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November 5, 2019

Inflammation is your body's immune response and its way of protecting itself against illnesses and injuries. 

However, persistent inflammation is when the body doesn't stop the immune response, putting a strain on the body and causing problems. Chronic inflammation is linked to an increased risk of conditions such as obesity, type II diabetes and heart disease.

Thankfully, practising a prudent approach to health can help, such as regular dental checks, undertaking moderate exercise, taking the full dose of antibiotics to prevent prolonged infection and consuming an anti-inflammatory diet.

Foods that should be avoided include:

- Sugar (e.g. anything ending with '-ose', any kind of syrup, honey)

- Processed carbohydrates (e.g. white bread, biscuits, chips, crisps)

- Processed meats (e.g. poor-quality bacon and sausages)

- Vegetable and seed oils (including margarine)

- Trans-fats (e.g. foods containing partially hydrogenated ingredients)

- Excessive alcohol consumption

Following a minima...

January 27, 2019

You can check your blood pressure at the chemist or in many GP waiting rooms in the UK. If you are 140/90 - this is defined as having hypertension or high blood pressure. 

If you have high blood pressure you need to:

- eat less processed/ultra-processed foods (see my blog on this subject)

- reduce sugar and salt consumption

- exercise more (in particular walking, cycling, swimming and avoiding higher-intensity

  exercises such as HIIT, running and heavy weights)

- include beetroots, pomegranates, avocados, bananas, kiwis and oranges to your

  diet, as these can help to keep your blood vessels healthy and help to lower blood

  pressure

- eat a high fibre diet, consuming plenty of vegetables and fruit, nuts and seeds and

  wholegrains

- consider taking an omega-3 and magnesium as a supplement in addition to improving

  your diet 

There is a great BBC Radio 4 programme covering this topic and I recommend you have a listen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001xtr

October 10, 2018

The foods that children eat and the habits they develop around food during the early years, sets the pattern for the rest of their lives and it is worrying to see that in children aged four to five, that 13% of boys and 13% of girls are overweight and 10% of boys and 9% of girls are obese.

Unfortunately, poor eating habits also negatively impact dental health. Did you know that Yorkshire and The Humber are amongst the worst four areas for oral health for three year old children and that Wakefield and Leeds have significantly higher levels of tooth decay than the rest of England?

Due to these worrying trends, there are increasing calls for change in food provision in early years settings (lets face it, the amount of time children spend in childcare has increased due to modern life pressures), who play a really important role in providing the right nutrition and laying foundations for healthy eating habits.

I recently won a bid to become an Early Years Nutrition Partnership r...

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