15th March 2019
Hydration

Water water everywhere but how much should I drink?

Do I really need 6 to 8 glasses of water a day? Or is it 2 litres? Can you really ‘drown’ if you drink too much? Do I have to drink only plain water? How will I know when I’m dehydrated? We can survive for weeks without food (not that I’d recommend it) but we’d die within a few days without water or at least something that provides us with water in one form or another. Our bodies are on average 60% water, after all. Our blood, cells and muscles contain water aplenty and it’s needed to regulate our body temperature, lubricate our joints and allow most of our metabolic reactions to occur. But there are so many myths about […]
6th March 2019
processed meat

Deadly food: Is eating bacon as bad as smoking?

Deadly food. Is bacon the new smoking? Eating 2 slices of bacon a day increases your risk of bowel cancer by 17%. Alarming statistics like this abound in the media, suggesting that eating food X will increase your risk of cancer, stroke or dementia by what can seem like a huge percentage. Similar stats regarding how food Y (usually something green or purple like kale or blueberries) will decrease your risk of disease by an equally large percentage lead many to (erroneously) conclude that “food is medicine”. While it is true to say that the way we eat and generally live our lives can influence our risk of disease, the way nutrition is portrayed in the media is highly misleading. […]
27th February 2019

Help! My child won’t eat vegetables!

Do you have mealtime battles with your kids? Do you cook different meals for the children and yourself? Do you bribe the kids with pudding and sweet treats to get them to eat their greens? If you’ve answered yes to any of these, you are not alone! I’ve worked with many parents to try to help them take the stress out of mealtimes when you have a picky eater in your midst. These are my top tips but above all, keep calm!   Start as you mean to go on   A great deal of research focuses on the months during which you first give your children food other than milk. This weaning period is over pretty quickly when you […]
20th February 2019
Lacey leaf

Spotlight on bone health in peri- and post-menopause

If you’re approaching the menopause, the chances are you’ve been thinking about managing hot flushes and mood swings but you may not have thought about your bone health. You only see fractures and hip replacements in really old people, right? The link between the menopause and osteoporosis was identified in the 1960s and we now know a great deal about its risk factors and treatment. And prevention is better than cure, right? What can you do pre- peri- and post-menopause to protect your bones? Spoiler alert, it’s not just about calcium! Bones are dynamic! When you think of a bone, you think of Dippy the Diplodocus in the Natural History Museum (OK maybe this is just me!). But we see […]