Vitamin D: Are you deficient and what to do about it?

Vitamin D: Are you deficient and what to do about it?

Vitamin D (also called calcitriol) is a fat-soluble vitamin that is well known for its role in absorbing calcium from the small intestine, bone mineralisation, and for regulating calcium and phosphorous levels in the blood and bones. Calcium and phosphorous are critical for building and maintaining healthy bones, but vitamin D has many other roles in the body. These include immune system function, reducing respiratory illness, and potential protection against diabetes, hypertension, dementia, and even certain cancers.  Vitamin D has many other potential health optimisation considerations in which research is still developing.  Where do we get it? 80 to 100%…
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Improving Fertility in Females: A Dietitians Guide

Improving Fertility in Females: A Dietitians Guide

Have you and your partner made the momentous decision to conceive? Or are you simply trying to optimise your fertility status in preparation for the future? Well, you have come to the right place.  Nutrition plays a vital role in an individual’s fertility status, the likelihood of them falling pregnant and the development of their child, both as a new born and in years to come. Understandably, this places a significant amount of pressure on those trying to conceive. I encourage you to take a deep breath. The following will guide you through the top 10 tips to improve fertility…
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What Does a Consult with One of Our Dietitians Look Like?

What Does a Consult with One of Our Dietitians Look Like?

You might be interested in what a session with one of our dietitians will look like before making the investment into booking in. Or maybe you are just curious and have no desire to book in. Either way, this post will be an attempt to cater to both audiences and summarise what our consults look like. What Type of Clients Do We See at Ideal Nutrition? Before getting into what the consult looks like, it makes sense to discuss what type of client we typically see. We see a 50/50 mix of athletes and non-athletes. Within the athlete portion, it…
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Training The Gut For Endurance Athletes: A Dietitian’s Guide

Training The Gut For Endurance Athletes: A Dietitian’s Guide

Endurance athletes such as marathon runners, triathletes, and long-distance cyclists typically utilize food during training and events to improve their performance.  The body can only store a limited amount of glycogen, the storage form of carbohydrates, in the liver and muscles. So once these storages have been exhausted or significantly reduced, the body has to turn to fat as a major fuel source. The issue with this is that using fat as a fuel source is less efficient than carbohydrates and will limit the intensity that the athlete can continue to perform at. This is often what is occurring when…
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The Gut Microbiome & Low FODMAP Diet: Everything You Need to Know

The Gut Microbiome & Low FODMAP Diet: Everything You Need to Know

The low FODMAP diet, created in Melbourne Australia, is one of the best, evidence-based ways to manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, it is also a very restrictive diet that limits a whole host of healthy foods that would otherwise nurture and improve our gut health. If you are on this diet for a long period of time to investigate your IBS triggers, it is a good idea to take extra steps to ensure that your gut microbiome is nurtured and not neglected.  What Is The Low FODMAP Diet? FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates that are not well digested by the…
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How to Become a Dietitian in Australia

How to Become a Dietitian in Australia

The path to becoming a practising dietitian in Australia requires first and foremost, a tertiary qualification. Throughout Australia, there is a variety of undergraduate and masters level programmes, which satisfy the entry-level requirements for the profession. To maintain the educational standard of dietitians in Australia, each program must satisfy the requirements of the Dietitians Australia (DA). DA is the governing body, overseeing the dietetics profession in Australia. A list of universities and their accredited dietetic programs in each state can be found here: Accredited Dietetics Education Programs. Accredited Practising Dietitian After obtaining a tertiary qualification in dietetics, you typically also…
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What RED-S is and How to Manage It

What RED-S is and How to Manage It

What is RED-S Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport, "RED-S" or simply "RED-S" is a clinically defined syndrome referring to the impairment of physiological function caused by a deficit in a person's energy intake relative to the energy required to maintain optimal health, homeostasis, growth, the activities of daily living, and sport.  Being in this state of relative deficit is often also referred to as being in a state of low energy availability (LEA). In this state, there is a lower amount of energy than required for the body's normal physiological functions. This can have a variety of health consequences including:  Altered metabolic functionMenstrual disturbances…
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Does Rice Cause Bloating? A Simple Summary

Does Rice Cause Bloating? A Simple Summary

The potential causes of bloating can vary drastically from person to person. It can often take trial and error to identify what the causes are. Over the years of working one on one with clients, I have had quite a few self-identify that rice causes them to bloat. In this article, I will discuss common causes of bloating and why rice often is not the cause. It can be difficult to identify the cause, but rice is actually one of THE least common causes of bloating and other IBS symptoms, which is also part of why The Vertical Diet uses…
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20 Nutrition Accounts To Follow on Instagram

20 Nutrition Accounts To Follow on Instagram

As somebody who was naturally not well suited to creating good Instagram content, but saw value in it, I've spent quite a lot of time looking at other nutrition accounts and trying to learn from what they do well. One of the benefits of this is that my feed has been largely dominated by nutrition accounts for multiple years, which I feel puts me in a decent position to create a list of people that I think would be worth following. I've included 20 accounts in this list, but obviously, there are a lot of other accounts out there that…
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Differences Between Nutritionists, Dietitian and Sports Dietitians in Australia

Differences Between Nutritionists, Dietitian and Sports Dietitians in Australia

Outside of people within the profession, it is confusing what the differences are between nutritionists, dietitians, and sports dietitians. Halfway through my university degree that was focused on providing the qualification of becoming an accredited practising dietitian, we got asked what the difference was from one of our lecturers. Nobody in the room had a good answer. That is pretty crazy when you think about it. And regarding becoming a sports dietitian, I did not know the full requirements until near graduation, or maybe even slightly after. If I did not know these aspects while being immersed in the community…
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