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Nutrition Blog

The Salt of the Earth

Your body consists of over 60% water. Salt is one of the electrolytes that help your body maintain an appropriate balance of fluids. Our bodies actually need salt: the right type and amount stabilizes our electrolytes, lowers stress and improves brain function. You need to eat about one teaspoon of salt each day to maintain healthy salt levels in your body. You get much of your daily salt requirement from salty foods, and there is little need to add extra at mealtimes and certainly no need for the excessive amounts found in take away meals and ready made meals. Read more

 

 

Chewing the Fat

I need to start by clearing up one huge issue: Fat is not bad for you!

The low-fat diet craze that began in the late 1970’s was based on some flawed research. The original research implicated saturated fat as the cause of cardiovascular disease. It is now becoming recognized that the true culprit in the rise of cardiovascular disease in Western culture is carbohydrates (sugars and starches with fructose being the biggest culprit… remember what we discussed last about how fructose is metabolised by the liver to form triglycerides) and hyper caloric diets: where you consume more energy than you need. Read more

 

 

Sugar Terminology

In the previous blog we spoke about the affects that sugar has on your brain and your body. I just want to clarify some of the common types of sugar you will come across and the way in which each functions within your system.Carbohydrates are classified into two basic groups, complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are composed of many simple sugars, joined together by chemical bonds. The more chains and branches of simple sugars, the more complex a carbohydrate is. Read more

  

 

Water and why you need it!

There is not a single chemical reaction or metabolic function in our bodies that can happen optimally without water. And I say optimally, because our bodies are very good at adapting. And we are very good at forcing them to adapt. Every day, we force our bodies to function at way below optimum levels by depriving them of essential nutrients and water. And then we expect them to function perfectly, and are horrified when they do not. Even worse, we sometimes live for so long in this suboptimal state that we forget what it feels like to be strong, healthy, energised, alert and alive. Read more

 

 

The White Stuff

  • It is cheap
  • It is legal
  • It is readily available
  • It is socially acceptable
  • It tells our bodies sweet little lies
  • It is SUGAR and it can be highly addictive… Read more

 


By Claire Butler

South African-born Claire Butler is the Clinical Nutritionalist at Scandinavian Skincare Systems and holds a BSc degree in Clinical Dietetics and a postgraduate diploma in Hospital Dietetics. She is also a Consultant at the MÖ Aesthetic Clinic in the Cotswolds working with private clients for weight management and well-being.

Claire has previously managed the Diabetic and Weight Management Outpatient Facility of a major South African hospital and has worked in the Pharmaceutical industry focusing mainly on nutritional education for Doctors, Nursing staff and Pharmacy staff.

claire@scandinavianskincaresystems.com