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    We Hear A Lot About Antioxidants – But What Are They, Really?

    Very simply put, antioxidants are substances or nutrients found in our food and drinks, which can prevent or slow oxidative damage to our bodies. Say what, now? First, let’s look at the role of oxygen on our bodies.
    What is Oxidative Damage?
    When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce by-products called free radicals, which are able to cause damage to cells and tissues in our bodies. Antioxidants act like “free radical scavengers” and so are able to prevent and repair the damage done by these free radicals.
    Research has shown that oxidative damage contributes to the development of many common health problems, like heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, and cancer. Studies have shown that loading up on vegetables and fruit, the main sources of antioxidants, lower our risk of developing disease.
    Antioxidants may also improve immune defences and therefore may lower the risk of cancer, infection and even dementia. Research even shows it could play a role in minimising ‘chemo-brain’ (brain fog after receiving chemotherapy).
    READ MORE: “I Tried A Vitamin IV Drip For A Health Boost — Here’s What Happened”
    What Are the Commonly Known Antioxidants?
    Obviously, we should be aiming to load up our plates with antioxidant-rich foods to combat exposure of oxidative stress. Luckily, there’s no shortage of delicious and nutritious sources.
    Vitamin A and Carotenoids in carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, spanspek, peaches and apricots (bright-coloured fruits and vegetables).
    Vitamin C in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons etc., green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes.
    READ MORE: 4 Things To Look Out For, If You Really Want To Live Sustainably
    Vitamin E In nuts and seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils and liver oil.
    Selenium in fish and shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken and garlic. (Paella, anyone?)
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    Make getting enough vegetables and fruit part of your healthy daily eating plan, to get preventative power of the antioxidants in these foods – it’s vital for your health. Combining this with active living, a healthy body weight and regular health screening will drop your disease risk even further. More

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    Exactly How To Include Fibre In Your Diet To Reduce Bloating

    If you’re turning your nose up at beans and broccoli for fear of that universally-hated bloat, we’ve got bad news for ya. Eating fibre to reduce bloating is a winning strategy and keeping regular by eating a balance of fibre-rich foods is going to be a much better strategy than chomping on prunes after a week of nothing but pasta and pizza.
    In fact, on average we take in 60 per cent or less of what’s recommended. A high-fibre diet has many essential benefits including improving your digestive system and reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases in the long term.
    One of the barriers to increasing intake may be the lurking myths which discourage people from focusing on high-fibre foods. Kellogg’s Nutrition and Public Affairs Manager as well as Registered Dietitian, Linda Drummond, shares the facts to clear up some common misconceptions…
    Fact: It’s best to eat your fibre
    The World Health Organisation recommends a daily intake of at least 25g per day for adults*. This requirement can be met by taking small steps to increase food sources each day. Fibre-rich foods offer additional intrinsic nutrient benefits such as vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
    The naturally occurring combination of these nutrients can never be perfectly replicated or manufactured. Despite supplements being available on the market, experts agree that when looking for particular nutrients, food sources are the best choice.
    To meet the daily recommendation, choose a high-fibre breakfast every morning, eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day and replace animal protein sources with a vegetable source such as beans or legumes regularly.
    READ MORE: 24 High-Fibre Foods That Should Be On Your Plate Every Day, According To Nutritionists
    Fact: Not all fibres are created equal
    Skipping this essential part of your diet? Read these facts and you may consider adding a few apples and bran flakes to your breakfast…
    There are many different types of fibre from different food sources, which play unique roles in the body, contributing to overall well-being. Wheat bran, composed mostly of insoluble fibre, is the most effective cereal to promote regularity. Apples, barley, carrots, legumes and oats are rich in soluble fibre, which has a cholesterol-lowering effect.
    Other benefits of a high-fibre diet include helping to achieve normal blood sugar levels and to assist in the maintenance of a healthy body weight. By including a variety of different sources and types of it in your diet, it’s possible to improve several functions of the body.
    READ MORE: Caley Jäck’s Simple Formula For Sticking To A Healthy Lifestyle
    Fact: It isn’t just for constipation
    The benefits of regular and adequate intake, nutrition experts all over the world agree that most carbohydrate-based foods eaten on a daily basis should be a source. In fact, the South African Guidelines for Healthy Eating, which provide nutrition messages to the general public, recommend that everyone should have an intake of at least 25g per day to ensure healthy functioning of the gut, as well as decreased risk for lifestyle-associated chronic diseases.
    Increasing the intake (particularly wheat bran) prevents food from lingering in the digestive system, which can cause you to feel bloated and uncomfortable. By absorbing water and creating bulk, it speeds up the passage of food through your system, helping to prevent constipation.
    Fibre helps food move through the digestive system and plays a bulking role so that undigested food can be more easily eliminated. Fibre plays a vital role in helping keep the walls of the digestive tract healthy. A high-fibre diet can help to reduce that bloated feeling.
    When beginning to increase your intake, do so slowly to allow your body to become accustomed to the change. This will help to ensure that you do not experience bloating with a sudden increase in fibre intake.
    READ MORE: Here’s What Happens When You Stop Eating Sugar, According To Nutritionists
    Fact: There are risks associated with following a low-carb diet
    One of the risks of following a low-carb diet is that it would be even more difficult to meet one’s requirements, as the major sources of fibre are also sources of carbohydrate. By not meeting your requirement, there is a risk that you may experience digestive discomfort and constipation, as well as an increased chance of developing chronic diseases in the long-term. More

