Health and nutrition

Is food the only culprit causing my IBS?

Is food the only culprit causing my IBS?

If you have been diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) the first thing you've probably been looking towards is what you eat. Is it the coffee? The onions? The curry? Truth be told, banning certain foods can be very helpful in managing your symptoms. But what...

How your gut health affects your skin

How your gut health affects your skin

Do you have skin problems like acne, eczema, rosacea or psoriasis? And is using creams - like steroid creams - not the long term solution you're looking for? There's a good chance your gut health affects your skin. And that's good news! Because improved digestion will...

What is leaky gut?

What is leaky gut?

Do you have gut issues, do you keep getting sick, have skin issues, fatigue, pain or autoimmunity? Then you might have heard about leaky gut. You maybe even asked your doctor about it and it's possible that they told you it doesn't exist! Well, it does and here's an...

Loose stools – what could that mean?

Loose stools – what could that mean?

If your stools are loose often, what could that mean? And what can you do about it? Loose stools can be mushy, shapeless or even watery, like diarrhea. They can come with - but not always do - with urgency, cramps and pain. If you experience this regularly, it's a...

Drinking more water can improve your digestion

Drinking more water can improve your digestion

Did you know that drinking more water can improve your digestion? Here are some suprising reason why! Making sure you're well hydrated is actually a simple way to take care of your gut health. Saliva and stomach acid When you're dehydrated you make less saliva. That's...

Tired all the time…

Tired all the time…

It seems that fatigue is the complaint that our GP's hear the most. They even have an acronym for it: tatt - tired all the time. Fatigue can have many causes and I'll mention three here: blood sugar imbalance, low iron and a lack of protein in the diet. Blood sugar...

Is my stomach acid is too low?

Is my stomach acid is too low?

In my practice I often see clients who's stomach doesn't produce enough stomach acid. They come in with symptoms of acid reflux, IBS or fatigue. In this blog about the importance of stomach acid I explain why low stomach acid is not a good situation. You might ask...

Stomach acid: why is it important?

Stomach acid: why is it important?

Do you have acid reflux? Does it feel like food is sitting in your stomach a long time? Do your blood tests show you have low iron and/or low B12? Then your stomach acid might not be acidic enough. I want to help you understand why that's not a good thing and why it’s...

What can I eat for my hormonal symptoms?

What can I eat for my hormonal symptoms?

Many women, especially when they get into perimenopause, get symptoms like hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, disturbed sleep, vaginal dryness... not fun!  So one of the questions I got in my Facebook group was: 'What can I eat for my hormonal symptoms to...

What is a normal transit time?

What is a normal transit time?

Transit time is the time it takes for your food to move through your digestive system, from start to finish. When you have diarrhea it's very fast and with constipation it takes a loooong time. Neither are good, as we know. But what is a normal transit time? And what...

Foods that support gut healing

Foods that support gut healing

Someone asked me this question in my lovely Facebook group: "Which foods support gut healing?" So I'll try to give some answers! But I'm not going into a 'These 5 foods will heal your gut!' talk. Because healing your gut is not a quick fix - it's about changing the...

Motivation – You Need to Know Your WHY

Motivation – You Need to Know Your WHY

When it comes to motivation, whether it be to cut down on sugar, be more organised in the kitchen or stick to healthy eating habits, the first question I ask my clients is this; ‘What is your why?’ Why do you want to be healthier? And although it seems quite obvious,...

Is your joint pain related to your gut?

Is your joint pain related to your gut?

All disease - and all healing! - begins in the gut. That's what Hippocrates already found out centuries ago and that's what we see confirmed all the time by modern research. But what if you have no digestive symptoms? And you have pain in your knees, shoulders, wrists...

Is vegan the same as plant based?

Is vegan the same as plant based?

I'm seeing more and more people coming into my practice who decided to become vegan. I think the penny is dropping about the way we produce meat and the effects on climate. Health wise it's a great thing to eat more plants. There's a ton of research out there that...

Check your vitamin D now!

Check your vitamin D now!

Here in Scotland the darker season is definitely upon us. So it's time to check your vitamin D now! My experience is that GP's don't do the test often. But you can do an at-home test. I'll tell you where and how below. I just ordered our own tests - we take them every...

Make your own coconut yoghurt

Make your own coconut yoghurt

Many of my clients with tummy troubles need to avoid dairy. Is that you? Coconut yoghurt can then be a great alternative. It can also be rather pricey though. And have quite a lot of added ingredients. Good to know you can easily make your own coconut yoghurt at home....

How to make a really nice soup

How to make a really nice soup

I love making soup. I feel it sustains me and warms me now it's getting colder and darker up here in Scotland - and that snuggly warmth is what I need right now. Over time I've learned how to make a really nice soup from scratch - without a recipe. So let me teach you...

Support your liver with dandelion root

Support your liver with dandelion root

Using herbs - or weeds - from your garden for your health is actually a lot easier than you think! A good example is using dandelion roots to support your liver. Now is the time to make your own herbal remedy and you can totally do this. We are in autumn and swiftly...

