September 27, 2017

Eating the right diet can make all the difference in warding off those winter bugs. The immune’s system prime function is to protect the body against infection so supporting it as best as you can help to reduce susceptibility to colds and flu.

Top Tips to Boost your Immune System

  • Try to include plenty of vitamin C rich foods, such as peppers, tangerines, broccoli and parsley. Green leafy vegetables made into soups and sauces are a good idea for all the family too.

  • Include zinc rich foods such as beef, turkey, egg yolk, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Try dry roasting seeds in a little soya sauce as a healthy snack.

  • Vitamin D is important in the winter months too so include oily fish, fortified yoghurts and eggs. Make to most of any sunshine too!

  • Ensure you are getting enough protein. Good sources include fish, meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans and yoghurt.

  • Keep sugary snacks to a minimum as they reduce your immunity.

  • Getting plenty of sleep is important too. Try...

September 24, 2017


2 tuna steaks

2 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon of sesame oil or rapeseed oil

2-3 tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce

½ large red pepper, finely sliced

1 large carrot, finely sliced

4 spring onions, washed and cut into 2cm chunks

Small handful of fine string beans

1 garlic clove

1-2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves, washed

Large pinch ground ginger

2 sheets fine noodles

1. Thickly slice tuna and pour over lime juice with 1tablespoon of crushed coriander leaves to marinade. Leave for 2 hours

2. Cook noodles according to pack

3. Heat oil in large based pan or wok

4. Add carrot, red pepper and spring beans and cook for 2 minutes

5. Add crushed garlic and sliced spring onions and cook for a further minute

6. Add soy sauce, ginger, tuna and lime and cook for another few minutes until tuna is cooked through, adding remaining chopped coriander just before serving. Serve over boiled, drained noodles

September 22, 2017

Cholesterol is a naturally occurring fat produced by the body and is essential for good health if kept at the correct level. Having too high a level can increase the risk of heart disease and strokes.

Cholesterol is carried through the blood in molecules called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is often referred to as “bad” cholesterol. It consists mainly of fat which can become deposited in the arteries. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is considered the “good” cholesterol since its primary role is to transport LDL back to the liver where it can be processed for elimination.

Although a large percentage of the cholesterol in your blood stream is made by your own body, one way to try and control high cholesterol levels naturally is through diet and lifestyle changes.

Tips for lowering cholesterol levels

  • Reduce your intake of saturated and trans fats. These are found in fatty meats, dairy products, processed foods, biscuits and cakes.

  • Increase your intake of soluble fi...

August 21, 2017

Water makes up about two thirds of the weight of a healthy body. Water is essential for elimination of toxins, absorption of nutrients, regulation of body temperature and transport of oxygen into cells. The sensation of thirst may not be triggered until dehydration is well established and the feeling of thirst can become desensitised if it is ignored on a regular basis.

What are the symptoms of dehydration?

  • Lack of concentration, headaches

  • Constipation, dark coloured urine

  • Lack of energy

  • Feeling light headed

  • Maintaining hydration may help control weight – one can often confuse hunger with thirst.

How much do we need?

Guidelines vary from 1.2 to 2.5 litres of fluid per day to be replaced. This of course depends on levels of exercise and climate. Most nutritional therapists will advise an intake of 6-8 glasses of water per day, which equates to 1.2 litres. Although tea, coffee and soft drinks do contribute to fluid intake, water has the benefit of being caffeine-fr...

July 28, 2017

  1. Aim to be a healthy weight with BMI between 19 and 25. Being overweight or underweight isn’t helpful for fertility.

  2. Include Healthy fats in your diet – don’t go fat free. You need essential fats for optimum fertility. Include oily fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil, coconut oil.

  3. Manage stress levels as best you can with moderate exercise, medication, relaxation.

  4. Moderate alcohol intake not excessive and none when there is a chance of pregnancy.

  5. Supplement with a fertility multivitamin including folic acid. If you BMI is over 30 check with your GP if you need additional folic acid.

  6. Safe exposure to sunlight to increase levels of vitamin D naturally. Include oily fish and eggs. Get your vitamin D levels tested to see if you need to supplement.

  7. Balance your blood sugar levels to avoid cravings and maintaining healthy weight. Also avoids unnecessary stress on the body if peaks and troughs in blood sugar.

  8. Don’t skip meals, include quality proteins with meals...

July 21, 2017

The best vitamin D source is from sensible exposure to sunlight, which is why it is often called ‘the sunshine vitamin’ although this is difficult at certain times of the year and for certain high risk groups. During the winter we use our body’s stores and what is available from our diet.

However, dietary vitamin D makes a relatively small contribution to overall vitamin D status as it is not present in high quantities in many foods. So even a good balanced diet can mean it is difficult to get all the vitamin D you need.

It is found in small amounts in:

  • Oily fish (e.g salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and fresh tuna) – no more than 2 portions a week in pregnancy

  • Eggs (ensure fully cooked)

  • Fortified foods such as breakfast cereals and some spreads and yogurts

Supplementation of vitamin D is recommended to all pregnant ladies at 400 units (10mcg) per day. Higher levels of supplementation are recommended if a deficiency is identified and a GP can recommend the appropriate l...

June 6, 2017

It is often confusing to know the best way to lose weight with so much conflicting advice in the media. So here are some top tips for sensible and sustainable weight loss.

  • Ensure that there is good quality protein in every meal and snack, as this will help you to balance your blood sugar levels. Try to include a wide variety of sources such as fish, white lean meats and eggs. Also include other sources such as beans, pulses, natural live yoghurt, small portions of nuts and seeds.

  • Increase the amount of fibre in your diet by eating plenty of vegetables and whole grains throughout the day. This will help to improve the feeling of fullness after meals. A good guide is to fill up half of your plate with vegetables or salad.

  • Reduce the amount of refined carbohydrates in your diet such as white bread, cakes and biscuits. Choose wholegrain options instead and try to ensure a good variety of healthy snacks including some protein.

  • Include oily fish two to three times a week...

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