Condition Focus Articles

In this folder you will find Condition Focus articles from past newsletters.

  • How Nutritious is the Typical Western Diet?

    We evaluate the nutrition in a typical western diet, from cereal for breakfast to meal deals and ready meals. High salt, caffeine & sweeteners are on the menu.

  • The Science of Junk Food Addiction: How the Companies Keep Us Lovin’ It

    We look at the science behind junk food addiction engineered to encourage overeating. By understanding the science you can be aware of the tricks & avoid them.

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Case Study with Certified IFM Practitioner Alex Manos

    IFM Cert Alex outlines contributing factors & steps taken so far with a client suffering from Chronic Fatigue syndrome to support her back to health...

  • Fatigue & Hypothyroidism Case Study with Martin Budd ND

    Renowned authority on fatigue, blood sugar & thyroid disorders, Martin Budd explains his thoughts and a brief case study involving hypothyroidism & fatigue...

  • Low Energy & Anxiety Case Study: A Multifaceted Approach

    Registered Naturopath & Nutritionist Fiona Campbell shares a case study involving a client with low energy & anxiety, and explains her multifaceted approach...

  • 4 Ways that Epstein Barr Virus Promotes Autoimmunity, by Robyn Puglia

    Clinical Nutritionist Robyn Puglia explains 4 ways that Epstein Barr Virus promotes autoimmunity including Molecular Mimicry, TH17 & Localised Chronic Infection

  • The 5 Best Vitamins for Energy & Tiredness

    The 5 best and most important vitamins for energy & tiredness including B vitamin food sources & best supplement forms for energy

  • Anaemia: More Than Just Iron Deficiency

    When someone says they’re anaemic – you’ll likely guess they have an iron deficiency.  But this is not always the case.  There are in fact, many different types and causes, and iron deficiency is just one of those.

  • A Nutritionist’s Guide to Reducing Extreme Tiredness During Pregnancy

    Pregnancy is often described as ‘a bit like climbing a mountain with a heavy backpack, without having done any training first!’  No wonder then that tiredness is incredibly common during pregnancy, and it can be a difficult problem to tackle, especially when life still has to carry on as normal...

  • An Expert's Guide to Genetic Testing

    As more and more practitioners choose to use genetic testing in their practice, it’s becoming essential to at least have an understanding of this fast growing area.

  • Genetic Testing: An Overview of Types, Providers & Considerations

    To get you started, we’ve put together a very simple overview on functional genetic testing.  We wanted to dispel some myths and give you a clear idea of what functional genetic testing is (and isn’t), why you might use the tests...

  • Exclusive Interview with Dr Joseph Pizzorno ND, Naturopathic Physician, Educator & Researcher

    With a brand new book, ‘The Toxin Solution’, just out, an already busy schedule, and an upcoming seminar for us in London in June this year, we were absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to interview Dr Joseph Pizzorno recently. 

  • Common Painkillers, Side Effects & Natural Alternatives

    There are two main categories of painkillers (analgesics): acetaminophen (eg paracetamol) and NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen), and they work in different ways to reduce pain.

  • What's Pain Got To Do With It? By IFM Certified Practitioner, Deirdre Nazareth

    Pain. Reading the word alone probably makes you wince a little. We all understand it to be rather unpleasant, something one wishes was fleeting, yet we do need it to make sense of our surroundings and ultimately survive...

  • Exclusive Interview with Deirdre Nazareth - IFM Practitioner, Osteopath & Pain Specialist

    We were lucky enough to catch up with Deirdre Nazareth for a quick chat recently, and we covered all manner of subjects including her extensive studies (Deirdre is a fully qualified Osteopath, has a Masters in Pain from Kings College London and is a certified Functional Medicine practitioner)...

  • Why eggs are a superfood for your eyes

    There are so many reasons to love eggs.  As well as their superior nutritional profile, they are versatile, portable and delicious too. One of the lesser-known benefits of eggs though is the way they act as a superfood for your eyes...

  • From diabetic retinopathy to cataracts, eye health is complicated. We’ve made it easy for you

    Here’s an overview of common eye conditions, the key nutrients you need to nourish and protect your eyes for good, and a simple diagram that sums it all up beautifully.

