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February detoxing…


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I have 6 spaces available for my detox programme for February starting on 8th.  Including two 30 mins consultations with me via Skype.   21 days supply of detox support powder and supplements.  Offer also includes food ideas and recipes to support your detox.

It’s a snip at £175!  limited space…

Of course our body is detoxing as you read this post, but we can help support the pathways and organs to ensure the detoxification process is more efficient.  Some people feel the need to detox more than others, we are all different and that’s ok.

This is a great opportunity to focus on your goals and dreams, you can achieve anything you want right?

To book your space please call Julie on 07957 806 207 or email me nutritionaltherapylink@gmail.com

Subject to availability

Aussie flu, and how to best avoid it…


 

Practical solutions to help avoid the horrid viruses
As the flu stats hit the media and terrify us with statistics, I thought it would be productive to give you some real and researched ways to protect yourself and your family against the flu virus.  You want to stay well?


Wash you hands, regularly
Always wash your hands regularly with soap and water and use clean towels at home.  When you are out and about hand sanitisers can help, but don’t rely on them all the time.  Don’t touch your face.  It is thought that viruses are more likely to get through if we touch our face and eyes as these mucous barriers (eyes, nose and mouth) are where the virus penetrates into a nice warm moist environment to start their attack.

Vitamin D
Buy some vitamin D3 tablets and take them with a fatty meal to support absorption; read the instructions for dosage, but you can double it for 1 week, vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which means your body will store it.   Taking more initially can help protect you faster as your levels increase.  But only do this for a week or two and then continue as directed on the packet.  Those of us more likely to need vitamin D are those with darker skin, house bound or office bound, genetic variants can increase your need for vitamin D and it seems that auto-immunity also increases our need for vitamin D, whether it’s a genetic issue or a need caused by the disease it not yet known.  Make sure you buy vitamin D3!  Take them until April when the sun can make our skin produce its own vitamin D.

Zinc and vitamin C
Zinc supports the immune system, if we are low in zinc we are more likely to catch a virus.  Take it with Vitamin C and you have a bit more protection.  It is not advisable to take Zinc long-term on its own as it can reduce your copper and iron levels.  You can counter it by eating a diet high in iron like red meat, organ meats or lots of dark green vegetables.  Dark chocolate contains iron and copper.  Pumpkin and sunflower seeds contain copper and so do almonds and dried apricots.  All vegetables from peppers to cabbage contain vitamin C and are more beneficial to you than huge amounts of fruit.  2 or 3 pieces of fruit a day max. Make sure you buy Zinc citrate or picolinate. Here are some immune fighting foods to include

Prebiotics and probiotics
Your gut is the seat of health.  Supporting your gut will help support your immune system.  Eating lots of vegetables, reducing junk food, processed ready meals and snacks (the obvious stuff).  Probiotics are easy to come by now and also most on the market are good quality.  Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir are also beneficial to the gut.  Inulin powder, a prebiotic, can be used to replace sugar in tea and coffee or sprinkled onto porridge, due to its sweet taste, the benefits are it feeds the good bacteria in your gut.

Essential oils
Lavender and tea tree oil are  natural antiseptics.  When there are viruses around I will add a few drops around the house and in the bathroom to help protect the environment.  Be aware that essential oils may be poisonous to cats and other pets.

Where to buy?
For my past and current clients I would recommend Cytoplan food supplement products, available from The Natural Dispensary as discussed above.  Please feel free to use the Natural Dispensary with the code I have provided for the discount.  If you want the code again drop me an email.

Individual one on one support
Would you like more nutrition support?  contact me for an appointment.

(This information is not meant for those with serious illness, on drugs that may interact with the supplements, if in doubt contact your medical team).

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Last chance to join my January reset programme…


Are you ready for a Six week *online reset progamme?  hurry ONLY £275
What’s included? 6 confidential 40min consultations over 6 weeks (over the internet) including goal setting, coaching, meal ideas and supplement recommendations to support you £275.

Who is this for?
Would you prefer one on one support and need regular contact. Need help with how to improve your wellbeing, you need to a manage a busy work life, find conflicting information in the media creats havoc with food choices and eating habits.

