In The Mood – Diet and Supplement Spotlight

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Stress, low mood, lack of sleep. These are symptoms most of us just put up with on a daily basis. But later in life, these conditions could lead to a bout of depression. How can diet help in these situations? Depression in later life is widespread and debilitating. It frequently coexists with other illnesses or […]

Raw Food Chocolate

raw chocolate

Surely, there is only one superfood of choice for St Valentine’s Day? It’s gluten free, dairy free, low GI and contains some serious feelgood factors – who could possibly resist? I don’t mean chocolate, the brightly packaged confectionary that’s full of sugar, dairy and harmful fats. Daily consumption of this kind of adulterated “treat” is […]

The Machine Stops?

ignorance is strength!

E M Forster’s “The Machine Stops” was published for the first time in 1909. It is a short satire about a monstrous system where the mental and physical requirements of the population are serviced by a single vast machine. Individuals remain isolated within their underground cells and human contact is discouraged. “To such a state […]

Fancy Some Sauerkraut?

Sauerkraut for Health

Growing awareness that good nutrition is the basis for good health is creating a market for simple, traditional foods that haven’t been factory processed or dosed with man-made chemicals. At the same time there is an interest in rediscovering ancient methods of cooking and preserving foods. How did mankind cope before the invention of fridge […]

Chocolate – Sugar Replacement Therapy?

milk tray

Let me tell you, the quickest route to a girl’s heart is through her stomach! Forget looks, fame and fortune, a man has to be able to cook. Or willing to go out at strange hours to buy chocolate, the ultimate in sugar replacement therapy. Easter is my idea of chocolate heaven – who can […]

Plenty More Fish In The Sea?

healthy bear eating salmon

The Food Standards Agency recommends that everyone should be eating two servings of fish per week… One portion should be oily, such as fresh tuna, salmon, sardines or mackerel. Omega 3 fats in these fish help to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes, autoimmune disorders and protect against problems related to the brain […]

The Perfect Sweetness

Xylitol From Birch Bark

A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down… But does the sugar we eat actually contribute to our requirement of medication? The sugar industry would have us believe that sugar does not contribute to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypoglycaemia or nutrient deficiencies. I’d like to believe them, but I don’t. Sucrose is an essential […]

Are You Deficient In Magnesium?

Vintage Epsom Salts - Magnesium Sulphate Nutrition

In 1618, a farmer on Epsom Common noticed that his cows refused to drink from a certain well … even when the weather was hot and dry. The water had a bitter taste, but the farmer found that it helped to heal the scratches on his skin. ‘Taking the water’ from this source soon became […]

Benefits of Selenium – The Nutritional Facts

Brazil Nuts Contain Selenium

Selenium is one of those substances we need only little of, but without any at all, we die. Our bodies don’t produce it – we have to eat it – but there are serious concerns being raised in scientific circles because the amount of selenium present in our soil and food supply has fallen. We […]

Waiter, there’s a free radical in my soup!

Colourful Organic Fruit

Whilst many people have been contemplating their navels on the beach, I have spent most of this summer indoors, hunched over my computer. I have also been watching the lines on my face and counting the white hairs on my head with increasing anxiety. Something can be done about the unhealthy lifestyle but what about […]

Memory like an elephant

elephant memory

A distant cousin of mine called Manori works at an elephant conservation park on the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Elephants are long-lived, highly social animals that have evolved a good long-term memory. They are known to hurl stones at their keepers for months after having been fed foul-tasting medicine. Manori tells me that elephants […]

Calcium intake for healthy bones

Diet And Exercise

Clients often ask whether their intake of calcium is adequate. Their concern is justified since calcium losses are associated with osteoporosis in 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men. Other symptoms include muscle cramps, tremors or spasms, insomnia, nervousness, joint pain, arthritis, tooth decay and high blood pressure. So, why not just swallow […]

Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplement Facts

Why take supplements? I am often asked whether it is necessary to take vitamin and mineral supplements and why we can’t get all we need from a healthy diet. The truth is that since World War II, the quality of our food has seriously declined, and there is no such thing as a healthy diet […]

Elderberries To Beat The ‘Flu

Elderberries to beat the flu

Flu bugs always find us … … no matter how far they have to travel. Notorious ones tend to originate from somewhere exotic like Beijing. Yet, for all we know, people on the other side of the world could be dropping like flies to a strain from Wivelsfield… Black Elderberry is one of the best […]