  • What you eat now can affect your risk of the most common cause of blindness as you age

    Here we take a closer look at the leading causes of blindness in the developed world, and share with you some critically important info on how nutrition may help to reduce your risk and possibly even slow its progression. If you’re at all concerned about your eyesight, already affected by this common eye problem or even just interested in maximizing your eye health, you need to read on.

  • Is It Really Possible To Eat 10 Portions of Fruit and Veg In A Day?

    Fruits and vegetables have been hitting the headlines recently, following news that everyone should be aiming for at least 10 portions daily.  And there’s been lots of juicy chatter around the subject with questions like what constitutes a portion and whether it’s really possible to eat this much? 

  • Anti-inflammatory Diet Can Protect Your Bones. New Study Findings.

    There is now plenty of scientific evidence that underpins the theory that inflammation is a significant contributory factor to the development and progression of osteoporosis

  • Refreshingly Honest. Prepare to be Inspired: A Day in The Life of Alex Manos…

    Have you ever wondered what life is really like for a functional medicine practitioner?  What they actually eat for breakfast and how their own daily routine pans out?  We’re thrilled to be able to share with you this refreshingly honest account of ‘A day in the life of Alex Manos’.

  • Telomeres - What On Earth Are They And Why Do You Need To Look After Them?

    'Telomeres’ may sound like some kind of futuristic portal into space, yet they’re actually teeny tiny structures found inside cells that provide vital protection for your DNA.  Needless to say, they’re pretty crucial. Scientific interest in the subject of telomeres has risen dramatically in the last few years...

  • Sometimes Elusive, Always Essential: Sleep

    In this article we shed a bit more light on this often elusive but always essential, primal need to sleep.  We look at the sleep cycle in a bit more detail and share with you a great resource that shows how much sleep you need at each stage in your life.

  • Tired of Sleepless Nights? Here’s How The Experts Really Handle It…

    There are many possible underlying reasons for sleep problems and it’s important to seek professional advice if it is ongoing and starts to affect your health and wellbeing.  Often though, if you spot that your sleep patterns have started to go a bit off track, there’s lots you can do to help improve it...

  • Probably The Most Important Article You’ll Read If You Want To Protect Against Chronic Disease

    I can still remember clearly the moment I learnt just what a huge impact the right balance of fats has on your health.  Sat in a lecture hall in Wimbledon in my first year of a diploma in nutritional therapy.  I’m grateful to my tutor at the time, Nigel Hinchliffe for that lightbulb moment.

  • How to Get More of the Right Fats into Your Diet

    Fats still cause lots of confusion.  Many people avoid them yet they are an absolutely crucial part of your diet and have a huge impact on your long-term health too.  The problem with fats is that most people eat too much of the less beneficial types and not enough of the super healthy fats...

  • 'Love Weight' & Other Ways Your Relationship Can Affect Your Health

    If you’re in a happy, long-term relationship and have noticed a few extra pounds creeping on, you’re probably not alone; results of a recent study show there may actually be some truth in the term ‘love-weight’.

  • 10 Simple Tips - How To Eat Well on a Budget

    There’s a general misconception that you have to spend a fortune to eat healthily - household food budgets are a commonly cited reason for not eating well – yet the reality is that there’s nothing more cost effective than cooking from scratch with simple nutritious ingredients...

  • Plant power...Can a Meat-Free Diet Improve Sports Performance

    How diet and nutrition affect performance is particularly intriguing.  And there’s a huge body of scientific research on this subject out there.  What’s surprising though is how limited the research is when it comes to athletic performance and vegetarian / vegan diets...

  • Why Fad Diets Fail

    Towards the end of last year, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) published their annual list of ‘celebrity diets to avoid’ in 2017.  Among the frontrunners were ‘clean eating’, ‘teatoxing’ and the ‘6:1 diet’.  These are just the latest in a long list of fad diets that you’d be best placed to avoid - and here's why...

  • Why The Cereal Aisle Is Best Avoided...

    New year often brings with it a glut of ‘news’ on healthy eating.  Last week, major media sources focused on the ridiculously high level of sugar in kids breakfast cereals.  It’s not news that they contain lots of sugar – they always have.

