Diet Bites #2 - Chromium for healthy Blood Glucose levels

Chromium is a trace element, its main role is to maintain healthy blood glucose levels by enhancing the action of the hormone insulin.


Impaired glucose tolerance or insulin resistance occurs when the body cannot use the hormone insulin properly to balance blood sugar levels. This can lead to type 2 diabetes.


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Diet Bites #1 - Sleep

Go to bed 15 minutes earlier!

Why? Sleep can play a major role in regulating your hunger-management hormones.

Leptin decreases hunger

Ghrelin increases hunger

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SUMMER TOP TIP #3 'Aloe 'Aloe

TOP TIP #3 Aloe Vera

Keep an aloe plant handy in case of sunburns, rashes and insect bites.


Aloe vera is a succulent plant, easy to care for and very versatile. It has been used for hundreds of years topically as a cooling wound healer and internally for a variety of digestive complaints.

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Dry Skin Brushing

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in the body and a major part of the body’s natural elimination and detoxification?

Skin produces antibacterial substances to protect you from infection and also enables your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun.


Your skin even contains densely packed nerve cells that act as messengers to your brain, making your skin a crucial part of your interactions with the world around you. 


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Beauty from the Outside In! Facial Acupuncture

Facial acupuncture was reportedly used as early as the Song Dynasty (960AD – 1279AD) to treat the Empress and Emperor’s concubines.


Over the last centuries, facial acupuncture has been commonly used for facial conditions such as Bells Palsy, Tendo-Mandibular Joint syndrome, acne and rosacea.


More recently, facial acupuncture has been gaining popularity again as it has been used by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian and Madonna for cosmetic purposes. In the press facial acupuncture has been hailed by some as the ‘holistic alternative to botox’

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Beauty from the Inside Out - Herbal Remedies for the Skin

Beauty comes from the inside. The best skin herbs tend to 'cleanse' the body of toxins on the inside by aiding detoxification, making you glow on the outside!

Cleavers (Gallium aparine) 

Folklore states that drinking a cold infusion of this for nine weeks will make you so beautiful, you will become irresistible! 

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Nutritional and Functional Medicine Tips to help you Quit Smoking - Are you lacking something?


Eat quality protein such as free range eggs, beans and lentils, along with whole grains such as brown rice, millet and quinoa.


They contain fibre, which can help keep your blood sugar levels consistent, making you feel fuller for longer thus avoiding cravings for sugary foods.


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Herbal Support for Smoking Cessation

The decision to quit smoking is not an easy one.  Relying on willpower alone is usually not enough.  

Incorporating several different strategies is thought to be the key to success.  The NHS provides lots of information and advice to help you give up smoking (see yesterday's blog on acupuncture).

Herbal remedies are an aid that is often overlooked but can easily and effectively be incorporated into your plan. Today we discuss some herbs that can be used to both help you quit and also prevent cravings. 


Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

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Acupuncture to help you Quit Smoking


Acupuncture has long been used to support people suffering from substance abuse and addictions, including tobacco. More info here.


Acupuncture may help relieve difficulties associated with giving up by:

  • Normalising the release of dopamine in the mesolimbic system, modifying behaviours associated with addiction
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Modulating postsynaptic neuronal activity in the nucleus accumbens and the striatum to reduce nicotine addiction, and increasing corticotrophin-releasing factor to attenuate anxiety-like behaviour following nicotine withdrawal



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Sun Health


Beta-carotene & Vitamin A

Beta-carotene is found in all yellow, orange, red foods and has been shown to prevent DNA mutations triggered by sun exposure.  Carrots, sweet potatoes and red peppers are therefore essential for your sun protection diet.


Beta carotene converts to vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is essential for protecting skin from damaging sun rays. However, not everyone can convert Beta Carotene into Vitamin A and it might be beneficial to add some foods naturally high in retinol such as cod liver oil and animal livers.


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Spring Cleanse Top Tip #4 Herbal Detox Recipe

TOP TIP#4 - A palatable and safe traditional detox recipe

Dandelions, Nettle and Cleavers cold infusion for a cleansed body & beautiful skin:

Take a good handful each of cleavers, dandelion leaves and nettles (use gloves for this one!)

Rinse and place in a 1-2 litre jug of cold water.

Leave to infuse overnight.

In the morning, strain and drink the liquid.


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