Fennel is one of the best herbs to aid digestion. It soothes the digestive tract relieving bloating, flatulence, heartburn and constipation. It’s bursting with phytonutrients, vitamin C, manganese, iron and folate. Add to casseroles, salads, and stir fries, or make a tea from steeping it in boiling water. Chew a seed to relieve bad breath.
Concentration boosting breakfast for exam students – eggs for memory and blood sugar balance, salmon for brain boosting omega 3s, spinach for micronutrients and bread and butter for that extra bit of energy – eat well during your exams – it may make that vital bit of difference to your marks – Good Luck!
Exam snacks should be rich in choline – a nutrient, which scientific studies have shown, increases memory and cognitive reasoning. Take a smoothie with you made from probiotic yoghurt or kefir, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds , almonds (school rules permitting) and some blueberries. It will keep your energy up and help your memory.
Are you ZINC deficient? Symptoms include poor digestion, bloating, lack of appetite, poor immunity against infection, thinning hair, weak nails, acne, rashes and poor concentration. Zinc is best absorbed through food – pumpkin seeds, grass fed beef and lamb, cashews and chickpeas are all high zinc foods. If your symptoms don’t improve after increasing these foods in your diet, book an appointment with a BioKinesiologist who can assess your needs and recommend the right supplement for you.
Does your child have tantrums, bad behaviour, low mood or low self esteem? You may need to look no further than their lunchbox. Foods we eat affect the chemicals in our brain and our blood sugar level, which affect mood. Sugar is a major contributor to mood disorders so replace sweetened yoghurt, biscuits and bars with fruit. Protein is very important for balancing blood sugar levels but some proteins are better than others. Remove processed meats like packaged ham and chicken as they are full of fillers, preservatives, sugar and salt which lead to mood swings. Replace with home cooked chicken, eggs, hummus and cheese. Small changes every day can make a big difference.
Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become weak and the risk of fractures increases. To improve your chances of strong bones, reduce your alcohol intake to no more than one drink a day, quit smoking, avoid fizzy drinks and caffeine, take regular exercise and get outside when you can, especially over the summer months to increase your vitamin D intake. If you would like help managing this condition alongside your medical treatment, consult your BioKinesiology practitioner.