  • How Flu Affects Your Mood

    In the middle of winter, when cold and flu bugs are rife, it’s natural to think about boosting your immune system, however, a nasty dose of winter cold or flu may also leave you feeling depressed...

  • 10 Resolutions Not to Make in 2017

    Here's 10 reasons why some resolutions you should not be making this New Year...

  • How to Change a Habit: Interview with Mandy Pearson

    Mandy Pearson is a Psychotherapist, coach and teacher. We asked her "How does someone change a habit?" as the New Year often herald many of us trying to make changes to unhealthy habits. Read on to find out more about changing habits...

  • One Habit That Can Change Your Life

    New year’s resolutions tend to fail because they are too ambitious.  Instead, why not choose to adopt just one new healthy habit this year.

  • What's in The Doctor's Kitchen for 2017?

    If you’re not yet familiar with Dr Rupy Aujla and The Doctor’s Kitchen, then you soon will be. Rupy is one of an exciting new breed of UK medical doctors who is hoping to change the future of conventional medical education and practice, and ultimately how the medical system deals with chronic disease...

  • Christmas Nutrition Quiz

    Test your nutrition knowledge with this fun little Christmas quiz we've put together for you! You may even learn some rather suprising health benefits of a few festive favourite foods.

  • Why Detox Isn't The Devil

    You don’t have to look very far to find a scathing article on detox.  One of our first searches on the subject immediately returns the headline, ‘there’s no such thing as detoxing.  In medical terms it’s a nonsense.’ So we wanted to share with you our simple take on detox, without entering into a heated debate.

  • How Your Body Gets Rid of Toxins: A Very Simple Explanation

    Much is written about detox at this time of year, probably because festive celebrations and hangovers bring this important job sharply into focus.  It’s a complicated subject though, which can quickly become overwhelming.  So here we’ve put together a very simple explanation of detoxification, with only the bits that you need to know and nothing else.

  • What you need to know if you're on the pill or take HRT

    Millions of women in the UK regularly take oestrogen-containing medications such as the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Whilst these medications are a really useful support for many, it’s important to understand that they can have negative effects on many essential nutrients too...

  • The light & dark side of alcohol

    Headlines hail the benefits of a daily glass of wine one day; yet the next, doom and gloom abounds for anyone who dares to touch a single drop. Before you sink into the sofa with a confused and despairing glass of vino, read on for our musings on both sides of the alcohol debate, so whenever you choose to have a tipple, it’s more of an informed choice than a confused one.

  • Top 10 Hangover Cures

    The ‘season to be jolly’ may well be here, but when that means one glass too many, this can quickly turn into a ‘not-so-jolly’ hangover...

  • What Your Liver Actually Does...

    The words ‘Liver & Detox’ spring to mind as quickly and easily as ‘Posh & Becks’.  Most people are well aware of the liver’s important role in getting rid of toxins from the body; less familiar though are the 500 or so (yes, really!) other essential jobs your liver does every single day.

  • Worried about gaining extra weight over Christmas?

    Weight gain worries are among the top-rated stresses over Christmas.  The huge surge in social events means that food and drink consumption increases dramatically, which can seem overwhelming for anyone trying to keep a check on their daily intake...

  • What do Nutritionists feed their kids?...featuring Luis & Jordi

    Here in the Nutrition office at Nutri we're constantly discussing feeding our kids, so we thought we'd share with you our experiences and child friendly food ideas!  Katherine Pardo (Nutrition Team Manager) talks about her two teenage boys, Luis & Jordi...

  • Can Nutrition Help S.A.D?

    As daylight hours shorten and the temperature starts to cool, it’s fairly normal to occasionally feel a bit glum and sluggish.  However for some people, a feeling of dread can accompany the onset of autumn and winter...

  • Supplements for coming out of hospital

    If you’ve ever had a stay in hospital, you’ll be grateful for the level of care that’s freely available when you need it most.  Whilst hospitals are providing life-saving treatments every single day, a lengthy stay can also take its toll on other aspects of your health.

  • What you need to know if you take metformin...

    Metformin is a popular oral diabetes drug taken by millions and used to help manage the growing burden of Type 2 diabetes.  It works by lowering the amount of glucose made by the liver and by increasing cells sensitivity to insulin.

