Broccoli, Fennel and Pear Soup

Broccoli, Fennel and Pear Soup

By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey This is a beautiful light yet creamy tasting soup. The addition of pear provides a natural sweetness to this soup and plenty of additional fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer. (serves 2) Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1 garlic clove 150g broccoli, chopped 1 fennel bulb, chopped 1 pear, cored and chopped 600ml vegetable stock Olive oil for drizzling Method: Heat the olive oil in a large pan and…

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Weight Watch

Weight Watch

Being overweight can lead to many health complications, including heart disease, diabetes and an increased risk of stroke. We’ve spoken to nutritionist Rose Holmes, education and training manager at Rio Health, to get her top tips on how to manage our weight naturally. How important is it to control our weight?  “Weight management is very important since being overweight or obese can negatively impact so many aspects of health. Weight management can be challenging for many individuals because there are…

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Green People – Holiday Sun Starter Pack

Green People – Holiday Sun Starter Pack

‘Green People sun care delivers the power of nature in this trio of moisture-binding products that are fortified with phyto actives to protect, soothe and balance the skin.’  Green People has recently launched a range of ‘starter packs’, cute little boxes featuring products from their different ranges. This summer I tested their Holiday Sun Starter Pack, which includes three 30ml bottles of their SPF15 Sun Cream, SPF30 Sun Cream and Hydrating After Sun. I love the fact that they are…

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Beyond Organic Skincare – E-Natural Emollient Cream

Beyond Organic Skincare – E-Natural Emollient Cream

‘An effective natural alternative to E45-type creams which does not contain paraffin or other mineral oils.’ Beyond Organic Skincare has been creating natural and organic beauty products since 2005, and has since won 29 awards for their various products. All their products contain 100% natural ingredients and their two main ranges are organic too. All their products are fair trade, not tested on animals, suitable for vegetarians (most are suitable for vegans), and they come packaged in recycled and recyclable…

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Viridian become the World’s First Certified Palm Oil Free Vitamin Company

Viridian become the World’s First Certified Palm Oil Free Vitamin Company

Ethical company Viridian Nutrition has become the first vitamin company in the world to be Certified Palm Oil Free (CPOF). The Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme (POFCAP) is the first certification of its kind in the world. Managed by a not-for-profit organisation, the extensive certification process involves thoroughly exploring and tracing all potential palm oil (and its derivatives) ingredients of a product back to its source. Following rigorous assessment, all 200+ Viridian Nutrition’s supplements – the entire range –…

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Supplements for Period Problems

Supplements for Period Problems

By medical nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer, an expert in food, herbs and supplements Painful or heavy periods are among the most common reasons for women to consult their doctor. These problems are most common during the first few years after menstruation starts, and again as the menopause approaches. These problems are thought to relate to overproduction of hormone-like chemicals called prostaglandins, which cause womb muscles to go into spasm. In some cases, painful periods are due to a gynecological condition…

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Crazy about Collagen

Crazy about Collagen

Every now and then a supplement superstar emerges. Collagen has the centre stage, but what do you know about this biochemical wonder? By Esther Mills-Roberts. Every now and then, nutritional scientists research a health substance that they know can make a massive difference. From vitamin C, through to fish oils and glucosamine, time brings with it certain health substances that are too good to be missed. And the latest of these is collagen. A Humble Background From the days of…

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This Month’s Top Picks

This Month’s Top Picks

Advertisement 3 in 1 High Fibre Formula Lepicol is a multi-fibre source product containing gentle psyllium husk which contributes to maintaining normal bowel transit, as well as inulin together, these two ingredients can help ensure your recommended daily intake of fibre. The third key ingredient of Lepicol is 5 strains of live bacteria that are naturally present in a healthy person’s digestive system; Lepicol is available in powder or capsule format. Also available is Lepicol Plus+ which has the addition…

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Salt of the Earth – Rock Chick Sweet Strawberry Natural Deodorant

Salt of the Earth – Rock Chick Sweet Strawberry Natural Deodorant

Salt of the Earth was adopted by mother and son team, Sally and Thomas Laird, in 2005, and has since become a leader in the natural deodorant industry, starting with a single crystal stick and developing to a multi award-winning product range. Having tested their deodorants for men and women before, this time I had the delight of testing out their new product specifically designed for girls – Rock Chick Sweet Strawberries! I absolutely adore the packaging and so did…

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American Pancakes with Berry Compote

American Pancakes with Berry Compote

By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey Children adore pancakes and these light and fluffy American-style ones are a healthy treat served with the berry sauce. Buckwheat flour adds a lovely rich, nutty flavour and provides plenty of fibre to support gut health. It is also rich in key minerals, including manganese, copper and magnesium that help to boost energy levels. It also provides quercetin, an antioxidant known for its antihistamine properties. You can make this egg free by using commercial egg…

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