An Insight into Functional Testing

testing

As part of my work, I often use testing to investigate the root causes of clients’ symptoms. Many people are surprised at the wide range of tests that nutritional therapists have access to, and are interested in how testing could benefit them, so in this article I explain why testing might be useful, some of the tests that are available, and why testing isn’t always necessary.… Read the rest

Probiotic Coconut Yoghurt

coconut yoghurt

I just love coconut yoghurt. It’s creamy, tangy and rich, low in carbohydrates and high in healthy medium-chain triglycerides. CoYo is my favourite brand – it’s dairy free and the natural flavour has only 3 ingredients: organic coconut milk, organic tapioca starch and vegan probiotic cultures. The only problem is that I like it as a frequent breakfast staple, but it’s an expensive habit – one small pot costs around £2.… Read the rest

Anti-inflammatory Energy Balls

I generally try to follow a low sugar diet, and that includes limiting my dried fruit intake. But occasional treats are an important part of enjoying life, so as long as you do keep them occasional, it’s good to have some snack recipes to hand that contain only whole foods. These energy balls contain much more seeds than dried fruit, unlike some of the commercially available ones, yet they are still sweet enough.… Read the rest

Why it Pays to Look After Your Liver

Your amazing liver

How often do you think about your liver? As with most hidden parts of our body, we often don’t think about it much until something goes wrong with it. Yet your liver is truly remarkable. Here are some facts about this amazing organ:

  • It is the heaviest organ in the body
  • The only organ larger is the skin
  • The liver uses 27% of the energy of the body at rest
  • It filters 1.4 litres of blood every minute
  • All nutrients that are absorbed in the digestive system are first transported in the blood to the liver, so that any toxins can be filtered out before the blood gets into general circulation

The liver is a very busy organ indeed – it is estimated that it carries out over 500 functions!… Read the rest

Hay Fever

hay fever

It’s almost Easter, and spring is on its way! While many of us welcome the longer, warmer days, there are some for whom spring and early summer just bring a new set of health problems. For those who suffer from hay fever, symptoms may start as early as February/March (tree pollen). The grass pollen season is at its height between May and July.… Read the rest

Jerusalem artichoke soup with sage and flaked almonds

This recipe is taken from Amelia Freer‘s website. I came across it while looking for inspiration on what to do with Jerusalem artichokes. I had wanted to include them in my diet while they were in season this winter as they are such a good source of prebiotic fibre. Prebiotic foods feed the “good” bacteria in our gut, and as so many aspects of our health are dependent on our gut bacterial diversity, it is very important that we consume them on a regular basis.… Read the rest

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice

If you’re trying to reduce your carbohydrate intake, perhaps to lose weight, then you’ll want some easy swaps to transition your way into your new way of eating. Cauliflower rice is low in carbohydrate and is incredibly easy to make, in less time than it takes to boil white rice. And best of all, cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable.… Read the rest

Detox: fad or necessity?

juice fast

At this time of year, the media is often full of articles urging us to embark on a detox to cleanse us of the excesses of the Christmas season. By contrast, a common response to this is to assert that the body has perfectly good systems of detoxification in place – the liver and the kidneys – and that we do not need to do anything to further promote detoxification.… Read the rest