  • Adrenal Stress : An Interview with Sue Camp at Genova Diagnostics

    Chronic stress can be a challenge to deal with in a clinical setting, and support involves a multi-faceted approach.  We were intrigued then, to find out what Sue Camp, Clinician Education at Genova Diagnostics had to say about this most iconic of tests. 

  • Why EstroLibrium is such good value for money...

    Oestrogen metabolism is a key issue that now affects most people to some extent.  And it’s not just something that women should be concerned about; men are affected too.

  • Hair Loss - A Support Strategy

    Any type of hair loss can cause major distress, for both women and men alike. There are many ways to encourage better hair health, however the first step is to find out WHY you are losing hair.  Read on for some of the most common causes of hair loss and ways you can deal with them naturally...

  • What do Nutritionists feed their kids?...featuring Lizzie

    Here in the Nutrition office at Nutri we're constantly discussing feeding our kids, so we thought we'd share with you our experiences and child friendly food ideas!  Gemma Khoo, Nutritionist and Regulatory Affairs talks about Lizzie, age 22 months....

  • 'Healthy Cereals' Exposed by Which? Report 2009

    If you often find yourself wandering down the cereals aisle in the supermarket, feeling totally confused as to which product to select for a healthy breakfast then you are not alone.

  • What do Nutritionists feed their kids?...featuring William & Sophie!

    Here in the Nutrition office at Nutri we're constantly discussing feeding our kids, so we thought we'd share with you our experiences and child friendly food ideas!  Sarah Sharpe, Nutritionist, talks about William, age 3 and Sophie, age 1 ....

  • Can Nutrition help OCD?

    OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is a much misunderstood condition.  The term seems to have worked its way into the English lexicon to describe someone who is meticulous about cleanliness, order and hygiene, however the condition is much more complex than that.

  • What's in a Nutritionist's Handbag?

    We wondered if the collection of treasured items found in a nutritionist’s handbag are any different from the norm?  And if you’re interested too, here’s what we found (from those brave enough to reveal the contents!)...

  • Anxiety - A modern epidemic

    Everyone feels anxious at times, it’s part of the body’s fight or flight response and prepares you to act quickly in the face of danger.  It’s normal to feel anxious in response to uncertainty, trouble or feeling unprepared, such as waiting for exam results, sitting in a job interview, or even going on a first date!...

  • Are Sugar Cravings AGEing You?

    High blood sugar can increase your production of AGEs, harmful compounds that can age you. No one wants to age faster than they should be. Find out about AGEs and how you can help slow down the ageing process.

  • What is stress?

    ‘Stress’ can appear in your life in many different guises, and sometimes it’s difficult to spot when it comes in forms that are less obvious.  Understanding what stress actually is and what you can do if your health is affected by it is essential for living an optimally healthy life.

  • Are you stressed?

    Complete this simple questionnaire to find out...

  • Feeling stressed? Key nutrients to help you cope...

    The right nutrition can have a dramatic impact on your ability to cope with stress.  Here’s the key nutrients that may help to support a balanced response to stress, helping you to feel calmer and more relaxed.

  • Natural Alternatives for Pain Relief

    Did you know that some of the most commonly used pain killers are associated with negative side effects and that these may dramatically increase with regular use?  And did you also know that there‘s natural pain relief that has been shown to be as effective as some of the conventional ones?

  • Using Curcumin with Ginger, Vitamin C & Vitamin D for Powerful Joint Support

    As more studies are done, we are discovering just how powerful curcumin, the active constituent in turmeric really is. It has the incredible ability to bring down inflammation in the body, across multiple pathways, all at the same time. It has positive effects across different organ systems within the body, as well as having antioxidant properties too.

  • Anti-inflammatory diet associated with 26% reduced risk of depression

    Inflammation is a hot topic, with much research now pointing towards the idea that it may be at the root of many chronic diseases, and that includes depression too...

  • Which Nutrient for Which Joint Issue?

    Think about the amazing job our joints do for us throughout our lives. They enable movement to happen between bones that allows us to act and move. Our joints withstand years of use. It’s no wonder that most of us, at some stage suffer with a joint problem, be it an injury, or in future years’ arthritis as a result of the “wear and tear” of life’s activities.

