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4 ways to handle heartburn (without using medication).

By |October 9th, 2017|

Heartburn causes so much discomfort it’s easy to reach for a quick fix. However, this approach can make your heartburn worse in the long run. If your GP prescribes proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) you might initially find relief, but before long you will be reliant on them as the rebound reflux without them can be […]

Can you diagnose candida from spitting into a glass of water?

By |September 27th, 2017|

A simple test that is sometimes mentioned as a way to find out if candida overgrowth is an issue for you is The Spit Test.  The instructions are that when you wake up in the morning you spit in a fresh glass of water and watch to see stringy saliva in the water, cloudy saliva […]

Too … er … gassy? Here’s why.

By |November 29th, 2016|

 It's embarrassing when you have excess wind, even more so when it's particularly smelly. Why does it effect some people more than others?

There are foods that are more complex for your digestive system to break down and are therefore more likely to cause wind. As my kids point out 'beans, beans good for your heart, […]

3 special nutrients to help your depressed teen.

By |May 11th, 2016|

Teenagers are particularly prone to depression. It’s not just the external pressures that affect them but internal ones too. I find that correcting nutrient status and biochemistry can help a teen conquer depression without the need for anti-depressants.

The increased nutrient demands of puberty put a teenager at risk of depression both at the time and in the […]

The REAL cause of depression and low mood.

By |April 29th, 2016|

Low mood that you cannot shake, that is ongoing and never seems to end might be labelled depression. Your GP might offer antidepressants or therapy to help you through. But if the real cause is a physical imbalance in your body then neither of these will help you over the longer term. You will always […]

Supporting fertility: Nutrition and Acupuncture.

By |March 22nd, 2016|

Both Nutrition and acupuncture can be used to support couples on their journey to parenthood. When it comes to fertility support it is important to balance the different systems of the body for the best possible outcome. Often hurried lifestyles, coupled with a less than optimal diet can lead to poor hormonal and reproductive capacity. […]

Biomedical focus on autism: Stool Testing

By |March 15th, 2016|

Stool testing is a commonly used for children with autism. It gives us useful information about gut function and the microflora which inhabit it. We are able to gather information about pathogens, yeasts and inflammation along with signs of digestive irregularities. Clinical nutritionists can use this information to infer how these findings might impact the […]

Is your weight loss diet making you depressed?

By |January 8th, 2016|

Low fat, no fat, cut the fat! Are you opting for low fat foods, avoiding full fat dairy, red meat or butter? If you are there might be some unexpected side effects. Your efforts to lose weight could result in depression and over the longer term even self harm and suicide.

As well as providing us […]

Is there an alternative to anti-depressants?

By |December 31st, 2015|

That unshakable low mood that cannot be explained is something that can plague our lives and those of our families until we are able to move forward. GP’s are unable to offer more than prescription anti-depressants and a promise of counselling if resources allow. For those that are looking for an alternative to prescription drugs […]

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 […]