Nutrition blog


Here you’ll find our collection of health and nutrition articles written by our in-house nutritionists with the occasional guest author. With useful tips and complex science explained in simple terms, we hope you’ll find inspiration to translate these ideas into your lifestyle.

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Eat like an Egyptian

The traditional food pyramid is something we all remember from primary school. It has been used for decades as a tool to teach us what a balanced diet should look like. If we adhere to the basic principles of the food pyramid we can expect a long and healthy life, meeting all our nutritional requirements, […]

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Achieving optimum health – ignore all advice! 1

This topic could be very straightforward. Eat your 5-a-day, have some healthy fats, say no to processed foods, reduce your sugar intake and do some exercise! I could finish this article here as I don’t want to bore you with facts you are already familiar with. After all, if achieving optimal health could be summarised […]

Spotlight on Echium Seed Oil & vegan health

You may have been led to believe that healthy omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids cannot be obtained from a vegetarian or vegan diet, though this is not quite the case. While omega-3 EPA is only found in fish, seafood, meat and a small amount in algae, our bodies are actually able to convert plant-sourced […]


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The age-defying effects of fats 2

We are born, we live, we die: this is the law of nature and no one is exempt, not even the rich and famous. They might choose to indulge in facelifts, botox and fillers in order to keep at least the look of youth, but ultimately our mortal shell will degrade. There have been countless […]

Spotlight on Homocysteine Control

Homocysteine is a natural by-product of a process known as the ‘methylation cycle’ that contributes to a vast range of functions such as neurotransmitter production, maintaining DNA, detoxification, energy regulation and brain function. Homocysteine is a type of amino acid that is produced in the body during the methylation cycle – a process that is […]

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Fact or fiction? Top 10 food myths

The wondrous world of nutrition is full of fables and fairy tales! Some so-called nutritional wisdom is so creative it would give The Brothers Grimm a run for their magic beans. Information overload is a common symptom seen in the health-conscious and deciphering fact from fiction is like wading through a stinking swamp full of […]

Book review: Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: it’s mitochondria, not hypochondria, by Dr Sarah Myhill

Mitochondria, tiny organelles within the structure of cells, are vital to human and all life. Without them we lack the capacity to create ATP, the body’s energy currency. Whilst a complete lack of mitochondrial function would result in certain death, poor and damaged mitochondrial function is increasingly being linked to a host of human disease. […]

Dr Sarah Myhill Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Understanding macronutrients: getting the balance right

With so many extreme diets claiming that their macronutrient ratio is the optimal for weight loss, or the new ‘revolutionary’ findings to the macronutrient exclusion needed to rid obesity, it is not surprising that we want to know more about the roles they have in the body, and what our ideal requirements are for wellbeing. […]

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Why adults over 30 benefit from CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like substance found in every cell in the body, primarily in the mitochondria – the body’s energy ‘powerhouse’. CoQ10′s role in energy production means that most of it is found where our energy requirements are the highest – in the muscles and organs such as the heart. Although we do […]

Nutrition protocols for a healthy heart

Keeping our hearts ticking on until old age is something most of us take for granted, however, health doesn’t always go to plan. Cardiovascular disease is still the biggest killer in the UK, yet we somehow feel immune from this disease. To prevent this from happening to us, we should all be taking control of […]


If you suffer from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, eczema, acne or psoriasis) chances are you are suffering from an omega-3 deficiency.

Recognising EFA deficiencies

Let’s start this controversial topic with a rather bold statement: If you are following a typical Western diet you are most likely to be deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. If you are following a typical LOW FAT Western diet, you are most likely to be deficient in ALL essential fatty acids (EFA)! You can already […]

Sad about SAD?

While some enjoy crisp winter mornings, snow angels and early nights in front of open fires, others are gripped by the bleak darkness of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For city slickers and country folk alike, our lifestyle changes with the seasons. Most of us do not have to pickle vegetables for the long cold months […]

During the dark and dreary winter months, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can strike, resulting in depression, lethargy, weight gain, carbohydrate cravings


Multivitamins and mineral supplements: a waste of money or a useful addition to the diet?

Recent media attention has suggested that vitamin and mineral supplements offer no health benefits from their consumption.  An article published in the Daily Mail reported two studies in which long-term use of vitamin and mineral supplements appeared to provide little if any protection against cognitive decline or developing cardiovascular disease. A quick look at the […]

Natural medicine cabinet – optimise your immune health

The ‘old wives’ tale’ of a warm drink of honey and lemon may have some truth for naturally fighting off coughs and colds. The foods we eat can have such an impact on immune function that it is important that we have the right nutrients going into the body to support it properly. Keeping illness […]

It's been reported that our gut is responsible for between 70-80% of our immune system; it's important to include probiotic rich foods such as live yoghurt.