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Rhitrition: What is your immune system and how to take care of it?

Have you ever wondered what exactly the immune system is and how you can take care of it? Rhiannon Lambert, leading Registered Nutritionist and founder of Rhitrition, provides us with an introduction to immunity and ways we can support the functioning of our immune system.   Introduction to immunity Our…

Simple Ways to Add Seeds to Your Diet

Vital Nutrition- simple ways to add seeds to your diet So you’ve bought some seeds because you’ve heard that they are good for you. But are you still figuring out what they are good for, and how to use them? Nutritional Therapist Jane McClenaghan (www.vital-nutrition.co.uk) has some great tips on how…

Healthy Snacks from Jenna Hope Nutrition

Working from home and the stress of the current situation may be leading you to snacking more. Opting for healthy snacks can help to control your energy and blood sugar levels which in turn can prevent you from constantly grazing throughout the day. Knowing where to turn for healthy snacks…

Vital Nutrition: Kids in the kitchen

Getting kids into the kitchen As we settle into a new normal of staying at home and social distancing, it can be hard for children to understand why their world has been turned upside down. From tots to teens, cooking and baking with your children is a lovely way to…

Vital Nutrition for Immune Support

Diet and nutrition are essential for our health and well-being. The current risk of Covid-19 to our society means that more than ever of us are looking for ways to help ourselves to support our immune health and nourish our bodies well. Although there is no research into how food…

7 Great Smoothie Recipes for a Healthy Boost

1. Mango and coconut smoothie: Experience a real taste of the Caribbean with this dairy and soya free creamy mango and coconut smoothie by following these simple steps: Get 200ml of dairy free coconut milk and add to this 4 tablespoons of coconut yoghurt. Slice a banana and add this…

Embrace a Healthy Balance with LINWOODS

At LINWOODS, we’re all about honest-to-goodness, can-do healthiness. Our new campaign celebrates the fact that our product range has been lovingly created to help you embrace a healthy balance – letting you to add maximum nutritional goodness to your diet, with zero fuss or hassle. Our nutrient-rich nuts, berries and…

5 tips for a healthy heart

The perfect gift this Valentine’s Day is the gift of heart health! February marks heart month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. A healthy diet can help reduce your risk of developing coronary heart…

Healthy breakfast ideas when you’re training for a marathon

When you’re training for a marathon it’s important to ensure you’re fueling your body correctly. Eating the right foods will not only improve performance, but can also help with recovery and injury prevention. As breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day here are some of our recommendations for…

Free-From recipes to enjoy every day

More and more people are testing their culinary skills in the kitchen to create some tasty free-from treats. Free-from cooking and recipes are becoming the norm, and with popular TV shows like the Great British Bake Off featuring free-from dishes, even more awareness is being created of the need for great free-from recipes.  All of our products here at Linwoods are both vegan and gluten free and we like to create our very own free-from recipes for you guys to try to replicate in the kitchen. Here are some of our favourite free-from recipes suggestions to get you through any day.

Why we need to kick the sugar habit

Recent research carried out by Public Health England has highlighted the significant impact poor diet is having on the nation’s health with more illness now caused by unhealthy eating than smoking.


In particular, sugar has been labelled as the ‘sweet poison’ and linked to a range of health complaints. With the evidence stacked against sugar, we take a look at just why you need to consider cutting it from your diet.

 

Why remove sugar from your diet?

How flaxseed can help with IBS

Flaxseed brings so many benefits to your diet from added protein and iron, to fibre and magnesium, all of which play an important part in maintaining and developing things like muscle, red blood cells and bones.  The fibre content of flaxseed makes means it can help with digestive conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Below we take a look at just why it can help you if you suffer with IBS.

What is Coenzyme Q10 and what are its benefits?

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that is very similar to a vitamin and can be found in every cell in your body.  It’s actually an important enzyme as your body makes CoQ10 and uses it for energy and cell growth and maintenance.  As we get older, the levels of CoQ10 produced in the body actually begins to fall so this means that the need for CoQ10 becomes even greater and as a result you need new ways to get it into your body.  This can be done by eating foods or supplements containing CoQ10, as there are a number of foods that contain it in small amounts.  While CoQ10 is an important enzyme in your body, just what exactly does it do and why should you ensure you get enough in your diet?

