Are Vitamin and Mineral Levels Optimal in Athletes?

As we are now allowed to return to the gym, team sports and exercise Dr Shane examines whether vitamin and mineral levels are optimal in athletes. A recently published German article looking at the effectiveness of sports nutrition in ensuring adequate micronutrient status in athletes has demonstrated low levels across several key nutrients. The aim […]

If you are female team sport player this new review article will be of interest.

Photo credit: Driffield RUFC Ladies XV Renard and colleagues (2021) have just published a summary of research looking at comparing the food intake of female team sport participants to recommendations for both health and performance. The article is titled, “How Does the Dietary Intake of Female Field-Based Team Sport Athletes Compare to Dietary Recommendations for […]

Vitamin D, no better time to ensure you are optimising your intake?

Ireland’s government are currently been urged to act upon the latest evidence and include Vitamin D as part of the countries national strategy to tackle COVID.  The Times have recently reported this story, indicating “Take vitamin D supplements to prevent severe Covid-19, health experts urge.”1 Dr Daniel McCartney (director of human nutrition and dietetics at […]

Nutrition and immunity at all ages.

Our health and wellbeing have always been important. However, in this unprecedented time, a lack of either can have serious acute and long-term consequences. The influence of our diet and nutrition in relation to our health has never been more in focus. This is especially true in respect to our immune system and its function. […]

Know Your Nutrients: Biotin (Vitamin B7)

This next post in the series which explores key nutrients that are required by our bodies to support our optimal health and wellbeing. Each nutrient will be described in terms of its role, highlighting various key benefits, including our potential for deficiency, dietary sources, and potential benefits for supplementation. Biotin is a B vitamin and […]

Can you really improve your skin through diet?

We have had quite a few requests from people wondering how they can improve their skin, so we asked our Consultant Dietitian Nutritionist Katherine Kimber…….. First things first, what is skin?  Skin is a complex organ, that acts as a natural barrier between internal and external environments. It’s made up of a variety of different […]

Immune system support; never has there been more focus.

Our immune system performs a vital role: it protects our body from harmful substances, germs and cell changes that could make us unwell. The system is made up of various organs, cells and proteins.1 Without our immune system, we would have no way to fight harmful things that enter our body from the outside or […]