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

Starting the Conversation: a review of the 2017 Yes to Life conference

My blog is a little different this month as it’s not my musings on a particular nutrition or health issue. Instead, I thought I’d bring you a review of the this year’s Yes to Life conference on integrative approaches to cancer which took place in London on Saturday 25 November 2017. I know a few people who would have liked to have attended the conference but couldn’t make it.… Read the rest

Vitamin D – are you getting enough?

Now that British Summer Time is over, unless you are lucky enough to be on holiday in a sunnier climate, it’s time to consider you much vitamin D you should be taking. In 2016, Public Health England issued guidance(1) stating that all adults in the UK need to obtain at least 10mcg (400IU) vitamin D every day to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.… Read the rest