Category Archives: General Nutrition

DIY (Recipe) Elderberry Cough Syrup

This cough syrup is super easy to make, tastes great and can be used for adults or children alike. Elder also known as Black Elder or by its Latin name Sambucus nigra is from the Caprifoliacea family. The flowers of this plant are used for feverish conditions especially where the lungs or whole respiratory tract […]

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Nutritional Lab Tests [available now!]

Finally I’m so excited to let you know that I’m offering lab tests as a service without your needing to have a full consultation. You can also have a consultation if you like and it would be my pleasure to help you out with your health enquiry 🙂 Did you know that a Lab test can reveal […]

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Why you should ditch your beauty products!

diy-baby-wipes As a firm believer in keeping things as simple as possible I am in the process of ditching the whole bathroom cupboard full of ‘stuff’. By stuff I mean chemicals… I’ve long toyed with natural products and gone natural whenever I can. The difference in my skin when I go natural, and when I increase my nutrient levels, is extraordinary – I was pretty pleased when my beautician told me I had beautiful skin and I don’t THINK she said it to butter me up….incidentally if you want to give your skin a huge plumpness boost try upping your dose of Vitamin C. Personally I need 4-8gm per day during the winter. Anyhow…

Recently Moo Goo skin care sent me some samples to try and they were AMAZING. I may have good skin but my scalp is a mess; too many years of dying my blonde hair dark obviously…erm my mousey brown hair to blonde I mean. One wash with their shampoo and conditioner and my scalp was markedly less irritated. Once I added in their scalp cream my scalp felt like it could breathe again. I have now thrown out all of my other shampoo’s and am even aiming to learn to make my own dry shampoo (the godsend product for all busy mum’s!).

Anyhow, there is a stack of information around about chemicals in skin care but where do you start? A few years ago I worked on developing a skin care product range based on Manuka Honey and the project seemed to be never-ending! It was a minefield of unwanted and unused chemicals with contraindications but the chemicals are popular for two reasons: (more…)

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Expert Interviews – Digestive Wellness Series

Did you know that IBS is one of the most common digestive problems experienced by 10-15% of the population at some point in their lives. IBS sufferers are thought to account for: 3.5 million Physician visits each year $8 US billion in medical costs[1]. 40% of all referrals to hospital Gastroenterologists in the UK[2] ….and […]

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What is a whole grain?

wheatHave you ever wondered what a whole grain actually is? We hear the term and think ‘oh that’s something made with whole grains in it or with brown flour’ but what exactly does the term ‘whole grain’ really mean?

What many of us may not realize is that there is no complete, legally endorsed definition of what comprises whole grain. Which means, for instance, that 35% whole grain on one food label could mean something quite different than 35% whole grain on another. There is now an updated definition – termed HEALTHGRAIN — that is a step toward creating a common understanding of what “whole grain” implies. Current definitions are often incomplete, lacking descriptions of the included grains and the permitted flour manufacturing processes.

“Most cereal products, like white bread, pasta, and biscuits, are based on flour after removal of bran and germ, the two parts of grain kernels containing most of the dietary fibre and other bioactive components. In the past decade, consumers have been rediscovering whole grain-based products and the number of wholegrain products has increased rapidly.” – you can find an abstract of the study here or my copy of the actual report is here. (more…)

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The Bliss Point – thoughts on Sugar

Have you seen any of the recent TV shows on sugar? It’s about time this information finally surfaced! The sugar industry is big bucks and while most of us are probably aware that it contains empty calories, did you know that our body reacts to it like its a drug? Ever noticed how sometimes you just […]

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Should I take a multi vitamin and mineral supplement?

The million dollar nutritional question; should I be taking a supplement or are they a waste of money? In an ideal world we shouldn’t need to take additional nutrients; we should be able to get all of our nutrients from food and we would have no health issues to contend with. Getting nutrients from food […]

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E. coli linked to Colon Cancer

Scientists have discovered a link between high numbers of E. coli bacteria and colon cancer as well as the inflammatory bowel diseases Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Not only are E. coli levels high but they encode a toxin that damages the DNA in the cells of the gut lining. Approximately 66% of people with […]

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Fathers health affects offspring

Research suggests fathers diet, body weight, health at conception may contribute to obesity in offspring. If fathers have a high fat diet, diabetes and were obese their offspring have altered gene expression in the pancreas and in fat. Finally we understand how dad’s can have a positive impact on the health of their babies!  

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