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  1. Five Pillars of Health

    FIVE PILLARS OF HEALTH Xndo strives to help you achieve total health easily, conveniently and naturally. We do this through our Five Pillars of Health, an integrated programme of meals, drinks, supplements and tonics that are: Balanced Benefit-dense Bio-available  They work holistically to sustain overall wellness and address key risks to health. We call these threats, IOG – Inflammation,Oxidation and Glycation. Triggered by poor diet and lifestyle choices, IOG increases the risks for chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure and cancer.  Some inflammation is normal and part of the body’s protective response. However, a poor diet high in sugar, carbohydrates, artificial food additives and trans-fat causes chronic low-grade (‘silent’) inflammation and increases the risk of a host of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease. Oxidation occurs naturally to kill bacteria. However, excess oxidative stress from the environmental, lifestyle and diet releases large amounts of free radicals and disrupts the body’s balance. Cells are subjected to continuous damage that causes aging, cancer, hardening of the arteries, increases inflammation and more. "Glycation is when a protein or fat molecule bonds with a sugar molecule, distorting it. A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates increases the glycation process and triggers a state of low-grade inflammation hat results in tissue damage and plaque formation. SIGNS:Redness, Swelling, Pains, Aches, Rashes, Arthritis, Joint Pains, Eczema, Edema. SIGNS:Appearances of skin aging, Skin Mottling,Skin Pigmentation.  SIGNS:Diabetes, Muscle Breakdown, Sagging Skin.     Total Health Starts Here!     DOWNLOADOUR BROCHURE PDF
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  2. Superfoods

    The Superfood range of benefit-dense functional foods combat oxidative stress, reduce inflammation and tackle glycation to boost immunity, and support metabolism. Developed to be high in beneficial antioxidants and naturally-sourced beneficial compounds, the functional food nutrition line is protein dominant and high in good fat and fibre and have no-carbohydrate, or are low-carbohydrate (NCLC). Complementing our ready-to-eat meal solutions are shakes, snacks, coffees and teas, as well as enzyme and apple vinegar tonics. WHY SUPERFOODS IS IMPORTANT? Sustain overall health and vitality by addressing IOG risk factors, boosting immunity, and supporting metabolism XNDO Noodles and Rice are made with Konjac Root: BENEFITS Reduce IOG and eliminate risk factors for disease Dense functional food solutions Sustain metabolic burn Enhance health with beneficial compounds XNDO NOODLES XNDO PRODUCTS XNDO ZERO NOODLES & XNDO RICE     READY-TO-EAT MEALS                PROTEIN SHAKES     MORNING GOODNESS         COCONUT OIL EXTRACT  
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  3. Fibre for Health

    Fibre for health Fibre is more than nature’s scrubbing brush, it is also a sponge and bulking agent. Including adequate amounts of fibre into your diet keeps your digestive system and bowel movements in good working condition. Fibre comes in two forms: insoluble fibre and soluble fibre. Soluble fibre cannot be digested and passes through the digestive tract without being broken down. This ‘roughage’ aids the passage of waste through your gut. Soluble fibre absorbs many times its own weight in water, forming a sticky gel that lines the stomach and slows down digestion – and is thus helpful in regulating appetite. Soluble fibre also regulates insulin and has a beneficial impact on cholesterol. Fibre has another important role: feeding the bacteria that live in the gut. These colonies not only aide in digestion but play an important role in immunity. As a rule, aim for 20g to 30g of dietary fibre a day – and remember to drink plenty of water when increasing your fibre intake. If you are already including the meal solutions formulated by Xndo Food for Health, you’re already getting a healthful dose of fibre.
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  4. A handier way to take MCT

    A Handier Way to Take MCT How do you take your good fat? For some, ensuring a good dose of MCT each day involves a rather oily swallow of coconut oil. While coconut oil is a good source of MCT, only about 60% of it contains actual MCT (less, actually if you want to get technical, because most of it is in the form of lauric acid, a ‘faux MCT’.  Not everyone can – or is willing to – load up on coconut oil each day, so we at Food for Health by Xndo have launched a much handier form of 100% MCT powder. Ready to eat, handy to carry around and most importantly much more potent! Plus, they come with a host of additional benefits such as prebiotics and dietary fibre. These sachets can be simply added to drinks or food – or even consumed directly! Here’re a few ways to MCT-boost your day. This ultra-rich smoothie will serve as a power breakfast or quick lunch to fuel your day MCT-loaded smoothie INGREDIENTS 1 sachet Xndo Protein Shake 1 sachet Xndo 100% MCT powder 1 small banana ¼ cup Greek yoghurt (optional) ½ cup water or milk (adjust amount to your personal preference) DIRECTIONS Blend all the ingredients together till smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
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  5. Refreshing High-Protein Popsicles

