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Proof of new red wine anti-ageing link

Access Allied Health - Thursday, March 21, 2013

If you ever needed another excuse to pick up a glass of red, then read on.  New research[1] has suggested that ‘a red a day’ is keeping the wrinkles away.  Specifically, a molecule found in red wine has the ability to activate an anti-ageing protein in our body.  This molecule, an antioxidant called resveratrol, has had the attention of researchers for a number of years due to its possible benefits for cancer prevention, diabetes management and cardiovascular risk reduction.  This new finding adds ‘anti-aging’ to growing list of potential benefits to having a quiet red to the delight of many a wine enthusiasts.

But, if you’re reaching into the cellar while reading this, visualising a younger you, then before you find the corkscrew please note: Experts say that the amount of resveratrol contained in red wine is not quite enough to impact on our anti-ageing protein and therefore benefits would be limited.  Still, it adds weight to the mounting evidence that a glass or two is good for us in the long run.  So enjoy today’s cab sav with the knowledge your taking a step towards a healthier you.  For additional steps, please contact the experts – your accredited practicing dietitian.



[1] Hubbard, B.P et al (2013) Evidence for a Common Mechanism of SIRT1 Regulation by Allosteric Activators, Science, 339 (6124), 1216-1219

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Detox Diets

Access Allied Health - Thursday, January 31, 2013

There is a vast array of ‘Detox’ diets available – in books and magazines, on the internet, and in your local pharmacy.  However, while they often promise amazing results, there is a lack of evidence to support these results.  So is the ‘detox’ experience worth the high price tag many are willing to pay?

What is a detox diet?

The purpose of a detox diet is to remove toxins from the body.  Although there are many types of detox diets, generally they involve a strict regime of eating raw vegetables, fruit, fruit juices and water.  It may also involve a period of fasting and using herbs and other supplements.  Detox diets also encourage severe restriction of whole food groups such as meat or dairy food, therefore they will not meet nutritional requirements and if used for a prolonged period of time may result in nutritional deficiencies. 

Natural Detoxification

Our bodies have organs and systems in place, designed to filter out toxins.  Our kidneys, lungs, skin, lymphatics and liver all play a role in the removal of toxins.  Excessive consumption of highly processed foods such as sugary snacks and fatty fast food as well as drugs such as caffeine and alcohol make these systems work harder and perhaps leave us feeling a little run down.  If this is the case, simply decreasing our intake of these foods and replacing them with core foods such as bread, fruit, dairy, meat and vegetables as well as increasing our intake of water will have us feeling much better in no time.

Who shouldn’t try a detox diet?

A detox diet can be potentially dangerous.  Pregnant or nursing women or children should not try these styles of diet.  Also, people with health conditions such as liver or kidney disease or diabetes may be putting themselves at risk of serious medical conditions due to the restrictive nature of these diets.

The Bottom Line

This type of diet is not a long term solution and can be quite dangerous for some people.  For lasting results consult an accredited practicing dietitian who can help you achieve healthy eating, everyday – the best health solution there is!