Condition Focus Articles

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

  • 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.

  • Dementia Awareness Week (15 - 21 May 2016) Top tips to keep your brain healthy!

    The average UK age is climbing and along with a longer life expectancy comes increased numbers of people living with dementia.  It’s one of the health problems people worry about most as they start to get older, so any strategies that may help to prevent or even improve this scary condition are much needed...

  • Alzheimer’s Disease, Vitamin D & Omega 3 - Fast Facts

    “Our new study sheds further light on a possible role for nutritional substances such as vitamin D3 and omega 3 in boosting immunity to fight Alzheimer’s.”

  • A surprisingly easy way to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and more…

    There’s something intuitively wrong about food that’s a bit burnt and crispy at the edges.  Maybe it’s because we instinctively feel that all those chargrilled edges might be doing us some harm.  If you’ve heard of AGEs you’ll know where I’m going with this.  If you haven’t, or aren’t sure what they are – you must read on.

  • Worried about Alzheimer's? You need to read this...

    Most people are now well aware that a diet high in refined carbohydrates is linked to diabetes, obesity, heart disease and some forms of cancer.  Not many people realise however, that a high intake of sugar is now linked to Alzheimer’s Disease too...

  • Why you need to eat carbs if you want to lose weight...

    Carbs have had a bad press over the last few years. The now infamous high protein/low carb diet popularised by Dr Robert Atkins, has been a significant catalyst for a myriad of low carb dieting trends. And whilst there may be some weight loss benefits when you alter the balance of carbs in your diet, many people have taken it too far, which could be having vast repercussions... 

  • Want to Lose Weight? Don't Use Artificial Sweeteners

    Many people swap sugar for artificial sweeteners in a bid to lose or maintain weight.  With maximum sweetness and little or no caloric content, in principle they can seem a healthy alternative.  However, as with most things that sound too good to be true, there’s a (not so widely publicised) catch...

  • 'Fit not thin'...why we love Ellie Goulding

    What the media portrays as the ‘perfect’ female body shape has changed drastically in the last 100 years.  We've celebrated Mae West’s 1930's curves, Marilyn Monroe’s 1950's hourglass figure, Twiggy’s 1960’s slender long legged frame, Jane Fonda’s 1980's slim and toned physique, and the waif-like body of Kate Moss in the 1990's. More recently though, the tide has started to turn... 

  • What time should you be eating to get the most energy for your workout?

    Busy lifestyles often mean that there’s limited time for exercise and often even less time for eating properly.  However, if you exercise regularly and want to get the most out of it, you need to make sure you’re eating the right foods at the right time.

  • Sports Nutrition - It's not just about protein

    Protein is an essential nutrient and is particularly important if you’re exercising regularly, however there’s lots of myths around it; many people eat far too much protein and forget about other nutrients, and this may be doing them more harm than good.

  • What we learnt at Sports Nutrition Live 2016

    Here at Nutri we’re buzzing after our recent visit to this year’s Sports Nutrition Live conference held in London on 23rd April.  It was a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our newest product Nutri Superfood Plus...

  • How to Cope with Exam Stress

    Exam season is upon us once again, and the stresses and strains that come along with that can be a tricky time for students and parents alike.  Whilst a bit of stress can be motivating and help students to knuckle down with their work; if stress levels start to soar out of control they can have the opposite effect...

  • Why Texting Might be Ruining Your Health...

    Did you know that many people change their breathing pattern to an unhealthy one whilst doing something as simple as sending or receiving a text?

  • Natural Therapies to Support Th1 / Th2 Immune Balance

    Immune balance is an important aspect of good health.  Within the immune system are many different types of cells, all operating within a delicate balance.  T helper cells are the regulators of the immune system.  Two different types of T helper cells - Th1 and Th2 have been studied extensively....

  • Is hayfever getting worse because we are too clean?

    It’s one of those questions that seems to rear its ugly head about this time every year.  Especially by those who swear that they have never before had hayfever and have suddenly found themselves with watery, itchy eyes and constant sneezing.  Here we ask, is hayfever really getting worse?  And could the reason be that we are just too clean?

  • Hay fever - A Natural Action Plan

    Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis as it is officially known, is a common immune reaction to pollen, with typical symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, an itchy runny nose and even fatigue when sufferers come into contact with the allergy trigger.  It is now the most common allergy in Western countries...

  • What is your poo trying to tell you?

    The average person generates about 5 tonnes of fecal matter in their lifetime. And whilst it's not something that people like to talk about or even look at, your stool can actually tell you a lot about the state of your overall health.

  • Fibre & IBS

    Most people struggle to get enough fibre in their diets – yet it’s a vitally important part of a healthy diet, especially for those who suffer from IBS.

  • What causes wind? And other embarrassing questions answered

    Uncomfortable problems such as constipation, wind and diarrhoea are something that we all experience from time to time, yet most of us are too embarrassed to talk about them. Since it’s IBS Awareness Month we thought we’d set the record straight to get you thinking and talking a bit more about these essential aspects of your gastrointestinal health.

  • How to Cope With Fussy Eaters

    Most children go through a stage of ‘fussy’ eating at some point in their lives.  For some, this may last for a day or two, and for others it can go on for much longer.  Up to a third of children aged two could be described as fussy eaters...

  • Supporting Autism with Nutrition - 5 Simple Steps

    The number of people diagnosed with autism has risen dramatically over the past two decades, for reasons that are still unclear.  Current thinking is that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) results from a combination of both genetic and environmental factors.

  • FAQs - UltraCare for Kids

    UltraCare for Kids is a speciality powder formula that easily mixes into a plain vanilla-flavoured drink.  It is designed to support children whose diet is restricted due to food sensitivities or just plain fussiness.

  • Key Differences between Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, ADD and ADHD

    Many people are unsure about the differential diagnosis of disorders such as autism, ADHD and Asperger Syndrome, and this can lead to confusion and upset.  Since it’s World Autism Awareness Week...

  • Why these 3 products are consistently in our top 10

    Since their launch, Nutri Thyroid, T-Convert and Nutri Adrenal Extra have consistently featured in our top 10 best-sellers list, here's why...

  • Common Symptoms & Problems Diagnosing Thyroid

    Thyroid problems are becoming more common and what’s even more worrying is that new research shows that standard tests are unreliable in diagnosing hypothyroid in many cases, despite patients suffering from an array of common clinical symptoms.

  • Top 5 Barriers That Get in the Way of a Healthy Diet

    “It does not do to leave a dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”  JRR Tolkein

  • What You Need to Know About Oestrogen & Endometriosis

    A complex and fascinating subject, we take a closer look oestrogen metabolism and endometriosis.

  • Symptoms of Heart Disease & What to Do in An Emergency

    Since it’s National Heart Month, we wanted to devote some time to helping you to look after your cardiovascular health.