Paula Southworth

Nutritionist and Health Coach

BSc Nutrition and Sports Science

Massey University, Auckland

New Zealand

You are what you eat.

Looking after our health is a bit like gardening.  The quality of the soil and presence of nutrients will determine the quality of our plants. In the same way, our bodies can only be as healthy as the nutrients we feed it. Read more ...

 

What's so amazing about nuts?

Nuts are an incredible, nutrient dense food.  They are full of good fats, vitamin E and a substance called arginine.  Once arginine enters your body it is converted to nitric oxide which relaxes the walls of your arteries (making them more flexible).  Arginine also helps to prevent the formation of plaques. Read more ...

 

What's the big fuss about fibre?

 “Eat more fibre”….we hear it all the time, but why is fibre so important?  We already know that fibre helps keep to keep us regular, but is there any more to the story?

 Fibre also helps to maintain a healthy weight, reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and bowel disorders.  Read more ...

 

Boost your Immune System this Spring

Our immune systems are beautifully created to ward off the dreaded lurgies, but when our diets are lacking in certain nutrients, our immune systems are compromised and are unable to function as they were designed to.  Read more ...

 

Is Sugar Really That Bad?

  ‘Is sugar the new fat?”.  The low fat era began in the 70’s and 80’s.  It was believed that fat was the main culprit in obesity and obesity related diseases, so food manufacturers began producing low fat products by the hundreds.  However, these products didn’t rate all that highly on the yumminess factor, so they had to figure out a way of making them more palatable so that consumers would buy them…….enter the white stuff.  Read more ...

 

Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin

 Isn’t it lovely to feel to warmer weather slowly encroaching upon us?  Getting out of bed without your toes freezing is certainly a plus.  I saw strawberries in one of our local supermarkets the other day.  I have to admit to feeling a little excited at the thought of all the delicious summer fruits to come, leaving behind all the comfort foods of winter and embracing the delights that spring has to offer.  Read More...