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Calcium For Health

Australian teenagers have the highest calcium needs but are most likely to be deficient SumoSalad's resident nutritionist Ashleigh James gives her tips on healthy eating and wellbeing Calcium is an important part of the daily diet and is essential for the growth of strong bones and teeth. The amount of calcium you need depends on your age and gender. The highest daily requirements are for teenagers (a period of rapid bone growth), for women over 50 due to menopause, and men over 70. Due to this increased need for calcium intake during childhood and adolescents, it’s critical to ensure young Australians get enough calcium through their diet so that later in life their peak bone mass is adequate. Calcium deficiency early in life can impact on bone development by providing inadequate levels of calcium for mineralisation to take place normally. This results in osteomalacia, which in adults results

How food affects our mental health

SumoSalad's resident nutritionist Ashleigh James gives her tips on healthy eating and wellbeing  You might not be surprised to hear unhealthy dietary habits are a major contributor to many common chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. You might however, be surprised to learn how much a poor diet also plays a major role in mental disorders, including depression and dementia. There is now extensive research that shows how a healthy diet is inversely related to the risk for both depression and cognitive decline. Higher intakes of nutrient-dense foods, such as vegetables, fruit, whole grains and fish, are associated with a reduced prevalence and risk for depression and mental disorders, whereas dietary patterns higher in saturated fats and refined carbohydrates — a Western-style dietary pattern — are strongly associated with increased depression and depressive symptoms. The major players that contribute to mental disorders include inflammation, oxidative stress

Healthy, consistent weight loss tips

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food” This was me 2 years ago. The weight piled on so inadvertently that I didn’t even realise it was happening, until I saw this photo of me selling my dog paintings at the local village fair, and to be honest I got quite a shock. Chocolate is my failing… and biscuits. And big portion sizes. My weight has always been steady, but since having my son a decade ago, my waist size has never been quite the same… Fortunately, since moving to Sydney Australia from the UK 10 months ago, I have taken massive action and the weight has fallen off and I have returned to my ‘pre baby’ size. This is me now – thankfully, I am looking a little more on the fit and healthy side! "Before" "After" I feel

Lessons learned from a winning workplace health and wellbeing initiative

Good practice in employee wellbeing Reed Business Information was the winner of the CIPD’s 2016 Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative award. Lawrence Mitchell, who led the campaign, looks at how a 30-day challenge helped build a global wellbeing team, encourage new behaviours and boost productivity. When Sarah Allswood was persuaded to join the RBI 30-Day Living Well Challenge, which encouraged employees to move more, she reluctantly agreed. Not being a lover of exercise, Sarah didn’t want to let the team down, but hoped that everybody would lose interest after a few days. Thirty days later, Sarah completed her first 5km run, and that wasn’t all – she became aware of how little she moved each day, and how much more she was capable of doing. Sarah also bonded better with her work colleagues, discussing her evenings and weekends in ways she hadn’t previously. She slept better and felt more

The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen There are so many hidden pesticides in our foods, even the ones we think of as healthy. This is a helpful guide I keep on my fridge that helps me decide which products to buy organic and which are ok to choose the non-organic version. For more tips on healthy eating, sign up to our newsletter Healthy Habits: SIGN UP

Rich Roll inspires Australia at “Living The Plantpower Way”

Living the Plantpower Way When you hear the word ‘vegan’ do you instantly imagine bland images of lettuce and raw carrots, devoid of protein or any real layers of taste? Do you think of tambourine banging hippies with dreadlocked hair, wearing purple trousers? Well today we’re challenging that perception – just like Rich Roll at the SumoSalad Living the Plantpower Way events in Sydney & Melbourne. Our very own Lawrence Mitchell brought Rich Roll and his wife Julie Piatt over to Australia to share their personal experience about living a plant-powered life and show us how that decision has helped them transform their lives and achieve incredible results – to an audience of over 1,000! Rich’s story has a familiar start – working hard, getting into bad eating habits, drinking way too much alcohol and prioritising work over health. These choices resulted in an unhealthy lifestyle, creating problems for his physical and mental