25th April 2019
Claire Baseley

The truth about protein supplements

You can’t move in health food shops, supermarkets, sports shops and definitely not on Instagram for people shoving protein powder at you from every angle. From bodybuilders and fitspo queens to endurance athletes and over 50s, it would seem that everyone can benefit from protein supplements. Or can they? What’s the truth behind the hype? Does anyone really need a protein supplement? I’ll level with you, I do use a protein supplement but I will be the first to tell you that you don’t need one. Sound contradictory? Well maybe but hear me out first. Supplements are just that. If you eat a reasonably balanced diet, you don’t need supplements (apart from maybe a vitamin D supplement in winter). But, […]
17th April 2019
Herbal remedies

Spotlight on herbal supplements for the menopause

Hot flushes are no fun. Neither are night sweats, forgetting where your keys are, or indeed what your keys are for, and feeling glum, angry and tearful. All these delightful symptoms and more are signs of the peri-menopause that we will endure to a greater or lesser extent (maybe we already have or are in the midst of it all). Understandably, lots of ladies will look for natural and over the counter alternatives to help manage the symptoms because natural is better, right? I’m not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do but I want to give you the facts about traditional herbal medicines so you can make an informed choice. I don’t want to take HRT! […]
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. […]
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 […]