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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.

Why does heartburn or GERD worsen in winter?

By |December 3rd, 2018|

As the darker days draw in some people find their symptoms of GERD and acid reflux worsen. If this happens to you it is worth finding out if you have adequate levels of vitamin D. Levels of vitamin D will naturally fall over the winter months when we have less exposure to sunshine. Research suggests […]

Nutrition: Managing stress at Christmas

By |December 3rd, 2018|

Battling through the loft to find the decorations, shopping, more shopping, nights out, working out whether to use Nigella’s or Jamie’s sprout recipe (Nigella, every time)? School concerts, getting excited children to SLEEP, remembering to move the Elf each night. Or maybe you have stress of a different kind – eating food and drink that […]

Top 3 supplements to support children’s health

By |November 21st, 2018|

Parents need children’s supplements to be effective but we need them to taste good too.  The daily battle of parents cajoling, bribing and sometimes begging their child to take their supplements is not to be relished.

Here are some of my favourite supplements for children:

1.Biocare Red Berry Melts

A perfect blend of tasty berries and good bacteria […]

Anxiety: Clues from an Organic Acid Test (OAT).

By |November 17th, 2018|

An Organic Acid Test (OAT) measures by-products of cellular metabolism in a urine sample. These metabolites give us an insight into different processes in our body. These metabolites can give us an indication of levels of gut bacteria, yeasts, effectiveness of mitochondrial function, detoxification, levels of oxalates and some neurotransmitter levels too.

The Organic Acid Test can […]

Do you struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? 

By |November 17th, 2018|

Low levels of vitamin D might be the cause. 

We get very little vitamin D from food, sunlight is our main source. Vitamin D is crucial staying well and fighting of the winter bugs but it is also important for serotonin production. This is the neurotransmitter that helps us to feel calm and happy. Vitamin D […]

Why do I feel ‘tired all the time’?

By |October 31st, 2018|

The most common problem clients mention in my nutrition clinic is feeling  ‘tired all the time’. GP’s hear it too. Beyond running a full blood test to look for possible causes there can be no real solutions on offer.

Here are the top 6 reasons I find my clients are feeling tired all the time:

Food intolerances:

If […]

Fermented Foods and Good Gut Health.

By |October 26th, 2018|

Fermented  foods  have  been  around  for  thousands  of  years.  They  contain  beneficial  bacteria  that  can  keep our gut  flora  healthy.  It  was  through  the  use  of  fermented  foods  that  our  current  love  affair  with  probiotic  supplements  has  come  from.  Back  in  1907,  Russian  scientist  Metchnikoff  noted  the health  benefits  of  fermented  milk.  He  said  that  the  lactic  […]

Do you need to stress less?

By |October 26th, 2018|

I know,  it’s not easy to stop being stressed. It’s a part of our daily lives, for some of us it’s how we function – using adrenaline to get things done and meet deadlines. It’s such a common state for us that we  may not even notice that we are actually under stress.

The problem is […]

Am I deficient in zinc?

By |October 22nd, 2018|

Zinc is an extremely common nutrient to have low levels of and being deficient can have diverse effects on your body and health. 

Here are the top signs and symptoms that could indicate a deficiency in zinc.

Bloating. If bloating occurs within an hour of eating, this happens because your food hasn’t been properly digested. The […]

The link between vitamin D deficiency, obesity and depression.

By |October 8th, 2018|

It is only within the last five years that we have started to understand just how important vitamin D is for preventing and treating chronic diseases. 

Vitamin D is actually a hormone and its role in health has been widely undervalued. The role it plays in both obesity and depression has been considered recently. Depression and […]