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stress and blood sugar levels

The Link Between Stress and Blood Sugar Levels: How to Find a Balance

When we look at blood sugar levels, what we eat always gets the focus, but there are many other factors that can impact our glucose levels too. There is a surprisingly important connection between stress and blood sugar imbalance. In this fast-paced world we live in, it’s no secret that many of us experience stress on a daily basis, from demanding work schedules to family responsibilities and never-ending to-do lists, stress seems to be an unavoidable part of modern life. In recent years, the number of people facing stress-related health problems has been on the rise. At the same time,
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Continuous Glucose Monitors

Everything You Need To Know About Continuous Glucose Monitors

Are you confused about the types of different glucose monitors available and wonder what to use and whether or not you even should if you don’t have diabetes? Well if you want to know everything you need to so you can make some more informed choices around glucose monitors, and in particular Continuous Glucose Monitors, then this is the information you need. Helen, from Helen Jane Nutrition works with many clients that use glucose monitors and has also used them herself to be able to get a better understanding of the impacts of diet and lifestyle on blood sugar.  So
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all or nothing

Does It Have To Be All Or Nothing With Your Health?

Do you find yourself being inundated with lots of ‘simple advice and easy fixes that will answer all your problems? From books, magazines, social media influencers and even your trusted nutrition practitioners, they always have some handy, easy-to-follow advice to keep you healthy. “Just 5 minutes face yoga per day prevents wrinkles”, “get a flat tummy in just 10 minutes a day” or “a simple 30-minute walk at dawn ensures better sleep at night” … That’s 45 minutes before you have even started looking after the rest of your life or even cooked a meal. If you’re not a celebrity
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Low Carb Diet for Weight Loss

Will A Low Carb Diet Work For Weight Loss?

Low or no carb (carbohydrate) diets have gained a lot of popularity over the years with a number of well-known ones including Atkins, Keto and Dukan filling our media with promises of weight loss and healthier lives. The premise that ‘low carb’ or ‘no carb’ is the answer or even the secret to weight loss though just simply isn’t true. What is a low or no carb diet and where did they start? Low carb diets promote a reduction in the intake of carbohydrates from foods such as pasta, rice and breads but also starchy fruits and vegetables and legumes.
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PCOS Nutritionist

PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) – What Is It and What Can You Do To Help?

What is PCOS? PCOS is a relatively common condition related to hormonal problems within women of childbearing age (between 15 and 44) and is said to affect anywhere between 2 and 27% of women in this age group. Many women also go undiagnosed with one study in 2010 finding that 68-69% of women they looked at with PCOS had not been diagnosed with the condition. PCOS affects women’s ovaries which are the reproductive organs responsible for producing the hormones oestrogen and progesterone which are related to a woman’s menstrual cycle and its regulation.  The ovaries also produce hormones known as
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What You Need to Know About Type 2 Diabetes and 3 Top Tips

Have you recently been told you have type 2 or pre-Diabetes and are completely confused by the sheer amount of information out there? Or have you been given a diagnosis but no real help on what you can do for yourself about it? In this article you will find out all you need to know about Type 2 Diabetes and 3 top tips on how to take back control. Type 2 Diabetes is a modern epidemic. Nearly 400 million people have the disorder around the world, with 28 million of them in the US alone and around 4 million in
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folic acid added to bread

Should Folic Acid be added to Flour?

At the end of September the UK Government announced that folic acid is to be added to UK flour in a bid to help prevent spinal birth defects including spina bifida in babies in a process called fortification.  It is estimated that by adding folic acid to non-wholemeal wheat flour and products made with flour such as bread it will help prevent around 200 neural tube defects every year which is around 20% of the total number. Fortifying foods is nothing new in the UK, and since the Second World War flour has been fortified with calcium, iron, niacin, and
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sustainable weight loss

Top Tips For Sustainable Weight Loss

Sustainable weight loss is definitely the key to losing weight in a healthy way.  There are many diets out there touted at helping you lose weight, and while they will often work in the short term you nearly always end up putting the weight back on and often more.  For sustained support in losing weight for the long term in a balanced way that won’t leave you feeling like you’re missing out you will benefit greatly from seeing a nutritionist or nutritional therapist.  As a nutritionist in Nottingham I see many clients for weight loss and help them with the
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immunity nutrition

How to Boost your Immunity

Knowing how you can boost your immunity is so important for your health. As restrictions in the UK start to ease it is more important than ever to keep our immune system working well to help us in preventing catching viruses such as Covid-19 or supporting our bodies in coping should we catch it.  Keeping our immunity working optimally is not only important for Covid-19 prevention and protection but for other viruses too such as the common cold or flu especially as children go back to schools and more and more people start heading back to work, the shops and
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Nutrition labelling

Nutrition Labelling – what does it all mean?

Nutrition labelling on food are designed to be there to help you choose between products and let you know how much fat, salt, or sugar you might be consuming.  They can help us make healthier food choices and eat a more balanced diet if we know what we’re looking for. All prepacked food is required to display a label by law.  The nutritional information is displayed among a host of other mandatory information including: Name of the food List of ingredients Allergen information Quantitative declaration of ingredients (QUID) – the percentage of particular ingredients contained in Net quantity Storage conditions
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