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About Sarah Hanratty

Sarah is a specialist practitioner at the Brain Food Clinic. She is a certified Gut and Psychology (GAPS) Practitioner and has a degree in Nutritional Medicine. Sarah helps people to overcome physical and mental health issues using bespoke nutritional protocols.

Do I have candida?

By |November 12th, 2019|

Do I have candida? Yes, it is likely that you do have some form of candida. Almost everybody does. The question you might want ask is – is it causing problems for me?

Candida is part of our gut ecology, it exists alongside other yeasts and bacteria. It is generally kept generally kept under control by […]

Nutrition Case Study: Low mood, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and PMS.

By |November 6th, 2019|

When she came to see me, Maya was struggling to get to sleep almost every night. Her mind would start racing with ‘things to do’ , ‘what if’s’  just as she tried to get off to sleep. She tried making lists to clear her mind before bed but it didn’t seem to help at all.

Maya […]

What are the signs of magnesium deficiency?

By |October 16th, 2019|

Magnesium is a very common deficiency in the general population. Diets high in carbohydrate and sugar can cause a magnesium deficiency simply because it creates a need for additional magnesium to control blood sugar levels. This becomes a huge issue when a carbohydrate and sugar rich diet is also lacking magnesium. Heavy sweating during exercise […]

Why is it difficult to identify nutrient deficiencies?

By |October 15th, 2019|

It can be tricky to identify nutrient deficiencies because it’s not just about what we eat on a day to day basis. It’s about our genetic make-up, our mother’s nutrient status during pregnancy, our digestion and ability to absorb nutrients too. It is also about our exposure to anti-nutrients in our lifestyles and environments. If […]

Nutrient deficiencies in autism.

By |October 14th, 2019|

There are a number a reason to be concerned about possible nutritional deficiencies in autism and its related disorders. These include higher needs for certain nutrients and lower intake. Here we discuss why we need to consider the nutritional status of children on the spectrum.

Selective Eaters.

Children with autism often have self-imposed restricted diets that could […]

Nutritional support: PoTS and the autoimmune connection.

By |March 26th, 2019|

PoTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. The symptoms of PoTS include lightheadedness, fatigue, dizziness, headache, anxiety, shortness of breath, nausea, digestive symptoms, fainting and occur mostly when standing up. It affects heart rate and blood pressure. However, symptoms can range in severity. The symptoms occur because the autonomic nervous system is dysfunctional. The autonomic […]

Why do I have loose stools?

By |March 7th, 2019|

Loose stools can be temporary; often due to an infection, irritation or during or after a course of antibiotics. Occasionally loose stools become a constant feature leading to discomfort, uncertainty and have a significant impact on day to day activities. Waste that moves quickly from your stomach to the toilet is usually due to a […]

Struggling to lose weight? Here’s why.

By |January 21st, 2019|

In my experience there are 5 reasons why people struggle to lose weight and none of them have to do with eating too many calories or not exercising enough.

I don’t agree with the theory of laziness or lack of self control when it comes to weight gain and inability to shift extra pounds. I know […]

Understanding your child’s eating issues.

By |January 17th, 2019|

When a child refuses to to eat or will only eat a limited selection of foods they are usually labelled ‘fussy’. There are three main reasons that a child is a selective eater and here we help you to tease out the different issues to identify what is affecting your child’s appetite for food.

Could there […]

Functional Testing: Depression

By |December 3rd, 2018|

Physiological factors can affect the way we think and feel. Mental health issues can have a physical cause. Of course, there are life circumstances that can lead to depression but what about depression with no known cause? 

You can run functional lab tests to find out which physiological factors could be influencing your mood and well-being. These […]