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New Year Detox

New Year Detox

Although the liver serves as the main detoxification organ in the body, there are some simple steps you can take to naturally detox and cleanse the body – and it’s an ideal way to kick start your health in the New Year. “Detoxification is a natural bodily function that is occurring all the time. In today’s modern world we are constantly bombarded with environmental toxins and we also naturally produce our own toxins,” explains nutritional therapist Claire Barnes, technical advisor…

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Rich Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Rich Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey A moist dense gluten free chocolate cake. Perfect warm or cold, served with a dairy free or low lactose yoghurt. Ingredients: 50g cocoa powder 125g boiling water 2 tsp vanilla extract 125g gluten free self-raising flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp baking powder 150g coconut sugar 150g light olive oil 3 large eggs Method: Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4. Grease and line a 22-23cm spring form cake tin. Add the…

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Choose Natural Plant-Based Skincare

Choose Natural Plant-Based Skincare

When it comes to our skincare, it’s best to choose products based on all-natural, plant-based ingredients – also known as botanicals. A botanical ingredient is an extract or oil derived from plants, flowers, herbs, nuts, seeds, roots and berries. These have been used in beauty regimes for centuries, even Cleopatra used black cumin seed oil as a beauty treatment. You may not be familiar with the term, but most of our natural and organic beauty brands use botanicals in their products….

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Salmon Niçoise Salad with Herb Caper and Walnut Dressing

Salmon Niçoise Salad with Herb Caper and Walnut Dressing

By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey This is a delicious protein packed salad full of beneficial omega-3 anti-inflammatory fats. Using walnut oil in the dressing is an easy way to further boost your intake of these healthy fats. This creamy dressing is equally delicious drizzle over any cooked fish or seafood. (serves 2) Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 2 boneless salmon fillets, about 120g each, skin on For the dressing: 2 tbsp walnut oil 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp capers…

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Winter Beauty Guide

Winter Beauty Guide

At the end of the year, we need to look our festive best. Esther Mills-Roberts shows us how… You’ve braced yourself against the cold, and your hair has taken the breeze. You’ve come inside into the warm and your face has flushed with the temperature change. Your nails are in gloves, get wet, dry out, get bashed. And your diet changes, fresh fruit and vegetable intakes drop, in comes the winter stodge and up goes fat, sugar and alcohol. If…

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Digestive Seed Mix

Digestive Seed Mix

By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey This is a great seed mixture for improving digestion. Simply eat a tablespoon before or after a meal. Ingredients: 2 pinches of sea salt 1 tbsp hot water ½ cup fennel seeds ¼ cup toasted coriander seeds ¼ cup sesame seeds 1 tbsp cumin seeds Pinch of sugar, optional Method: Dissolve the salt in the hot water. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add the seeds. Toast until lightly brown. Drizzle over…

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Are you Getting Enough Fish Oil?

Are you Getting Enough Fish Oil?

By medical nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer, an expert in food, herbs and supplements Fish oil provides two long-chain omega-3s called DHA and EPA. These are important for maintaining healthy cell membranes, and have many benefits on the circulation, brain and eyes. They also help to protect against abnormal heart rhythms. As a result, we are all advised to eat at least two portions of fish per week, including one that’s oily such as salmon, mackerel, herrings or sardines, to provide…

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Banana Cinnamon Granola

Banana Cinnamon Granola

By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey A gluten free crunchy granola sweetened with a little maple syrup and banana. Perfect topped with a dairy free or low lactose yogurt. Make up a batch and store in an airtight container. Ingredients: 125g gluten free oats 100g flaked almonds 60g unsweetened coconut flakes 125g mixed seeds (e.g pumpkin, sunflower, sesame etc) 2 tbsp ground flaxseed 125g pecans, chopped 1 tbsp vanilla extract 1 large banana 60g coconut oil, melted 2 tbsp maple syrup…

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Heal your Gut this Christmas

Heal your Gut this Christmas

After the Christmas festivities and overindulgence, we are often left feeling too full with an uncomfortable bloated tummy. Your stomach may feel swollen, sore, uncomfortable or stretched, and may be accompanied by other digestive issues such as wind, diarrhoea or constipation. A bloated tummy is often viewed as an inconvenience, but it could indicate something more serious and shouldn’t be shunned. In fact, bloating usually indicates a sluggish digestive system which can have numerous causes. “Gas is a normal by-product…

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Youthful Skin

Youthful Skin

Nutritionists and skin experts share their top anti-ageing tips Over time, our skin’s natural defence barrier can become weakened, appearing dull, thin and wrinkled. This is because, starting in our 20s, changes occur in the skin that cause collagen and elastin fibres to stiffen, break and lose elasticity. So what can we do to slow down this ageing process? Healthy Body, Healthy Skin Your diet plays a very important role in maintaining optimal skin quality, with hydration being the first…

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