Olive Oil - The Truth Behind The Wonderful Health Story

Olive Oil - The Truth Behind The Wonderful Health Story

A beautiful myth. The history of the olive tree involves a beautiful myth from ancient Greece. The Goddess Athena, the namesake of Athens, is said to have brought the olive to the Greeks as gift. Zeus had promised the region, Attica, to the god or goddess who provided the most useful tool. Athena’s gift – the olive, which provides food, light, heat, medicine and perfume, as well as a refuge from the sun, was deemed to be superior to the horse, which Poseidon provided. After all, the horse, although powerful, was an instrument of war. Athena is said to have planted the original olive tree on the rocky hill that is known today as the Acropolis. Rumour has it that the ancient olive tree that is found there today is from the roots of Athena’s original tree.

Buckwheat Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

Buckwheat Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

This is a simple salad to make, but is nutrient dense and any left over's make a great salad to take to work the next day. It is gluten free, if you select 100% pure Soba / Buckwheat noodles. You can also use rice or mung bean noodles instead. Adding the coriander, sesame seeds and a sprinkling of peanuts makes it both tasty and crunchy. You do not have to add the soya sauce, but it does add to the flavor, although, be sure to choose Tamari, which is gluten free. 

The ‘sunshine hormone’ – Vitamin D

The ‘sunshine hormone’ – Vitamin D

Vitamin D can be made, or synthesized, by your body when it is exposed to sunlight. Your body makes vitamin D through the action of sunshine on the cholesterol that is present in your skin. This means that it is not technically a vitamin, because vitamins are classified as compounds that our bodies cannot make and which we have to get from our food. Therefore, some researchers call it a hormone instead, as it is similar in structure to some of the main hormones in our bodies, such as estrogen and cortisol, and it performs hormone-like activities too.

Female hormones and the right fats

Female hormones and the right fats

How EFAs can help you to manage the transition you may be dreading. Let’s break the hormone story down into manageable chunks, so that it’s easier to understand these important compounds, and how to manage them. Hormones are messengers. Hormones are tiny chemical compounds, which act as messengers and cause specific signals to occur in your body and brain. Hormones are produced by glands, and transported via your bloodstream throughout your body, giving instructions and transferring information between cells.

Depression and fats and oils

Depression and fats and oils

Eating the right fats and oils can lift your mood naturally. The link between heart disease and depression is a common one, and you may assume that it is quite normal for someone who has heart disease to be depressed.

However, depression is believed to precede cardiovascular disease (CVD), sometimes by decades, leaving researchers with the impression that there may be common underlying physiological or biochemical aspects between these two disorders.

Does your brain feel "foggy"?

Does your brain feel "foggy"?

If you understand what I mean by the word "foggy" in this title, then this article may be for you. Although it is not a medically accepted term, most people nevertheless understand what it means. The term brain "fog" refers to the feelings of sluggish, fuzzy, slow, confused and grayish thinking that your brain can experience. A lack of focus and mental clarity, as well as general forgetfulness and even feelings of confusion can accompany this general brain apathy. Basically, you feel as if your thoughts and ideas are moving through treacle and can't get any traction.

Fear or Fad?

Fear or Fad?

Whenever I speak to people about their health, they seem to confirm a belief that I've held for a while. One group of people pursues health based on either a fear that they have, such as contracting cancer as a parent did, or putting on weight, or getting older. The other group follows the latest fad, whether it's raw, vegan or paleo. They like the sound bites that the various proponents "sell" to their followers, and start doing everything that the new fad suggests they do.

What Is So Special About Green Vegetables?

What Is So Special About Green Vegetables?

When You Know Why, You’ll Load Up On Them. Life on earth would be impossible without plants. Plants are sometimes called the ‘lungs’ of the earth because they provide the oxygen that we need to breathe to stay alive. Furthermore, they use the carbon dioxide that we breathe out, coupled with the chlorophyll that they possess, and the sun's energy, to provide us with both food and beautiful greenery.

Lentil Dahl

Lentil Dahl

Being able to quickly throw the ingredients for this dish together is very useful when you need to make something that can look after itself after it's assembled. As long as you've soaked the lentils, then you can quickly add the rest of the ingredients.

5 Pink Fruit Salad

5 Pink Fruit Salad

This is a very simple fruit salad to make, and unusual. It does take a few minutes to separate the grapefruit segments, but it's worth the effort. If you would prefer a smoothie for breakfast instead, simply add all the ingredients, except for the pomegranate seeds, and whizz them together, with the cashew nuts.

Chocolate and the Brain

Chocolate and the Brain

Chocolate is a sublime food. All facets of the chocolate-eating experience lead to pleasure. The taste of chocolate, the aroma, the texture, the temperature that it melts at, which is a little lower than that of your body (34–37 ºC/93–98 ºF), and the sensuous and very satisfying feelings that it elicits, make it one of the world’s most beloved treats.