October 2017 – Wellness Tips (Rest & Sleep)

In this month’s blog, I’ll continue my series of top tips for optimal wellness.  It’s been a while as I’ve had so many other interesting things lo talk about, like chocolate at Easter!  As I said last year when I started these tips, there is definitely more to wellness than the usual advice of, eating...

August 2017 – Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast (a good fungi aka fun guy!), produced from sugarcane, whey, blackstrap molasses or wood pulp.  It is also known as ‘nooch’ or savoury yeast.  When the yeast is harvested, it is washed, concentrated and then pasteurised (heat treated) so that it stops growing.  It is then crumbled, flaked or...

July 2017 – Mindfulness

Mindfulness  I describe mindfulness as 'meditation on the go'.  Mindfulness.org describes mindfulness as 'the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we're doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us'.  It's a technique that's been around for many years and you probably remember...

June 2017 – Winter Ills

With Winter upon us I am often asked what is the best way to prevent those pesky infections that plague so many of us this time of the year. Luckily, there are plenty of natural alternatives to conventional medicines such as antibiotics and over the counter ‘cold and flu’ remedies. Whilst these may be appropriate...

April 2017 – Easter

Easter oh yes!; oh no! Yes, Easter can bring out the best and worst in us and the temptation to indulge can be hard to avoid.  Well-meaning friends, family and workmates showing their love for us with a giant chocolate bunny can raise the stress levels if you’re trying to eat healthy.  Whilst an occasional fall off the healthy eating...

February 2016 – Paleo Diet

The Paleo aka caveman diet has received a lot of press lately.  Basically, it involves eating like our caveman ancestors.  The plan will help most people lose weight, and reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes etc.  The paleo diet is a high-protein, high-fiber food plan that doesn’t involve counting or reducing calories.  The core...

November 2016 – Top Wellness Tips

In this month’s Wellness (Integrative) Medicine column I’ll summarise my top tips for optimal wellness.  There is definitely more to it than the usual advice of, eating a healthy diet; moving your body; and avoiding unhealthy habits such as smoking.  These are still important, but there are many other ways to improve and maintain your...

September 2016 – What is Integrative Medicine

Welcome to the first in a bi-monthly series of columns on Integrative Medicine.  Integrative Medicine is also known as Functional, Nutritional and Environmental, Wellness or Holistic Medicine.  It is unique in that it treats the whole person, taking into account mental, environmental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.  This specialty...