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    OMG! Goodleaf’s Sustainable CBD Drinks Will Be Your New Fave Refreshment

    Ahhhh CBD! The compound that has taken the health and wellness world by storm over the last few years. We’ve seen oils, capsules, body lotions and everything in between. But  for those who want a delicious, refreshing way to reap the CBD benefits, there’s CBD drinks. And we’ve always been big fans of Goodleaf. Here’s why:
    They’re On A Sustainability Journey
    They’ve always been a great option, but they’ve just upped the ante. Goodleaf has switched from a single-use plastic bottle to an aluminium can as part of their sustainability journey. The new 300ml can, as well as all the outer packaging, is 100% recyclable. Now that’s refreshing!
    Goodleaf’s new packaging is as green as the source ingredients of their refreshing CBD sparkling drinks. They’re committed to finding the most environmentally conscious solution at every step of their processes to ensure their products are as wholesome to the planet as they are to you.
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    They Prioritise Your Wellbeing
    The only thing better than a drink that’s good for you is packaging that provides true health and wellness. Goodleaf’s big, lofty goal is to make you better, every day. Your well-being is their priority, so they set out to create packaging that is not only environmentally-friendly, but people-friendly, too! Every can is packaged with a (completely recyclable) foil seal that ensures what you drink is as healthy as it gets.
    Oh and did we mention these drinks are sugar free and preservative free? They’re better for you and better for the Earth!
    They’ve Made Their Drinks Even Cooler
    Refreshment is Goodleaf’s no. 1 priority. So how did they make this sparkling drink even cooler? By adding more of the key ingredient, of course. So, while you get an even cooler can in an even more super-chilled six-pack, they didn’t forget the star of the show: CBD! What’s in the can gets a boost from 8mg to 10mg per 300ml. Now that’s some Good Vibes.
    READ MORE: What You Need To Know About CBD Oil In Beauty Products
    There’s Something For Everyone
    They come in three delicious flavours so you’re bound to find something you like and you definitely have enough options to switch it up when you feel like it. They have Berry & Hibiscus, Peach & Geranium and Mango & Ginger.
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    3 Superfoods To Add To Your Grocery List This Winter 

