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Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy – The Natural Approach to Health and Well-Being

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Why I’m nuts about coconut (or 5 reasons to invite coconut into your life)

Great blog on coconut and all its versatile uses and health benefits from Purple Vitality.

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I just adore coconut – it’s up there with mangoes and chocolate as being food from the gods.  But I have to say…I can see why a person might be tempted to buy a carton of coconut water or buy ready prepared coconut flesh, rather than buy a fresh coconut.  Maybe I don’t have the right tools for the job, but there was something comical about me trying to get the water out (which was relatively easy compared to getting into the flesh), then chasing it round the garden with a hammer (every time I bashed it it just sprang off in a new direction – probably something to do with being slightly afraid of whacking anything with a hammer).   Having said that, the cartons and ready prepared pots of coconut flesh pale in comparison to the taste of the fresh stuff (even though I believe the water is supposed…

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How can a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy consultation help me?

Naturopathic Nutritional therapy looks at your diet and lifestyle and how these may be contributing to your symptoms, whether they are physical, mental and/or emotional. For some people a connection between diet and symptoms may be obvious. But many others may not have made the connection that what they eat (or what they don’t eat), is contributing to their symptoms, yet Nutritional Therapy can be effective for a whole range of conditions. Therapists work with individuals, like yourself, with many different symptoms affecting areas such as the skin, digestion, hormones, energy levels, mental health issues, weight and so on.

Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy is different to the general advice given about ‘healthy eating’ in that it treats you as an individual. We are all just as different on the inside as we are on the outside, and this therapy does not take a ‘one-size fits all’ approach. Some foods may work well for one person but not for another. Through detailed case-history taking and questioning the therapist can gain an understanding of your individual circumstances and can tailor advice and recommendations to you.

This therapy aims to get to the root cause of your symptoms and looks at the underlying factors involved in your symptoms or ill health. For example, you may come to seek advice from a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist with a skin condition, yet the therapist will look to the inside of the body, as well as the diet, to find possible root causes. Areas such as the digestive system will be considered and how well you are eliminating toxins from their body as these can have a knock on effect on the skin. This is just one example where the therapist will look at the whole body in relation to symptoms and take a holistic approach to advice and recommendations.

Lifestyle factors are also an integral approach to this therapy, as factors such as stress, exercise, relaxation and so on can influence your health and well-being. As well as finding out what foods you eat the therapist will also get a picture of your lifestyle. Stress, for example, can have a significant impact on your body and affect areas such as digestion, nutrient absorption and energy levels. Therefore, you may think you are having the best diet in the world but if stress is a factor then you may not actually be getting the benefit from the food that you eat. Again the therapist will take this into account and tailor advice accordingly.

Overall Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy works with you to create a diet and lifestyle plan that is both workable and achievable to you. It aims to empower you to make lasting changes to your health and well-being, to help re-balance the body and to move the body away from the causes of ill-health.

If you want to find out how Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy can help you, then call for a FREE 20 minute telephone consultation or email me at


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Saturated Fat – Friend or Foe?

By Caroline Gilmartin, Nutritional Therapist at

“ Contrary to conventional advice, eating more of some fats may be good for our health “, says Michael Mosley on the BBC’s programme Horizon.

Ah I hear you say………we nutritionists know this already. We understand good fats and omega 3’s and 6’s and even 9’s but what about saturated fat?

So after years of being told, and telling others, that saturated fat clogs your arteries and makes you fat………..the media and mainstream medicine is now looking at the mounting evidence that eating some saturated fats may “actually help you lose weight and be good for the heart” and I would add is essential for the brain.

Earlier this year a review, funded by the British Heart Foundation entitled “Association of dietary, circulating and supplement fatty acids with coronary risk” was the cause of quite a controversy. Scientists from Oxford and Harvard, amongst others, examined the links between eating saturated fat and heart disease. Despite looking at the results of nearly 80 studies involving more than a half million people they were unable to find convincing evidence that eating saturated fats leads to greater risk of heart disease. In fact, when they looked at blood results, they found that higher levels of some saturated fats, in particular a type of saturated fat you get in animal and dairy products called margaric acid, were associated with a lower risk of heart disease. (I’ll be honest I have never heard of margaric acid but it is named after the Greek word for pearl “margarites” for its pearl-like lustre and is actually a combination of stearic and palmitic acids, fatty acids often found in animal fats).

This is an interesting subject for Nutritionists as I think this issue does divide us. Many of us were taught that saturated fat contained in meat etc. is not ideal for health and many recommend eliminating red meat or certainly reducing meat intake. I myself believed in the early days that a vegetarian diet was the healthiest one but I have come to change my mind.

Although there were critics to this study funded by the BHF, NHS Choices described this as “an impressively detailed and extensive piece of research, which is likely to prompt further study”. This implies that this is being taken seriously out there. We all know that one size does not fit all but if you do put saturated fat with the “trans fats” and “sugar” on the naughty step…….it may be time to think again.


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What’s the deal with grains?

Dr. Rob D'Aquila

I was recently asked this question and realized it’s probably a question many people would like to have answered. Some health “experts” say avoid them at all cost and some say that we need grains to be healthy. In my professional opinion, there is no single correct answer that applies to everyone. However, when it comes to eating grains, I do have three major concerns. This article will help you decide if grains are right for you.

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It’s Healthy Eating Week 2-7 June 2014

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Just under 2 million pupils will take part in Healthy Eating Week, as the British Nutrition Foundation revealed thousands of school children did not know enough about the food they were eating.

On the ITV News it was reported that:

Some 25% of children aged between 5-8-years-old were found to believe bread came from animals, research from a health charity found.