Ideal for weight issues, detox, gut issues, skin conditions, hormonal conditions and anyone wanting expert advice and information on how to be a healthier version of themselves with weekly accountability.

Give me a call today!  07957 806 207

BMJ on sugar….


 

 

 

Interesting read on sugar and how more research is required to establish if sugar has more than just empty calories to its detriment. Hypothesis is often found to be real and whilst the PhD students spend a few decades proving that sugar is detrimental to health besides the calories, shall we just all agree to stop sugar being added to everything and educate parents to limit fizzy drinks and snacks… brilliant

http://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.j5808

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Diets…weight and your health


It’s that time of year again. All the new fad diets are plastered across magazines, social media and popping into your in boxes. Diets and diet books are money-making machines, they make us look at ourselves and feel unhappy about how we look, then feed us information about how to quickly shift weight which is not suitable long-term resulting in, piling it all back on again. These articles and books rarely focus on creating healthy relationship with food, discuss the quality or quantity of what we eat.  If they truly worked for the long-term, we wouldn’t need them to make up new fancy names and diets every year.  Rant over…

However we all know that (fad) diets, if followed 100% do work in the short-term. But most of us use them to lose weight for a holiday and/or post-Christmas weight gain etc, then we go back to how we used to eat and all the weight comes back on, albeit gradually with a bit of extra to boot. And we have all read why this happens right?  Being obese is a serious health risk, and fad diets will generally damage your health further due to the yo-yo effect.

Fad diets tend to make the body lose water and burn through muscle (due to calorie restriction). Muscle is a metabolic organ, it burns fat. Reduce our muscle ratio and our metabolism slows down. Slowing down the metabolic rate means your body has to store calories as fat, rather than using them as energy; resulting in further weight gain.

What’s the answer?
I find when we focus on improving digestion, energy and finding an exercise that is fun, improvements in weight, energy and happiness are seen quickly.

I use a timed eating programme. By leaving 5 hours between meals, no snacks and no calories after 7.30/8pm, (it is *scientifically proven to burn fat, rather than muscle) there are no other rules.  Once you start to feel more energized from these gaps in eating, food choices tend to lean to the more unprocessed foods. It’s a great way to feel well and improve vitality.  You can do this 80% of the time once you have reached your goal and it should sustain a healthy weight and gut.

The improvements are believed to be partly due to the migrating motor complex. This is the action of cleansing the stomach and gut during a fasting state (gaps between eating). This makes sense, as when the digestive system is constantly in use, this process is not able to take place. If we don’t clean our kitchen because we are constantly using it, it soon becomes dirty and bacteria and fungus can overgrow, just like in your gut.  Improvements in blood sugar balance, cravings and energy are some of the benefits I have seen.

When my clients follow this new way of eating, the obsession of weight tends to go away, they are happier and more energised, which allows them to have a more active life, bringing further benefits of improved strength and confidence.   I am offering an online programme starting week of 8th January, which will give you the tools to tackle your health goals and a side effect may well be healthy weight loss, rather than the focus.  This programme will include coaching and confidential weekly consultations  for 6 weeks for only £275.  Hurry as I only have 5 spaces available.

Starts week beginning 8th January!  A new year gift to yourself.  Get in touch for more info and to book your slot!

*Reference
University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Time-restricted feeding study shows promise in helping people shed body fat.”  ScienceDaily, 6 January 2017.

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Tips to help keep you calm this Christmas


  1. Firstly Smile! and always eat a good breakfast: Incorporating  protein, a good example poached eggs with grilled mushrooms, spinach and fried tomatoes, or scrambled egg with smoked salmon or just some nut heavy granola with grated apple, yoghurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon
  2. Keep hydrated: If you drink alcohol you will benefit from drinking more water during the day, to help prevent dehydration.  Thirst is often confused with hunger, reach for a glass of water before a turkey sandwich!
  3. Dinner: Load your plate with the vegetables rather than the potatoes, you can have potatoes but not as many as you would normally eat, if you eat turkey it’s a great source of protein and will help to keep you full and a good nut roast will do the same.
  4. Dessert: It’s all about portion size, have a little and enjoy the flavours rather than eating at speed. (we use small bowls at home rather than the desert bowls in our cupboards, you could use tea cups or small glasses if you haven’t got small bowls)
  5. Keep your left overs out of sight: Remove the temptation to keep going back for more.  You can make the left overs into something yummy the next day, either soup, fry up the vegetables and sliced turkey, sausages and add some eggs for a hearty breakfast, yummy
  6. Take a walk: Get some fresh air after your meal and even before if you can
  7. Offer to wash up: Keep moving your body and help out the host!
  8. Have some healthy snacks to hand: Make mini turkey and salad sandwiches with some fresh fruit and nuts to nibble on.  Try displaying them on pretty plates to make them look even more delicious, use fruit and sliced carrots and cucumber and mint leaves to garnish.