    Brace yourself… winter has arrived. And with it, a slew of annual colds and flu. To make sure your body is totally prepared, these 3 superfoods are your best bet to keep immunity up and boost your energy levels for when you have to power through rainy days and tough workouts.
    But first things first – let’s break down what a superfood actually is. 
    Superfoods are foods that are nutritionally dense. While the term is a bit ambiguous, the basic gist is that these foods are nutrient-rich and offer an array of health benefits while being low in kilojoules.
    Here, three top superfoods to add to your grocery list this winter. 
    Ginger 
    Ginger is a must-have for an array of reasons. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, helps with digestion, boosts your immune system and has even been known to help with morning sickness! There are many other proven benefits to this wonderful spice, but aside from medicinal uses, it also just tastes great (in moderation). 
    Ginger has been used in Asian cuisine for centuries, and it’s easy to understand why. The spice adds a somewhat sweet, spicy taste to any dish. You can enjoy ginger in juice form, in your dinner, on your morning oats, or even on its own. It is super versatile and will add some pizzaz to whatever you choose to use it in – and you’ll be boosting your immune system while you’re at it. It’s the perfect addition to any winter meal.  
    Citrus 
    When you think citrus fruits, you probably think vitamin C – and that’s correct. But there’s much more to these zesty superfoods than their vitamin C content. They also contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, are an excellent source of fibre, contain an abundance of minerals (like magnesium and potassium), and are incredibly low in calories. 
    There are a variety of citrus fruits to choose from, but some of our personal favourites include oranges, clementines, naartjies, grapefruits, and a classic lemon. Just like ginger, these fruits are incredibly versatile and cater to an array of taste buds. They are incredibly tasty on their own but can also add a great kick to a meal. You could combine citrus juice with some ginger juice for a tasty, immune-boosting drink that will help you kickstart every winter morning.
    Squash 
    During the winter months you can never go wrong with a creamy butternut soup or some fluffy pumpkin fritters, amongst other tasty squash recipes. The great news? Not only is squash (in all its many wonderful forms) a delicious winter comfort food, it’s also healthy! This will depend on how you choose to serve it of course, but squash on its own is actually a great source of fibre. It also comes with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 
    Squash is easily one of the most versatile winter ingredients; it can be enjoyed in soups, purees, pastas, roasts, or on its own. Adding some squash to any winter meal is a super easy way to make sure your body is full of nutrition and ready to tackle the cold. 
    Some other worthy additions to this list of winter superfoods include: carrots, beetroot, kale, sweet potato, and avocado – to name a few. 
    There are so many ways to enjoy winter superfoods. If you focus on including fresh fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices in your winter diet, you’ll be giving your immune system the upper hand when it comes to handling the cold. So be sure to keep eating the rainbow!

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    Caley Jäck’s Simple Formula For Sticking To A Healthy Lifestyle

    If you’re anything like a normal person, you’d almost always pick a pizza over a salad. Or an extra hour’s nap over waking up early to work out. And like any normal person, you’d still much rather resemble the glowy, sculpted goddess that is our cover girl and Les Mills trainer Caley Jäck. But to achieve this physique and look amazing, there’s a certain amount of resilience that comes with sticking to a healthy lifestyle.
    Of course, queries from people wanting to carve out such a healthy lifestyle are not unheard of for Caley, who’s been a fitness trainer for a long time. She’s also a pre-and post-natal instructor, and many women seek a return to their bodies before giving birth. Here, we’ve teased out bits of wisdom from our interview with her to reveal a down-to-earth approach that shapes her habits – and can help you, too.
    1. Keep It Simple
    A lot of modern-day weight loss and health messaging can be conflicting, misleading and downright confusing. There are so many superfood blends, protein powders and supplements that you’d be forgiven for not knowing where to start. “Keep it as simple as possible,” says Caley. “If it’s creating too much anxiety to integrate into your week, why implement that?” If you can’t find the time to cook a full breakfast, find a way to make it quick and easy, like a fast smoothie or overnight oats.
    READ MORE: Calories Vs Nutrients: What You Need To Know About Losing Weight
    2. See To Your Baseline
    When it comes to supplements, powders and health tonics, Caley is reluctant to jump on the bandwagon. “I really feel that you need to prioritize your baseline nutrition,” she says. “If you can’t consume a full meal, a protein shake is maybe the best way to get your body to absorb [nutrients]. Do that because it works for your lifestyle,” says Caley. “But don’t let that be your meal replacement. Rather try and if possible, prioritize a good, wholesome plate of food.”
    READ MORE: Can CLA Safflower Oil Supplements Really Help You Lose Weight?

