Dr. Elin's Blog
After a month of silence over the holidays, it feels like high time to resume blogging. This spring, I will continue to write about different aspects of food, lifestyle, and health. The plan is also to invite exciting guests, to author posts, or give interviews. So hopefully, there’s a lot of good stuff to come. And you are always welcome to contact me with questions and suggestions about things you think I should cover. Use the comment field!
This is the season to sparkle 🌟 After a tough and taxing year, Good Idea wishes you all, with family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances, a wonderful holiday season. Whatever you may celebrate, we hope you have a cozy and fulfilling time and that you wrap up Christmas with a feeling of belonging. Thank you for joining us on our journey during 2020, we look forward to many more years to come. Happy holidays ❤️ - The Good Idea Team
Eyelids can feel heavy after a hearty meal. Sometimes it can be nice to give in, take a nap. But there are also some simple tricks to experience the holiday season with open eyes. So – back to the question in the headline. Why? As usual, the answer is more complicated than the question, but we've chosen to point out 6 things that can affect energy levels – and that you can easily change yourself. We're setting you up for the ultimate holiday season, fully awake!
In times of WFH, today’s lunch often becomes a sandwich. It may sound meager to some ears, but the fact is that a well-composed sandwich is not just easy to make, it can also be just as good, full, nutritious, and healthy as any meal. In our world, a perfect lunch sandwich can – and should – be composed in a completely different way. We've shared some tips based on many years of research on foods that can keep blood sugar levels steady and help us stay healthy, all composed in a sandwich!
A single lingonberry contains several thousand different kinds of molecules. How can you then know exactly which substances and combinations of substances may have a health effect? And different types of lingonberries can grow under different conditions, be picked in different ripening stages, be stored in different ways, etc. To most of us, this may seem unimportant. But for those who want to present research results based on actual effects, the reality is much more complicated.
Yogurt and cheese. Tofu. Beer and wine. Sauerkraut and kimchi. Cocoa, soy, kombucha, and kefir. Sour herring and sourdough bread. The list can be made long, and each cultural circle has its given favorites. In addition to drying and salting, fermentation is our oldest food preservation method, dating as far back as nearly ten thousand years. This week we've explored all the reasons why fermented foods rock and why you should start eating it asap. Consider it a Christmas gift to your gut!
"I have spent many years researching foods with preventive properties and I often get asked about what to eat to have a long, healthy life. Provided that the person asking doesn't have any condition that requires a special diet, the answer is straightforward." - Dr. Elin. Eat with variation, and not too much or too little. This week we're talking about eating and living healthy. How to combat cravings and indulges while still staying on track for a wholesome diet. Balance is key.
WFH involves new challenges, with broken routines and temptations. It can be nice to avoid stressing to work in the morning, still it can mean that we miss out on the bike ride or morning walk. It can be tempting to stay in bed and take on the tasks later, but postponed work breeds stress. We are always close to the fridge and the pantry and it's easy to comfort yourself. The resulting blood sugar and energy roller coaster is bad both for the short term and for health in the long run.
Media is flooded with tips and stories about what to eat and drink and how to stay healthy. This could lead to the conclusion that we live in the healthiest of worlds, but statistics speak a different language. Little physical activity and a diet with few vegetables, fruits, whole grains, vegetable oils, and seafood are contributing causes. Particularly concerning is the fact that obesity is increasing among children. Learn what we can do to stop this development, hit the link!
Does that sound weird? Dietary fiber is carbohydrates from plants that can't be digested by the small intestine. Instead, they continue into the large intestine where they work in two ways, both of which are important for our health. These substances are also part of a complex, newly discovered signaling system between the large intestine and the brain. Hormones that can tell the brain we are full are released from the intestinal wall. So: saying that the gut talks to the brain is quite correct.
Biohacking's a growing trend whose followers regard their own bodies and brains as machines that can be optimized by adding fuel of various kinds. This pinpoints something important. We are affected by both how we live and what we eat, and different people are affected in different ways. What decides? It is apparent that heredity, environment, and intestinal flora shape each of us into individuals with unique needs. We're exploring dietary needs, methods, and how to find out what works for you.
GI, or glycemic index, is a term that first saw the light of day in 1981, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It was a research group at the University of Toronto, who presented the results of a clinical study. They had examined how fast and steep blood sugar rose after eating various carbohydrate-rich foods. None of them would have any idea what impact the concept would have for many decades to come. This week we're diving deep into the concept of GI - find out how GI can help you!
If your food contains a high proportion of so-called fast carbohydrates, your blood sugar rises sharply, and then falls back again almost immediately. In the long run, large and recurring fluctuations can also be a severe threat to your health. This increases the risk of developing, for example, obesity, type-2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. These diseases are usually called lifestyle diseases. Here are some simple tips to lower your blood sugar fluctuations.
The Swedish Cancer Foundation recently sounded the alarm that a regular Fanta sold in Sweden contains three times more sugar than the corresponding drink in the UK. The example was highlighted to show that the sugar tax that has existed for many years in both the UK and several of our neighboring countries is really having an effect. But is it really that simple? On our blog we've explored the discussion of implementing a tax on sugary food and drinks. Blog post in both English and Swedish.
During my last years in school, I was set on studying medicine and becoming a physician. But then I became more and more interested in food and its significance for our health and began thinking: Wouldn’t it be better to improve what risks make us sick than treating when the damage has already been done? I decided to change course. I was going to be a food scientist with a focus on food with preventive properties. Read Dr. Elin's full blog post on the link.
I frequently get questions about why there are amino acids in Good Idea, and how they work. The balanced combination of five essential amino acids in Good Idea are able to ”prime” the metabolism to handle carbs from food in a more efficient way. Besides being building blocks of proteins, the individual amino acids have different, overlapping, functions in our bodies. Head to the blog, through the link, to read about the specific amino acids included in Good Idea and their important functions.
What can an immobile person do to maintain a healthy energy balance? Physical exercise doesn't come easily to everyone. People who are disabled, injured after an accident, sick, or recovering after surgery. This means that less energy is spent and that the necessary nutrients need to be packed into fewer calories to withhold energy balance. Meals can be the highpoints of sedentary days, it's easy to consume more and upset a sensitive energy balance. Read Dr. Elin's blog post at the link.
Good Idea is functional sparkling water with a blend of amino acids and chromium that balances you blood sugar and contributes to efficient metabolism of macronutrients. I asked my colleague Arne who is a passionate mountain-biker how he includes Good Idea in his preparations before, and recovery after a race.
Genetics tend to be unfair. While some people seemingly can eat and drink anything, others can gain weight almost by “looking” at food. No-one can stop being obese from one day to another, but everyone can do something to control their blood sugar variations. Dr. Elin's tips are simple and can be applied to start immediately. Click the link to find out more.
Food researcher Dr. Elin Östman explains how Good Idea can help the body handle carbs and sugar more efficiently to avoid the blood sugar roller coaster. It's is sparkling water with a unique blend of amino acids and chromium, scientifically proven to reduce the blood sugar spike following a meal by 25 percent. The blood sugar lowering properties means that the slump and sugar cravings that appear after eating can be avoided. It's an investment in your health to control blood sugar. Enjoy!
Dr. Elin Östman explains how Good Idea drinks can help the body handle carbs and sugar more efficiently to avoid the blood sugar blues. Good Idea is sparkling water with a unique blend of five amino acids and chromium, scientifically proven to reduce the blood sugar spike following a meal by, 25 percent. The blood sugar lowering properties of Good Idea means that the slump and sugar cravings that often appear after eating can be avoided. Invest in your health - control your blood sugar spikes.