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    ASK AN EXPERT: ARE MY HORMONES AFFECTED BY MY DIET?

    Absolutely! We suffer so much with hormone imbalances and much can be done with the food we eat to help get us back onto an even keel. Our hormones are a bit like an orchestra, as soon as an instrument (or hormone!) goes out of tune then the whole orchestra is affected, a bit like our hormones! One of the... Read More
  • copper in the body

    WHAT IS THE ROLE OF COPPER IN THE BODY?

    You might not think a heavy metal would be a good thing to have too much of in your body – and sure enough, the likes of mercury, lead and arsenic aren’t good for you. But copper, on the other hand, is what is known as an essential trace mineral. That means, in trace amounts, it isn’t merely important for... Read More
  • matcha superfood

    TURMERIC, MATCHA, ELDERBERRY: WONDERPLANTS EXPLAINED

    Like ‘superfood’, ‘wonderplant’ is a term you might have come across from time to time, referring to a plant perceived to have myriad benefits for human health. So, here at Tonic Health, we thought we’d introduce you to a few of these wonderplants – including what they are, and the evidence of their positive health and wellness implications. Turmeric We... Read More
  • supplements to increase your vitamin intake

    ASK AN EXPERT: WHY DO I NEED TO SUPPLEMENT MY DIET?

    Two reasons: firstly our lifeload puts greater demands on our nutrient requirements and secondly, although we have lots of available food, our diet is often low in nutrients. Our 24/7 world is, like never before, putting pressure on our body. We haven’t changed much in 60,000 years and you only have to look at how our world has changed even... Read More
  • ginger

    7 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT GINGER

    he flowering plant known as ginger is a familiar part of many of our diets – indeed, Chinese medicine has backed its use for the prevention and cure of all manner of health problems for more than two millennia. So, what are just some of the curious facts about ginger that help to show why this flexible ingredient has persisted... Read More
  • immunity-boosting recipe

    OUR FAVOURITE IMMUNE-BOOSTING RECIPES

    While immunity has been a frequent topic of conversation throughout much of 2020, the start of the second national lockdown provides the perfect opportunity to take the time to work out what exactly you can do to strengthen your immunity. Over the past few months we've shared lots of tips on how to best to support your immune system, from... Read More
  • food for gut health

    ASK AN EXPERT: WHAT FOODS ARE GOOD FOR GUT HEALTH AND IMMUNITY

    "All disease starts in the gut" - Hippocrates We have 100 trillion bacteria in our body, so collectively these contain more bacteria genes than we do! The gut is the biggest barrier to the outside world and contains a whopping two thirds of our immune system, so it's pretty important! It helps to protect allergens from getting in through the... Read More
  • complete proteins for vegans

    HOW CAN I GET COMPLETE PROTEINS ON A VEGAN DIET?

    The task of getting enough protein into your diet as a vegan is simultaneously simpler and more complex than you might think. On one hand, it’s a bit of a myth that you’ll struggle to consume sufficient protein if you follow a vegan diet. After all, it’s not as if meat and eggs are the only dietary sources of protein.... Read More
  • pumpkin and healthy vegetables

    PUMPKIN SPICE & ALL THINGS NICE: A NUTRITIONIST'S RECOMMENDATION FOR SEASONAL VEG

    Eating the season is essential as we turn from autumn to winter. The change of this season in particular, is when we start to see the rise in bugs and viruses, that’s even aside from the prevalence of Covid-19! Mother Nature I always think is rather clever; providing us with seasonal veg that supports our health needs at different times... Read More
  • picky eater tips

    ASK AN EXPERT: HOW TO DEAL WITH A PICKY EATER?

    So many of our eating habits go way back to childhood. Eating quickly: were you at boarding school or in a large family where siblings might have nicked your food off your plate? Or did you have lots of processed foods as a child which might be why you’re drawn to beige foods now? Or did you grow up with... Read More
  • sleep affected by food

    ASK AN EXPERT: DOES THE FOOD I EAT AFFECT MY SLEEP?

    What we eat and drink in the day has a huge effect on how well we sleep. Unfortunately for many of us we get into a bit of a catch 22. The biggest reason for insomnia is stress… And here lies the Catch 22:   the more stressed we are, the worse we sleep, and the worse we sleep, the... Read More
  • plant power doctor

    NEW PLANT-BASED BOOK ALERT!

    🔈 Attention all those interested in plant-based nutrition: Team Tonic's GP, Dr Gemma Newman, is publishing a book! The Plant Power Doctor, Dr Gemma's guide to the radical healing power of a plant-based diet, is out on January 7th 2021 but available for pre-order now.  Excited? So are we. Interested in finding out why she wrote this book? Us too, so we asked;... Read More
  • Natural sugar from fruit

    ASK AN EXPERT: SHOULD I CUT OUT NATURAL SUGAR?

    There are scales to which natural sugar becomes less helpful. Fruit and vegetables contain sugar (especially carrots, tomatoes, beetroot, sweet potato and soft fruits) but because this sugar is encased in fibre and these plants are abundant in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, I recommend you eat them in abundance! Never before in my clinic have I seen a patient who... Read More
  • Healthy mediterranean diet

    THE 7 BENEFITS OF A MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND LIFESTYLE

    Given that it has been one of the most historically acclaimed diets since the 1960s, it is especially striking that the oft-cited “Mediterranean diet” isn’t really a diet at all, at least in the sense of comprising a single set of agreed-upon rules and restrictions. And clearly, it isn’t a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ trend. What it essentially is, is... Read More
  • Healthy smoothies full of vitamin C

    3 EASY VITAMIN C DRINK RECIPES

    As we've been saying for a while now, vitamin C is the powerhouse of the vitamin world. As well as having a large role in boosting our immune system, this abundant nutrient also helps us heal cuts and wounds faster, maintains the strength of bones and teeth, improves metabolism, and keeps our skin and hair in tip top condition. If... Read More
  • mineral-rich leafy greens

    ASK AN EXPERT: HOW TO INCREASE MINERAL DENSITY IN MY DIET?