  • Superfood Scepticism: Nutritionists Reveal the Truth Behind the Demonisation

    A worrying trend in the media lately has been a backlash against healthy eating and particular against the use of superfoods. This has gone even so far as to condemn the word superfood as a lie...

  • Athletes recovery secret!

    Most people are aware that it’s important to eat the right food to support energy production before training or competition.  However, it’s less well known that you need to supply your body with recovery fuel after exercise too...

  • Study Finds Risk of Breast Cancer Triples with HRT

    A new study has shown that women using combined HRT therapy (oestrogen and progesterone together) are almost 3 times more likely to develop breast cancer than those not using it...

  • Surprising Reasons You Should Be Taking A Probiotic...

    Many people are now aware of the link between beneficial bacteria and a healthy gut, yet most are completely unaware of the many other benefits that good bacteria can offer to your health...

  • Babies & Probiotics : Here's What You Need To Know...

    All babies are born with a sterile gut. Bacteria are then naturally introduced to a baby’s gut via the birth method (vaginal birth or Caesarean section), through breastmilk or formula and later through the food they eat.  

  • Did you know immune health starts in the gut?

    As much as it’s important to avoid potentially harmful bacteria, it’s also crucial to remember that bacteria aren’t all bad.  In fact, bacteria’s provide you with the foundations of a strong, healthy immune system and without these good bacteria you wouldn’t be able to fight off the bad bacteria

  • Optimal Nutrition for Back to School

    ‘Back to school’ is the perfect time to start thinking about your child’s nutrient intake.  The new year requires your child to be fully energised, ready to concentrate, able to deal with daily strains and equipped to fight off seasonal bugs too – all of which a good diet can fully support.

  • Our Nutrition Advice for Jessica Ennis-Hill...

    Nutrition is an essential part of Olympic preparations. Food provides fuel for energy, supports focus and concentration and enables muscle growth and repair. The right food can also help athletes to stay well enough to train and compete...

  • Fecal Microbiota Transplant - What is it?

    It’s not the easiest subject to talk about, but it’s an important one.  What’s happening with your stools or fecal matter is a good indicator of your overall health.  The Bristol stool guide gives some indication of what you should be looking for visually in a healthy stool.  Yet there’s more going on that you can’t even see.

  • Common symptoms & problems diagnosing thyroid

    Thyroid problems are becoming increasingly common, and what’s even more worrying is that standard tests may be unreliable in diagnosing hypothyroid in many cases.  Official statistics report that 1-2% of the population have an underactive thyroid, yet the actual figure may actually be closer to 20-50%.

  • What athletes can learn from birds!

    If you’ve ever marvelled at the miracle of bird migration, you might be interested to learn that omega-3s could be part of what enables this amazing wonder! So what does this have to do with sports performance?

  • Thyroid Focus: An interview with Sue Camp at Genova Diagnostics

    Problems with thyroid function are becoming increasingly common and yet are often missed by standard testing.  We asked our friends at Genova Diagnostics for their expert perspective on some of the most pressing questions about thyroid health...

  • Should I use phyto-oestrogens during the menopause?

    Between 40 – 50% of women in Western countries now use complementary therapies to manage menopausal symptoms.  Worries concerning the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to manage symptoms heightened following the alarming news in 2002 that the...

  • All your embarrassing questions about periods answered

    Why do my bowel habits change before and during my period? How much blood do I actually lose? Why does my libido increase at the same time each month?...Here we answer those all important questions you daren't ask!

  • New government report recommends everybody in the UK should take a Vitamin D supplement in Autumn and Winter

    A government commissioned report published today has given the unprecedented recommendation that everybody in the UK should take a Vitamin D supplement in Autumn and Winter.

  • Nutrition Tips for Andy Murray & Cristiano Ronaldo!

    As a confirmed nutrition geek, as well as enjoying the match or game, I find myself considering how I would support athletes like Andy Murray and Cristiano Ronaldo from a nutritional perspective.

  • Are you suffering from toxic skin syndrome?

    The environment is becoming increasingly more toxic and your skin may be suffering as a result.  ‘Toxic skin syndrome’ might not be an official term yet, but with rising levels of air pollution and environmental toxins, it may not be too long before it is.

