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Nurtural News – issue #1

November 27, 2022|0 Comments

Welcome to the first issue of Nurtural News — - a serving of health tips, insights and research news in the world of nutrition. Nutrition science is an ever-changing landscape fed on the one hand by the collective knowledge of clinical practitioners who learn from their clients and patients, and on the other hand, researchers who study processes and patterns from the microscopic to the population level. As a Nutritional Therapist, I'm also interested in delving more deeply into the conventional wisdom about health and healthcare — the sweeping statements and generalisations that are spoken with authority by influencers, healthcare [...]

Why am I so tired?

September 26, 2022|0 Comments

"But doctor, I'm getting 8 hours of sleep and I'm still waking up tired!" There's nothing more frustrating - the constant tiredness, the brain fog, the poor memory, the inability to form a coherent sentence, the joint pain, the breathlessness - only to be advised to try and get more sleep. Of course, lack of sleep, or good quality sleep, may well be a factor, and "sleep hygiene" - tricks and habits to set you up for a peaceful night of uninterrupted sleep - is a good place to start. But it's certainly not the end. Even if your [...]

What to look for in a nutritional supplement

September 13, 2022|0 Comments

"Four out of five of the herbal supplements tested contained none of the labelled ingredients" The media love to pounce on findings that indicate supplements don't work, in order to decry the whole of the supplement industry. There is no doubt that, with such a confusing array of nutritional and herbal supplements available online, in healthfood stores, and even on supermarket shelves, it's difficult to know which ones are worth the money. And because the industry is unregulated (or self-regulated) there are a great many supplements that are substandard, ineffective or even harmfully contaminated. So how do you identify [...]

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Sperm counts!

July 20, 2022|0 Comments

Fertility clearly isn't just a woman-thing. Up to 30 percent of cases of infertility worldwide are thought to be due to sperm-quality issues1. In the UK, 1 in 7 couples have difficulty conceiving, and one in four of these are from unknown causes - unknown, that is, to conventional medicine. The conventional avenues of treatment are drugs, surgery or assisted conception – including intra-uterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF)2, but aside from addressing a blockage these generally focus on the woman rather than the man. So, couples are increasingly turning to nutrition and lifestyle medicine to address the root [...]

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Breakfast recipes for health

June 29, 2022|0 Comments

Breakfast cereals or toast are what many people in the UK consider the right thing to start the day with, and cereal manufacturers work hard to make sure that their products are embedded in our food culture. But there's a problem with this received wisdom: cereals are made mostly from grains, and grains break down into glucose. Glucose is a sugar, and when the sugar (glucose) we eat arrives in the bloodstream, it has all kinds of effects on the body depending on how efficiently it is dealt with. Straight out of the gate is an effect involving a metabolic [...]

Breakfast matters

June 29, 2022|0 Comments

Earlier in the year (7th March) was "World Cereal Day", when food companies extolled the virtues of consuming ultra-processed foods for the "most important meal of the day". Many of us in the Western world already need no persuasion: 46% of Americans and 20% of British people start their day with breakfast cereals, and the British spoon £19 billion a year into the coffers of the grain processors. Cereals are big business! Little wonder that the industry is anxious to increase its share of the breakfast pie. Non-soak cereals first landed on the American breakfast table with John Harvey Kellogg's [...]