Karen's Blog

Wild About Garlic

Sunday 28th April 2019
Karen Brooks

Wild garlic has been one of my recent discoveries. Now one of my highlights of spring is the appearance of this amazing plant in our local woodland. Not only does it look stunning during its short flowering period, it is also a delicious food and has properties which make it beneficial to health. Ramsons - Bear's garlic - …

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Buying Organic - Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen 2019

Sunday 31st March 2019
Karen Brooks

The Environmental Working Group's 2019 "Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen" list of fruits and vegetables with the most/least pesticide residue was released earlier this month. The best way to avoid harmful pesticides that can act as endocrine disruptors (chemicals which can interfere with the body's hormone systems) and potentially increase cancer risk is, where possible, to opt for organic versions of the produce on this list. If you're shopping on a budget it can be…

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How Pomegranates May Help to Control Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Saturday 2nd February 2019
Karen Brooks

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), the two main forms being Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, affect more than 300,000 people in the UK. These conditions are a result of problems with the immune system which lead to inflammation in the lining of the gut. Gut microbes and their metabolites (substances produced by microbes) also have an important role to play in IBD. Consumption of berries…

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How Does Food Affect Your Mood?

Monday 17th December 2018
Karen Brooks

It has long been assumed that the gut and the brain communicate via a slow, hormonal pathway. Now a paper that has just been published in the…

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The Health Benefits of Cherries

Sunday 9th December 2018

Have you ever found that there are some nights when sleep doesn't come easily? Sleep is one of the pillars of good health. Poor sleep is associated with weight gain, poor concentration, increased risk of heart attacks, strokes,…

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Something To Chew Over....

Wednesday 21st November 2018

Chewing your food well is advice I often give to clients. This may sound really obvious and somewhat parental yet chewing is an important, but sometimes under-appreciated, stage of digestion. It is not uncommon for people these days to be eating in a rush, at their desk, walking around,…

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Saffron

Saturday 13th October 2018

Just recently, I've been using a wider variety of spices in my cooking, as I am aware many of them have therapeutic value as well as being delicious additions. Each time I incorporate a new ingredient I learn more about it and check out any research. So the spice of the moment is saffron, which turns out to be a bit of a star ingredient. Most people know saffron as a spice common to Mediterranean, Eastern…

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Plant-rich diets may help prevent depression.

Monday 1st October 2018

"The growing evidence for nutritional psychiatry suggests that GPs and mental health professionals should now seriously consider including dietary counselling for patients who are at risk of depression." Read the full article here; THECONVERSATION

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Spotlight on Sweeteners

Wednesday 26th September 2018
Karen Brooks

There is no doubt that a high sugar diet is detrimental to health. Sugar occurs naturally in many foods and is added to most processed foods, under several different guises, making it difficult to…

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