  • Don’t throw your pregnancy multi down the loo just yet!

    There's been plenty of news headlines about research claiming that taking multivitamins whilst pregnant is a waste of time. But before you throw away your multivitamin you should understand exactly what evidence exists and how diet is important when considering these results.

  • PMS - FAQs

    PMS affects up to 90% of women before they reach the menopause.  However, with no single known cause or unifying treatment protocol, it is a subject that still raises lots of questions.  Read on for our expert opinion on some of the most frequently asked questions about PMS…

  • Strategies to cope with PMS

    With no single known cause or unifying treatment protocol, the subject of PMS can be a complex one to navigate.  Fortunately though, diet and lifestyle changes can have a dramatic impact on both symptoms and addressing the underlying causes.

  • Strategies for a Good Night Sleep

    Many people underestimate the importance of sleep - nobody can live without it, we need it every day and yet most people are deficient in it.  Nearly two thirds of people in the UK have problems regularly getting a good night’s sleep...

  • How to nurture healthy gut bacteria for good

    There are more bacteria in your gut than there are humans on this planet! Your body contains about 100 trillion bacteria, which can weigh up to 2kg - they can be found on the skin’s surface, inside the mouth and the uro-genitary tract, but most live in the large intestine.

  • Concerned about the modern day depression epidemic?

    Something has been going on since 1945; rates of depression have increased worldwide, and the age of onset is shifting downward.  Available evidence now suggests that we may be in the midst of an epidemic of depression; and it is the most modernised countries that have the highest rates.

  • Omega 3s - A small light in the dark tunnel of depression

    Depression is a complex, terrifying and debilitating illness that can range from mild to severe, and at its worst is often described as a dark tunnel with seemingly no way out.  There exists a range of treatment options, both from a conventional medical perspective and within alternative healthcare too, however rates have reached epidemic proportions and...

  • How does a nutritionist cope with the airport and the plane?

    Here’s our plan for getting the best start to your hols!

  • A simple guide to safe sun exposure

    Here we’ve put together a simple guide to safe sun exposure so you can maximize your own body’s production of vitamin D whilst keeping safe in the sun.

  • Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to IBS

    A new study recently carried out at the University of Sheffield has found a significant link between vitamin D deficiency and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – a debilitating condition that affects up to 15% of the population in the industrialised world.

  • Top 5 - Holiday Health FAQs

    Summer holidays are just around the corner!  Here’s some popular questions answered, from travelling with probiotics to preventing diarrhoea and constipation...

  • Depression and 10 natural solutions that really work

    Here we’ve put together an overview of the key dietary and lifestyle changes that can have a significant positive impact both on those currently suffering with the condition and on longer-term risks of developing the illness too...

  • What's The One Habit All Healthy People Share?

    If you could bottle the answer to this question and sell it, you’d be a multi millionaire overnight.  The search for a magical elixir that will deliver a long, healthy and vibrant life continues; strange considering we already have the answer!

  • Why your grandmother's diet affects you

    Have you ever thought to ask your grandmother what she ate for breakfast? We’re all aware that ‘you are what you eat’ but did you know that your health is determined not just by what you eat but what your parents and grandparents ate too?

  • Thinking of having a baby? Why you need to start taking folic acid now...

    Most people are now well aware of the link between folic acid and healthy pregnancies.  However, most women will only receive a prescription for the supplement at the point at which their pregnancy is confirmed by their GP. However, the most recent research shows that to get most benefit from supplementation it is best started as soon as possible, even before conception.

  • A quick guide to choosing a multi that's right for you

    Your GP might tell you that you can get everything you need from a healthy diet yet Harvard researchers recommend that, “It is prudent that all adults should take daily vitamins.”

  • Eat Yourself Beautiful

    Your skin is an outward reflection of what’s going on inside your body and is also very vulnerable to damage from external influences such as changes in the weather and air pollution too.  In today’s increasingly toxic society, our skin has to deal with this constant barrage every single day so it’s no wonder that at times we can be faced with dull, dry, itchy skin...

  • Study shows pregnancy multi may reduce risk of miscarriage

    A new study has found that taking a prenatal multivitamin every day during pregnancy may reduce the risk of losing the baby by 55%, compared to not taking a multivitamin.