    INGREDIENTS 1 pouch Xndo protein shake, any flavour 250ml to 300ml water Popsicle moulds DIRECTIONS Mix Xndo protein shake in water till well dissolved Pour shake into popsicle moulds (or make your own with paper cups and ice cream sticks) Freeze till set (at least 3 hours) Recipe contributed by Xndo ambassador Sharmilah Begum
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  6. Keto V Paleo - and where Xndo fits

    When it comes to sustaining health and preventing inflamation, oxidation and glycation - as well as burning fat effectively and maintaining a weight loss - a few diets have gained popularity. The top two are the Ketogenic Diet and the Paleolithic Diet. The Ketogenic or Keto Diet is targeted primarily at rapid weight loss. However, it can also improve medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. The main goal of the diet is to help the body enter a metabolic state called Ketosis. This is when your body - instead of burning sugar, its preferred fuel source - burns fatty acids. This produces Ketones, giving the diet its name. To do this, carbohydrates are heavily restricted from the diet, while fat intake is increased. The body has no choice but to burn fat for fuel, so weight loss occurs. The Paleolithic or Paleo Diet is based on the principle of eliminating foods such as grains, legumes, most forms of diary, processed foods and refined sugar from the diet. These foods are hard for the body to break down, and can affect gut health. The diet is therapeutic for gut health, autoimmune conditions, blood sugar balance, and can aid weight loss. What's the difference? Both diets are aimed at better health because they counter inflammation, aid in  digestive wellness and can be used to lose and maintain an ideal weight. The Ketos Diet is more rigorous because it limits carbohydrates to no more than 5% of your diet. The Standard Keto Diet ratio is 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbohydrates. The diet also requires you to test yourself ketosis. The Paleo Diet does not intentionally restrict carbohydrates to a low percentage, and is more of a long-term lifestyle choice that can improve health and aid in weight. Depending on the amount of carbohydrates you eat on the Paleo diet (in the form of starchy vegetables, fruit and natural sugars), weight loss can vary. Essentially, it's a matter of ratios. These diets are similar in these ways: No grains, legumes, refined sugar A focus on healthy fats from nuts, seeds, animal fats and coconut oil An emphasis on quality grass-fed/organic animal protein Freedom to eat non-starchy vegetables and leafy greens Food for Health by Xndo is helpful in aiding these diets. Xndo’s meal nutrition line is protein dominant, high in good fat and fibre and is no-carbohydrate/low-carbohydrate (NCLC) – all in line with the macronutrient principles of both the Keto and Paleo diets. Xndo Rice and Noodles are particularly keto- and paleo-friendly and can be readily incorporated into these meal plans because they are very low in carbohydrates, support gut health and are helpful in preventing inflammation.
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  7. Eggs: Villain no more

    Once considered the villain of nutrition, eggs are no longer – pardon the pun – the bad eggs of the nutritional world. One vilified because of their relatively high cholesterol content (one large egg contains 213 mg of cholesterol), new science is turning the tables around. It has become evident that cholesterol in food is not the culprit in increasing the rates of heart disease. Added to this, new research is also shedding light on the role of cholesterol as beneficial not harmful (spoiler alert: inflammation is the culprit). Now that they have been given a pardon, it is time to welcome eggs back into your regular meal rotation and benefit from this nutritional powerhouse. Eggs contain the ‘gold standard’ for protein. One egg has only 75 calories but 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, along with iron, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids. With lots of easily-digestible protein, eggs help keep you feeling full, aiding in healthy eating habits and weight management They are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, disease-fighting carotenoids that may reduce the risk of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. High in choline content, eggs enhance brain development and memory As if all these benefits are not enough, eggs are delicious and highly versatile pantry staple that makes a quick snack, or a welcome addition to jazz up any meal.
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  8. Protein Shakes: Good for everyone

