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10 Best And Worst Foods For Your Blood Pressure

Read time: 4 Minutes It affects 30-40% of all people in Ireland, 50% of those over the age of 45, around 4 out of every 5 men and 2 out of every 3 women. Although high blood pressure affects so many of us, most of us probably even don’t realise we have it. Unless you suffer from problems with your kidneys, adrenal gland or thyroid or unless it runs in your family, there’s rarely a single cause of high blood pressure and it’s mostly symptomless. For the majority of people, the only way to know if you suffer from high blood pressure is to get it measured by your doctor. It’s recommended that you get your blood pressure taken at least every five years or more frequently if you’re overweight, a smoker or drink alcohol regularly. What is high blood pressure? All of us have blood pressure – it’s the work your heart has to do to pump blood around the body. If you have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), this means your …

Do You Really Need To Go Gluten Free? Is It Actually Good For You?

Read time: 5 Minutes There’s no denying that going gluten free is one of the most popular health trends of recent years. Celebrities endorse it, there are gluten free cookbooks on the shelves and the gluten free aisles of supermarkets are getting bigger by the day. According to research from Kantar, the UK Free From market is valued at £740m and grew by 27% in the last year. Within this, the Gluten Free market accounts for nearly 60% of the category and is valued at £438 million, increasing by 36% over 2015. The benefits of going gluten free are claimed to be endless; from weight loss to aiding digestive issues. But is going gluten free actually good for you?  What exactly is gluten? Gluten is a mixture of two proteins (glutenin and gliadin) present in cereal grains and is responsible for the elasticity in dough. Wheat is the most popular gluten-containing grain. Why go gluten free? People with digestive issues and disorders such as celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten. It’s an autoimmune disorder, where the …

What Should My Toddler Be Eating? Meal Ideas And 25 Foods To Try

Read time: 4 Minutes Just like you, your toddler needs a balanced diet to ensure they’re getting the nutrients they need to fuel their bodies as best they can. But if you have a toddler, you probably just rolled your eyes when you read that last sentence. Feeding a toddler is a battle and trying to feed them nothing but healthy food can be an all-out war. They might be small, but they know the difference between carrots and a biscuit. And they know which one they’d rather have. Most of the time getting any food into them is a cause for celebration, so how do you ensure not only that they’re getting enough food but that they’re getting the right food too? In this article, we’re going to give you an idea of which foods are best to feed your growing little one, so when it comes to bribing them with snacks or hiding ingredients in their dinner, you can rest a bit easier knowing that they’re getting the good stuff. Protein Protein is …

10 Unexpected Foods That Are Great For Your Skin

Read time: 3 Minutes If you were to add up the price of every item of skincare you’ve ever bought, the figure would probably terrify you. Even though we know deep down that they rarely make a difference, many of us can be a little guilty of splurging on the latest must-have beauty item just to see if it really lives up to the hype. More often than not, the answer is disappointing and the €90 face cream does as much as the €5 one. The truth is, there are only three real secrets to getting great skin – expensive plastic surgery, genes and a good diet. And, as a good diet is probably the most realistic way to make an impact, we’re taking a look at some of the top unexpected skin foods you can add to your weekly grocery shop to get that coveted glowing complexion. Chocolate Is there anything chocolate can’t fix? It’s the ultimate comfort food, it tastes great and it has benefits for your skin too. If you chow down …