These tips are easy to implement and will help you to sustain a calm Christmas.  If you do over eat and drink lots of alcohol, you may be left feeling a bit worse for wear.  So it’s totally up to you isn’t?  Maybe a January Detox is on the cards?

Noro Virus and hand sanitiser alert!


For those who have children, work in an office, use London transport or work in a hospital or doctors surgery and anyone else who is interested, here are some important tips to help avoid this horrible virus which is highly contagious:

Do these 2 simple things:
1. Use soap and hot water to wash your hands, take 20 seconds to do this and dry thoroughly with clean paper towels, do this regularly and especially after travelling on public transport and before you eat.
2. Keep your gut healthy – probiotics this time of year can be benenficial along with zinc and vitamin D3 supplements, to help support a healthy immune system.   And of course a healthy balanced diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and a few pieces of fruit.

Don’t do these:
1. Don’t rely on alcohol hand sanitiser, it does not kill the Noro virus on your hands and it is also not protective against clostridium difficile (a very serious gut infection) you have to use soap and water as described above
2. Don’t use sugar and alcohol (in excess) they destroy the immune system, avoid eating sugar for energy and focus on energy giving foods like nuts and seeds and vegetables sticks for snacks.  Chopped up apple, carrots and celery is so refreshing with a few toasted pumpkin seeds or walnuts
3. Don’t burn the candle at both ends…. do get some good quality sleep – the body heals when its sleeping and gets worn out through poor quality sleep and late nights and this damages the immune systems function.

Hope this helps to keep you well!   Here’s to keeping warm and healthy this Christmas.

 

Psoriasis awareness week


 

 

 

 

 

 

Psoriasis is caused by an over stimulated immune system, this is called an auto-immune disease.  When the immune system is over stimulated, it creates a reaction within the body where your own immune system starts to attack its own tissues.  In psoriasis there is speeding up of skin turnover, and this creates the uncomfortable thick layering of dry inflammed skin  that can crack and become infected.

How can you manage or help this over stimulation of the immune system?

I always start with addressing the gut, by making changes to the diet to ensure it provides plenty of plant based fibre from vegetables, and pulses and fruit.  This supports the gut by providing food for the good bacteria to thrive.  Fat and protein are also necessary, so the main elements of the diet is really to reduce sugar and junk food like crisps, sweets, cakes, high amounts of carbohydrates and alcohol.  A study in 2013 used probiotics to improve tight junctions in the gut  and there are studies being carried out currently that are looking at the effects of probiotics and how they appear to speed up the healing of the skin.  If you want to do some research look for gut-skin’ axis. (sultanna et al, 2013)

Taking a broad spectrum probiotic can help; take them with food or after a meal.

Glutamine rich foods like stewed apples (the need for glutamine increases during stress, infection and inflammation) can help support the lining of the gut and has a positive effect on the immune function and overall health of the gastrointestinal tract, your digestive system.

Omega 6 and omega 3 oils can reduce the inflammation, start eating plenty of oily fish like sardines, pilchards, mackerel, salmon and anchovies. Vegetarians can use flax seed oil or milled flax seeds, to improve their levels.  Taking a dietary supplement can also help, but check with your Doctor or Nutritionist to ensure there are no contraindications with your current medication or health condition.

Managing stress, and finding space in your busy life to bring awareness to what causes you to feel stressed to help you manage it.  Regular exercise like yoga, tai chi and the use of meditation are all known to calm down the stress response. Breathing more deeply is totally free and important for managing stress too.

