Not just pretty to look at, this flower is a great sleep aid. “Californian poppy contains californidine, which acts on the central nervous system to help improve sleep and promote relaxation,” explains Healthista’s nutritional director, Rick Hay. “It’s used to increase sleep quality, as well as calm the nervous system and decrease anxiety. It was traditionally used as a sedative and for pain relief.”
Just after I graduated, a leading nutritionist in Australia told me to try to live more in the moment, rather than focusing on potential future problems that never happen most of the time,” nutritional director of Healthista Rick Hay tells us. “He also emphasised the importance of keeping stress under control to help with your overall physical wellbeing.”
“Eating more healthy plant based protein can boost metabolism, reduce hunger and keep you satisfied for longer which can help to reduce belly fat,” says Rick. “In fact, eating more plant based meals is one of the best weight loss tips out there - you could either just increase your intake of these fibre rich vegan meals or have a stint on a vegan diet.”
Anxiety sufferers can often feel a sense of hopelessness through doing so.
My number one anti-anxiety tip: Magnesium.
Many studies have considered the impact that certain nutrients have on our skin and in particular, how they affect wrinkling, thinness and hydration.
Making its way into all manner of foods, including some chocolate bars and smoothies, Baobab is a great source of energy-boosting nutrients. Here's all you need to know about this superfruit that packs quite the punch.
Sugar cravings are not uncommon. Usually, it’s unhealthy eating habits that have reprogrammed the brain, but sometimes sugar cravings can be a result of an underlying (nutrient) deficiency.
Most of us can differentiate between foods that are good for us, and those so empty in nutritional value they are simply on a fast track to our hips. But evidence is emerging that when we eat can be as important as what we put in our mouths.
Type 2 diabetes, the most common type of diabetes is characterised by chronic hyperglycemia, which occurs when blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. Blood glucose is our main source of energy and comes mainly from the food we eat.
Nutritionist, TV presenter and author Rick Hay shares the hacks and practices in your life that can give your all-important happy hormones a major boost.
Protein powder was once a niche product, reserved for the larders of hardcore weight lifters and possibly pro sportsmen. These days it has become a mass market product.
Wondering why you’re always hungry? Nutritionist and Healthista Collective Expert Rick Hay explains 7 reasons why this may be the case and how to curb those hunger pangs
Keto, sirtfood, paleo - there are a plethora of diets out there, it seems as if a new one is made popular everyday. Diets for weight loss, diets for fat loss, diets for reducing appetite, diets for reducing bloating, diets for better skin – I could go on.
Eating less red meat and processed food is good for your body and for the planet. And it seems the nation is waking up to this: according to Roy Morgan research, almost 2.5 million Australians are now eating a total, or almost total, vegetarian diet.
The hottest home accessory of the moment? The humble house plant, which has found itself elevated from dull to definitely sexy. It has become aspirational to ‘dress’ your bathroom with jungle creepers and arrange tasteful selections of greenery of all shapes and sizes.
Struggling to get a solid eight hours? Nutritionist Rick Hay has put together a nervous system-nourishing weekly meal plan to help you get the shut-eye you deserve.
We all do it, we can’t get enough of it and we all want more of it. Yes, we’re talking about sleep.
If you want to look at boosting immune function with supplements then you should start with some simple vitamins – Vitamin A ( watch the dose if pregnant or breastfeeding ), Vitamin C and Vitamin D. These three vitamins may help to reduce the severity and length of infections.
When it comes to your health, a balanced nutritious diet filled with a variety of wholesome foods is the best way by far to get the vitamins and minerals you need. Sometimes though, life gets in the way of eating the perfectly balanced diet – and that’s where supplements might help.
With the promise of improved energy levels, a more efficient body and mind and a flushing out of toxins, it’s no wonder juice cleanses have long held their appeal. But then comes the hurdle of actually committing to one. Sticking to a diet of only liquids can be tricky.
For many of us happiness could be easily achieved with a favourite chocolate bar or a bowl of ice cream – but that’s not exactly a healthy sustainable way to eat yourself happy is it? Rick Hay’s seven-day Mood Food diet is designed to improve your day to day mood.
We all know the drill - you've been eating with monk-like discipline all week, so when Friday rolls around you decide to reward yourself with a tasty treat. Next thing you know, it's Sunday night and you're reflecting on yet another debaucherous weekend of continuous junk food.
Do you want glowing skin or just want to help your skin feel healthier a bit a little less dry, red and irritated, there are a few simple steps that internationally recognised nutritionist Rick Hay has given us to get surprising results its such little time.
One thing we wish would disappear with the cool weather? That dull, dry feeling winter leaves behind. From what you eat, to what you lather onto your skin, to how you move, there are means and ways to get your glow back after winter.
Skin Gym : If you want healthy and glowing skin, you won’t get around looking at your dietary choices. We all remember the old adage “you are what you eat”. Not only does it apply to our entire wellbeing, but also to our
It’s known by lots of names but the 5:2 diet is hailed by many as the easiest way to lose weight and keep it off. Based on the idea of intermittent fasting, the 5:2 diet has remained consistently popular since it was first introduced.
Collagen breaks down naturally in our skin as we age. So the question is, can a supplement
really replace this loss and is it even possible
to get the levels of collagen we need
You’ve gone to Pilates, made sure you had
lots of water, you’ve eaten your veggies
and even added a green juice to the mix,
and you still end up with a
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