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Comfort Eating: The gut bugs made me do it!

By |October 6th, 2016|

How gut bacteria influence comfort eating.

You really ‘need’ to eat that whole tub of ice cream. You’ve had a bad day. Do you lack willpower? Or is your physiology working against you? There are plenty of physical issues that result in comfort eating, rarely does it have anything to do with will power. Your gut […]

Busting myths: The Truth About Anorexia Nervosa.

By |September 19th, 2016|

1. It’s not all in the mind.
The way we view anorexia has not changed much over the years. Despite the progress made in medical science we still have an archaic view of anorexia. It is presumed to be caused by a combination of genetics and an idealised perception of thinness along with wider familial […]

Nutrition case study: Asperger’s syndrome

By |December 23rd, 2015|

When I first met Callum he was 8 years old and had just been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. He was emotionally labile, struggled with basic social communication, was very anxious, he also had food intolerances. His parents were concerned that he wouldn’t be able to cope in mainstream school as he was hugely sensitive and […]

Is stress making you ill?

By |December 20th, 2015|

Most of us would admit to feeling ‘stressed’ at this time of year. The search for the perfect present, or any present and the crowds and queues in the shops. The endless to do lists and the pressures of winding up work for Christmas along with negotiations with family about when and where to get […]

Nutrition case study: IBS, anxiety, alcohol and leaky gut.

By |November 17th, 2015|

Paul was feeling desperate when he came to see me. He said he had spent years abusing his body by drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and not eating well. Now he was drinking less and trying to eat better but almost all foods would produce loose, watery stools. He wasn’t able to identify particular foods […]

Signs of brain chemistry imbalances

By |July 20th, 2015|

Signs of neurotransmitter imbalances – take a look at our infographic.

Brain chemistry imbalances can arise from a number of separate imbalances within the body. From impaired digestion to nutrient deficiencies. It takes work on the diet, digestion and absorption to identify and rectify brain chemistry imbalances.

3 little known ways nutrition influences anxiety ….

By |June 29th, 2015|

 Yes! Your diet could be making you anxious. Here are just three ways that can happen – but there are actually many more!

1. Unidentified food intolerances. Repeated exposure to foods your body reacts to causes an inflammatory cascade. Your body responds by releasing cortisol to counteract the response. Long-term cortisol release places massive demands on […]

A billion ways diet affects mental health …..

By |June 3rd, 2015|

Well, maybe just 7 …

There are many ways diet can affect your mental health. Here are just seven of the main contenders that I see regularly in clinic ….

1. Blood Sugar Balance: A very common issue – do you ever get hangry? Relying too heavily of carbohydrate, fruit, sugar or simply not eating enough protein can make blood […]

Can gut bacteria influence anxiety?

By |February 26th, 2015|

 

Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the UK and is hugely underdiagnosed. It can be life limiting, if it is severe enough, it can exert huge control over someone’s day to day function. The good news is that the right nutrition can help.

The idea that food can influence our mental health seems to […]

    Food For Thought: Addiction, compulsive eating and fish.

By |November 5th, 2014|

 
 When your brain releases dopamine you feel good, happy, content and motivated. Finding ways to stimulate the dopamine pathway is what drives addicts to substance abuse. and drives us to choose coffee and cigarettes. From illegal drugs, to smoking or plain old coffee – dopamine stimulation is what we are looking for. It is this […]