Wonderful Asparagus now in season

Hurray…the asparagus season is here. British asparagus, sweet and tasty is only available from April to June. Rich in vitamin K and traditionally matched with hollandaise sauce, asparagus freshly picked requires minimal preparation. Enjoy it with a drizzle of olive … Continue reading »

Can supplementing Vit D help memory?

Vitamin D deficiency is widespread and several studies have found associations between vitamin D, memory impairment and dementia.  Researchers found a link between vitamin D and the way the brain works. Receptors for vitamin D are found in many parts … Continue reading »

Low Vitamin B12 linked to poor brain health

Vitamin B12 deficiency has been linked to mental health issues such as cognitive decline and dementia. However research suggests that low ‘normal’ levels of vitamin B12 are potentially linked to similar effects on memory and brain structure indicating that you … Continue reading »

Eating or drinking ginger on a daily basis may have a significant impact on your health. A recent study published in journal Nutrition looked at the effects of taking ginger in 4,628 men and women. The results showed that ginger reducedginger the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease in over 18s and over 40s leading researchers to suggest it may be worth incorporating 2-4 g of ginger daily in the diet. The researchers were unsure of the exact reasons why ginger had such a positive effect but the key compounds (gingerols, shoganols, zingerones) have been found to be potent antioxidants and may also contribute to reducing the spread of some cancer cells.

Add it to smoothies, soups, stir fries and kedgeree. Ginger also makes delicious tea – grate half a ginger root into a saucepan, cover with water and slowly boil. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice and half a tsp of maple syrup to sweeten or add tamari if you prefer a savoury drink.

Note: the article is about using fresh ginger in the diet and not ginger supplements. Ginger can interact with some medications such as hypertensives and blood thinners due to its powerful effects so care should be taken or talk to your GP.

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GPs refer patients for Nutritional Therapy

Wonderful news. Your doctor can now refer you to see a Nutritional Therapist and other complementary healthcare practitioners. As part of a recent review, the General Medical Council (GMC) have made changes to GP referral guidelines and they can now … Continue reading »

Courgetti: The Perfect Weight Loss Friend

Replace carb heavy spaghetti with with courgettes (also known as zucchini) spiralized into spaghetti, add home made pesto (slightly overdid the garlic) and cute little mozzarella balls. My husband and 24 year old son cleared their plates at lunch. I was … Continue reading »

Celery, Cucumber & Mint Detoxifying Juice

Green alkalising juices provide the body with vital nutrients helping support a healthy immune system, important as we enter the cold winter months. Cucumber and celery are high in nutrients and low in calories, packed with vitamin C, potassium and … Continue reading »

Rocket and Orange Salad with Halloumi

A deliciously tasty and easy lunchtime salad, ready in less than 10 minutes. Packed full of nutrients from whole foods for skin, heart and bone health, this lunch is a great source of calcium (rocket and halloumi), vitamin A (rocket … Continue reading »

Watercress, Pea and Mint Soup

This recipe is adapted from BBC GoodFood. Watercress is a superfood packed vitamin A, vitamin C (more than an orange), calcium and iron. It makes a perfect early summer soup with the hint of mint. Ingredients: 2 packets of watercress … Continue reading »

Avocado: A True Superfood

Avocados are amazing heart healthy, skin glowing and eyesight supporting foods deserving of a regular role in the diet. Almost two thirds of their fat is monounsaturated, specifically oleic acid the same as in olive oil found to help reduce … Continue reading »