Aspartame: Cancer’s Best Friend

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Aspartame is an artificial sweetener commonly used as a substitute to sugar, despite being linked with causing several cancers including brain, blood, lung and liver related. Aspartame essentially acts the same way as Excitotoxins, which cause cancer cells to grow and multiply.

A study testing aspartame on rats, resulted in them developing tumours the size of golf balls (as seen below). Yet, aspartame is present in people’s diets every day including in chewing gum, Fanta, Diet Coke, toothpastes, flavoured waters, yoghurts and protein powders. With cancer rates higher than ever, and aspartame now being consumed by millions worldwide, it is hard to ignore its impact. read more

Nervous Breakdown | How to Overcome it


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Are you having a nervous breakdown?

A nervous breakdown is a very dark experience, and the person can often feel a sense of hopelessness and become emotionally void. First of all, it is important to know that a nervous breakdown is actually common and you are not alone.

At this point of time when writing this article, 8,100 people type in “Nervous Breakdown” into Google, just in the UK every month. So, there is certainly nothing wrong with you and is certainly not rare. If you have made it to this article and you believe you are having a nervous breakdown, you have made the first step in overcoming your nervous breakdown. read more

Creatine Side Effects

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What is Creatine and How Does it Work?

Creatine is an amino acid naturally found in steak. It is extracted into powder form and used as a supplement to help aid endurance and build lean muscle tissue in athletes. Creatine works by enabling the body to retain water inside the muscle cells. This results in a typical weight gain of around 3lbs, depending on the dose and individual. This weight gain occurs in the loading phase.

Dose

The loading phase lasts 5-7 days and is when creatine dosage is high to help saturate the muscles with water. This dosage is usually 20 grams of creatine (equivalent to 4 tea spoons). After the loading phase the dosage drops to just 5 grams (or one tea spoon) for the next 30 days. read more

8 Ways to Lower Stress



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There are many causes of stress in today’s world, from work to relationships. When we are stressed the body releases the stress hormone called cortisol.

When cortisol is released, blood pressure increases, making heart disease more likely. It decreases immunity, increasing the chance of illness occurring. It stimulates the nervous system making you more prone to anxiety and depression. Metabolism will also slow down, encouraging fat gain. Here are 8 tips to reduce stress and help you live a happier life!

1. Exercise

Exercise increases happy chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine. Exercise can also help transform your body, making you feel better about yourself and improving your self-image. read more

Sugar: the Heroin of the Food World


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Sugar on cancer, diabetes and heart disease

American’s now eat 130lbs of sugar on average each year, a figure that is constantly rising. Sugar has now been found to aid cancer cells ability to survive and spread throughout the body. It is one of the main causes of heart disease and diabetes too. It has been often branded the ‘heroin of the food world’ with the FDA confirming it is more addictive than heroin. Despite all this, sugar is considered an essential part of nutrition for athletes of all sports, due to its ability to boost energy levels during exercise. Sugar can also ruin an athlete’s performance, as well as health. read more

How Many Calories in a Banana?



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Calories in a banana

Small Banana – 76 cals
Medium Banana – 95 cals
Large Banana 114 cals

Banana Size

Usually you can tell whether a banana fits into the small, medium or large category by its weight. Around  120 grams is a large and 80 grams being classed a small banana. A banana weighing around the 100g mark a medium sized banana.

What type of calories are these?

Almost all of a banana’s calories come from sugar. There is on average 14 grams of sugar in a medium sized banana. These are naturally occurring sugars in the form of fructose. read more

How Much Weight Gain to Expect in Pregnancy?

To gain weight in pregnancy is inevitable, but just how much will you add to the scale and where? There can be implications with pregnancy if too little or too much weight is gained. Read on to find out a healthy amount of weight you can expect to put on and how to minimize risks to yourself and your baby.

Soon-to-be mothers have different views on weight gain during pregnancy. Some, anxious of the weight gain may try their best to keep the weight gain to a minimum as they feel alarmed by the dramatic change in their body. Others see it as an opportunity to indulge in their favourite foods, with the popular saying of “I’m now eating for two!”. read more

5 Delicious Healthy Snacks

How do you define what are healthy snacks? Snacks that aren’t high in salt, saturated fat, refined carbohydrates and sugar. OK, so that cuts out a lot of foods, but there are still ways to satisfy your taste-buds without compromising your health or your time. Enjoy WF’s top 5 healthy snacks list.

1. Not Your Every Day Porridge

Porridge can be bland and tasteless, or it can be a yummy way to start your day. Try this:

. Porridge oats (no added sugar)

. 50ml milk mixed with 50ml water (trying to keep milk to a minimum as milk contains lactose, a sugar that isn’t designed for us humans – but baby calves. Consequently people become lactose intolerant. read more

What is the Paleo Diet (Caveman Diet)?

The Paleo Diet, otherwise known as the caveman diet, is a selection of natural foods that our ancestors were eating millions of years ago. Foods such as fish, vegetables, nuts, eggs and meat are typical Paleo foods.

Why the Paleo Diet?

People decide to change to the Paleo diet for mainly two different reasons. The most obvious is for optimum health. Diabetes, cancer and heart attack incidents are forever increasing with today’s diet high in added sugar, caffeine, refined carbohydrates and artificial sweeteners (aspartame). All of which are unnatural to the human body and can even prove fatal. read more