A food supplement is defined in EU law as 'any food the purpose of which is to supplement the normal diet and which is a concentrated source of a vitamin or mineral or other substance with a nutritional or physiological effect, alone or in combination and is sold in dose form'.
Food for thought ! An alkaline or alkalising diet recommends eating more vegetables and fruit. If this sounds old-fashioned it`s completely intentional. Also we need to drink more water and cut back on sugar, alcohol, meat and processed foods. Processed foods are any foods that have been altered in a chemical manner as opposed to a mechanical process in some way during preparation. These often contain high levels of salt, sugar and fat. SUGAR According to nhs.uk research children are consuming twice as much sugar as they need of which half of the intake is from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks. https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/sugar Adults also consume far too much sugar which is often found in higher amounts in a wide range of foods such as; Fizzy drinks and fruit juices Breakfast cereals and yoghurt Sweets, chocolate and ice-cream Buns, cakes, pastries and biscuits Sauces, condiments and salad dressings Bread (which isn`t usually thought of as a sweet food ) Cereal and Nutrition bars (Always check the list of ingredients and try to choose one without added sugar) Jams and jellies Many processed foods This list is not exhaustive and we really need to look carefully at labels as lots of these foods are often mistakenly assumed to be healthy. A special issue of the journal “ Public Health Nutrition” showed that UK families bought more ultra-processed food than any other in Europe amounting to around 50.7% of diets. Germany came second followed by Ireland. These figures came from national surveys and demonstrate trends which are not completely comparable, but they do represent “food for thought”. FATS Current UK government guidelines advise cutting down on all fats and replacing saturated fat with some unsaturated fat as Too much fat in your diet, especially saturated fats, can raise your cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. We need some fat as an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet. Fat helps the body absorb vitamins A,D and E and is higher in energy than carbohydrates and proteins. Unused fat gets converted into body fat. (that`s fat we don`t need!). We should try to replace some of the saturated and trans fats in our diets with unsaturated fats. Most saturated fats come from animal sources such as meat, butter and other dairy products, and foods that are made with them, such as cakes and biscuits as well as some plant foods, like palm oil and coconut oil. Eating too much fatty food as well as being overweight, not exercising enough, smoking and drinking alcohol can cause high cholesterol which is associated with heart and circulation problems. It is the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) as opposed to the HDL (high-density lipoprotein) or helpful element of cholesterol which can cause the health issues. The HDL actually has a positive effect by processing excess cholesterol in the liver and removing it from certain parts of the body. Some high cholesterol problems run in families and it is advised to see a doctor for blood tests as this is the only way to know your own personal levels. TRANS FATS Trans fats can raise cholesterol levels in the blood just like saturated fats. We advise Looking on labels for Hydrogenated vegetable oils but low levels do occur naturally in meat and dairy products. UNSATURATED FATS Swapping saturated fats for unsaturated fats can help lower overall cholesterol. Monounsaturated fats as found in olive oil, rapeseed oil and their spreads, some nuts such as almonds, brazils and peanuts (not too salty!) and avocados are good sources which can help protect the heart. Polyunsaturated fats found in rapeseed, corn and sunflower (Omega 6) and oily fish such as kippers, herring, trout, sardines, salmon and mackerel (Omega 3) cannot be made by the body, so we need to eat at least two portions of fish a week to maintain good levels with the all the accrued health benefits. CAFFEINE Here is a link to some advice on safe caffeine levels. https://www.nhs.uk/news/genetics-and-stem-cells/four-cups-of-coffee-not-bad-for-health-suggests-review/ SALT High salt levels are directly correlated to increases in blood pressure. The extra water stored causing increased blood pressure can directly and detrimentally affect the heart, arteries, kidneys and brain and some diuretics are not as affective either. It is thought that nearly 80% of the salt you eat every day is "hidden" in the processed foods you eat. Remember to read labelling carefully and consult your GP if you at all concerned about your health.