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IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome

This month the NHS in the UK are raising awareness about IBS.

Common IBS symptoms
• Alternating between diarrhoea and constipation
• Spasms along the digestive tract causing cramps
• Undigested food particles in stools
• Bloating and gas


We know that IBS is is really an umbrella term for a range of possible issues. I have seen many many clients over the years with IBS who infact have parasite – you can test for these here, others have a yeast overgrowth, some have a problem with the protein part of foods and others increasingly have an issue with the different kinds of natural sugars that occur in our diets – these people are FODMAP sensitive. If you are interested in trying to find out what is triggering your IBS please give me a call 01273775480 and I can see if a nutritional therapy consultation can help you. Emma




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A fantastic break at Viva Mayr, a world leading medical health spa in Austria

I have just been lucky enough to spend a week at ‘Viva Mayr’ in Austria. I was working but I did get to sample their amazing Health Spa. The meals we were served were delicious, incredibly healthy and looked just gorgeous.


Viva Mayr treats many people with complex health conditions and also helps  people with weight loss. Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some of these amazing health tips with you.

The first tip is so simple. Take time for your meals and chew chew chew. Chewing properly sets off the whole digestive process, it stimulates your taste buds, the food tastes better and you become more satisfied with less and stomach acid production is stimulated, this is necessary to begin the breakdown of protein. Chewing also increases the surface area of the food we eat meaning the digestive enzymes further down don’t have to work so hard.

So slow down enjoy your meals and chew thoroughly to help improve your digestive health

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Alzheimer’s and B vitamins

In a study published today B vitamins were found to  stop shrinkage  in the area of the brain that defines Alzheimer’s disease –  called the medial temporal lobe.

The study which was led by Professor David Smith from the University of Oxford, gave a combination of vitamin B6 (20mg), B12 (500mcg) and folic acid (800mcg) or placebo pills to people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the stage before a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

“In those with high homocysteine levels, the specific areas of the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease shrank eight times more slowly in those taking B vitamins than in those on the placebo. This is strongly indicative that the B vitamins may be substantially slowing down, or even potentially arresting, the disease process in those with early stage cognitive decline. This is the first treatment that has been shown to do this.” said Professor David Smith.

The discovery that the medial temporal lobe virtually stops shrinking in some people with high dose B vitamins is a highly important and convincing breakthrough in understanding what causes, and can prevent Alzheimer’s.



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An interesting weekend

After a great thursday evening start at Green magic Asparagasm I am attending the Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Module entitled, G.I. Restoring Gastrointestinal Equilibrium: Practical Applications for Understanding, Assessing and Treating Gut Dysfunction – It sounds great – I am going to be delving further into the complexeties of IBS, SIBO Gerd and leaky gut and finding some more ways to help you my clients.

I will keep you posted.

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Green magic

I am looking forwards to the Asparagasm green magic evening of fine vegan and gluten free dining tonight in London…. I am offering goodie bags full of supplements and a free green smoothie to try when you arrive. if you’re interested in attending one of these magical evenings in future check out asparagasm.com for details.

The five course menu consists of the following…

Cream of Jerusalem Artichoke drizzled with Wild Mushroom Oil

Tomato, Black Bean & Corn Ceviche with Lime & Cucumber Jelly & Crispy Tortilla

Smoked Ratatouille Provençale served with roasted Red Pepper Polenta

and a salad of rainbow greens

Raspberry & Chilli Granita

Pineapple Fondant with Coconut Sorbet


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The hidden dangers of high fructose corn syrup.

We have always been bought up to believe fruit is good for us – well it is  – to a point but too much can be acidic to the teeth and is well reported by dentists to potentially strip away tooth enamel when eaten in excess but another more sinister link has been made. High fructose corn syrup a sweetener that is becoming more popular with manufacturer’s has been linked with fatty liver disease and now a study shows that it is linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide.

While the connection between excess sugar and chronic disease is well-known, the latest research is the first to quantify deaths correlated with sugared drinks worldwide.

Scientists analyzed data from the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study and recorded how much sugar-sweetened beverages people drank, dividing up the data by age and sex. Then, they figured out how the various amount corresponded to obesity rates.

Lastly, they calculated how much obesity affected diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers and determined the mortality rates from these diseases, ending up with the number of deaths that could be attributed to consuming sugary beverages by age and sex.”

How much sugar is ok?