    3. Spend Time Learning About Portion Sizes
    “I’ve never been one that’s able to follow a diet or like an eating plan as such,” says Caley. “I do find there is a benefit in learning more about how to balance your macros.” While physically cutting and measuring portions might be too finicky for you, a simple chart about the correct portions of food goes a long way in figuring out a good balance on your plate. For Caley, this means happily allowing herself to have a muffin – with butter and cheese – but halving her portions. She demonstrates with her plate: “So like okay, I’m not going to have this whole piece of butter. But I’m going to have that section of butter because that is proportion to what my body needs,” she says. Focusing on what your body needs rather than what you want can be a big driver of change.
    READ MORE: I Tried The Planet Fitness FitBuddy App – Here’s What I Think
    4. Commit To The Change
    If you’re trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle, you’ll have to accept that it’ll be uncomfortable for a little while. But that’s the case with any change. “I feel like if you create a of change within your lifestyle, and you integrate that every day, that’s when it becomes habitual. And when it’s habitual, you don’t have to think about it,” she says. “Anything that requires change takes time and it feels uncomfortable in the beginning. But if you’re wanting to create change, and if you’re wanting to hit certain goals, you need to create change.”

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    Supercharge Your Winter Workouts With These 5 Superfoods

    Training through the cold winter months can be quite challenging. Unlike the warm summer months, winter training demands a bit more energy from your body — along with truckloads of motivation and consistency! Joining an active community, or working with a programme designed to help you reach your goals, are two ways Virgin Active can help to keep you going. The rest is up to your body, how you fuel it and eeerrr, your discipline levels.
    Keeping your body fuelled with healthy foods before and after a winter workout is very important. However, too often, on-the-go options contain sugar or are high in calories that won’t fuel your body with the proper energy, nutrients and fibre that it needs to perform at its best. So instead of getting stronger, faster, you’ll find it harder to recover after workouts — and you may even become more susceptible to illnesses and injury. And we’re certain that wasn’t the initial goal! 
    Fortunately, there is a wide range of superfoods to choose from that can exponentially supercharge your winter workout — and take you from shivering to sizzling. 
    Below is a list of the best superfoods, curated by our friends at Virgin Active, that can be found in some of the delicious options on offer at Kauai. The best part, it’s right inside the club.

    1. Ginger
    One of the superfoods on this list that is truly deserving of the title. Ginger is packed with nutrients and boasts wide-ranging health benefits, hence it’s a staple in many green juices. Ginger helps minimise inflammation, reduces nausea and its blood-thinning properties can help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. But most importantly, ginger can help boost immunity due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties – very NB during winter months. Get your boost of ginger in Kauai’s Ginger Shot. Alternatively, try their delicious Floo Juice which fuses ginger with orange, carrot, lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper.
    2. Red Peppers
    Think citrus fruits have the most Vitamin C of any fruit or vegetable? Think again. Red peppers contain twice as much Vitamin C as that found in citrus fruits. Vitamin C is important for boosting immunity, improving digestion and maintaining a healthy weight. FYI: The spicy peppers rev up your metabolism and suppress your appetite. Evidence also suggests that cayenne pepper—made from red peppers—can help clear congestion and relieve headaches. You can get a great cayenne pepper kick from the red peppers in Kauai’s Thai Crunch Salad Bowl or Spicy Burrito Wrap.
    READ MORE: Why A Boxing Workout Is A Quick Route To A Shredded Body
    3. Raw Nuts
    Raw nuts can lower bad cholesterol, control blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation. They are a great source of Omega-3, while being rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants and magnesium. Nuts can also help improve the lining of your arteries and reduce the risk of developing blood clots. If you need a snack that packs a powerful punch before a workout, don’t hesitate to pick up a snack pack of Kauai’s Raw Mixed Nuts or grab a delicious Nut Milk Smoothie post-workout. The Almond Nut Porridge is also a guaranteed way to start your day with a bang. 

