The link between Leptin and weight gain.

Leptin is a hormone that communicates with the brain that we’ve eaten enough and causes us to feel “full”. It also helps the body to utilize fat as an energy source. When leptin is working properly in the body it helps to control how much is consumed at meals, which facilitates proper weight management and…

Yummy Veggie Omelette

Ingredients (serve 2) 2 tablespoons butter 1 small onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 4 eggs 2 tablespoons milk 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 50 gram shredded cheddar cheese Method Melt one tablespoon butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Place onion and bell pepper inside of the skillet.…

Andropause! An ‘under diagnosed’ and ‘under treated’ health condition.

During Andropause (the male version of menopause), the levels of the hormones testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA – a hormone produced by the body’s adrenal glands) are diminished. As a consequence of this drop, the individual may experience loss of concentration  low energy levels fatigue change in attitude depression low libido mood swings  Even healthy males experience these symptoms. It…

Hair loss during menopause!!

You may not realize that imbalances between estrogen and testosterone can cause thinning hair. Many women start to notice clumps of hair in their shower drains during menopause or perimenopause.  Causes of Hair Loss Hair loss during menopause is usually a direct result of fluctuating hormone levels. Two main hormones are involved in hair growth:…

Roasted Cauliflower with Olive Vinaigrette

  Ingredients (serves 6 – about ¾ per serving) 1.5 kg cauliflower, preferably baby, cut into ±20mm slices 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided Pinch of salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 1 garlic clove 1/3 cup brine-cured pitted olives, finely chopped 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Method…

Chicken Breasts with Gorgonzola-Tomato Salsa

Combine the ingredients for the salsa–except the cheese–up to a few hours before dinner, and store at room temperature; pound the chicken ahead of time, and keep chilled. Ingredients (serves 6) 2 cups chopped tomato 1/3 cup minced red onion 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon kosher…

Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to and make worse many complications of diabetes, including diabetic eye disease and kidney disease. Most people with diabetes develop high blood pressure during their life. Having diabetes makes high blood pressure and other heart and circulation problems more likely because diabetes damages arteries and makes them targets for…