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 […]

The Happiness in Dark Chocolate

The Happiness in Dark Chocolate Consumption of chocolate escalates at times of celebrations, especially around Easter, Valentines day and Mothers day. After all, you can’t go wrong with gift of chocolates. All chocolate if now bad for you. No need to feel the guilt with a dark chocolate. Dark Chocolate is derived from the seed […]

Amino Acids in exercise and Sport

Amino Acids in exercise and Sport by Vanita Dahia Taking amino acid muscle bulking powders? Sports nutrition with enhanced additives in protein powders are growing exponentially in the young sportsperson with increasing demands in endurance, muscle build and optimal recovery. Amino acids with high carb loading is used in debilitated patients and in palliative care. […]

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition of increased number of bacteria present in the small intestine. SIBO is a subset of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). SIBO affects between 10% and 15% of the population globally. It is estimated that over 50% of patients diagnosed with IBS actually have SIBO. SIBO is caused by […]

GUT Microbiome

GUT Microbiome by Vanita Dahia The gut microbiome is a complex community of microbial organisms living in the small and large intestine. This microbial community is made up of a hundred trillion microorganisms containing more than 1000 different species. The microbiome is made up of bacteria predominantly, together with yeasts, viruses and parasites all collectively […]

The Power of Amino Acids in the Magnificent Egg

The Power of Amino Acids in the Magnificent Egg by Vanita Dahia A chicken egg is considered to be a nearly perfect amino acid food. Amino acids are central to virtually every function of the human body. The pool of amino acids is highly dynamic, changing moment by moment by shifting the flow of metabolic […]

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 […]

The importance of glutamate before you eat that next piece of steak

by Vanita Dahia What does aggression, schizophrenia, motor neurone disease, seizures, ADD have in common? Glutamate from your humble steak! Gluatamate is the most powerful excitatory neurotransmitter that is released by nerve cells in the brain. Over-excitation of these neurons can cause cell damage and and cell death, or as some would say, “the brain […]

The Impact of Mould on Allergies and Health

The Impact of Mould on Allergies and Health Allergic reactions of progressively increasing not only to food but also to environmental pollutants, volatile solvents, dust mites, plant pollens and mould. An allergy is a hyperactive response of the immune system which will initiate a histamine mediated inflammatory response. Typically, symptoms may occur within minutes to […]