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27/05/2020

Brain Awareness Week: Omega 3 for Children

March 11-15 is Brain Awareness Week. So, I thought I would take this opportunity to look at natural ways to support brain health – starting with Omega 3 for children. Childhood is a major period of brain growth and development: The period from birth to two years is a primary growth phase, with additional spurts of development at around two years, between seven and nine years, and then again during mid-adolescence.  WHY OMEGA 3 IS NEEDED: There has been much publicity about the potential benefits of omega 3 for this... Read More

27/05/2020

Take care of your skin this winter

It seems we are well and truly heading towards winter again! The clocks have changed, the nights are definitely drawing in and – confession time – my heating has gone on. The office I work in also has heating and air-conditioning, and – like many others I’m sure – I find that this combination of factors leads to dry skin and chapped lips. The good news though, is that there is no need to suffer! There are plenty of lovely natural products which can help with dry, wintery skin. 1.... Read More

27/05/2020

Summer Detox & the Role of the Super Foods

As the summer holidays approach, there are many people talking about a summer detox. What exactly does this mean? Well, a summer detox has two main purposes: 1. To help shift those final few pounds before you hit the beach 2. To support a natural process that occurs in our body In this blog I’ll be talking about the benefits of a summer detox, and sharing my top tips to help make your summer detox a success. WHAT IS A DETOX? Our body is constantly going through a process of... Read More

27/05/2020

Sleep: Reshaping Your Beliefs

I am often asked whether there is anything that will help people sleep better. The problem is, like so many things in life, whilst there are natural remedies which can help people to sleep better there is not a simple one size fits all solution. We are all individual, and the reasons why we may be having problems with sleep are many and varied. For example, I had one gentleman come to see me a few years ago – the reason he was struggling to get to sleep at night... Read More

27/05/2020
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Mens Health Month: Heart Health

Less than a century ago deaths from infectious diseases were common, and death most often followed a short period of illness. Now though, chronic disease is the leading cause of death, and death is most commonly preceded by long periods of moderate or severe poor health. According to the latest government report the number of years lived in poor health has increased since 2011: Men could now expect to live 16.2 years in poor health! For this reason, this Men’s Health Month I’ll be sharing a number of blogs dedicated to the... Read More

27/05/2020

Look After Your Eyes With These Key Ingredients

Taking care of our eyes is important, but often overlooked. The good news is that there are many different nutrients and foods which are thought to help protect eye health. In this blog, nutritionist Jenny Logan looks at the best natural ways to support healthy eyes. Lutein Lutein, which is found in green leafy vegetables, is widely accepted these days as being vital to eye health. It is said to protect against eye strain, failing vision and macular degeneration. Many opticians now recommend that people deemed to be at risk... Read More

27/05/2020

The Menopause FAQ: Blog 4

The last blog in our Menopause series – discussing the wide array of symptoms associated with the menopause and peri-menopause, and the natural remedies which can help. This week, Jenny discusses Dry Eye and Vaginal Dryness, and the natural remedies which may provide some relief. The Hormonal cause of Vaginal Dryness To remind yourself of the hormones involved in the menstrual cycle you can refer to Blog 2 for an ‘Introduction to the Hormonal Cycle’. The key hormone linked with vaginal dryness is oestrogen. Oestrogen provides lubrication for the mucous membranes. Mucous... Read More

27/05/2020

What are the alternatives to HRT?

What is HRT? HRT stands for Hormone Replacement Therapy.  Menopausal symptoms are often caused by falling hormone levels, and the idea is that taking HRT will replace the hormones your body is no longer producing, and therefore put a stop to uncomfortable symptoms.  The scare stories Recent reports have indicated that taking HRT can increase the risk of breast cancer. In a study carried out by Cancer Research UK, which looked at one million women, it was concluded that women who take combined HRT have double the risk of developing... Read More

27/05/2020

How can the bacteria of my Microbiome impact my ability to lose weight?

Continuing our series looking at natural ways to help support weight, in this post I am going to delve into the secret world of our good bacteria – discussing the impact they can have on our eating habits and our ability to lose weight. GOOD BACTERIA Good bacteria, also known as probiotics, are not yet a common weight loss supplement. However, there is currently so much research going on investigating the world of the bacteria which live inside us – known as the microbiome – that I suspect it may... Read More

27/05/2020

Why calorie counting doesn’t work, and the alternatives.

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU? New year, new you? Great! But, this year, why not try a new approach? Many people dive headlong into a new diet regime in January, punishing themselves for enjoying extra food and drink over the festive period. The trouble is, a huge number of these diets are not sustainable – or successful – in the long term. One of the reasons for this is the ongoing focus so many people place on calorie counting. Calorie counting is at the root of many disordered relationships with food:... Read More