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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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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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Fab functional foods

Functional foods do more than provide nutritional value. They contain naturally-occurring chemicals that are thought to do something special (when consumed as part of a balanced diet). Unlike the mythical superfoods, there are reams of scientific evidence to support the claims being made about functional foods. Nonetheless, you need to know that most of the …

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Chai tea: What’s in a name?

Across Asia, chai simply means ‘tea’. But in Western countries chai describes a black tea flavoured with a combination of aromatic spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, black pepper and vanilla. In villages of the Indian sub-continent, this fragrant concoction is a rich milky-sweet infusion made by boiling full-cream milk with black tea leaves …

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