Nutrition & Women’s Health

Women have unique nutritional needs. Different nutrients are important through the different stages of a woman’s life: teenage years, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause. Certain nutrients are important in teenage girls as they begin menstruation, especially iron [1] . Daly et al found that up to 9% of Irish teenage girls may be deficient in iron.Continue reading “Nutrition & Women’s Health”

Heart Health

Summary More than 5,000 people in Ireland die from Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) each year Making different lifestyle choices may reduce your risk Dietary factors are a major contributor to increased risk There is no better month for Valentine’s Day to fall than February which is heart health awareness month. With hearts surrounding us onContinue reading “Heart Health”

The Good, The Fad And The Ugly

Summary Fad diets can be tempting as they offer short term solutions to a complex problem. However, they can lead to nutritional inadequacies such as energy and nutrient deficiencies.   Claims that sound too good to be true probably are.  Good nutrition is about healthy sustainable dietary behaviour. Make healthier choices, eat a nutritionally balancedContinue reading “The Good, The Fad And The Ugly”

Physical activity for good health and wellbeing

Physical activity and exercise are great ways to keep your body healthy, reduce your risk of disease and improve mood.  Physical activity refers to any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires your body to burn calories (expend energy)[1] such as shopping, gardening and doing housework.  Exercise is planned, structured, repetitive and intentional movement[2] suchContinue reading “Physical activity for good health and wellbeing”

Nutrition & Immunity

The immune system is what protects us from infection and informs the body’s response to injury. It is very complex and many different parts of the body are involved including the skin, bone marrow, lymphatic system and mucous membranes. Many factors affect our immune function including age, gender, genetics, stress, smoking, exercise, vaccination and infectionContinue reading “Nutrition & Immunity”

Stress Awareness Day

What is stress? Stress is the body’s response to feeling threatened or under pressure by external or internal stimuli referred to as stressors[1].  External stressors are sources of stress that are around us such as life experiences, traumas, or daily hassles such as traffic jams and work deadlines. Internal stressors are thoughts and feelings thatContinue reading “Stress Awareness Day”

Nutrition and Mental Wellbeing

There are many factors that can affect our mental wellbeing. The food choices we make are one element that can have an impact on how we feel. Below are some dietary measures that may have a positive effect on mental wellbeing. Stay Hydrated Many of us go through life feeling our energy and focus dipContinue reading “Nutrition and Mental Wellbeing”