Cutting out the sugar from your diet

Cutting out the sugar from your diet

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It is amazing actually how much sugar we consume in our day to day diet. We often think if something is sugar free then it is ok, but usually these sugars are replaced by artificial sweeteners. It is very easy to lose track of the amount of sugar you are consuming as often we only count the sugar we put in our tea or on our cereal. You may be shocked to find out how much is out that piece of cake that you love or that granola that you thought as very healthy.

Our blood sugar levels are very important and ideally you want to try and keep them as balanced as possible. Blood sugars effect lots of other processes in the body linked to hormones, digestion and how our brain functions. Spikes in our blood sugar may give us a bit of a burst of energy but this is always followed by a sugar crash which leads our bodies craving more sugar to get the energy levels back up again and over time this can lead to a sugar addiction.

Cutting out sugar from your diet can be hard work and you will often find the first week or so that you experience headaches etc. But it can have so many health benefits in the long run and contribute to good dental care. 

What is unexplained infertility?

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Infertility can be an extremely distressing condition for any couple who is trying to get pregnant. It may be that it is their first time at trying to conceive or maybe they are experiencing secondary infertility which can mean they do not have the ability to conceive after having no issues previously.

Many couples will go to a fertility clinic to seek the help of an expert who can carry out some tests to try and establish what the issue is. It may be that all the tests come back clear and there is no known reason for the infertility. This is called unexplained infertility and is often the outcome for many couples.

Much more research is needed in to this area as many of the trials that have been done are either decades old or have only been tried in assisted cycles such as with IVF. There must be a reason for the infertility it is often the case through that this reason is never discovered. Often when this is the case the couples only options to have their own child is IVF which can come with its own set of worries and issues. It is worth taking the time to fully research all your options before going ahead with any treatment to ensure that it is right for you and your partner.  

Reap the benefits of cutting sugar from your diet

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Over the years many foods have been seen as bad for our health. We are encouraged to eat low fat products instead of full fat versions and the supermarket shelves are containing more and more organically produced fruit and vegetables as we all try to eat as healthily as possible but in recent times the focus has been on the added sugar that is in so many of the processed food that we buy.

The effect of this hidden sugar in our diet is to make our blood sugars rise and fall greatly through the day raising our insulin levels which is not good for our health. This constant yoyoing of our blood sugar and insulin levels can cause weight gain, poor sleep and hormone issues so it is wise to try to cut back on the sugar in our diet as much as possible ideally without resorting to sweeteners which can cause their own issues.

When trying to cut added sugar from our diets it is important to realise that the natural sugars that are found in fresh fruit are ok to have it is refined sugars that should be avoided. By looking at the labels, most processed products can be seen to contain added sugar, so it is a good idea to get into the habit of checking the amount of sugars that they have in them. In a relatively short time, the benefits of reducing these sugars could be evident resulting in improved sleep, mood and weight loss.

Healthy eating-the key to a fitter body

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People are becoming more and more conscious of the need to look after their bodies and keep as fit and healthy as they can. Some turn to exercise as a way to do this and enrol in a gym or take up running but for some individuals exercising in this way is not possible perhaps because they have health issues that prevent them from exerting stress on particular parts of the body such as knees or because their personal circumstances mean they do not have the time so can just eating a healthy diet give us a fitter body?

The answer to this question is not straightforward because although eating healthily is vitally important to our wellbeing a certain amount of exercise is also necessary if we want to keep our bodies fit however some people find that when they embark on a healthy eating plan after a while they feel more energised and want to take some form of exercise even if this is simply walking, swimming or gentle stretching exercises.

So, what are the best foods to eat to help keep our bodies in tip top condition? As in most cases it is all about balance as no foods should be off limits. A balanced diet containing plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat and fish, complex carbohydrates and good fats are the building blocks for a healthy diet.