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The Hunger Hero Diet: How to Lose Weight and Break the Depression Cycle

After more than 18 months of research, I discovered a way of eating that enabled me to lose 35kg in 35 weeks, and keep it off - without exercise, drugs or surgery. But I did much more than lose weight; I overcame my depression too. And that broke the cycle of weight gain. The latest …

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Obesity as a socio-economic problem

Where we live has a direct impact on how we live, and we learn our behaviours from those around us, which may also explain why certain communities have particularly low rates of obesity and other lifestyle diseases. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are two global organisations …

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Avoiding lactose intolerance

Cows' milk is used to make the dairy products we know and love: butter, cream, ice cream, chocolate, custard, flavoured milk, frozen desserts, buttermilk, yoghurt, cheese, and the myriad of processed milks created to satisfy our desire for low-fat, high calcium, lactose-free or long-life convenience. When we talk about 'milk', we usually mean cows' milk, …

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Juices, smoothies and shakes

Juices, smoothies and shakes are very popular, and most of us have a favourite concoction. They're convenient, tasty and available everywhere these days. But why are we drinking them? Are they good for us? Many of these drinks contain unnaturally high concentrations of nutrients; their ingestion can upset stomachs and send blood-sugar through the roof. …

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Essential vitamins

There are 13 essential vitamins. Some are fat-soluble (vitamins A, D, E, K) while others are water-soluble (vitamin C and B-group). They work in concert with essential minerals (calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulfur) and trace elements (chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, zinc). Vitamins are found in foods that contain the …

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Probiotics and prebiotics

Certain lifestyle factors, illnesses and overuse of antibiotics are implicated in the destruction of good bacteria in the gut, a reduced diversity of species, and a subsequent imbalance. This is a relatively new area of scientific inquiry, but early research suggests that dietary manipulation with probiotics and prebiotics could help prevent or repair this damage. …

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