5 great health benefits of goji berries

Claimed by many as a must try superfood, goji berries have actually been eaten for thousands of years.  Indeed, goji berries have been used in Chinese medicine for over 6,000 years and contain many great vitamins and minerals for your body.  While they aren’t as popular as other fruits from the berry family – think cranberries, raspberries and blueberries – this dried fruit adds a real hit of flavour to any dish and can be eaten whole or mixed into a smoothie or enjoyed with a salad. 

Top 5 health trends in 2015

There never seems to be a week that goes by without talk of a new health craze, the latest superfood or a new way to get fit.  Staying healthy doesn’t come easy and it requires work – a need to eat the right things, to live the right way and to look after your body in the best possible way.  Enjoying a healthy and balanced lifestyle can come easier for some than it does for others, but if you’re looking ahead to the cold winter months and wanting some inspiration for getting healthy or improving how you look after your body, here are 5 of the top trends we’ve seen so far in 2015.

Gluten-free diets…what is the hype all about?

When you search #glutenfree on Instagram almost 6.5 million tagged posts pop up in a patchwork of healthy looking plates of food and brightly coloured drinks. But what does gluten free actually mean? A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the gluten protein, which is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Below we discuss reasons why people take up a gluten-free diet, what you can eat on such a diet and what you need to look out for when on a gluten-free diet.

5 ways to improve your digestive system

For many of us, feeling good on the inside can often help us feel better on the outside.  The most important thing to helping you feel good on the inside is the food and drink that you are actually putting into your body.  Different foods can have a different impact on how we feel throughout the day, with things like high sugar foods providing an instant energy boost but high protein and high carbohydrate based foods, providing you with a more sustained source of energy throughout the day.  The part of the body that will deal with all these different types of foods that you put in your body is your digestive system, and it is one of the most important parts of your body.

Flu Fighting Finds

As much as we may try to hold on to British Summer Time – the clocks still have to go back – there is well and truly a chill in the air and a crunchy carpet of leaves beneath our feet . Autumn is personally one of my favourite seasons because of its vibrancy, not to mention that the Autmun sunshine makes for some beautiful photography opportunities. The arrival of Autumn also signals the arrival of coughs, sneezes and generally more challenges to our immune systems. Good nutrition is essential at this time of year if our bodies are going to fight off pesky germs and bacteria. To get through the colder season unscathed, make sure you give your body the best chance at protecting itself by eating a healthy, well balanced diet.

Advice for eating chia seeds when pregnant

Diet and pregnancy concerns go hand in hand – wanting to ensure you are doing the best for your baby and your body become your number one priority and so getting the right information about the right foods is imperative. Chia seeds are among the healthiest types of seeds you can introduce to your diet on a daily basis and in today’s blog we take a look at the benefits of using these seeds during pregnancy.

The health benefits of adding sesame seeds to your diet

Gone are the days when sesame seeds where something that you gave to the birds or enjoyed with prawn toast or a burger bap.  These tiny seeds are quickly earning a reputation for being a nutritional powerhouse.  The sesame plant is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and as well as being a popular seed it is also a desirable oilseed used in professional and domestic kitchens across the world.

7 superfoods to start eating

Superfoods, as the name suggests are the superhero of the food world.  They are packed full of great nutritional benefits and come in many ways from fresh fruit to super seeds. Getting your share of superfoods on a daily basis is a great way to keep your body fit and healthy.  Superfoods are also a great way to fight off illness and infection as they are often packed with antioxidants.  Today we are bringing you 7 every day foods that will change your diet for the better.

The real benefits of eating cocoa

For many people chocolate can often be one of those rare treats; something to be enjoyed on a special occasion.  For others, it's that one sin or sweet treat to be enjoyed during the day.  While much of the chocolate we consume can be high in sugar, it's not all bad news when it comes to enjoying chocolate.  The cocoa bean that is used to create chocolate has many great benefits for your body and we take a look at these below.

