Reducing anxiety

A short recording on Anxiety and Panic Attacks. The message I want to get across is to support the body with the nutrients to reduce anxiety and to improve breathing by inhaling and exhaling deeper and slowly. For many of us breathing is involuntarily, i.e we don’t give it a second thought and with shallow breathing we are not ‘fully breathing’. So conscious deep breathing is the key to a healthier body and mind. We cannot live without the breath!

Saying this affirmation at least once daily may help too, as this is helping the subconscious centres of our brain:  ‘I love and approve of myself and I trust the process of life. I am safe’ 

My Gold Star goes to….

My Gold star this month goes to Gabriela. Congratulations for working really hard these recent three weeks. She has taken on board all my recommendations from the first session and achieved amazing results in a short period of time. Her motivatation and will power is excellent. Wishing you continued strength & success with all your goals. ani-star-gold-glitter



I need more Nutrients please

Hello lovely people, hope you are well and enjoying the mix of sunshine and thunderstorms we are experiencing. Energetically there is much going on for every single one of us! Its got me thinking about the human body and nutritional deficiences specifically. By nutrients I mean all the vitamins and minerals, however I do meet people who are also depleted in protein, carbs and fats which to me are also nutrients. Yes even in the western world! Overfed and undernourished as its called.

Preventive health is important to me and I would like to think that we do our best to ensure we live long and healthy lives. I understand that it is easy to live by the motto of lets enjoy today and worry about tomorrow. And I’ll start that diet tomorrow.  My concerns at present stem mainly around the fact that many of you are depleted in vital nutrients and not because of consuming sufficient nutrients per se although this is one factor (especially if you are eating the same foods day in day out and your overall diet may be not balanced unless you have had it checked with a qualified nutritional therapist) BUT also that external factors like stress use up more of these nutrients. The body’s first agenda is survival so our hair, skin and nails can wait as the nutrients are delivered for energy and to help manage the stress first. A lack of nutrients can manifest as specific symptoms at a later date. Such as chronic fatigue, loss of hair, skin complaints, metabolic imbalances, digestive inflammatory conditions, heart disease and cancer of any tissue in the body. So for me its important to be mindful of what we are putting into our bodies. If your diet is repetitive and you are not feeling ‘right’ then perhaps your body is missing vital nutrients. A low Vitamin C status and the family of B- vitamins, folate and iron can be picked up readily. B12 is stored longer in the body, but it is important to not let this vitamin drop too low as it serves many roles in the body for healthy nerves (neurones) and energy production. I often recommend testing in conjunction to having your diet looked over. You are then able to confidently raise levels of nutrients quicker with the right advice and supplements.

Also a quick tip from me: before you reach for that coffee to give you a buzz- I would opt for camu came berry (any good health food store) a natural vitamin C alternative, take a capsule on your tongue and you’ll be buzzing with energy for the rest of the day. This is what nutritional therapy is all about folks!!


Seasonal transition with wonderful Echinacea

One of my favourite herbs is Echinacea. Not only is it a pretty flower also known as purple-headed coneflower, this beautiful herb also has a variety of uses and health benefits. Its SYNERGY NUTRITIONeffective for preventing colds, flus, shingles attacks, cold sores, any virus pretty much. It also seems to have anti-bacterial properties and I’ve also recommended it to reduce acne too. The way it works seems to be its alkylamides which help increase the white blood cells and thus straighten the immune system. Although it is commonly taken over autumn-winter. I personally use it when I feel run down and in between seasons, like this present time from spring-summer transition, just to provide that extra defence to fight off viruses faster. I absolutely swear by this remedy and its great for those of you who get a few colds a year, are poor sleepers and work long hours. It can be taken in a tablet and tincture form and if your immune system is already in tip-top chapter remedy will pass harmlessly through your system.

Some extra facts about this wonderful echinacea:

  • Originated in America, and it likes warm, sunny climates.
  • A study in 2013 (Journal of Applied Science) found the root of Echinacea purpurea has strong anti-inflammatory activity and the aerial part demonstrated anti-viral activity.
  • There are some contraindications: avoid in pregnancy and during lactation. And those with an auto-immune conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatic arthritis and lupus are advised to avoid it.

Are you Gluten Intolerant?

If an individual with true gluten allergy also known as celiac disease has to avoid foods and beverages with gluten as it can cause a reaction in their gut almost immediately. I meet many people who also generally do not tolerate gluten very well. If you experience any or all of the symptoms below, chances are you may also be intolerant to gluten. No surprise to me considering so many foods contain it!!

