New LOYALTY PROGRAM
Health Island Blog
by Philip Rubin
1y ago
 Up to FIVE free snacks with every online order   Health Island now has a LOYALTY PROGRAM, with increasing extra freebees for every order you place online (see terms below).   HOW IT WORKS 1.       Every time you order online exceeding a total value of R350, we allocate ONE extra yummy snack to your order. This starts immediately, and will continue until you are getting 5 extra FREE products. Yes, you read correctly, FIVE ! (In a R350 hamper of 18 products, an extra 5 is substantial). 2.       Once you have reached ..read more
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The Dorito effect – the link between flavour and nutrition
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by Philip Rubin
1y ago
Mark Schatzker in his book, The Dorito Effect, claims we have killed the nutrition in food by trying to flavour all our food synthetically, as a trade-off for real nutrition. Over the last 70 years, American animal and plant breeding has focused on yield, pest resistance and appearance — not flavour. The pleasure of an ingredient’s taste did not seem to have practical value. The story has been repeated with tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, wheat, corn and more: all bred for size, speed of growth, pest resistance, shelf life, appearance — not taste. The pleasure of eating seemed superfluo ..read more
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Forget diets, focus on gut-health!
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by Philip Rubin
1y ago
Welcome back to all in 2023! Tim Spector, an epidemiologist and co-founder of the ZOE nutrition study, wants to change the way people think about food. His 2015 book The Diet Myth popularised the idea that each of us has a unique and constantly changing gut microbiome that is crucial to our health. Unlike our genes, we can easily influence our gut health. Once you wrap your head around the microbes in our guts, which need a varied diet themselves in order to process the food that makes us healthy, much of it seems like common sense. Eating a wide range of plants keeps you well –  Aim for ..read more
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RESEARCH: HYBRID WORKERS ARE HAPPIER, HEALTHIER AND MORE PRODUCTIVE
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by Philip Rubin
1y ago
  A recent survey by tech giant CISCO in the first quarter of 2022, sampling countries from every continent except Antarctica, reports that hybrid work models result in staff that are happier, healthier, have improved work-performance, better work-life balance and corporate culture. While around 80% of respondents saw an overall improvement in well-being, the majority of this was emotional, physical and mental being the greatest but for social well-being, only around 42% saw an improvement. 76% of respondents saw an improvement in their finances, mostly from fuel savings.  ..read more
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There’s a good reason why we include an amazing range of nut mixes amongst our many other delectable snacks and most of our hampers:
Health Island Blog
by Philip Rubin
1y ago
Pistachios are rich in arginine, an amino acid that has been shown to improve blood flow. Not only is this good for your heart, but it may also help with conditions such as hypertension and leg cramps. Peanuts are one of the most popular nuts today for good reason, though technically they're legumes. They're an excellent source of niacin and manganese, and a good source of vitamin E, fiber, phosphorus, copper, folate, and magnesium. Almonds. One serving of 23 almonds has about 160 calories with 6g protein and over 3g fiber. They're a great alternative to peanuts for those who are allergic, and ..read more
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What few people realise about alcohol consumption...
Health Island Blog
by Philip Rubin
1y ago
It seems we are a nation of drinkers. Alcohol is a complex issue as it has social, cultural and emotional links. Alcohol and your health Data published by the WHO in 2019 shows that South African consumers of alcohol are some of the heaviest drinkers globally, despite relatively high levels of abstinence in the population. The WHO’s most recent data tracked levels of alcohol consumption in 2016, showing that an estimated 31% of the population aged 15 and older consume alcohol, with the majority (69%) abstaining from drinking for at least 12 months. While the majority of the adult popula ..read more
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You can't exercise away poor dietary choices, study finds...
Health Island Blog
by Philip Rubin
2y ago
A new study finds that exercising to make up for eating poorly doesn’t really work in terms of lowering mortality risks. Similarly, eating well but remaining inactive may help lower your risk of dying from certain cancers to a degree, but does nothing for all-cause or cardiovascular disease mortality, the researchers found. Researchers also observed that those who exercised the most and consumed the healthiest food significantly reduced their risk of dying from all causes, from cardiovascular disease, or from certain cancers. Researchers found that people who engaged in high levels of physic ..read more
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New research: The link between poor nutrition and ADHD
Health Island Blog
by Philip Rubin
2y ago
Here's a good reason for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to eat their fruits and vegetables: It may help reduce inattention issues, a new study suggests. As part of a larger study, researchers asked parents of 134 kids with ADHD symptoms to complete a detailed questionnaire about the typical foods the children ate, including portion sizes, over a 90-day period.  Another questionnaire asked parents to rate symptoms of inattention -- a hallmark of ADHD -- in their kids, such as having trouble staying focused, not following instructions, difficulty remembering ..read more
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Looking after staff well-being
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by Philip Rubin
2y ago
Investing in the health of your employees will deliver tangible benefits to your company. Corporate health and wellness programs are designed to support and improve the holistic wellbeing of employees through a healthy work culture. Research has clearly shown that when employees feel valued and appreciated by their supervisor and colleagues, good things happen. Individual team members experience positive outcomes. The workplace community and the organization become healthier, being better able to achieve their mission and goals. Wellness programs should be implemented carefully, with leadershi ..read more
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Add 3 years onto your lifespan?
Health Island Blog
by Philip Rubin
2y ago
REDUCE YOUR BIOLOGICAL AGE AND LIVE LONGER AND BETTER Written by Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, a new book called “Younger You” unveils the secrets she learned in her first-of-its-kind study, which proved via peer-reviewed research that you don’t need expensive, inaccessible and risky medications to reverse your biological age if you choose strategic foods and lifestyle practice   If living a long and healthy life is a goal, there are steps you can take to turn back the clock. Utilizing epigenetics – the study of how environments and behaviours impact gene expression, the book details th ..read more
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