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Compassion – is it missing in medicine?

The provision of compassionate care in all clinical scenarios is well understood to add various benefits including patient satisfaction, improvement in compliance, less complaints, improved practitioner wellbeing and professional satisfaction. Studies have shown that the degree of compassion expressed by […]

Tips for dealing with stress during winter

Dealing With Stress The Hygge Way You’ve probably come across Hygge in recent years, thanks to the numerous magazine articles and books written on the subject. Maybe it isn’t too surprising that this Danish phenomenon has captured our imagination, as […]

Why goal setting works better than new year resolutions

Although this post Christmas period is sometimes considered a gloomy time of year, I like to view it as a time for reflection and for planning all I want to do in the coming year. Even before I became a […]

9 food cravings and what they say about your emotions

The following article by Dr Deena Minich on the Mind Body Green website presents an interesting view… Rather than expressing our emotions, we sometimes stuff them down with food which our bodies translate as comfort and fulfillment. Scientific research shows […]

How exposure to EMF’s affects you

THE DANGERS OF EXPOSURE TO EMF’S (Electro Magnetic Frequencies) There are now thousands of peer-reviewed studies showing multiple concerns, links to cancer, and more. And, it’s especially concerning for children because the bone marrow of a child’s head absorbs 10 […]

What you need to know about methylation

What is methylation? Although it sounds complex, it’s actually a simple but essential chemical process that is happening constantly in your body. Methylation involves adding a ‘methyl group’ onto other chemical compounds which then allows the body to do most […]

Natural remedy for sore throats, colds and coughs

There will no doubt be plenty of coughs and colds going around over the next few months but new research says there is little in over-the-counter remedies that really help to alleviate the problem. One option to soothe a sore throat […]

How our emotions affect our body

Did you know that every feeling you have can affect some part of your body? While positive emotions such as gratitude have been scientifically linked to a number of beneficial health effects, negative emotions and stress can have a detrimental […]

The importance of sleep for our health

  DEEP SLEEP BUILDS EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE “More resilient people are able to ‘roll with the punches’ and adapt to adversity without lasting difficulties; less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes, both major and minor. It’s […]

Confused about supplements?

  You may have watched the recent Horizon programme that investigated whether supplements are unnecessary or even dangerous. In fact, there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary that very much supports the use of supplements. However, supplements can potentially be unsafe if […]

Thinking of going vegan?

Ethical and environmental considerations aside, I think a vegan diet can also be beneficial from a health perspective, provided you know what you’re doing. However, it doesn’t suit everyone and you need to be clued up so that you get […]

Not Chicken Soup – Anna Jones

I love this recipe from The Modern Cooks Year by Anna Jones and I make it a lot. It always feels comforting and restorative and is particularly great if you’re under the weather, had a bad day or fighting off […]

Depression and what could help

As a Nutritional Therapist and Wellbeing Coach, I would estimate around 60% of the people I see have, or have had in the past, some degree of depression. Over the years I have been practicing, I would say this figure […]

Stressed and in need of a break?

If you ever feel the need to recharge your batteries and escape from the stresses of every day life, I can highly recommend Witherdens Hall. As a wellbeing coach, I always suggest putting your own wellbeing above all else, so […]

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle medicine seems to be the new buzzword, mainly due to Dr Rangnan Chattergee and his TV series and his book ‘The 4 Pillar Plan’. Lifestyle Medicine is defined as: “prevention and treatment of disorders caused by lifestyle factors such […]

Wellbeing Coaching

Wellbeing Coaching As some of you will know, I’ve been working hard recently to complete my ILM Accredited Wellbeing Coaching training and I’m very pleased to say that not only am I now qualified but I was given 95%, which is apparently […]

Realistic Nutrition

Realistic nutrition should mean a diet of delicious and nutritious food, containing ingredients that you actually enjoy eating! Realistic nutrition is achievable nutrition. Everyone’s version of ‘realistic nutrition’ and how they achieve it will be different – some people are […]

The Sensitivity Gene

(and its link to ME, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromylgia) It has been discovered that a newly identified gene predisposes 15-20% of the population to fatigue related conditions due to a heightened reaction to stress. Elaine Wilkins from The Chrysalis Effect, […]

Warming Winter Turmeric Latte

On a recent visit to Deliciously Ella’s cafe, The Mae Deli, I tried the most delicious Turmeric Latte. It ticked so many boxes – it was warming, comforting, reviving and healthy too. Known as the ‘Queen of Spices’, turmeric has […]

Could you have an undiagnosed thyroid condition?

Amongst the various medical issues on the rise, thyroid conditions are amongst the top few.  One cause could be a lack of good nutrition, sometimes due to lack of nutrients in the soil. It’s now thought as many as one […]

The Benefits of Keeping a Food Diary

COULD KEEPING A FOOD JOURNAL HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT? Does this sound unlikely? Perhaps too time consuming or a waste of time? Well, think again because several studies have now shown that people who keep a food diary are more […]

Can you beat the common cold?

So, can you beat the common cold? Well, maybe not, however, there is much we can do to prevent ourselves from getting one in the first place. If nevertheless we do catch one, then there are definitely ways to reduce […]

Do we really need supplements?

Apparently 27 million adults take supplements, so clearly many people feel they are important and effective for improving health. However, the consumption of additional nutrients in the form of supplements is often dismissed as a waste of money by doctors […]

Why choose natural skincare

As a Nutritional Therapist, I often find there is more awareness regarding the benefits of a natural and organic diet than there is of the benefits of natural and organic skincare. Most people know that food in its natural state, […]

Why do we feel hungrier in Winter?

It’s very common to feel hungrier at this time of year and there are very good reasons as to why. The colder weather leads to a drop in our body temperature, which means our appetites get stimulated as a result. […]

Food to eat for S.A.D

This content by Vanessa May was included in Natural Health Magazine, December 2014   • Complex carbohydrates Interestingly, people with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) apparently process sugar differently in winter compared with summer. Cravings for refined carbs, such as bread, […]