    Protein shakes are a great way to supplement your protein needs. While body builders have long used protein bars and shakes to boost their daily protein intake and build muscle post-workout, protein is not just for the fitness minded. An increased protein intake is beneficial for everyone. Protein builds muscle, balances blood sugar Protein helps our bodies build and maintain lean muscle, and provides a slow release of glucose into our blood stream, balancing blood sugar level and increasing satiety. All of which has positive effects on weight loss and general health. Snacking on a protein shake instead of other high carb fillers is a also good way to reduce overall daily calories while satisfying persistent hunger cravings. Choosing between the numerous available options can be confusing. Many are high in sugar and contain a lot of calories, defeating the purpose of using them. Others don’t contain enough protein to be beneficial, or the protein is of the wrong type. Some contain undesirable food substitutes and chemicals, or taste awful. To keep you from straying toward high calorie alternatives, a protein shake must be something that is easy to prepare and which you enjoy drinking. All protein is not the same A big differences between shakes is the protein they contain. The type of protein matters because some are better than others, and all have slightly different properties. One of the best and most popular protein additives is whey because it contains an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, as well as being a proven muscle builder. While there are other protein powders with more specific benefits, whey is a good all rounder, and a natural choice for a multi-purpose protein shake. To make it a bit easier to choose, here are some guidelines on what makes a good protein shake: Contains at least 40 percent of high quality protein - preferably more. Most shakes contain some carbohydrate for quick energy release, but each shake should not contain more than 200 calories in total. If possible choose a shake that includes heart healthy fats like MCT and Omega 3. No trans fat. It tastes good, and is easy to prepare. Xndo protein shakes are delicious and mix immediately in water. They are specifically designed to supplement protein intake as part of a protein dominant diet based upon a food pyramid that avoids sugar, emphasizes protein and fiber, and limits carbohydrate. Xndo shakes contain at least 45% (20g) high quality whey protein each, and are less than 170 calories.
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  9. Optimise weight loss with protein

    Protein has big benefits for weight loss, and helps fight the effects of aging. A study recently completed in the USA showed that a high protein intake helps to maintain the muscle we normally lose as we get older, keeping us stronger and healthier. High protein consumption also reduces obesity as we age,and helps prevent the onset of diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to the study by the University of Arkansas published in online academic journal MDPI in May this year. The results confirm the conclusions of Xndo’s own research. Since 2009 we have recommended a food pyramid with increased protein and reduced carbohydrate consumption. Protein is beneficial in many ways. It is necessary for building and maintaining lean muscle, which is important because muscle boosts your metabolism naturally. Muscle burns calories when you are active and also when you are resting, making it easier to lose weight. Eating a protein dominant diet while losing weight helps your body maintain muscle while losing body fat. All three macronutrients – protein, carbohydrate, and fat – contain calories. Of these, calories from protein are a preferred source of energy because many of them are consumed by the various functions protein fulfills in the body. Those that aren’t consumed are converted into sugar via a long and energy consuming process, during which even more of them are burned up. What all that means is that energy from protein is released more slowly into the blood stream, avoiding high blood sugar levels and potentially damaging insulin spikes. The slow rate of absorption also keeps you feeling full longer, helping avoid calorie-rich snacking. That is why we say to chase protein, indulge in fiber, enjoy the fat, and avoid carbs. Getting enough protein in our modern diets can be challenging. To make it easy to supplement your daily protein intake Xndo has created tasty protein boosting shakes.
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  10. Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Confirmed

    Fat found in coconut oil helps fight disease-causing inflammation according to an international report. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) occurring naturally in coconuts have been found to dampen inflammatory response associated with a range of diseases including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The report in the International Dairy Journal"target="_blank"> also found MCT’s improved insulin sensitivity, thereby helping combat the effects of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. While the anti-inflammatory effects of MCT’s have only recently been understood, their benefits to weight loss are well known. MCTs are more easily digested than normal fat, and which give fewer calories. They also help burn calories from other food through what is called the thermogenic or “fat-burning” effect. With less calories entering the body and more  being used up instead of stored as body fat, it then becomes easier to lose weight. MCTs have a long list of other health benefits. As well as aiding weight loss and helping to burn fat, MCT’s increase a sense of satiety, boost metabolic rate, and help balance blood sugar. For this reason MCT’s are an included ingredient in Xndo meals, teas and coffees.
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