Well the less the better really as it has so many far reaching effects  – the study found it was linked to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

In 2001 to 2004, the usual intake of added sugars for Americans was 22.2 teaspoons per day (355 calories per day). Between 1970 and 2005, average annual availability of sugars/added sugars increased by 19%, which added 76 calories to Americans’ average daily energy intake. Soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages are the primary source of added sugars in Americans’ diets. Excessive consumption of sugars has been linked with several metabolic abnormalities and adverse health conditions, as well as shortfalls of essential nutrients…

The American Heart Association recommends reductions in the intake of added sugars. A prudent upper limit of intake is half of the discretionary calorie allowance, which for most American women is no more than 100 calories per day and for most American men is no more than 150 calories per day from added sugars.”

Although these statistics are for Americans we also consume far too much of the white stuff in the UK. Have a look at this great chart below and you will probably find that the hedden sources you are consuming are quickly adding up. It may well be time for you to do something about it – and quick…

fructose overload infographic

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Fishy body odour on Embarrassing bodies tonight.

Tonights programme looked at the embarrassing problem of a fish body odour. There can be a couple of possible reasons for this that should be investigated.

If it sounds like you it is possible to get a Vaginosis test  – details about the test can be found here.

If the problem isn’t just in the groin area and hasn’t been caused by bacterial vaginosis (BV) you may well feel puzzled about the cause. Many Doctors haven’t heard about TMAU but those that suffer know that it certainly isn’t in their heads. The condition Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) was first detected in 1970 by a group of doctors in Colorado who tested a child who was said at times to have a ‘fishy odor’.

The symptoms

In small quantities a build up of TMA can cause halitosis (bad breath) a fishy or garbage like odour but a greater build up of TMA can cause a smell of rotting fish as well as being sulphurous.

Symptoms can be present from birth, but most people seem to develop symptoms around puberty and through the teens however it TMAU can develop much later in life.

In women symptoms can be more severe just before and during menstruation, after taking oral contraceptives and around the time of menopause

Testing for TMAU

A simple urine test can detect if TMAU is the case of your body odour and if it is there are 2 known types – one is genetic and needs to be managed by diet alone, the other is due to bacteria in the gut and can usually be successfully treated with antibiotics and diet.

For more information about the test please use this link or If you ave any questions then please do get in touch. You can call us on 01273775480 or email emma@smartnutrition.co.uk

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About turn for Ben Goladacre?

After years of dismissing the value of complimentary health and the science behind this and natural or pharmaceutical grade supplements Ben Goldacre, columnist from the Guardian appears to have had a bit of a think. Mr Goldacre has written a book called “Bad Pharma”. This book exposes the tricks and bad science that some pharmaceutical companies get up to to gain big profits. Some of the evidence he has flagged up was stated in Patrick Holford and Jerome Burnes book. “Better medicine than drugs” One of the authors of which he has put in his category of “Woo” merchants cynically flogging worthless complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments.

In the introduction to his new book Goldacre says: “Drugs are tested by the people who manufacture them, in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and analysed using techniques which are flawed by design, in such a way that they exaggerate the benefits of treatments.” He then goes into detail to explain that when trials produce results the industry doesn’t like, they suppress this data, distort evidence and make it near-impossible for people to properly evaluate their claims ( Quoted from the Guardian review). Articles relating to trials sponsored by drug companies are published in academic journals that are ghost-written by industry insiders. The guardian reviewed the book and state “:It’s more than just an attack on the pharmaceutical industry, but on the whole process by which scientific experimentation in medicine is reported and evaluated.” In the words of Jerome Burne. Welcome to the club Ben.

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Prunes apparently do not help constipation.

Well, I think they do and often tell people with constipation to eat them.

A panel of European ‘experts’, who have the job of telling European citizens what they can be told about the health benefits of food, have agreed that there was insufficient evidence provided to establish a cause and effect relationship between prunes and normal bowel function. I am  talking about EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Foods, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) Perhaps they should sample some prunes for breakfast and see if they would like to change their minds.

If you are curious to know how Mother Nature ensures healthy bowels through the humble prune, read on.  Prunes are a great source of fibre, but they also contain something called dihydrophenylisatin whihc is a laxative. This enables a more healthy and regular rhythm of contraction (peristalsis), which helps to ensure regular movements.

Prunes also contain different sugars, especially sorbitol.  Sorbitol in particular is like a magnet for fluids, helping to draw fluid into the intestines keeping the waste soft and speeding its passage out of the body.  It’s thought that the dihydrophenylisatin and the sorbitol are enough on their own to yield the desired benefit Which explains why prune juice which does not contain any fibre also manages to work.