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Hay fever, allergy & the microbiome

Do you see the start of Spring and Summer as the time to invest in tissues?  NHS figures suggest around a fifth of the population suffers with hay fever

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Diet quality and mental health – is this the missing link?

The Prime Minister has called for the nation to focus on mental health after a review revealed inadequate, underfunded care, leading to “thousands of tragic and unnecessary deaths”.

It was revealed that a staggering 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems each year, and 75% receive no help.

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GF blueberry Scones

Very occasionally, even Nutritional Therapists need to indulge in something wicked!  And these scones from an earlier issue of ‘Eating & Living Gluten-Free‘ magazine just jumped out of the page saying ‘MAKE ME’!  The recipe makes 12 . . . they really were yummy . . . 

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Leaky-gut Syndrome

This condition is becoming increasingly prevalent and is now understood to be an underlying factor in autoimmune conditions and many allergies and food sensitivities. People with eczema, psoriasis, headaches/migraines, brain fog and achy joints, may all have a degree of leaky gut, or a hyper-permeable gut lining – to give it its technical term.

‘Eating & Living Gluten-Free’ magazine recently commissioned an article, because of the association between gluten, leaky gut syndrome and Coeliac disease. Read on . . .  

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New Year Resolutions?

How many have you made? Unfortunately, New Year resolutions, whilst admirable in intent, often set people up for failure.

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Christmas newsletter

For those of you feeling ‘time-poor’ and still with a pile of cards to write, skip to part 2 for a few festive tips to ease you through this indulgent period.  For those with a few more minutes, read on if either vitamin D, or the hot topic of gluten avoidance interests you, as the latter certainly continues to receive both confusing and inaccurate media attention.

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Gluten confusion

It’s no wonder the general public occasionally lose faith with healthcare and science!  A small column on page 19 of THE WEEK with an eye-catching headline in red: ‘The fad for gluten-free’, really does a disservice in the name of ‘Health & Science’,  . . . well of course it caught my eye!

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Get walking, get foraging!

Blackberry and apple crumble is a favourite pudding of mine and the late summer hedgerows contain an abundance of these berries, ripe and ready for picking. Berries of all descriptions are packed full of flavenoids, designed to protect the fruits from sun damage.

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Prescriptions for Gluten-free junk?

If you’ve been diagnosed Coeliac, your GP may offer you ‘prescriptions’ for gluten-free foods. This may seem at first a bit of a perk, a small compensation for the huge dietary inconvenience that looms ahead of you. But if consumption of such foods raises your risk of type 2 Diabetes, what on earth is going on?

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Vitamin D & Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Gut health is a common denominator with most of my clients and this being summer, I found a recent study that looks at the sunshine Vitamin (vit D) and gut permeability very interesting indeed, especially for those diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.

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