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

Eating for Autumn

Autumn leaves

Now that we are past the equinox, it definitely feels like autumn. As I’m writing this, the sun is just breaking through the mist, but it has taken until 11.30am. I love autumn: the colours of the trees in glory, morning mist, the smell of bonfires, scrunching through leaves.

I’ve lived in cities all my life.… Read the rest

Food Intolerances

Food intolerances – are they real? On one hand, we have always known that the same diet does not suit everyone. A Roman poet said, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”, and ancient traditions such as Ayurveda recommend different diets for different constitutions. However, the vast array of “free from” products on supermarket shelves bears witness to how many people now consider that they have an intolerance, and this was certainly not the case a generation ago.… Read the rest