Psychobiotics 25/08/2021

Psychobiotics: Probiotics and the Brain

As children head back to school and students head off to university, one question I am often asked is whether there are any natural supplements that people can use to support brain function and mental performance. This is especially true this year, after months of disrupted education, and many hours of lost classroom time.  Traditional supplements to support cognitive function – such as B vitamins – are always a welcome recommendation. However, people are often surprised to learn that their microbiome – the world of bacteria which lives inside their... Read More

Benefits of Dietary Supplements 15/07/2021

What Are The Benefits of Dietary Supplements?

Why use supplements? We are told that we can get everything we need from a healthy balanced diet. So, does that mean for those of us who are following a healthy eating plan, and making all the right food choices, that food supplements are unnecessary? How do supplements add value to a healthy diet?  In this blog, we are going to look at the benefits of supplements, and which supplements are worth taking. The Benefits of Supplements  In our blog on multivitamins we discussed research that showed that even the... Read More

How to Choose the Best Probiotic For You 15/07/2021

How to Choose the Best Probiotic For You

There is so much information now about the importance of a healthy microbiome in our health and wellbeing, that many of us want to take a daily probiotic. But, with so much choice out there, how do you decide which one is best for you?  In this blog, we will look at the best probiotics and how to choose the right one for your needs. What to Look For in a Probiotic When looking to take a probiotic supplement there are a few things to look out for on the... Read More

Natural Remedies, History of Herbal Medicines 02/07/2021

Natural Remedies: A History of Herbal Medicines

There are two main types of plant remedies – herbal medicines and botanicals.   A botanical remedy is a product that is made using (often well known) culinary ingredients.  Botanical ingredients will include things like ginger, turmeric, and sage.  Herbal medicines, on the other hand, are products that have a long-demonstrated history of traditional use as herbal medicines to treat specific ailments.  So what are herbal remedies exactly? In this blog, we are going to explore the history of herbal medicines and take a look at how Natures Aid developed a... Read More

The Benefits of Magnesium Supplements 25/05/2021

The Benefits of Magnesium Supplements

For many years, I have suggested the use of magnesium supplements to my clients to help with all manner of ills. Many people could be deficient in this vital mineral and could therefore benefit from supplementation. Currently, magnesium appears to be being hailed as a bit of a ‘miracle pill’. So what are the potential benefits of taking magnesium?  Magnesium Benefits The first thing to address is why there is such a wide range of potential magnesium benefits. When we explore the roles of magnesium within the body, we can... Read More

lockdown fatigue 30/04/2021

How to Fight Lockdown Fatigue

As I write this, the sun has appeared for the first time in days, lifting my mood. However, this most recent lockdown in the UK over the winter months has been tough on our mental wellbeing. Huge numbers of people are reporting an increase in lockdown fatigue, stress and anxiety. In this blog, we will look at why the lockdown has been tough on our mental health and what we can do to help ourselves through periods of stress and anxiety. What’s Causing Lockdown Fatigue? After the first lockdown in... Read More

What is IBS, different types of IBS 12/04/2021

IBS Support: The Different Types of IBS

What Is IBS? IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is a common diagnosis and has a broad spectrum of symptoms. For this reason, health professionals divide IBS into three sub-categories to help focus treatment more effectively. The different types of IBS are: IBS-C – Irritable Bowel Syndrome, where the main bowel symptom is constipation. IBS-D – Irritable Bowel Syndrome, where the main bowel symptom is diarrhoea. IBS-M – Irritable Bowel Syndrome with a mixed bowel symptom – most often alternating between constipation and diarrhoea. It is important to note... Read More

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An Introduction to the Microbiome

What is the Gut Microbiome? Hippocrates said: “All disease begins in the gut”. Modern-day research appears to be showing just how right he was. However, it is not the health of the gut itself that has such an impact – but rather the 100 trillion bacteria that make their home there, forming what is often referred to as ‘the microbiome.’ Bacteria get a lot of bad press. We’re encouraged to use anti-bacterial solutions and to regard all bacteria as ‘germs’, and therefore the enemy. But whilst there are bad bacteria,... Read More

probiotics for kids, childrens probiotics 08/03/2021
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Probiotics for Kids

When do children need probiotics? In this blog, we’ll look at the benefits of probiotics for kids and why a supplement can support their diet. What Is A Probiotic?  Firstly, let’s look at what a probiotic is. ‘Probiotic’ means beneficial living organism. In this instance, we are talking about beneficial bacteria helping to support health and wellbeing. Every human gut contains a world of bacteria, known as the microbiome. This microbiome, when we are adults, is home to over 100 trillion bacteria.  To repay us for giving them somewhere safe... Read More

veganuary, vitamins for vegans 26/01/2021

Veganuary: Vegan Supplements & Dietary Advice

The interest in going vegan for a month each year during January -–now known as Veganuary – has grown year on year.  As Veganuary 2021 gets underway, we take a look at how to go vegan, and the main differences between a vegan diet and a vegetarian one.   What’s The Difference Between Vegan And Vegetarian Diets? Sometimes the difference between vegan and vegetarian diets can be confusing, but there is a clear distinction between the two. A vegetarian diet excludes meat and fish, whereas a vegan diet is much more... Read More