How to reduce your chemical load

What we put into our body and how we move plays an important role when it comes to our overall health, body composition and risk for disease. But what about the air we breathe, the chemicals we are exposed and the toxic load we put into our body? It's difficult to predict the exact impact this will have on us in 10 or 20 years' time, but we do know that chemical overexposure has been linked to a variety of diseases, including obesity and developmental issues. Research has suggested that we are exposed to over 700,000 chemicals EACH DAY! A crazy and scary thought.

So how can we reduce our load? Here are a few simple solutions to get you started and help minimize the toxic burden.

Reduce your chemical load

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The Benefits of Turmeric

For many years, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda medicine have been prescribing Turmeric as a medicinal spice. As we see the rise of many diseases and inflammation illnesses, this magical spice has become more important than before.

Turmeric is a powerful herb for helping fight diseases and reduce inflammation in the body. Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant and is commonly grown in India and Southeast Asia. This bright yellow spice contains the active ingredient Curcumin, which provides many health benefits and healing powers. Most commonly you will see it used in Indian curries, grated into meals and more recently brewed into turmeric or golden lattes.

So why is this beautiful, golden spice so powerful? Here are a few of the key benefits we can receive from food doses of turmeric

Turmeric tea recipe by Chrissy Denton

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The low down on Sugar!

Sugar has become more prominent in our diets over the years and has been seen to contribute to a number of health diseases including diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. A highly addictive, yet tasty substance, sugar has been termed the 'white poison' of our foods.

The lowdown on sugar

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Seasonal allergies and how to keep them at bay

As the seasons change this can bring about some unwanted allergies such as hay fever, sneezing, runny nose and also food sensitivities or eczema. Substances that can trigger these symptoms include pollen, trees, grass, dust mites, mould and even cockroach droppings.

A common treatment is usually antihistamines which help switch the immune system response off as well as supporting the body with some nutritional and plant interventions.

Beat seasonal allergies

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Eat your greens... February 2017

The importance of adding more greens into our diet

Green leafy vegetables play an important role in keeping us healthy and preventing illness. However, only 25% of us eat 3 or more servings of vegetables every day.

Green Energizer Smoothie recipe by Chrissy Denton

Eating our greens has been shown to have many positive health benefits as they are packed full of nutrients, antioxidants, and fibre and are low in calories. Leafy greens are high in Vitamins A, C, E and K as well as calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and potassium. By including more greens into our daily meals we are loading ourselves up with all the goodness that helps strengthen our health.

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Start your day off right - February 2017

Easy eggs breakfast recipe

Smoked salmon and scrambled egg recipe by Chrissy Denton

Here's a great recipe to try at home. A great source of fibre, protein and good quality fats, with ingredients including smoked salmon, eggs, fresh chives spinach and zucchini!

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Vegan Diet and Sports Performance

Vegan diet and sports performance

Athletes who follow a vegan diet can show increases in sports performance similar to those who consume meat. Many athletes have shown improvements in energy levels, recovery time and overall sports performance. However, it can be a slow transition therefore sports performance may be affected in the first few months.

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Exercise after pregnancy

As featured in HK Magazine

Getting back into exercise after pregnancy can be a challenging and daunting prospect. It is important to check with your GP or obstetrician prior to commencing any physical activity as a precaution and to enable a healthy recovery. Given the nature of a natural versus C-section birth, there are different recommended time frames before starting.

Exercise after pregnancy

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The Art of Mindfulness

For most of us, we live each day with a sense of 'rush' whilst struggling to get our daily chores done. Rushing the kids to school before arriving at the office and getting started on the never-ending list of emails. Sound familiar? As we rush we tend to forget about being present in the moment and enjoying life right now.

Health article, the art of mindfulness by Chrissy Denton

Mindfulness and meditation practices have been around for many years where it has the ability to rewire and reset the brain by focusing your attention on the present moment, similar to a form of 'mental training'.

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Fitness and training, Hong Kong, by Chrissy Denton

Chrissy shares her latest fitness tips, workouts and new trends for staying in shape all year round.

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Nutrition, diet and recipes by Chrissy Denton

As a qualified nutritionist, and mother of two children Chrissy gives her advice on how to stay lean, eat clean and balance out hormones. Plus her favourite 'go to' recipes and brands.

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Health and well-being Hong Kong, by Chrissy Denton

Chrissy believes that health needs to be addressed from a 'hollistic' approach, by looking at the mind, body and spirit.

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