Amino Acids in Mental Health

Amino Acids in Mental Health by Vanita Dahia Communication within the brain & between the brain & the rest of the nervous system occurs through chemical “languages” called neurotransmitters. The central nervous system is almost completely regulated by amino acids & peptides. Amino acids needed to manufacture neurotransmitters Amino Acid           […]

Are your Genes Affecting Appetite and Weight?

Are your Genes Affecting Appetite and Weight?   There are certain genes that have the potential to impact how we perceive and desire particular foods, and influence our eating behaviours, such as excessive snacking and difficulty feeling full. For example, variants in the ANKK1 and DRD2 genes, which result in a reduced density of dopamine receptors […]

Exercise, Hot Flushes, Sweating and Iodine Deficiency

Exercise, Hot Flushes, Sweating and Iodine Deficiency by Vanita Dahia Doesn’t it feel amazing to have a good sweat after a session of exercise? Fed up of sweating during menopause? Constantly sweating irrespective of the temperature? Generally, most people tend to sweat when they have exerted themselves during exercise, live in humid environments, or are […]

Indigestion vs Hypochlorhydria

Indigestion vs Hypochlorhydria by Vanita Dahia Seeing, smelling, tasting or thinking about food signals the appetite regulatory hormones in the brain to stimulate hunger, salivate, and initiate the release of digestive enzymes. The anticipation of eating begins the process of digestion with biliary, enzyme and acid secretions. Digestion plays a key role in preparation of […]

Oh Bummer! How does disappointment affect mood?

Oh Bummer! How does disappointment affect mood? by Vanita Dahia Things not working out your way? On a downer? Feeling down or disappointed? When things don’t work out the way we expect them to, we might feel overwhelmed or saddened by circumstances. That downer feeling involves neurotransmitters becoming imbalanced and changes in neural firing underpinning […]

Custom Compounded Amino Acids vs Protein Powders

by Vanita Dahia Did you know that the amino acid constituents are not the same in the different types of protein powders? Photo credit: las – initially via Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND If you happen to be Glutamate toxic, it is very important to reduce neurotoxic foods from the diet. You may be taking a […]

Amino Acids – the Building blocks of Protein

Amino Acids – the Building blocks of Protein by Vanita Dahia Amino-acids in practice The benefits of taking amino-acids to improve your health can hardly be overstated. All the body tissues – every muscle, hair, nail, enzyme, and brain cell – is made from amino-acids. They are central to the bio-chemistry of your body. It […]

Tis the season for the Sneezing

Weather patterns are changing, so are our immune systems. Do you suffer with? Sneezing Asthma Skin rashes Itchy eyes You may be a victim of the crazy weather we are experiencing in the Southern Hemisphere. Albeit that we are out of the spring hay fever season, our summer’s present themselves with extreme heat, rain and […]