Paula Southworth

Nutritionist and Health Coach

BSc Nutrition and Sports Science

Massey University, Auckland

New Zealand

Selenium  

Brazil NutsBrazil Nuts

Selenium is an anti-oxidant that protects our bodies from damage by free radicals, helps to regulate blood pressure and improves our immune systems. New Zealand soils are lacking in selenium. Just one brazil nut each day will make sure that you meet all your selenium requirements.

 

Soft Drinks  

The average 340 ml (12 oz) can of fizzy or so

ft drink contains around 40 grams of sugar.  Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon, so 40 grams is the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar per drink.

Calcium for Teens  

It is especially important for teenagers to pay attention to their calcium intake, as these are the peak bone making years. Ensuring adequate calcium intake during this period protects against developing osteoporosis later on in life.  After the age of about 30, your body can no longer increase bone density, you can only look after and maintain what you have.  Make the most of those teenage years and build strong bones for life.

Soluble Fibre for IBS  

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be eased by including more soluble fibre into your diet.  Soluble fibre is gentler on the bowels because it dissolves in liquid and forms a gel causing a softer stool.  Oranges, apples, oats, berry fruit, broccoli, kumara and lentils are some examples of foods containing soluble fibre.