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    which supplements should I take to reduce cholesterol
    Hi Paulo, thank you for your question. There are two good supplements for reducing cholesterol, one is Psyllium which can be added to any fluid, it is recommended that you take 2-3 teaspoons daily. The other is 1.5 - 2g of plant stanols or sterols daily which is found in fortified products such as those cholesterol lowering drinks and spreads in the supermarket. I hope that helps you.
    Kirsten Crothers

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    I was just diagnosed with Diabetes and looking for diet and activity plan
    Hi Guy. I am sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with diabetes as it can be quite daunting. I can help you to understand what changes you need to make to your own current diet to manage your diabetes. This way you will gain the skills to make choices which fit into your lifestyle rather than following a 'diet plan' which can be very restrictive and after a few weeks, not practical. The good news is, for most people, drastic changes are not required, just a few tweaks. I am also a firm believer that it always helps to understand why you are doing something rather than just following advice when you aren't really quite sure why - always helps with the motivation side of things. If I can help, then get in touch.
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    What are the benefits of ergogenic aids?
    Hi Lauren, Ergogenic aids is just a different name for 'nutritional supplements' on all it's range. They are used as extra help where food on it's own cannot provide all macro and micronutrients to the diet of a specific person. They can be presented in different forms e.g. pills, gels, powders. etc.; and they can have different functions e.g. provide fuel, boost immune system, nutrient deficiencies, muscle building, etc. The range of supplements available in the market today is very wide. Every brand and product will have thousands of claims and will probably make it confusing for the consumer if it is something they should have. A balanced and varied diet can cover all nutritional needs, however, there will be scenarios were people can be benefit from selecting an adequate supplement to complement their diet and achieve their goals. A registered dietitian can help you assess your lifestyle and needs and guide you in the right direction.
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    My Partner and I would like to try a detox programme. Is Detoxing really effective and do I need to buy a supplement based detox product ?
    There is definitely a warning associated with any type detox program. Our liver is the organ which is responsible for detoxing within our body, and it does a mighty fine job as well! There is no need to put your body through the stress of detoxing which could also lead to a decrease in muscle mass as these programs tend to be also low in calories. This is particularly important if you are active as this will decrease your ability to be physically active. The reason why people may undergo a detox program is to feel less lethargic but you will actually feel worse on this program! You are better off focusing on eating a diet that includes plenty of vegetables, fruit, dairy, meat/meat alternatives and grains. This is proven to supply you with all the essential nutrients required to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to remain physically active too!
    Tim Stewart

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    I seem to be at my best when the world is falling apart and I feel lost when everything is normal again...can you advise how to handle this?
    Perhaps your life experience has lead you to become used to functioning in survival mode. Maybe you are so used to this, that when you're not in crisis you don't know what to do with yourself and you're looking about for the next threat. To understand why you might operate as you do, please do get in touch.
    Tom Cross

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