Addressing Anxiety

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. One of the most common mental health problems that I see in my clinic is anxiety. A 2016 review of 48 studies led by the University of Cambridge and published in Brain and Behaviour suggested that anxiety is a huge issue, with more than 60 million people affected Continue reading »

10 A Day: Putting it into practice

A recent study by Imperial College London has calculated that eating 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day (double the amount of the current 5 a day recommendation) could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths per year. This seems to me like healthy eating common sense. Eating more fruit and vegetables delivers an even greater Continue reading »

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

School lunch is such an important meal for children – it provides the fuel they need to see them through an afternoon of learning. Ideally there should be a good balance of macronutrients (ie. carbohydrates, proteins and fats) in your child’s lunch box: –          Carbohydrates: grains, vegetables and fruit – these provide a quick burst Continue reading »

SIBO – a possible cause of IBS?

Our intestinal tract is long – approximately 25 feet in total! The initial 20 feet is the small intestine. The final 5 feet comprises the large intestine (the colon). A huge population of bacteria live within the digestive tract – the vast majority of these reside in the large intestine where they play a vital Continue reading »

January Detox Basics

The January detox is a cliche of modern life. The need to purify our bodies (and minds!) after the excesses of Christmas. There is an argument however that our bodies are constantly detoxing and that we just need to sit back and let that happen… This is true to a certain extent – our bodies Continue reading »

Healthy Eating for Children

I am mum to two small children so I understand very well the challenges of encouraging children to eat healthily. Children can be very fussy eaters and my two certainly have their moments! They go to parties and eat happily whatever is served. Indulgent relatives buy chocolates and sweets as treats. They love puddings and ice cream on Continue reading »

Vitamin D – supplementation advised!

It is not often that the government recommends that the general population supplement a particular nutrient – however that is exactly what happened last summer. Public Health England (PHE) issued a recommendation that all adults and children over the age of 1 should be getting at least 10mcg (400iu) of vitamin D per day – Continue reading »