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Food and Mood

November 26th, 2019 | Posted in Info

Evidence is growing for the relationship between nutritional deficiencies, diet quality and mental health, and for the use of dietary changes and nutritional supplements to improve mental well being (1). The blog post The Microbiome and Mood shows there is increasing evidence for the gut microbiome as a key factor in the link between diet and ...

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Microbiome and Mood

November 18th, 2019 | Posted in Info

The gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem of organisms comprising bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and protozoans that live in our digestive system. These organisms are vital for breaking down food and toxins, making vitamins and playing a role in our immune systems. More recently it has become clear that the gut microbiota have an important ...

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Winter Blues

November 12th, 2019 | Posted in Info

As the nights get longer and the temperatures and opportunities to be outside reduce many people start to feel blue. For some people this is more serious and the shorter days lead to depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This form of depression affects about 1% to 2% of the population. SAD comes on during the autumn and winter months ...

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Seasonal Eating Calendar

October 21st, 2019 | Posted in Info

If you have read the blog post on The Benefits of Seasonal Eating you’ll know that eating foods when they are in season is good for health, flavour and the planet. Seasonal foods vary depending on where you are in the world. Here we’ll focus on what’s in season in most of the UK, Europe and North America during each season. If you are in the ...

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The Benefits of Seasonal Eating

October 14th, 2019 | Posted in Info

We live in a world that is almost completely cut off from the turning of the world around the sun. We are cocooned in houses and offices that remain at a constant temperature all year round. If the weather is unfavourable we take the car rather than surrendering to the elements. And as for our diets we could be eating food from 5 different ...

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Essential Oils

September 23rd, 2019 | Posted in Info

Essential oils are widely available and have many useful properties. They are powerful so should be used with care. In general they should be diluted in a carrier oil before applying to the skin. See the posts on Herbal Remedies and Supplements for more ideas. Carrier oils – any oil can be used as a carrier oil to dilute essential oils ...

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Supplements for the Home Medicine Kit

September 16th, 2019 | Posted in Info

During times of illness or injury the body’s need for certain nutrients increases. Sometimes absorption is decreased and the appetite may wane. This is where supplements can be invaluable in making up the shortfall and speeding healing. See the posts on Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils for more ideas. Immune Support Vitamin C with ...

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Home Medicine Kit

September 9th, 2019 | Posted in Info

Home Remedies Nowadays, as a society, we are largely dependent on doctors, surgeons or complementary therapists for our health care. But this wasn’t always the case. Not so long ago most households would have used herbs and foods to treat injuries and illnesses. Used sensibly, alongside medical care where necessary, a home remedy kit is an ...

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6 Foods to Avoid

August 29th, 2019 | Posted in Info

There are many complicated diets around these days with long lists of foods to avoid. Many of them produce good results in terms of weight loss and other health outcomes. However, many people find them too restrictive to follow in the long term so end up giving up after a few months. This is where the 1,2,3 diet comes in. The researchers decided ...

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Low Fat or Low Carb Diets? Which is Best?

August 21st, 2019 | Posted in Info

Previous research has shown that a range of factors such as genetics, insulin levels and the microbiome may influence how a particular diet affects an individual’s weight. Read the blog post on Genetics and Diet for more about how different genotypes respond to different diets. A study at Stanford University looked at the effects of cutting ...

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