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Viva!Health unravels the most recent scientific research and makes it easy to understand. Here we update you on the latest findings...

At a time when good nutrition is seen as a priority, it's incredible that vegan hospital patients are being forced to either go hungry or make their own arrangements. 
How friendly is your gut flora – the billions of bacteria that inhabit your intestines? This is your intestinal microbiome and it helps you absorb and digest nutrients, synthesises vitamins, boosts your immune system, helps regulate metabolism and combats disease in ways that we are only just beginning to understand. Gut health has a huge influence on your overall health and when unfriendly bacteria move in, trouble soon follows.
No other plant seems to divide opinions like soya. Whilst some consider it a healthy and amazingly versatile crop, others warn against adverse effects and avoid it at all costs. So why are there so many myths surrounding soya and where do they come from?
Selenium was discovered over 200 years ago – it’an element vital for health so long as you don't overdo it. 
By Elena Holmes BSc, PGDip Nutritional Therapy, MSc Nutritional Therapy (pending)
A vegan diet can have a bunch of benefits, including easier weight maintenance, but vegans are not automatically skinny. So here’s how to make your diet work better for your weight without going to extremes. If you carry a few extra pounds and would like to lose some weight, all you might need to do is tweak your diet a little.
As sales of plant milks continue to soar, the dairy industry has turned its focus on iodine – trying to persuade people to drop plant milks in favour of dairy on the basis that cow’s milk contains this vital trace element.  However, there are much healthier ways to get your iodine…
Why are there less vegan men than women? Are outdated gender stereotypes holding men back? It’s time to debunk the myths – from the daft to the downright dangerous – and reveal why going vegan is a good choice for men – as well as everyone else.
Many people in the UK have low vitamin D levels. This important vitamin helps our bodies to absorb calcium so is important for good bone health and it may also combat cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious and autoimmune diseases.  
The dairy industry is up in arms about plant milks, first banning the use of the word ‘milk’ to describe a milky liquid that didn’t come from anyone’s mammary glands and now crying wolf over how many deficiencies we’ll possibly suffer if we ditch dairy. The truth is, there’s a long history of plant milks and other plant drinks having been made by people over millennia. There’s certainly nothing new or unusual about us consuming them.

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