Nutrition & How It Can Affect Your Health

You are what you eat, so eat for health

Nutrition plays a vital role in our overall health and while most of us do our best to think in terms of ‘healthy’ when it comes to our food, we can develop a sensitivity / intolerance or even allergy to some food items, which can in turn make us feel unwell.

We tend to think in terms of ‘restriction’ rather than ‘inclusion’ with our food when faced with health issues. For example, if we suffer from ‘High cholesterol’, while we know it can be hereditary we will also know we need to reduce animal protein, processed foods and refined carbohydrate in our diet. However, eating certain foods can actually assist to reduce cholesterol.  Simply by increasing your intake of good fats such as oily fish, seeds such as linseed or flax and Chia seeds, can help with high cholesterol. Other common ailments such as constipation or even blocked sinuses can also be helped by looking at your foods – and reducing the foods that could be irritating your condition.

Ideally before embarking on a dramatic diet change a Food Intolerance Test will give you the correct information as to what foods can help you & the exact ones you need to eliminate. Click HERE for more information on our Food Intolerance Test.

Small Steps Make A Big Difference

When we consider making changes to our diet, we usually feel the need to go ‘all out’ at once. Unfortunately, when we do this, the end result is unsuccessful and we abandon the ‘healthy options’ after ‘trying’ it for a while! The key to making long lasting changes is to make the decision and then take it one step at a time.

Introducing alternative healthy options to your diet slowly but consistently can lead to dramatic changes over time. Try to introduce one new or healthier option per month and commit to doing this each month and soon your shopping trolley will look very different.

Adding some tasty healthy options or suing them to replace some current foods is a step in the right direction.

For example using Coconut oil to replace regular butter on toast makes for a very tasty healthy fat,  adding some seeds, nuts or sliced Avocado to salads and some Chia seeds to cereals or smoothies can make a big difference.

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3 Foods Worth Introducing To Your Diet

Flax Seeds / Linseed

flax-smallFlax seed, also called Linseed, is a great source of healthy good fat (Omega-3), antioxidants and fibre & may also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer & heart disease.

Flax seed is rich in both soluble fibre and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre creates a gel-like substance that helps to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Insoluble fibre absorbs water, which adds bulk to your digestive tract and helps to move things through quickly making it an excellent remedy for constipation. Flax seeds can be sprinkled on salads, breakfast cereals, added to yoghurt’s or smoothies & make a difference if consumed regularly.


millet-smallMillet is one of the most versatile good grains available and can be used as easily for breakfast as for dinner and dessert. Cultivated in the dry regions of Africa, this gluten-free seed has a mild taste that you can swap for rice in any dish. It can be added to muffins and scones as it adds extra texture, fibre and B vitamins.

For a creamier porridge texture, cook your millet a bit longer (30 minutes),with half water & half almond milk. If using to make Veggie burgers or a side dish, reduce the cooking time to 20 minutes to retain a crunchier consistency. Millet is a palatable rice alternative for babies when introducing grains.

Chia Seeds

Chichia-smalla seeds, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala provide the body with antioxidants, fibre, protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients reduce inflammation, neutralise free radicals that cause cell damage, improve digestion, repair tissues, enhances memory, and lowers cholesterol. The lipid content of Chia seeds contain 60 percent omega-3, which makes them rich in essential fatty acids such as Alpha-linolenic acid. Chia seeds also helps with bowel function. 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds contain 10 grams of fibre. You can add them to smoothies, salads and cereals.

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Your Questions Answered Here

Q: My sinuses are constantly blocked can you suggest anything to help?

A: This is a very common problem and there can be many reasons why it occurs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine this is known as a condition of Dampness. From a dietary point of view certain foods have ‘damp’ producing properties and may create mucous and phlegm. Food items such as Dairy, Bananas, Sugar & refined carbohydrates should be reduced or avoided for a while. Dust, pollen and other environmental irritants can also trigger this over production of mucous. Acupuncture can really help to get to the root of the problem. Also I recommend taking Solgar Beta Glucans and Elderberry Immune Complex.This formulation supports the immune system. Also a product called Mucous Liquescence helps your body to get rid of the phlegm and mucous quicker that you normally would. Sinuforce nasal spray by A.Vogel is excellent for temporary relief of symptoms.

Q: I have high cholesterol, is there any natural remedy that can help to reduce it?

A: One reason our Cholesterol can be high is hereditary. However there are steps we can take which may help us to reduce our cholesterol levels. I suggest reducing your intake of animal protein, refined carbohydrates, sugar, alcohol and other processed foods.
Increase your intake of good fats, for example; oily fish, seeds such as linseed / flax seeds,or Chia seeds. Make sure that you are not constipated.Take 2 teaspoons of Psyllium husks in a glass of water.This will help to keep your bowel regular.Try to get some exercise each day, something you enjoy.This will also help to reduce high cholesterol levels. The liver is an amazing organ.It carries out so many important roles in the body. As the liver plays an important role in processing cholesterol levels a liver cleanse a few times a year will be of benefit. Milk thistle is an excellent herb in this regard.Also 1 to 2 tsps of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar daily. Higher Nature Red Sterol complex is an excellent supplement for reducing cholesterol levels.

Q: I have osteoarthritis, is there something in my diet or any supplement you can suggest which may relieve symptoms?

A: Inflammation causing foods such as processed and fast foods high in omega-6 fatty acids, saturated and trans fats, refined white flour carbohydrates, gluten that is found in wheat, rye and barley, red meats, potatoes, excessive amounts of dairy foods, sugar and artificial sweeteners all cause the body to release inflammation causing substances called cyokines.

Excessive consumption of alcohol can cause inflammation because it weakens the liver. Stress and lack of restful sleep can also cause inflammation. This inflammation causes pain, discomfort and swelling of the joints.

Foods that offer natural anti-inflammatory properties, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish or fish oil supplements, olive oil and flax seed oil, walnuts, avocados are an important part of an anti-inflammatory diet, as are the phytochemicals found in citrus fruits, tomatoes and leafy greens.

• Spices such as turmeric, ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper have amazing natural anti-inflammatory properties.

• Supplements such as Glucosamine, MSM sulphur, Chondroitin may help to relieve symptoms.

• Turmeric, Boswellia, Ginger and Nettle all have natural anti-inflammatory properties.

Q: I suffer from Diverticulitis, what foods should I avoid ?

A: I suggest avoiding the following food items;
• Red meats – like beef and pork
• Nuts and dried fruits that are hard and have course skin
• Gas inducing fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, kale
• Pulp of fruits and vegetables with seeds
• Hydrogenated oils
• Greasy fried and over processed foods eg. fast foods
• Sugary and fizzy drinks
• Heavy beans like kidney beans and chick peas