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Vitamin D has a number of key roles to play in keeping you healthy and is probably best known for its part in regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body which, in turn, is important for healthy bones and teeth.

Increasing amounts of evidence however are revealing a wide range of other important roles that vitamin D plays in the body, including insulin production, immune health, neuromuscular function - and as an inhibitor of cancer cell growth.

You make much of your vitamin D your...

Glucose is the body’s basic energy currency and is required by nearly every cell in the body to function healthily.

In fact, the brain, our most vital of organs, uses no other type of fuel and is the body’s heaviest glucose consumer, accounting for around 60% of our overall glucose metabolism at rest.

Glucose is delivered to your body’s cells by the blood that flows around them. Insulin, also carried in the blood, is the hormone responsible for persuading those cells to open their doors and let th...

For a long time we’ve heard that having too much salt in our diets is a bad thing - and rightly so, as a high salt intake is a significant risk factor for stomach cancer as well as one of the most powerful influences on blood pressure - and with it your cardiovascular and dementia risks.

Sodium

Salt is made up of two substances – sodium and chlorine - and it’s the sodium that can affect your blood pressure. This is because the sodium you eat affects how much water your kidneys extract from your bl...

You may already be aware, but March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in the UK. However, did you know that an increasing volume of research is confirming tomatoes and tomato-based foods as a key weapon in the fight against prostate cancer?

As if tomatoes weren’t already healthy enough, prostate cancer risk shows a clear drop as tomato-based consumption increases. This is believed to be due to the presence in tomatoes of a substance called lycopene - the pigment that gives tomatoes their familia...

I bet you didn’t expect that to be the title of my follow-up blog?

It’s amazing what a difference two weeks can do. As you know, I started on my own little health kick about three weeks ago and I’m happy to say I’m beginning to see, and more importantly feel, the difference.

The food

This was the tricky one to get right. I’m following a plan where my food plan is put together for me with a tonne of varied recipe options for post-workout meals, main meals and snacks. The options are varied, easy to...

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