I had a client who had recurring IBS. We did a really thorough 'gut reset' programme where we removed parasites (yes, parasites - quite common actually), repopulated with probiotics and prebiotics and took steps to calm inflammation and heal the gut. She felt better. But still not great. She still had the IBS. Alongside the … Continue reading Why is relaxation important?
Serves 4 Cashew Dressing: ½ cup raw cashews, soaked overnight in water in fridge or for 30 minutes in just boiled water1 teaspoon Dijon mustard1 clove garlic1 tablespoon capers, drained2 tablespoons lemon juice2 tablespoons olive oil¼ cup warm water¼ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon ground black pepper Put ingredients in blender and blend on high. If too … Continue reading Kale and chickpea salad (gf, vegan and rich in magnesium)
How to improve yours and get happy without eating cake Whether we’ve experienced depression or not, we’ve all experienced changes in moods. If you’re female, you may well have put these changes down to hormones, but have you ever considered what you’ve been eating, and how you’ve been eating it? There is obviously a connection … Continue reading Mood and food
Every time I expressed to a medical professional that I am tired in the last few years I’ve felt the need to follow it with ‘but then I’ve got small children’. As if it were inevitable that I should feel rubbish for the first 3 years of each child’s life. Yes, parenting can be tiring, … Continue reading I’m tired. Can my GP help?
3 top takeaways from a recent talk I did on balancing female hormones. 1. Cortisol takes priority over all other hormones. It’s because it’s part of the fight or flight response that could potentially save our life. This means it can impact the balance and efficacy of all the other hormones. Also, it is made indirectly from progesterone so it … Continue reading Balance your hormones
I often get the impression that people think that nutritional therapy is just healthy eating. It does incorporate this, of course, and it can be that alone if that's all a client wants. For those instances, I do a one-off nutrition review which is like an MOT for your diet. It includes a thorough assessment … Continue reading What is nutritional therapy anyway?
There is currently a never-ending request for snacks and sweet treats from my kids. I'm guessing most lockdown families have similar. Here is something that took 5 minutes but gave oh so much pleasure. Chop bananas Melt chocolate in a bain-marie Dip one side of the banana slices into the chocolate Decorate
What's wrong with caffeine? I don't have anything personal against caffeine in coffee. In fact, I think it certainly has its uses. Caffeine can improve alertness, productivity and concentration and does appear to have some health benefits, in otherwise healthy people, but we should remember that it is a stimulant. It literally prevents the brain from being calm. … Continue reading What’s wrong with caffeine?
What are antioxidants? Vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and carotenoids like beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin are all examples of antioxidants. They are found in fruits and vegetables. The role of antioxidants is to protect the body from cell damage. Why do I need them in my diet? Antioxidants have been shown in studies to counteract … Continue reading What are antioxidants and why do I need them in my diet?
Try doing these 3 simple but very effective things the next time you eat. Drink a small glass of water before you eat to ensure you are adequately hydrated. This means your digestive juices can flow more readily (stomach acid and digestive enzymes) which will mean your food will get broken down more effectively.Chew really … Continue reading 3 ways to reduce bloating symptoms straight away