., Alba, M. O., Gambert, P., & Flesh, M. (2018). The effects of wine consumption on cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors: a narrative review. OENO One52(1), 67-79.
    2. Dinu, M., Pagliai, G., Casini, A., & Sofi, F. (2017). Mediterranean diet and multiple health outcomes: an umbrella review of meta-analyses of observational studies and randomised trials. European journal of clinical nutrition.
    3. Mancini, J. G., Filion, K. B., Atallah, R., & Eisenberg, M. J. (2016). Systematic review of the Mediterranean diet for long-term weight loss. The American journal of medicine, 129(4), 407-415.
  • Probiotics And The Gut Microbiome As We Age

    Our intestinal system contains around 1.5kg of microbes (bacteria) and, in recent decades Continue reading

  • A week in the life of Susie Woffenden

     

    It’s the start of a new week and I always endeavour to start how I mean to go on… reset, calm and Continue reading

  • CoQ10 – The Energy Factory!

     

    A  lot of research has been taken into the health benefits of Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 as it is commonly known as. There are clinical trials investigating its value for a number of health problems.

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  • Trust me, I'm (nearly) a doctor - Looking into Omega-3 deficiency

     

    Here is a blog post from our PhD student, Jamie Pugh. Jamie is involved in the BBC TV series, Trust Me, I'm a Doctor and is looking into omega-3 deficiency. Please read below:

    As well as the research that I am currently carrying out, looking at whether probiotics can help with digestion during intense exercise, I have also been part of a number of studies over the last 12 months or so. Being fortunate enough to work at one of the top Sport and Exercise departments in the UK. I am privileged to be surrounded by world class research everyday and even luckier to sometimes be involved; be it as a helping hand collecting data, or sometimes even being a participant myself (even going to the extent of having muscle biopsies taken in the name of science).

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  • Brilliantly Boosting Coconut Bars!

     

    Give yourself a boost with these great tasting, quick and easy to make coconut bars. These coconut bars contain all natural ingredients, are gluten and dairy free and contain no added sugar.

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  • Nutrition 'Must be a Global Priority' Say Researchers

     

    Poor nutrition leads to the deaths of about 3.1 million under-fives annually, it says.

    An international team reviewed different causes of malnutrition in pregnancy and childhood.They say the first 1,000 days of life - from conception to two years - have lasting consequences for health.

    Malnutrition - which includes being overweight or obese as well as under-nourished - also has an economic impact.

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  • Watermelons Can Help Muscle Recovery

     

    Drinking a watermelons juice can relieve muscle soreness after exercise, new research suggests.

    • The amino acid L-citrulline in watermelons can cut an athlete’s recovery time and boost their performance
    • The chemical speeds up the process of lactic acid removal from the muscles which reduces soreness

     

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