  • Feeling tired & heavy after bread & pasta
  • Low energy levels
  • Needing caffeine & stimulants
  • Still hungry and craving more food after consuming a big meal. This may be sue to the gut being damaged by gluten and food then cannot absorb properly.
  • Craving sweets after a meal with gluten (bread/pasta) to get sugar into the blood.
  • Constipation or diarrhoea or both plus a distended abdomen.
  • Bloating and wind or feeling very full after eating. Sometimes cramps can occur too if the gut is already inflamed.
  • Depressed mood

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Healthy Teeth with Nutrition

SYNERGY NUTRTITION Did you know your mouth is a barometer of your health? Many of us practitioners believe that the health of your teeth and gums reflects the health of the body too.  Over the last few years there has been a correlation with inflammation in the body or gut and with decay occurring in the mouth. Bad breath, also known as halitosis is mainly due to gut imbalances. And there are causal links to gum disease leading to heart disease. It appears that any dental disease: cavities, gum disease and weak, damaged teeth can be to some extent naturally repaired without fillings. Even dentists are beginning to understand the role that nutrition alone has on health. Vitamin C given for scurvy and is still a preventive vitamin for gum bleeding along with coenzyme Q10. Calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin A and the trace minerals are important for calcification of the teeth.

In a nut shell, disease is not solely due to poor oral hygiene, but also poor nutrition and lifestyle stresses. You may be thinking, ahh..well I’ll just cut back on acid producing foods and reduce my sugar intake. Fair enough, but what about those vital vitamin and minerals that our potentially missing from your plate that also contribute to a healthy mouth and also the state of your gut as your digestion is also important. Nutritional science therefore helps prevent virtually all the common illnesses prevalent today. Everyone wants nice looking teeth and you can whiten, remineralise teeth and strengthen gums naturally with what you eat.


‘The Doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.’ – Thomas A. Edison

Synergy Nutrition’s Six Tips for Fast Energy

1) Get Minty- Have a peppermint tea that can stimulate the mind

SYNERGY NUTRITION2) Breath deeply – Inhale for 3 seconds, then exhale for 3 seconds AND repeat this 10 times.

3) Laugh- A good chuckle releases endorphins, the body’s own feel good hormones.

4) Yawning- can perk you up as it can send blood to the brain

5) Getting some natural light & fresh air – which boosts serotonin which is important for a balanced mood and sleep and to reduce cravings for carbohydrates.

6) See RED- it is a stimulating colour. So you can wear red or surround yourself with red objects.

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The Hyper Disease

I have been reading about Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism recently as I encounter so many families with children who display one of these traits. What’s interesting is that as I’ve been finding out more, I’m actually wondering how many of us also display these symptoms?
Anyhow useful tidbits of information I would like to share with my readers:
  • ADHD is a BRAIN condition and the amygdala- the primitive emotional centre of the brain has shown to be smaller in children with ADHD in many brain scans.
  • ADHD- symptoms are varied, some children are distracted & disorganised whilst others are restless and impulsive, and some are both.
  • Control over attention’ for e.g. wilful control to turn away from a preferred activity &  focus on an activity that may not be as compelling or immediately rewarding. So those with ADHD have plenty of attention, (can play video games, lego, for hours) but maybe unable to easily shift that focus to less stimulating activities.
The Hyper disease, that’s what John Gray calls it (John is the author of Men are from Men, women are from venus).
Symptoms of ADHD show up in many different ways. Just adding the word ‘hyper’ to almost any normal temperament and you get ADHD. Hyperactive, hyper-focused, hyper-impulsive, hyper-impulsive, hypersensitive, hyper-distracted, or hyper spaced out and unable to focus at all.
Possible causes:
1) Oxidative stress (OS)- in gut & brain. Acetaminophen- in pain relief pills this drug component inhibits glutathione resulting in OS WHICH leads to low glutathione which inhibits development of myelin sheath which insulates nerves & protects the brain against overstimulation.
2) MSG- food enhancers and HVP makes the brain more vulnerable to free radical oxidation. Can be neurotoxic. ADHD and dementia can be triggered by heavy metals like mercury.
3) Sugar- raised blood sugars cab lead to OS in neutrons & brain inflammation
High blood sugars in pregnancy- overstimulate a developing baby’s brain, causing a decrease in dopamine receptor sites which downreuglates of dopamine receptors.
Children then regularly consume more sugar to compensate for poor dopamine function.
4) Unfermented soy and pasteurised dairy – prevents the production of metabolic enzymes & aa’s necessary for brain function.
5) A sedentary lifestyle- physical movement is necessary fir brain development and production of neurotranmitters.
6) Stress- high blood sugar levels via cortisol- OS
7) DRUGS -excess dopamine stiulation from street drugs (crack, cocaine,) can alter & injury the brain.
8) Video Games- the stimulation increases blood flow to the nucleus accumbent (pleasure centre in the midbrain) at the same time blood flow decrease to the prefrontal cortex (where decisions are made). Extended time on video games in ceases ability to play the game, but decreases control behaviours that can lead to substance abuse & pathological gambling. And to lesser degrees, watching TV, listening to loud music, eating junk food and processed bread have similar effects on the nucleus accumbens.
9) Induced Labour- with piton
10) Divorce- stress of family break up, having one parent, etc.
11) Antibiotics, pesticides, plastics and GM Foods can destroy beneficial bacteria   Glyphosphate in GM foods also linked to ADHD. BESIDES GUT PROMBLEMS, children with ADHD and autism have hormone imbalances which can be caused by exposure to toxic chemmicals like BPA and phthalates (in plastic bottles, toys)
12) Gluten-   gut inflammation and brain inflame -linked!
13) Toxicity- air, water, food –    5- in particular – lead, methyl mercury, PCB’s arsenic, and toluene are ‘developmental neurotoxicants’ contributing t ADHD & other mental disorders.
15) Nutritional deficiencies – iodine, soils depleted.

