IS ORGANIC FOOD HEALTHIER?

Most people would agree that, if your food – the primary source of nutrients used to fuel your body – is loaded with toxic chemicals and pollutants, it is probably going to have a detrimental effect on your health over the long-term.

This is one of the main reasons why organically produced food and other products have seen such a … [READ MORE]

MONTMORENCY CHERRY NUTRITION

About Montmorency cherries

Montmorency cherries are a variety of tart cherry called “Prunus Cerasus”. They are part of the light red amarelle cultivar of sour cherries, in contrast to the dark red Morello cultivar.

They grow mainly in the United States (over 70%), but can also be found in Canada and France.

Traditionally used in cooking, Montmorency cherries have recently … [READ MORE]

DOES A FAST METABOLISM HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?

When it comes to weight loss, one word that repeatedly comes up is “metabolism”. But what is it and how exactly can it affect your weight management goals?

What is metabolism?

The word metabolism has Greek origins and means “change” or “transformation”. It is basically the rate at which your body burns energy (in the form of calories) to perform … [READ MORE]

MENOPAUSE AND DIET

Hormones are some of the most powerful chemicals in the body, travelling through the bloodstream, giving instructions to cells and triggering a wide range of biological processes.

For women, certain hormones in particular (sex hormones, such as oestrogen and progesterone) control a sequence of changes that do everything from maintaining fertility and the menstrual cycle, to ultimately triggering menopause.

Hormone … [READ MORE]

THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM AND IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH

While we often talk about the immune system, it can be hard to visualise exactly what it is and how it works in practice.

The immune system is one of the most incredible and complex systems in the body, able to spring into action in defence against harmful ‘invaders’ (like bacteria and viruses) within minutes by releasing antibodies.

As one … [READ MORE]

THE LIVING FOOD DIET

Humans have evolved over a period of approximately 4 million years. For the vast majority of that time, our ancestors ate a combination of raw and living foods. It is only relatively recently (in the last 250,000 years, in fact) that humans began to cook their food.

What are living foods?

Living foods are whole foods from nature (such as … [READ MORE]

ARTHRITIS AND DIET – EATING SMART TO SUPPORT YOUR LIFESTYLE

It is a scary fact that, by the age of 60, 9 in every 10 people suffer with some form of arthritis – a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in joints. According to NHS Choices, around 10 million people have arthritis in the UK alone.

However, this condition needn’t be an inevitable part of growing older. In fact, … [READ MORE]

LEAKY GUT SYNDROME?

What is leaky gut syndrome?

If you suffer with chronically bad digestion (whether as a result of poor diet, a food intolerance or allergy, bowel disorder or other cause), the lining of your intestines can become irritated over time.

The lining of a healthy small intestine allows just the nutrients we have digested from food to be absorbed. However, where … [READ MORE]

BENEFITS OF JUICING

Juicing fresh fruit and vegetables is a great way to ensure that you are getting your five-a-day (hopefully more), along with a healthy intake of dietary fibre and a broad spectrum of nutrients.

Why? Well for one thing, it’s quick and easy. Rather than having to prepare the ingredients and incorporate them into meals, you can just pop them into … [READ MORE]