    4. Cinnamon
    A very common household ingredient, cinnamon is essential for producing healthy red blood cells and also helps reduce spikes in blood sugar levels—a common occurrence for many after a sweat sesh! Cinnamon also has probiotic properties that support gut health, therefore aiding with digestion and serving as a natural immune booster due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Packed with cinnamon, Kauai’s Plant Porridge Pot will give you a warm start to your winter workout. Their Cinna-Bomb Smoothie is also a great option if you’re looking for a yummy cinnamon kick. 
    5. Chicken Is A Winter Winner
    Bet you weren’t expecting to see chicken on a superfoods list, huh?! Sometimes, a healthy comfort food after a gruelling winter workout is just what the body needs. Chicken is high in vitamin B-6. About 85 grams of lean chicken meat contains 40 to 50 percent of your daily recommended amount of B-6. Vitamin B-6 plays a key role in many of the chemical reactions that take place in the body. It’s also vital to the formation of new and healthy red blood cells. Not only is Kauai’s Butta Chicken satiating, it’s also packed with essential proteins. For a spicier option, opt for a Cajun Chicken Quesadilla.
    When fuelling your body, every bite matters. A combination of the above nutrients—mixed with locally-sourced fresh, raw ingredients and eaten regularly—will make these superfoods the nutritional powerhouses that help sustain you through the long winter ahead.
    Check out the delicious Kauai superfood options available at your nearest Virgin Active Club, right now.
    Even better, if you sign up in June, you’ll qualify for a free smoothie every day for 30 days to help get you through the winter slump. Click here for more information or to sign up.

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    Why Nutri-B Energy Is The Multivitamin You Need RN!

    Keeping up with life’s demands can get stressful, and while adding more hours to your day isn’t possible, wouldn’t it be nice if you could give yourself a quick boost of energy when you really need it? Well, Nutri-B Energy fizzies is your solution for the vitality boost you’ve been looking for.
    What’s In It
    Nutri-B Energy provides an instant energy boost that will revitalise your mind and body, and get you through even the most hectic of days. That’s thanks to the B-complex vitamins packed into every effervescent to protect you from the effects of everyday stress, while sustaining natural energy. That’s all without the crash or slump at the end of the day.
    Nutri-B Energy contains Theanine, a non-sedating amino acid with possible anti-anxiety effects. Combined with taurine, which is an amino acid that scientists believe may improve heart function, plus zinc & vitamin C to protect cells against oxidative stress in the body and support immunity, Nutri-B Energy fizzies are a great way to boost energy and supplement good health.
    The Benefits
    Feel the FIZZ of Nutri-B’s great-tasting Energy fizzies in sugar-free Orange or Tropical flavour that are sure to make your tastebuds dance while giving you enhanced mental focus, improved physical stamina and vitality, and reduced fatigue. The best part is that they contain a zero-calorie artificial sweetener, so you don’t have to compromise your health and fitness goals while enjoying a fizzy pick-me-up!
    For anyone who wants to make the most of every day and level up, Vitaforce Nutri-B Energy is just what you need to power through and make it happen. Nutri-B energy is suitable for adults and children 14 years and older and it suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
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    What Is The Pescatarian Diet — And Is It Even Good For You?

    Honestly, who can keep track of all the ‘tarians that exist these days? There are vegetarians, flexitarians, pescatarians. Don’t even get me started on pegans. But seriously—which one is best if you can’t give up spicy tuna rolls?
    Basically, if you like the idea of slashing your meat intake but have a LTR with salmon, the pescatarian diet may be for you. People who follow the plan eat a wide variety of plant-based foods, like fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts—plus fish and seafood.

