The Must-Know Facts on Supplementing & Testing Vitamin D

Why you may not be getting enough even if you are supplementing, why it matters, and how to fix it You may have felt it over the weekend. Autumn has all of the sudden arrived, with temperatures plunging down to 10 degrees during the day. After an extended warm and sunny autumn thus far with […]

2 surprising tricks that will help you loose weight

Try these surprising yet effective tricks to boost your weight loss success this summer: The Cuddle Hormone Oxytocin Did you know that the hormone oxytocin, released during orgasm, but also breast feeding, cuddling, petting your dog or getting a massage, is a powerful inhibitor of cravings? Research suggests that oxytocin can help with weightloss efforts […]

Drinks that Worsen and Improve Blood Glucose Levels

Blood sugar control is crucial to optimal health and anti-ageing. Excess spikes and drops in ones blood sugar are linked to an extensive range of ill health effects, from a less capable immune system (think infections, autoimmune conditions and even cancers, via a process called ‘immune escape’) to the formation of ‘AGES’ (advanced glycation end […]

Sleep – why it matters for optimal health, performance and anti- ageing

Are you the type that thinks sleep is a time waster, not important, and you can ‘sleep when you are dead’? Do you suffer from ‘revenge bedtime procrastination’ – you put off going to sleep to engage in activities that you haven’t had time for during the day at the expense of sleep? Then you […]

Sugar and aspartame’s impact on health

what science really says It is widely known that excess consumption of sugar can have terrible effects on our health.   Fast forward, and researchers had discovered substitutes that, while tasting very sweet, have little direct effect on our blood sugar, nor calories. The magic pill!   And many surely jumped on its wagon, with […]

6 Simple steps to improve your health & extend your life

While much has been done to achieve a longer life span in the recent decades, and average life expectancy now being much higher than just a century ago, research has only just started to catch up on improving the quality of life in those years. While age-related illness such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, type 2 […]

5 Surprising tricks to optimise your health and quality of life

While we have made tremendous leaps over the past century in extending how long we live and increasing our lifespan, we are living in an epidemic of chronic disease, with those added years not necessarily coming with good quality of life and health, also called health span.   Recent years has brought attention to the […]

What is Functional Medicine, and what is its relevance in modern healthcare?

HealthSpan vs Lifespan Ever pondered about the difference in lifespan vs health span? Although average life expectancy has increased dramatically in the last 100 years, this has not been accompanied by an  equivalent increase in healthy life expectancy (Source). Age-associated disease such as cardiovascular (i.e. stroke, heart attacks), type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative (i.e. Alzheimer’s, Dementia, […]

The ultimate guide to going keto

Its health benefits and pitfalls, and how best to time it for maximum health effect A dive into what research says on its effects on hormones, ageing and weight loss The ketogenic diet (KD) has gained immense popularity during the last decade, primarily because of its successful short-term effect on weight loss, but also its […]

Infrared saunas- are they worth the hype?

  With a long tradition of use in countries like Finland, sauna use has in the recent years become somewhat more mainstream due to its many purported health benefits. As a newer addition, infrared saunas have popped up in many health spas and clinics. But are infrared saunas all they are hyped up to be? […]

The top 3 lifestyle tweaks to prevent and support perimenopause madness

Perimenopause Part 4 – If you have read part 1 and 2 of this series, you should by now have a fairly good understanding of the underlying imbalances that can contribute to perimenopause chaos, and why they matter. If you have missed them, catch up on them here (part 1), and here (part 2). But […]

‘5 simple steps to upgrade your health to live your best life’

Last week I had the pleasure to launch the new Arctic Talks series, a series of talks on how to live your best life at Arctic Café, W Hotel Verbier, with a chat on the 5 simplest steps you can start doing today that will help you achieve optimal health and slow ageing. I explained some of the newest research findings behind these simple strategies, for you to make educated choices based on science, rather than another fad diet to fall off. In case you missed it, she has summarised some of it below for you, or watch the recording here:

A Functional Medicine approach to cardiovascular health

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death in older adults, while hypertension, a risk factor for CVD, is the most common chronic disease in the same population. Once believed that a high intake of fats, in particular saturated fats and foods high in cholesterol, was the main culprit, the consequential replacement […]

Health benefits of papaya & why you should consider eating the seeds too

Papayas aren’t only super delicious, but pack in tons of health benefits, especially if you consume the seeds too! One small papaya (152 grams) contains (S): Calories: 59 Carbohydrates: 15 grams Fiber: 3 grams Protein: 1 gram Vitamin C: 157% of the RDI Vitamin A: 33% of the RDI Folate (vitamin B9): 14% of the RDI Potassium: 11% of the RDI Trace amounts […]

Which vitamin D supplement to use this winter

Real food supplements to support healthy functioning and to upgrade your health

Most people know by now that taking a vitamin D supplement is a necessity for most people not living near the equator. However, there is much confusion of dosage and optimal form to use. I will dive into the best way for a safe and effective vitamin D supplementation for you in this short summary […]

Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Who doesn’t love a good, freshly picked mushroom from the woods. Their zesty smell and taste bring back childhood memories for the most of us, spending time with friends and family searching forests for edible mushrooms. Or at least it does for me! My parents have always been big mushroom lovers, so they were a […]

How to Treat Osteoarthritis Naturally

Osteoarthritis refers to a clinical syndrome of joint pain accompanied by varying degrees of functional limitation and associated reduced quality of life. It is the most common form of arthritis, and one of the leading causes of pain and disability worldwide. Next to pain, the reduced ability to perform day-to-day activities can affect self-efficacy, mood, […]

Optimizing Baby Nutrition during Pregnancy

Congratulations! You are pregnant! And how fabulous that you are reaching out on how to maximize your nutrition and lifestyle for this so very important period of your baby’s development. The foods that you eat indeed provide the essential nutrients that you need to support the life of your little one to be, to support […]

5 Steps to kickstart your period

You’ve been on the pill ‘all your life’, or have been travelling different time-zones ‘too much’ (how can that ever be too much? ;)), or been training for a marathon.. And now your periods won’t come back? As scary as this might be, especially if you are starting to do family planning and might like […]

The low down on eating farm vs wild caught fish

Been trying to get in more fish to up your anti-inflammatory omega 3s? What should have been a great choice, and normally recommending wild caught over farmed for added health benefits, might have to be reconsidered.. 1 in 4 fish now contains plastics, which acts as a endocrine disruptor in them and is once we […]

5 Steps to reduce heavy periods, PMS and cramping

One of the most annoying things of being a girl can be the monthly surf of the red wave. Despite the normal surfing being fun, this one really isn’t- at least for a lot of girls and women. Moodiness and emotional outbursts the week leading up to take-off, heavy, painful breasts, and when it finally […]

10 Simple Exercises to relieve Lower Back Pain at home

Chronic low back pain can be very debilitating. It doesnt have to be! Try these 10 simple exercises to relieve stress on your joints by stretching and strengthening the core players. 1 Deep Breathing  Place one hand on your belly, and one under your lower back. You want to keep a ‘natural curve’ under your […]

30 minutes full body workout

Don’t have much time to spare in the morning but don’t want to miss out on a healthy, strong and toned body? This 30 minute workout might be just what you were looking for. Short, burning, and targeting all major muscle groups to leave you feeling energized and ready to take on the day. You […]

Summer Surf Beauty Tricks – if you can’t be by the beach

Whenever you are by the beach, your skin goes all soft, your hair so beautiful? Your legs turn into the ones of the girls on the WSL? We will reveal a few beauty secrets directly from those girls’ tricks box, for you to take the beach life home. Surfergirls are natural beauties, and because they […]

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