You are what you eat – 9 foods to help your skin, hair and teeth

Looking good, and staying fit and healthy is all about lifestyle choices.  How often we exercise, what we eat and whether we smoke or drink alcohol are just some of the things that can impact on our general health, and also influence our physical appearance.  We all want to look good and feel great and the easiest way to do this is by watching what we eat.  Here we look at 9 foods that can help you to maintain healthy skin, hair and teeth.

7 Foods to eat that will help your skin

We often hear the phrase “you are what you eat”, and when it comes to looking after your body both inside and outside, it's hard to argue with this quote.  If you are fond of high fat and high sugar foods, then your body will certainly feel the impact of this.  For many of us though, we strive to not only look good, but feel good.  The best way to do this is by looking after what goes into your body and what you eat.  Today we are going to look at 7 foods that you should start adding to your diet that will help your skin.

How healthy foods help to ward off disease

We hear it over and over – how eating a healthy diet can lower our risk of disease, yet the average American diet continues to be one that’s anything but healthy. It’s no surprise that cancer and heart disease is on the rise. What is surprising though is that even though doctors keep telling us that diseases can be prevented through a better diet, we don’t seem to be listening.

What is Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) and why do I need it in my diet?

What does coenzyme Q10 mean to you?  The answer for many of you is probably nothing, and much of this may be due to you understanding of this key substance.  As consumers, we often take a keen interest in what we eat, and our knowledge and understanding of what is good for our bodies and what is bad is certainly improving.  The collection of Linwoods seeds including flaxseed and chia seed, provide your body with many great benefits including protein, fibre and omega 3 oils.  These are benefits that we will all know a little bit about in terms of how they can help our body and how they allow us to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.  One of our most popular products, the Linwoods milled flaxseed, almonds, Brazil nuts and walnuts contains a substance that many people know very little about – coenzyme Q10 (COQ10).  Today in the Linwoods blog, we are going to introduce you the world of COQ10 and let you know just how important it is to your body.

Improve your immunity with Linwoods flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds

We are always looking for ways to improve how we eat, and now more than ever, we have more knowledge about what we are putting into our bodies; what is good for us, and what is not so good.  There is often a direct correlation between what we eat and how we feel.  Your diet has an impact on much more than your figure and a healthy balanced diet will often result in you not only looking good and feeling good, but also helping your body in the areas that matter, like your digestive system, your immune system, your cholesterol levels and the health of your heart.  We previously looked at the role flaxseed plays in helping you to digest food, and today in the Linwoods blog, we are going to look at the impact flax seed, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds can have on your immune system.

7 Benefits of Linwoods cocoa that you probably never knew about

We all enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate every now and again, and for those of us with a sweet tooth, the temptation to go back for another bite can often be too much.  Yes, it's nice to enjoy the treat of chocolate every now and then, but it is not advisable to be tucking into bar after bar on a regular basis.  Chocolate is also a popular ingredient in the kitchen and can be incorporated into many recipes, mainly baked goods, so it's certainly an ingredient that we need to be careful with when watching the waistline.  Chocolate comes from the cocoa seed and one way to look after how much cocoa you consume is by adding Linwoods Flaxseed, Cocoa, Blueberries and Strawberries mix.  Not only will you enjoy the sweet, fruity and nutty flavour from this mix, but you can also look forward to enjoying some benefits from our cocoa – that's right, eating Linwoods cocoa will actually be good for you, and here's why.

5 great ways to enjoy flaxseeds for breakfast

We recently looked at how flaxseed can help your digestion and our milled organic flaxseed allows you to enjoy the great benefits of flaxseed in many ways.  The benefits of having flaxseed in your diet include a great source of protein, a source of fibre, and a great source of iron to help carry oxygen around your body.  These many benefits have made flaxseed an increasingly popular food in the diets of many of us who are trying to eat healthier.  To help you get even more from flax seed, we've compiled a list of 5 great ways to enjoy flaxseed with your breakfast.

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