A high sugar, high fat diet “disrupts normal insulin function in the brain, increases inflammation and oxidative stress and impairs amyloid regulation”. (Quote by S. Craft in ‘Eat your way to dementia’, Trivedia B, New Scientist No. 2880, Sep 2012)
A Mediterranean diet with olive oil is associated with significant increases in bone formation markers, whereas a processed-food diet high in salt depletes calcium and contributes to thinning of bones.
More than 40 plant-based compounds and other dietary components including amino acids, vit D, fishoils, ginseng extract, lycopene, curcumin and pomegranate juice may affect gene expression and inhibit metastatic progression of cancer.
The popular press has recently been awash with the hazards of fizzy drinks, fruit juices and the sugars they contain such as sucrose, fructose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).1,2 The list of conditions which result from excess sugar consumption is depressingly long, and gets longer with each new study and each passing year. Nutritional Therapists have […]
Eggs are one of the most affordable and best available sources of protein in a modern diet that tends to suffer from carbohydrate overload. A medium-sized egg provides 78 kcal and 6.5g protein, delivering around 13% of an adult’s daily protein requirement. Eggs offer an excellent supply of vitamins D, B2, B12, biotin and iodine and are a useful source of vitamin A, folate, choline, phosphorus, selenium and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.
“Porridge is a staple in the Scots’ diet, to stave off the winter chill. Some like it sweet, some salty; my version is a little bit of both. I like to add my own twist to give it some texture. Mix 200ml of oats and 400ml water and bring to the boil. Add half a tablespoon of salt. Let it boil for 5 minutes and take off the heat. Mix 25g sunflower seeds, 25g of walnuts and half a grated apple, and serve with cold milk.”
(Tom Kitchin, Chef & Proprietor, The Kitchen, Edinburgh)
Life has its ups and downs. Whether it’s raining cats and dogs, exams are looming, your partner has done a runner or some grander calamity occurs, a perceived lack of control can lead to depression. However, feelings of doom and gloom may also result from a number of biochemical imbalances associated with nutritional intake. These […]
I know little about art, but Edvard Munch’s stolen painting “The Scream” has captured my imagination. We see a figure holding his head, with eyes and mouth opened in anguish. Although the work was completed over a hundred years ago, it expresses perfectly the alienation and isolation of modern life and possibly, a fear of […]
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 […]
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 […]
Most people expect to suffer a degree of decline as they age. Noel Coward said that it’s ” foolish to think that one can ever slam the door in the face of age. Much wiser to be polite and gracious and ask him to lunch in advance”. True, there is no point in denying the […]
A recipe for madness? The standard advice to “just eat a healthy balanced diet” is at least half a century out of date. What exactly is it that we are supposed to balance? Should we mix’n’match different pesticide residues in our food or change our preferred brand of flavoured crisps? The processed convenience food we […]
Is Something Fishy Going On? If you find yourself thoroughly confused about the recent fishoil controversy, you are not alone. One minute we are told to eat oily fish, then media headlines scream essential fats offer no health benefits at all. Let’s sort out fact from fiction. Omega 3 is an “essential” fat, our bodies […]
The Secret of beautiful skin – nutrition from the inside Between the passing agony of teenage spots and the inevitability of wrinkles, there is a stage when one hopes to become the proud owner of velvety smooth skin. Not for those suffering from bad skin or adult acne, though, who have to contend with ‘bad […]
Feature Article for BANT November 2011 Newsletter Definitions, Terminology and Prevalence The NHS Information Centre’s annual survey of drug misuse in England concluded that 2.8m adults were using illegal substances in 2009/10. The most widely used drug was cannabis, followed by cocaine. The number of people taking illegal drugs has been falling for several years, […]