Beautiful morning with an amazing sunrise 🌞. Meditation and mindfulness. Great day to start any day!
I like to do night beach walks and meditation for relaxation.
What do you do to relax?
Population-based studies have shown an inverse association between dietary menaquinones (MK-n, vitamin K2) intake, coronary calcification and coronary heart disease risk, suggesting a potential role of vitamin K in vascular health.
Vitamin K serves as a cofactor for γ-glutamate carboxylase, promoting the post-translational conversion of glutamate residues into γ-carboxyglutamate (Gla) in γ-carboxyglutamate-proteins. The γ-carboxyglutamate-residues confer calcium-binding properties needed for the proper functioning of these proteins. The most studied γ-carboxyglutamate-proteins are osteocalcin (synthesised by osteoblasts) and matrix γ-carboxyglutamate-protein (MGP, synthesised primarily by vascular smooth muscle cells).
When vitamin K levels are insufficient, carboxylation proceeds to a lesser extent, resulting in the release of γ-carboxyglutamate-proteins in the circulation as undercarboxylated species. Circulating uncarboxylated osteocalcin and desphospho-uncarboxylated matrix Gla-protein are recognised markers for bone and vascular vitamin K status, respectively. Remarkably, substantial fractions of osteocalcin and matrix Gla-protein circulate as uncarboxylated species in most healthy adults, suggesting that vitamin K insufficiency is widespread in Western society. High levels of uncarboxylated osteocalcin form an independent risk predictor for bone fracture and low bone mineral density. High levels of desphospho-uncarboxylated matrix Gla-protein have been found in people at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and have been associated with arterial calcification and cardiovascular mortality. Osteocalcin and matrix Gla-protein carboxylation can be improved by increased vitamin K intake by diet and supplements.
This study found that consuming a yoghurt drink fortified with low doses of vitamin K (menaquinone-7 (MK-7), daily dose of 56 µg), vitamins C and D, and omega-3 PUFA (EPA + DHA, daily dose of 0.2 g) significantly improved vitamin K status.
Knapen MHJ et al., Yogurt drink fortified with menaquinone-7 improves vitamin K status in a healthy population, J Nutr Sci. 2015; 4: e35.
Today is world chocolate day. Chocolate and cacao have numerous health benefits. Too many to name here 😉I recommend chocolate, especially high cacao, every day! Enjoy life!
Optimum nutrition is fundamental for the development of a child’s full potential and there are studies that link chronic undernutrition and micronutrient deficiency to cognitive deficits.
Undernutrition has been shown to negatively impact various developmental and cognitive areas including motor development, language functioning, intelligent quotient (IQ), as well as memory and executive functions. The brain needs nutrients to build and maintain its structure.
Minerals, particularly iron and selenium, play major roles in cognitive development and maintenance. Further research is suggested to investigate the effects of nutrition, particularly minerals, for cognitive development and maintenance in children.
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Good health starts in the gut. To quote Hippocrates, “all disease begins in the gut”!
I highly recommend The complete gut health cookbook by @chefpeteevans and @helenpadarin . A highly essential guide to improving the health of the digestive system and beyond. Did you know that there are direct links between the gut, the brain, and the immune system?
This book contains information on:
✅ understanding gut healing
✅ foods to heal the gut
✅ digestion and intestinal permeability
✅ autoimmune paleo protocol
✅ 100+ recipes for gut health
✅ 4 week meal plan
✅ nutritional advice
✅ plus more…
The superfood antioxidant power punch 🥊 any time of the day.
Açai is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Combine Açai with seasonal fruit, kiwi, banana, strawberries, berries, chia seeds, coconut, nuts, seeds, and granola = awesome!
This is my “go to” for breakfast or snack, or any time of the day, actually. Highly nutritious, packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and tastes great.
Optimum nutrition leads to optimum health!
Enjoy your day 😎
If you want it you got it. You just got to believe in yourself. Wise words to follow from the great philosopher Lenny Kravitz.
Believe in yourself. Any time you feel stressed, sit back, close your eyes, and look within. Know that you can do it.
Pyrrole disorder is a complex disorder with numerous signs and symptoms.
Although Pyrrole Disorder is not a new health condition, there has been a large influx of information and misinformation in recent years leading to confusion of the signs, symptoms, and treatment.
This comprehensive webinar will enable practitioners to greatly expand their scope of understanding of the diagnosis, pathophysiology and clinical signs of pyrrole disorder.
This webinar will benefit new and established practitioners as well as students to consolidate their learning.
Pyrrole Disorder: Part 1. Details the background, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms of Pyrrole Disorder
When: Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
What Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm AEST
Webinar through Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS).
Nails often reflect the general state of health and wellbeing of a person. It is known that systemic disease/s can produce changes in the nails. Detailed examination of the fingernails can provide indications of nutritional deficiencies and potential underlying systemic diseases.
This comprehensive webinar will enable practitioners to greatly expand their skills and knowledge in the use of nail diagnosis in clinical practice. This webinar also aims to improve the skills of clinical examination in relation to nutritional deficiencies. This informative webinar will also be beneficial to students to consolidate their learning. PDF notes are included with the webinar.
– Nail anatomy
– Nail signs (causes, nutritional deficiencies, clinical prescribing)
– Conditions and related nail signs
– Tissue salts/Celloids
– Identify and describe nail signs
– Identify potential nutritional deficiencies in relation to nail signs and clinical examination
– Identify health conditions related to nail signs
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Optimum nutrition is the foundation of all health and wellbeing.
Diet and nutrition play major roles in the prevention and management of chronic disease.
Eat colourful foods daily:
– black: blackberries, grapes, black sesame seeds, nori, kelp
– blue: blueberries, plums, berries
– green: apple, avocado, broccoli, beans, spinach, cucumber, celery, peas, kiwi fruit, capsicum, lime, grapes
– orange: apricot, carrots, oranges, mango, mandarin, sweet potato, pumpkin, papaya, peaches
– purple: acai berries, grapes, red cabbage, eggplant, purple carrot
– red: apple, capsicum, cherries, goji berries, guava, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon
– white: cauliflower, garlic, onions, mushrooms, pears, nuts, sesame seeds
– yellow: banana, capsicum, corn, lemon, pineapple, squash
– chocolate: has its own category if goodness
Eat a minimum of 5-6 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit per day.
– Consume nuts (e.g. almonds, cashews, walnuts) daily
– Consume seeds (e.g. chia, flaxseed) daily
– Celery and carrot sticks with hummus makes a great snack
– Consume 1.5-2 L of water daily
– Drink green tea
Limit or reduce the following:
– saturated fat
– added salt
– refined carbohydrates and sugars
– added sugars
– sugar-sweetened beverages
Diets higher in fruits, vegetables, fibre, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, tree nuts, and potassium have been associated with a lower risk of cardiometabolic syndrome. Improving the diet should be the foundation of any management plan of cardiometabolic syndrome and chronic disease.
Mothers are very special. There are no words that describe their unconditional love. Today is Mother’s Day, but everyday is their day for you. Spoil her today with her favourite treats…