Sunshine and vitamin D – get it right!

There is something great about seeing the sun when you live in a country as wet and windy as the United Kingdom. Despite global warming we still don’t experience large amounts of sunshine in this island nation. We have seen news of flooding hitting the headlines for several years in a row. However, when the sun does manage to peek…

Good stress, Bad stress

A Google search for ‘Stress poor health’ brings up more than 12.5 million results. It seems that the effects of excess stress on our health is a well-known concept. More than 80% of adults believe that stress can have a strong impact upon their health. So why should I bother to add anymore to the…

Sleep…the forgotten health elixir

The alarm rings…you reach out and hit snooze. It rings again…you reluctantly sit up on the bed and try to rub the sleep from your eyes. Only slept 6 hours last night, woke up once in the middle of the night and the morning has arrived far too quickly. For the next 10 or 15…

Coconut for health and weight loss

In a rapidly expanding industry where weight management is the most common driving and motivating factor for exercise, it is easy to become buried amongst the vastly conflicting evidence in trying to assist our clients to be successful. In relation to dietary advice an area that is heavily supported by scientific research, but not so…

What the supplement companies don’t tell you…

The supplement industry was estimated to be worth £13.5 billion worldwide. The Foods Standards Agency revealed that 1 in 3 people in the UK take vitamin and mineral supplements of some description. A large US study that reviewed dietary and health habits in 160,000 women over an 8 year period noted that 40% took a regular…

Winter food to fuel good health

During the winter months it is reasonable to expect that the needs of the body will change in line with these environmental differences. Perhaps the most obvious is that the body will change its drive for thermoregulation. During hotter months the body works hard to keep the body cool by vasodilating or widening the blood vessels…

Sugar, the Sweet and the Sour

In recent conversations I have had it seems like an area that continues to catch people out in their efforts to switch over to a better diet is the area of sugars and other foods that help to add sweetness. The most common query tends to be, ‘What ‘healthy’ options can I use to sweeten…