According to the British Nutrition Foundation:
Another 14% of 8-11 year olds surveyed think bread comes from animals.
Over a quarter (26%) of 5-8 year olds and 22 percent of 8-11 year olds think that cheese comes from plants.
Nearly a fifth of primary school children said that potatoes come from animals.
Another quarter of primary school children, plus more than one in ten (13%) of 8-11 year olds, indicated that pasta comes from animals.

One in every ten primary school children surveyed thinks that bacon comes from sheep, while 17% think that fish fingers come from chicken.

The British Nutrition Foundation have devised Healthy Eating Week for all nurseries and schools in the UK to participate in. The aim of the week is to further promote healthy diets (food and drink) and being more active, as well as improve the understanding of where food comes from and cooking (food and meal planning).

The themes of the week include:

•Food origins – where does food come from?
•Healthy active lifestyles – The eatwell plate, 5 A DAY, 8 tips for healthy eating.
•Food and drink choice.
•Meal occasions – breakfast, lunch and dinner!
•Food preparation and cooking – let’s all get cooking!

Whilst it’s a positive thing to get children involved in cooking and having a better understanding of ‘healthy eating’ it’s a shame that this is confined to one week of the year. ‘Healthy eating’ should be a way of life for our young people, and adults alike. We have become so far removed from what real food actually is with our over reliance on heavily processed foods, it’s no wonder that children do not know where a fish finger comes from! Hopefully this week will be a catalyst for change and spur children and families on to take a greater interest in their diets and inform them into making better choices in the future.

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3 Reasons You Should NOT Detox

Dr. Rob D'Aquila

Not long ago, I wrote an article discussing the pros and cons of certain detox regimens. Sometimes, however, it’s not worth the effort because it can be detrimental to detox. To learn why it may not be worth the effort and may potentially do more harm than good, continue reading…

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Do we need nutritional supplements or are they a waste of money?

There has been a lot of negative press recently about the use of nutritional supplements, saying they are a complete waste of money and that we can get everything we need from a well-balanced diet. In an ideal world yes, this would be the case. However, the vast majority of diets in the UK are made up from highly processed foods, with most people failing to eat recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. The National Nutrition and Diet Survey 2013 found that only 31% of adults, 11% of boys and only 8% of girls met the “5 a day” recommendation. Most people also failed to get the recommended amounts of heart healthy Omega-3 fats into their diet, from sources such as oily fish. The survey found that the recommendation of one portion of oily fish per week was well below this for all age groups.

It has also been argued that some of the methodology used for the research into the benefits of nutritional supplementation has been flawed, according to a recent analysis published in the journal Nutrients. It found that studies attempted to examine naturally available nutrients in the same way as prescription drugs, leading to conclusions that offer little accuracy or scientific meaning. There we also studies involving subjects that had relatively ‘good’ diets, such as doctors and nurses, which rendered the results somewhat unreliable.

As well as the food choices we make, factors such as declining soil quality is also having a major impact on the nutritional status of our food. There may also be situations where individuals have elevated needs for vitamins and minerals, making it difficult to obtain through dietary sources alone. Smokers, the elderly, people who are obese, ill or injured are some examples. Those who are experiencing prolonged stress may also require additional nutritional support. True, it is better to get all the nutrients we need from our diets, but this may not always be possible.  I always recommend people make the appropriate dietary adjustments first and foremost, yet if we are faced with the problem of getting all the goodness we need from our food supply then supplementation can be a useful and viable option.

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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Dr. Brewster Scott, ND

Naturopathic Medicine provides the patient with a holistic approach to primary care.  It utilizes several modalities including: nutrition and lifestyle counselling, traditional oriental medicine, botanical medicine, homeopathy, spinal manipulation. It follows six naturopathic tenets:

1. First do no harm:  For each patient, naturopathic physicians choose the most gentle, least invasive treatments to reach the desired clinical outcome.
2. The healing power of nature:  Naturopathic physicians understand, recognize and work with the innate healing power of the body.  Naturopathic doctors never suppress the body’s natural wisdom, but augment and re-direct its flow.
3. Find and treat the cause of illness:  Naturopathic physicians recognize that treatment which does not find the cause of disease, simply masks the issue, and seldom can resolve it.  Thus, naturopathic doctors place finding and treating the root of an illness as a primary concern.
4. Doctor as teacher:  Naturopathic physicians recognize their responsibility to educate. One of…

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Sprouted Seeds are a Powerhouse of Nutrition

Have you ever tried sprouting your own seeds? This article shows us the benefits of sprouting our own seeds, which provide a food that nutritionally pack a punch. Sprouted seeds can be over a thousand times more nutrient dense than their unsprouted forms. It also looks at how juicing can be an excellent way to get more vegetables into your daily diet as even for the best of us, getting around 5-8 portions a day into our diet can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.

Whilst wheatgrass has been touted in recent years as a ‘superfood’ this article explains that it should be considered more as a medicinal herb and used judiciously. It is believed to have powerful detoxifying abilities and many purported health benefits, yet excessive use could lead you to become nauseous or induce a ‘healing crisis’.

Therefore, sprouting seeds and juicing (especially green juice) can be preferred options for upping our vitamin and mineral intake on a daily basis.

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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can help manage your response to stress in everyday life

The effects of stress on your body can be linked to the onset of chronic disease. It can lower immunity, increase inflammation, heighten blood pressure and affect energy levels, amongst other things. Techniques such as EFT can be an effective way to help manage your response to stress.

We cannot separate our emotions from our health and well-being and the highs and lows in life can all trigger a stress response. EFT can help reprogram your body’s response to the stressors of everyday life and help defend your body from the physiological effects of the stress response. For complex issues it is advisable to seek the help of a trained therapist.