    Whether you eat dairy and eggs on the pescatarian diet is up to you. Some keep them in their weekly rotation, while others opt out. Totally off the table: red meat, poultry and pork.
    This might sound similar to the popular Mediterranean diet, but there’s one major difference: Red meat is allowed (in moderation) on the Med diet. You’re also supposed to avoid packaged foods on that plan, while the pescatarian diet doesn’t have a specific policy on store-bought stuff. Otherwise, there’s a lot of overlap: Seafood, fresh produce, and plant-based proteins are mainstays of both eating plans.
    Is going pescatarian healthier than other diets?
    Unless you can’t live without steak, there’s a lot to love about the pescatarian diet. “You’ll reap the nutritional benefits of a plant-based diet, as well as the nutritional benefits of fish and seafood,” says Emily Kyle, a registered dietician
    Basically, pescatarians get all of the antioxidant- and vitamin-rich produce vegetarians do, while also getting some nutrients (like complete proteins and omega-3 fatty acids) from seafood that are harder to take in on a strictly plant-based diet.
    For example, while many vegetarians and vegans may struggle to get their fill of vitamin B12 (found primarily in animal protein), “pescatarians are able to meet their daily requirements for B12 with a single serving of most fish varieties,” says Georgia Rounder, a registered dietician.
    READ MORE: 26 Easy Recipes for Protein Pancakes
    Also key: Seafood is one of the best sources of heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. “Omega-3 fatty acids may decrease inflammation in the body and lower both blood pressure and triglycerides,” says Rounder. You can get omega-3s from plant-based sources like flaxseeds, but it’s harder than just eating an order of salmon and calling it a day.
    “This diet has also been associated with decreasing the risk for other chronic diseases, including diabetes, dementia, and depression,” adds Rounder, thanks to the boost of omega-3s you get when fish is your main source of protein.
    Other people, of course, choose it for sustainability reasons, animal-rights concerns, or just personal preference, adds Kyle.
    Can the pescatarian diet help with weight loss?
    The jury is still out about any particular diet that champions sustainable weight loss. But eliminating a lot of meat can help create a caloric deficit that would lead to weight loss, especially when the diet is supplemented with vegetables.
    One literature review of studies that evaluated vegetables in weight loss found that “a higher vegetable consumption in a healthy diet may prove beneficial for weight loss in overweight adults.”   So if your aim is to lose weight, watch that your fish consumption doesn’t take the place of consuming a variety of vegetables and fruits.
    READ MORE: How Much Water You Should Be Drinking Daily, According To A Nutritionist
    What about all that mercury tho?
    One important thing to keep in mind: Being pescatarian doesn’t mean you have to load up your plate with fish each meal—you can actually eat a carnivorous diet and consume more fish (and more mercury) than someone who’s pescatarian. But if you do consume a lot of seafood—regardless of which diet you follow—you’ll want to avoid eating high-mercury fish all day every day to minimise your risk of mercury poisoning.
    Eat swordfish, tilefish, King Mackerel, and large quantities of tuna in moderation, says Rounder—especially if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
    That said, low-mercury seafood options, including canned light tuna, cod, clams, salmon, and hake are generally less of a cause for concern. “The most common fish that we eat on a daily basis are [low in mercury], meaning that in general the pescatarian diet is safe for most individuals,” says Kyle.
    READ MORE: This BBQ Pulled Pork Tortilla Recipe Is Delicious And Freezes Well For Meal Prep
    Whether you’re pescatarian or not, The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish a week. And mix it up so that you’re eating a variety of seafood—that will further reduce your risk of consuming too much mercury.
    The bottom line: Go ahead and try the pescatarian diet if you’re interested. For most people, the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet plus fish far outweighs the potential risks.
    This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com 

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