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Essential amino acids – why are they important?

Essential amino acids must be obtained from our food. Where as non-essential amino acids are made by the body, so we don’t need them from food. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They are also found as free amino acids in food and the body.

So, why are amino acids important, and what do we need to eat, to meet our requirements for essential amino acids?

Bright green bowl of brown lentil and quinoa salad with tomato and herbs

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Mount Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

My first visit to Nepal was in 2008. It wasn’t the typical introductory trek that you might expect. Firstly, my husband Dennis and I didn’t go to Everest Base Camp, and secondly, we didn’t complete one trek, we combined three circuit treks in Western Nepal—Manaslu, Annupurna and Dhaulagiri. In this post I share the highlights from the Mount Manaslu Circuit Trek, which at the time was relatively unknown compared to the Annapurna and Khumbu regions.

Wide open valley with lush rice paddies and local people walking on the trail
Leaving Arughat

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Osteoarthritis – can whole foods help?

Osteoarthritis is the fastest growing cause of disability worldwide. It is a condition affecting the whole joint.

It most commonly occurs in the hip and knees but can also affect the spine, hands and big toe. Cartilage breaks down and inflammation in the joint can lead to pain, discomfort and reduced quality of life.

My post on nutritional support for osteoarthritis focuses on whole foods, not supplements. Can nutrients and phytonutrients from whole foods help?

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