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Eye on Nutrition

POSTED IN Article ON February 3rd, 2017    No Comments

I’m an optometrist’s daughter. I grew up fully appreciating the importance of vision and eye health – something that most of us take for granted. Over the past few years, the importance of nutrition in vision has really come to the fore. Yet, how many of your optometrists ask you about your diet when you […]

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Sugaring it up

POSTED IN Article ON January 27th, 2017    No Comments

My daughter just turned three. Before I had her, I never imagined what a “thing” a child’s birthday could be. Aside from the actual party, there is the actual birthday, the school ring and finally, the nanny’s party. That’s potentially, a lot of sugar. Effects of Sugar I worry about sugar, especially the effects of […]

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What is intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”)?

POSTED IN Blog ON November 21st, 2016    No Comments

Under healthy conditions, the intestinal mucosa permits the absorption of vital nutrients from the gut lumen while presenting a barrier against the passage of pathogenic substances into the body.   What is Intestinal Permeability?   Mucosal surfaces are lined by epithelial cells. These cells establish a barrier between sometimes hostile external environments and the internal […]

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Sugar-proofing your kitchen

POSTED IN Blog ON November 11th, 2016    2 Comments

  Do you really know how much sugar your child is ingesting? You may be avoiding the obvious sugars but it’s the not-so-obvious sugars in your kitchen that add up and also affect your kids’ health at the end of the day:   Peanut butter   A serving of peanut butter contains nearly 1 Tsp […]

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GAPS and IBS

POSTED IN Blog ON October 27th, 2016    No Comments

  The GAPS diet was derived from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) to naturally treat chronic inflammatory conditions in the digestive tract as a result of a damaged gut lining (or ‘leaky gut’). Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride adapted SCD to found GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) to fit the needs of her patients suffering from […]

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IBS – LOW FODMAP DIET

POSTED IN Article ON October 17th, 2016    2 Comments

  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal condition worldwide. It can be a debilitating functional disorder, which includes widely varied symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation and/or diarrhoea. IBS treatment often includes dietary and lifestyle modifications, fibre supplements, probiotics, and medications (antispasmodics, laxatives, antidepressants). While the mainstay of most integrative practitioners […]

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Allergies in children and nutritional intervention

POSTED IN Kids Health ON September 22nd, 2016    No Comments

  I was very excited to be interviewed this week by Radio 786. We spoke, at length, about using nutritional intervention to support children with environmental allergies (like hay fever and asthma) as well as food allergies. We also spoke about allergy in both young children and teenagers and how nutritional therapy could be a […]

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Cruciferous veg and thyroid function

POSTED IN Article ON September 2nd, 2016    1 Comment

  I see a lot of clients with thyroid dysfunction or auto-immune thyroid disease like Hashimotos. Generally, at some point in the consultation, many will ask me if they should avoid cruciferous veg because of their goitrogen content.   What are goitrogens   Goitrogenic compounds are found in some cruciferous vegetables. These compounds can interfere […]

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Dairy-free, Calcium-free – I think not

POSTED IN Blog ON August 16th, 2016    No Comments

  I often see clients that are concerned about their calcium intake if they are following a dairy-free diet.  The good news is that calcium doesn’t only come in dairy products and calcium pills, it is contained in many different foods with a variety of different colours. And most, are quite delicious. More delicious, that […]

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Fish oil vs. lard: Why some fat can help or hinder your diet

POSTED IN Latest News ON August 1st, 2016    No Comments

  According to the latest research in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, a diet high in saturated fat can make your brain struggle to control what you eat. This means that if people are looking to lose weight, they should stay clear of saturated fat (found in butter, lard, animal fats and fried food).   Saturated […]

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