These small changes can have a profound impact on symptoms. If there is specific help required by a friend or family member for their skin condition please pass on my details.

Because I can see my clients using Skype, I can help you to create the happy and healthy life you are searching for without the travel.  Having the support of a health professional can be the difference that makes the difference.  I see clients face to face in Richmond, Fulham, Central London and over Skype.

(this information does not attempt to treat, cure or diagnose disease, please discuss any changes to your diet and the use of dietary supplements with your consultant or general practitioner)

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Yummy immune boosting smoothie


There are so many people coughing and spluttering at the moment, I wanted to give my body an immune boost to help me fight off those horrid viruses, which seem to be incubating well in this warm, humid and wet weather.

Here is my new breakfast smoothie with lots of immune fighting elements, it tastes amazing!
Yellow mellow immune smoothie: vegan and gluten free

 

 

 

 

 

 

*1 cup frozen mango (lots of vitamin C and fibre) makes it really smooth and adds a little sweetness
*1 dessert spoon Organic cold milled flax seeds (fibre for gut health, omega 3, zinc for immunity)
2 teaspoons Maca powder (fantastic for an energy boost and supports many bodily systems contains lots of minerals)
1/2 courgette (great fibre for the gut and lots of minerals and vitamins – easy to digest and tastes of very little)
1 teaspoon of inulin powder to support the gut and immunity (natural fibre tastes sweet)
*Heaped teaspoon of turmeric (fresh turmeric is amazing but couldn’t get hold if it)
Pineapple core (to support the breakdown of the nutrients so its easy to absorb – bromelian supplements are good to add if you can’t get pineapple core)
*200 ml Almond milk (choose your favourite plant based milk)
*2 inches of fresh root ginger (great for the immune system and acts as an anti-inflammatory supporting Th2 immune reactions which increase inflammation)

Add all the ingredients to your nutribullet or blender and whiz it all up then pour into a glass and enjoy!

Sounds like a lot of ingredients, but I had everything in the kitchen so it wasn’t a bore having to go to the supermarket, but remember you can leave some of the ingredients out if you don’t have them.  The 5 ingredients that are essential are indicated with *

Here’s to a cold and cough free September!

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How is wine not vegan?


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I was out with a friend last night and we were having a glass of wine with our super healthy salad, when she asked the waitress is the wine vegan?

I thought, really is that possible?  How can wine not be vegan?  It is, after all,  a product made from grapes.   Not animals or fish.

So I went home and started to do some research.  I found out that during the wine process, fining agents are used and these are derived in most cases from animals.            As these fining agents are not additives, the wine industry does not have to disclose them in the ingredients like they do with sulphites!

This is what I found on the PETA website:

“The fining agent is used to remove protein, yeast, cloudiness, “off” flavors and colorings, and other organic particles. Popular animal-derived fining agents used in the production of wine include blood and bone marrow, casein (milk protein), chitin (fiber from crustacean shells), egg albumen (derived from egg whites), fish oil, gelatin (protein from boiling animal parts), and isinglass (gelatin from fish bladder membranes)”.

Of course, there are other issues around these fining agents other than wanting to avoid animal products, these additives can create hangovers, increase issues with food intolerance and make you feel rather rotten the next day, even after 1 glass!

So next time you are out and fancy a glass of wine, ask the staff if you can have the list of vegan wines.  You will be delighted when you wake up the next morning without that foggy head and if you have chosen to be vegan you will be assured that you have been able to sustain your choice of avoiding all animal products in your diet.    Enjoy!

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Interesting facts about alcohol


Alcohol is made from sugar or cabohydrate and contains many calories, seven calories per gram!

 

 

 

 

Alcohol yields no nutritional value (apart from resveratrol in red wine and little bit of mineral in stout)1 pint of beer is the equivalent of 1 large pizza slice with pepperoni.. Alcohol is not stored in the body and is eliminated as a priority, compromising fat burning and nutrient uptake. The bottom line is, if you want to lose weight, you need to ditch the booze…. Of course we have the after effects of alcohol too, which will make food choices lean towards the fats and carbohydrates the next day leaving you anything but lean!! Check your unit intakes with Alcohol Aware’s calorie counter

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