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25
Jul
2019
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Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov was a Ukrainian and Russian pathologist best known for his pioneering research in immunology.  Known as the Father of Orthobiosis theory and Probiotics, he was credited in 1882 with the discovery of phagocytes, which came to be known as the major defence mechanism in innate immunity.

No less than 75% of the immune cells of the body are thought to be found in the gut.  This means that the gut flora is important to ensuring our immune defence is functioning correctly.  Together with Mechnikov’s discovery, functional medicine believes that if the gut is healthy, the person is healthy. Therefore, treat the gut first.

 

8
Jul
2019
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Anxiety is something that is creeping into our society on a much more regular basis.  Some sufferers find it completely debilitating and as a result are not able to leave their homes for fear of an attack. For others, it is the leaving of their homes that causes the anxiety in the first place.

On the other end of the spectrum, some people have random attacks, often with no particular trigger.  In other words, anxiety can be an unpleasant emotional state ranging from mild unease to intense fear. 

 

 

14
Jun
2019
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The importance and power of antioxidants that have the ability to boost our immune system and thus general health, is huge.   Antioxidants combat free radicals caused by a diet rich in additives, stress, exposure to electronic magnetic radiation and pollutants in the air and water.   

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, thereby leading to chain reactions that may damage the cells of organs.  

Antioxidants protect cells against the effects of free radicals which are produced as a result of the body breaking down food for production of energy, from stress, or when exposed to tobacco smoke, and other contaminants such as PCB’s, and radiation. 

 

21
May
2019
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It is wonderful and very good news that the BBC has been featuring menopause in a week long feature called “Wake up to Menopause”, including identifying symptoms, typical treatments as well as experiences from individual women of all ages, on last week’s breakfast TV.

As a naturopath, herbalist and kinesiologist I look at menopause as a natural process that women go through, just like entering puberty, getting pregnant, giving birth and other major bodily changes which encapsulate the female in all her beauty.  In other words, menopause is not a disease to be treated, it is a natural hormonal change that has, mostly temporary impacts on the female body and emotional balance.

 

 

8
Apr
2019
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Are you responsible for your gout?

 

“Properly cared for, a Savile Row suit can be handed down the generations—like gout.”                                              Ben Schott, Jeeves and the Ki

Ever wondered why you suffer from gut issues, such as bloating and gas, arthritis or gout?  It might be that your acid base balance (the balance between acids and bases) is not within the slim corridor of balance that it needs to be to support many bodily functions?

 

16
Mar
2019
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Hormone health #Green Key Health

Phthalates are plasticisers that are added to plastics to make them transparent, flexible and durable whilst giving longevity.  The group of chemicals known as phthalates includes many different chemical esters and globally we produce 8.4 million tonnes per year.

 

27
Feb
2019
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Processed food - Type 2 Diabetes #Green Key Health

It is staggering to know that Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions in the Western world. An estimated 1 in 15 people has Type 2 diabetes in the UK.  That means 3.7 million people suffer with this disease.  Which is equal to 10% of the NHS budget!  How long is it going to take for us to realize that in most cases Type 2 Diabetes is self-inflicted through an inappropriate diet, lack of exercise, and in many instances stress?  This means that this type of diabetes is completely reversible.

 

18
Jan
2019
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Alkaline diet #Green Key Health

The news report yesterday produced by the EAT Lancet Commission, a non profit start up, has reached a consensus about what makes a healthy, sustainable diet to feed the 7.7 billion in the world today, and the expected 10 billion by 2050.

The EAT Lancet commission is a group of 37 scientists who have come together to address five main issues around a healthy, sustainable diet:

 

17
Dec
2018
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Immune health £Green Key Health

Cinnamon* (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is a well recognised spice, and one of the oldest spices.  It is one of the seasonings in “Five Spice Powder”, together with anise, star anise, cloves and fennel seeds.  In the Western world cinnamon features strongly in the colder months, especially at Christmas when it is added to mulled wine, Christmas cakes, mincemeat in mince pies and many other seasonal delicacies. What benefits and effects on health does Cinnamon have?

 

16
Nov
2018
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Menopause naturally

Menopause is a natural part of any woman’s life, not a disease as some might think.  Women can now expect to live 20-30 years past the menopause.  Quality of life is vital to enjoying these years, including abundant energy, good memory, skin and hair, as well as being able to have a good nights sleep, be free from aches and pains and have a good sex life.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is not the only option out there to achieve this desired life quality.  Treating menopause naturally through diet, herbs, supplements and exercise can make a huge difference to life quality.