When you’re on a busy trip with a tight schedule, you can’t afford to be ill. Whether it’s a holiday or a business trip, there’s nothing worse than being sick in a strange hotel or landing back home exhausted and drained after a bout of abdominal upset. Nicknamed “Delhi Belly”, “Montezuma’s Revenge”, “Tourista” or the “Jamaican Runs”, traveller’s diarrhoea is the most common affliction for those travelling overseas and is so named because the cause is often simply the change in food or water.
The BRAT diet was originally used to treat diarrhoea in children. However it is now recommended that it should only be used for 24 hours and children should resume their normal diet after this period as it doesn’t provide enough protein and other nutrients to help a child recover from illness.
A.Yes. The outer husks from the seeds of Psyllium (Plantago ovato) are effective at lowering both the total cholesterol and the 'bad' LDL-cholesterol, as it's very concentrated in soluble fibre (with 70 per cent soluble fibre, it contains around 8 times more than oat bran which hit the headlines some years ago for the same reason). Soluble fibre helps to lower cholesterol by binding to the ‘bad' cholesterol and taking it out of the body.
Q. I am pregnant and wonder how do I know which cheeses are okay to eat? Help!
A.Whilst rare, Listeria is a real concern during pregnancy. Listeria (technically Listeria monocytogenes) is a microorganism that may cause an infection called listeriosis due to the consumption of contaminated food.
A. Everyone has their own hangover remedy - from effervescent B vitamins to greasy food the morning after - but there is little research to show that any actually work. Truely. However any thing that helps to minimise the pounding head, nausea or vomiting the next day is always welcome!
A. The cure for the common cold remains elusive, however that doesn't stop the list of ‘cures' from growing longer each winter. To date, this list has included tea with lemon and honey, garlic, chicken soup, megadoses of vitamin C, echinacea, and in the last few years zinc.
A. Nuts are no longer considered just a salty party nibble like potato crisps and corn chips. Yes they're high in fat but are nutrient-dense foods that are important in a healthy diet. They have a nutrition profile that is unique with no other food group matching this.
A whole wave of studies over the past 10 years has changed our thinking on nuts. So now a handful of nuts (30 to 50 grams) a day is one of the strategies nutritionists recommend to keep your heart healthy.