How to get rid of pesky candida?

How to get rid of pesky candida?

Oral or vaginal thrush, athlete's foot, jock itch, fatigue, sinus issues, joint pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, fatigue... How to you get rid of candida? If this is you, an overgrowth of yeast in your gut might be causing these symptoms. Testing? How can you...

An easier and quicker falafel receipe

An easier and quicker falafel receipe

Who likes falafels? I do! These deconstructed ones are much easier and quicker to make than the original ones and don’t need to be deep fried or oven baked. Your beneficial gut microbes will love the chickpeas, onion, garlic and cumin – this recipe has lots of fiber!...

BPA free is good, right? No it isn’t…

BPA free is good, right? No it isn’t…

A couple of years ago I replaced all plastic bottles by BPA-free ones. I had heard that BPA is estrogenic, can disrupt your hormones and make you gain weight - yikes! So I thought BPA free plastic bottles were a safe option. Right? No they're probably not... BPA...

A lovely coconut white fish dish

White fish, like cod, haddock or hake, is a great protein that is easy to digest for most people. This looks like a lovely recipe and I'm going to try it out tonight! I think I'll replace the orange juice by a few more tomatoes. I don't like orange in my food! (worst...

What can YOU do about hiatal hernia?

What can YOU do about hiatal hernia?

A hiatal hernia – aka hiatus hernia - is when part of your stomach moves up through the diaphragm into your chest. Your diaphragm is the big muscle that separates your chest and your abdominal area. It has a small opening (hiatus) through which your food tube...

Is your tongue on fire?

Is your tongue on fire?

One of the symptoms I hear about from clients is burning tongue. They describe it as a burning or scalding sensation that affects their tongue, but it can also affect your lips, gums, palate, throat or whole mouth. For some it feels as if their mouth is dry and give...

How to make kefir with nut milk

How to make kefir with nut milk

I've always loved making kefir and yoghurt with cow's milk and really missed it when I decided to go dairy free. I missed the taste as well as the tons of beneficial bacteria that help my gut flora. So I wanted to learn how to make kefir with nut milk. No idea what...

Do you need to supplement with zinc?

Do you need to supplement with zinc?

Zinc is often mentioned as a good supplement to take when you want to protect yourself from viruses – quite useful at the moment! But do you really need to supplement with zinc? How do you know you need it? And if you do, how do you take it? For me, food always comes...

O no! There’s plastic in my tea!

O no! There’s plastic in my tea!

I make compost from food waste and years ago I started finding small lacy plastic bits in the compost. I found out that they come from teabags. What?! Yes, many teabags look like they're made from paper or silk. But these teabags actually contain plastic to make them...

Are oats gluten free? Yes and no…

Are oats gluten free? Yes and no…

I noticed in my practice that there is some confusion about gluten free grains. Many people think that oats are gluten free. And that gluten free oats are more processed than normal oats. So let's look into the question: are oats gluten free? I often advise clients...

Stressed? Food can help!

Stressed? Food can help!

In this day and age, most of us are prone to feeling continuous stress. We worry about our jobs and children; we stress over finances, deadlines and relationships. And unfortunately, we tend to reach for junk food. But high-calorie or sugary foods only trick us into...

Turmeric milk made my way

Turmeric milk made my way

Golden or turmeric milk is a cow's, nut or coconut milk, heated with a good amount of turmeric in it. I shouldn't be saying this as a nutrition and herb expert because of it's great properties, but... I didn't like to drink it! The reason was that I used turmeric...

What is functional nutrition?

What is functional nutrition?

Functional nutrition wants to restore the well-functioning of the body through food, lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sounds common sense, right? So how do I do that? Root cause To start with I want to find the root cause(s) of your health conditions rather...

Healthy hot chocolate recipe

During the cold and dark winter months I have been enjoying a warming and nourishing drink: my healthy hot chocolate! And I'm happy to share my recipe. The inspiration came around at a time where I decided to stop drinking caffeinated coffee because I wasn't sleeping...

Turmeric for depression and anxiety

Turmeric for depression and anxiety

Depression and anxiety are on the rise. In the UK we experience them ten times as often as in 1945. And many people use antidepressants like Prozac - antidepressants are high in the top ten most prescribed medications. Where is seems easy to solve the problem by...

9 tips for  gluten-free shopping

9 tips for gluten-free shopping

Have you seen the gluten-free shelves in the supermarket expanding? Many people are aware of their gluten sensitivity or even have coeliac disease. And the gluten-free food industry is eagerly stepping in. This doesn't mean that gluten-free products are necessarily...

Back to the dining table!

Back to the dining table!

We eat 60% of our meals in front of the TV, according to a survey in 2013. And it's probably more by now... The telly - or Netflix - has become a daily companion at our meal times! Here are some reasons why you want to go back to the dining table! But how does that...