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[:en]Is gluten damaging your brain?[:nl]Heeft gluten een schadelijke effect op je hersenen?[:]

[:en]You may have heard about the damaging effects of gluten on your gut if you have coeliac disease or even an intolerance to gluten, but have you heard that it can also affect your brain and contribute to health conditions such as depression, anxiety, OCD, schizophrenia and more? Symptoms of gluten sensitivity You feel bloated after you eat grains Eating…

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The 5 best reasons to become a fermentation guru

[:en] …or a fermenting novice at least When I first moved to Amsterdam, I felt a certain freedom that I didn’t have in London. There was more space, I had a balcony, and after a short while I got a garden plot at I can change the world with my two hands. This meant that I could get into gardening…

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What is Epigenetics?!!

[:en] Epigenetics and Neuroepigenetics What is Epigenetics? We all know that our genes play a role in who we are, what colour our hair and eyes are and whether we are artistic or sporty. What is really important though, is how those genes present themselves. That is epigenetics. Genes can be turned off, on, cranked up or toned down depending on…

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Lost in the expat desert

Anna – a case study, part 1 by Stephen Davies, Psychologist & Running Therapist Introducing Anna Anna is a 26 year old female from the United States that has been living in the Netherlands for about 5 years. She decided to move after meeting her current partner Hans while travelling around Europe. The initial organisation and move itself was very…

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Take off those heavy boots

7 ways to rid yourself of the blues (a.k.a…depression) In the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the main character, Oskar Schell, describes his depression as ‘wearing heavy boots’.  I know I’ve worn heavy boots from time to time, but you may use different words to describe it. No matter how you describe it, I think we can all agree to…

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[:en]Is Fasting the New Black?[:nl]Is Fasting the new Black?[:]

[:en] Where we stand with Fasting What does the research say? I listened to an interesting webinar on Mitochondria by Ray Griffiths recently. He speaks about these powerhouses in our cells in great detail and, what was most interesting was that they don’t like calories! To be more specific, people who are overweight (and tend to have inflammation throughout their…

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Top 3 ways to reduce pain and inflammation

Did you wake up this morning feeling stiff?Do you have sore muscles? Are you overweight? We all have our moments of excess, whether it’s with alcohol, fried food, coffee or sugar, but these inflammatory foods may be contributing to our weight gain, high blood pressure and stiff joints. There are lots of ways that we can help combat this process…

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No eggs-cuses!

[:en]Don’t eat too many eggs or your cholesterol will go up! Have you heard this before? What else do you know about eggs? Inside this beautifully engineered oval shape, in the white and the yellow yolk, are nutrients such as various fats, some vitamins and minerals and lecithin in addition to the cholesterol that you probably know about. Since the…

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Reheating spinach and other taboos!

[:en]You know when you have one of those days where there are a lot of coincidences? I had one of those a few weeks ago and it all started with reheating spinach. First time lucky My colleague was eating spinach in a quiche for lunch, but it was a bit too much for her to finish. She said she’d better…