Low down on Fats






We cannot live without fats as they form an essential component of our bodies and serve numerous roles in the body and brain. Fats line the membrane of each of our cells, provide insulation and protection for our organs and are needed to manufacture some vitamins and hormones and also are a great storage for energy. Different types of fats react
differently inside the body and not all the fats are unhealthy. The omega 3 and 6 family of essential fats found in marine and plant oils. These are long chain fatty acids which the body cannot be manufacture, hence they are termed essential and have to be consumed in the diet. EPA and DHA are the two omega 3 fats researched to show the most physiological health benefits. Their numerous health benefits include:

-Lowering triglyceride levels- important risk factors in coronary heart disease, improving blood vessel elasticity, and reducing blood pressure.

– Preventing and treating depression and additional mental health disorders. Research also shows a positive improvement in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Fats for a positive mood are important.

-They are safe to take in pregnancy as they contribute to the normal development of the fetal brain and eyes.

-Omega 3’s also exert anti-inflammatory effects in the body and can reduce inflammation in the body, which forms the basis of many conditions including arthritis, skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, allergies and autoimmune conditions.

For vegans, vegetarians or anyone that does not consume oily fish omega 3’s can be obtained from supplementing with algae oil which is dominant in DHA. Flaxseed oil can be taken in conjunction however the minerals zinc, magnesium and some vitamin B’s are needed for the oil in flaxseed to be broken down into the longer fatty acid chains which are EPA and DHA.

Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is an essential fatty acid from the omega 6 family. It can be difficult to obtain from the diet. GLA also exerts anti-inflammatory effects in the body similar to the omega 3’s. Evening primrose oil, blackcurrant seed oil and borage oil also known as starflower oil are rich sources of GLA. Hemp seed oil and spirulina also contains a small amount. Continuing research into both omega 3’s and GLA will give us further insights into the many other health benefits of omega 3 fats.


The beautiful starflower plant ( borage), rich in GLA fatty acids. Take as a capsule supplement.

Past research including a recent study conducted in June 2012 published in the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research journal found that nutrients are better untilised from fruits and vegetables when consumed with a fat dressing and the ones that showed the strongest benefits were the monounsaturated fats found in avocado and olive oil. The polyunsaturated fat dressings required higher amounts of fat to get the same benefit. The concept of food synergy has and is still being followed by many traditions. Certain foods are paired up to obtain greater health benefits, for example tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and a dollop of butter on cooked vegetables. Tasty and nutritious of course :-)


Happy Healthy Easter

I really try to avoid looking at other people’s shopping baskets when I’m out and about. But sometimes I cannot help a two second glance whilst waiting in the queue for example. It never fails to surprise me how people still choose certain foods. I remain non-judgemental however! The food companies and advertising companies are partly to blame as they do influence people’s food and drink choices and as I’ve mentioned before lead one astray to what they think maybe ‘healthy’. Nonetheless they cannot pull the cotton wool over my eyes!

SYNERGY NUTRITIONSo my observations tell me that what people are eating or not eating is leading to dis-ease (in other words -some ease basically) in the body.  I continue to meet individuals suffering from an array of symptoms such as low energy levels, low mood, raised cholesterol and blood pressure sleeping issues, weight gain, compromised bone density, impaired digestion, bloating, skin complaints and hair thinning and loss. For me, the most important thing is one’s health. Of course nutrition is just one leg on the stool of health. And I will be writing more about this in due course and for those of you that have seen me for 1-1 consultations, I’ve spoken to you about this too.

Anyhow, Easter is just around the corner. So of course please do enjoy your chocolate eggs. The darker the chocolate the better!  I do not want to be seeing a basket overflowing with only chocolate and sweets, it needs to be balanced with nutritious food too! Carrot sticks in hummus- great snack, not just for bunny rabbits. Carrots don’t have to be eaten raw, feel free to cook them too. They are bursting with B-carotene (a family of antioxidants) which the body needs to form vitamin A -which is lacking in many people’s diet.