Yearly archives: 2015


Can we have our cake and eat it?

December is now in full swing and the Christmas period is looming. Many of us will have opened the first of our advent calendar windows to reveal a tempting morsel of chocolate (probably not the 85% cocoa, laced with heart-healthy polyphenol antioxidant type) and thus […]


Norma Bridge

The founder and owner of Essentia Nutrition, Norma Bridge, is an experienced Nutritional Therapist who graduated from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in London and the University of Bedfordshire. ION is recognised as one of the foremost nutritional institutes in the United Kingdom. Although […]


Our nutritionists’ favourite nourishing meals

Winter is well and truly here and Christmas is just around the corner; this time of year often results in poor food choices and ‘comfort’ eating. Whilst it’s not always possible to be virtuous (Christmas parties and get togethers with friends and family are particular […]


Ann Magiris

I am a Melbourne based psychologist working with children with mental health and learning issues. Using evidence-based therapies is very important to me in order to achieve the best outcome for my clients. Combining nutritional medicine and supplementation that has a strong research base is […]


Sally Cowman

Sally helps women to manage and overcome anxiety and depression. She has a keen interest in woman’s health and understands that healing arises when the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves are supported. She has a degree in Nutritional Medicine and has worked in […]


Sharon Strahan

I’m a nutritional therapist with a special interest in mental health and in preventative health especially looking at nutrigenomic profiles. I hold a BSc. (honors) in Dietetics from a US University and a BSc. in Nutritional Medicine from Thames Valley University. I am also a […]


Diane Stephenson

Diane is a registered Nutritional Therapist having qualified with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. Using the functional medicine approach, including appropriate functional testing, she works with clients to identify and resolve the underlying causes of health issues to help improve feelings of health, well-being and […]


Stress, the HPA-axis and neuroinflammation

The fight or flight reaction to acute stress results in a surge of hormones that includes both adrenaline and cortisol. Acute stressors occur rapidly and have an obvious onset and offset, are brief in ‘length’ and are generally considered as beneficial in terms of enhancing […]


Fat facts: a technical guide

Dietary fat can be a quite complicated subject, both for you as a practitioner and for your clients. This guide provides you with all the information you really need to know about fats, our requirements for optimum health, food and supplement sources and how different […]


Christina Wills

Christina, a Naturopath living in Cornwall UK, is on a mission to share her knowledge on good health and well-being. Originally from Sydney, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), Christina takes a holistic approach looking at the body, mind and spirit. […]