    The typical Western diet is low in micro minerals which isn’t surprising when you look at the National Diet and Nutrition Survey which shows only 8% of children and less than 30% of adults meet their 5-a-day fruit and veg which is where most of these vital minerals are found.   So what can be done to increase the minerals... Read More
  • mushrooms

    7 SURPRISING THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT MUSHROOMS

    As the spore-bearing, fruiting bodies of fungi, mushrooms represent so much more than a great topping for a pizza, or the perfect way to enhance the flavour of sauces and soups. And there’s certainly more to the world of mushrooms than the packaged and ready ones you probably spot all the time in your local supermarket. So, what are just... Read More
  • raspberries flat lay

    ASK AN EXPERT: HOW DO I ENSURE I'M GETTING ENOUGH ZINC IN MY DIET?

    This power house of a mineral is responsible for a huge amount of wide ranging processes in the body. It’s probably best known for its role in the immune system, from modulating T cells to helping us fight infection. It’s also essential for our mental wellbeing too. Zinc is crucial for a healthy reproductive system and a tip top digestive... Read More
  • Turmeric Root Flat Lay

    WHY IS TURMERIC SO GOOD FOR YOU?

    While the last few years have been characterised by plenty of health crazes, at least one of those was an overnight sensation more than four millennia in the making. The craze in question is turmeric, a deep orange-coloured spice that resembles ginger root in its raw form but is routinely ground down to create a powder frequently used in South... Read More
  • Myth Busting Immune Health

    MYTHBUSTING VITAMIN DOSE: *SPOILER ALERT* YOU PROBABLY NEED TO UP YOURS

    Myths, a widely held but false belief or idea. They are something we all hear in our daily lives, but where do they come from and why do they often need busting in accordance with the truth? Well, myths are kind of like stereotypes, a major way in which we simplify our social world; since they reduce the amount of... Read More
  • healthy food for weightloss

    ASK AN EXPERT: HOW DO YOU TACKLE WEIGHT LOSS MINDFULLY?

    On average we go on four diets a year. And as soon as we come off them we put the weight back on. There are lots of reasons why we don’t lose weight and the outdated model of calories + exercise = weight loss often doesn’t work in the long term. Low thyroid function, stress, the wrong type of training,... Read More
  • vitamin supplements

    IU VERSUS MG: HOW TO ACTUALLY READ A LABEL

    It’s very much the responsible thing to take the time to actually read the labels of the vitamin supplements you’re comparing in a high-street health store, or for that matter, to scrutinise the specifications you might see listed for such products online. However, it can be an altogether different task to actually properly understand what you read on the label... Read More
  • Food source of vitamin D

    ASK A NUTRITIONIST: WHY CAN'T I GET ALL MY VITAMIN D FROM FOOD?

    So why do I tend to advise patients to get out in the sunshine and supplement to optimise their vitamin D levels? Because we’re often low in it! The main reasons? We don’t go out in the sunshine enough, we often block the sun either from clothing or suncream, or moisturisers with factor in them, or we have darker skin,... Read More
  • Coffee which does not affect vitamin absorption

    DOES COFFEE REALLY AFFECT VITAMIN ABSORPTION

    It’s pretty understandable why so many of us feel the need to start the day – or indeed, finish it – with a satisfying cup of coffee. Amid the rushes, stresses and strains of daily life today, we probably all feel the need for that kind of boost from time to time.But could your routine caffeine fix also be compromising... Read More
  • Immunity Soup Turmeric and Ginger

    THE IMMUNITY DIET: HOW TO EAT YOUR WAY TO BETTER IMMUNE HEALTH

    Ask the Tonic Health Nutritionist Karen Newby: Can you eat your way to better immune health? There’s a lot of discussion about immune food at the moment. I whole heartedly disagree with the British Dietetics Association which states “Simply put, you cannot “boost” your immune system through diet.” Well boost is the wrong word, as it suggests it might cause... Read More
  • Vitamin C and the immune system represented by fruit in water

    ASK A NUTRITIONIST: HOW DOES VITAMIN C INTERACT WITH THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?

    Vitamin C is definitely an immune system multitasker! There’s been a mountain of research since the 1930s on its use as an antiviral, and even though there continues to be much debate over whether it can prevent the common cold, there is scientific consensus that it can help us get rid of it quicker (1). When we’re ill, our immune... Read More
  • High doses of Vitamins represented by a large tree

    WHY TAKING 1875% OF YOUR RDA OF VITAMINS COULD BE A GOOD IDEA

    The definition of Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) fails to consider is that there is a big difference between the RDA (the amount you need to avoid deficiency) and the amount of a vitamin or mineral we need to achieve optimal nutrient levels for optimal health. Optimal health and peak performance are very different from this commonly understood guideline. We explore how this came to be. 
  • Soldiers who were at risk of nutritional deficiencies

    ASK A NUTRITIONIST: WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCE, AND WHY IS IT SO LOW?

    First, a quick history lesson. The concept of standardised nutrient requirements was first established to help ward off starvation during the depression of 1862. Later, during World War 2, rationing started and the next set of Reference Nutrient Intakes (RNIs) was established. The emphasis changed from avoiding starvation to making sure the rationed food provided all the essential nutrients (that... Read More
  • Vegan Vitamin D Source

    THE BEST WAY TO GET VEGAN VITAMIN D

    As you will have read in our last blog about how vitamin D works with your immune system for optimal performance the importance of Vitamin D is well establish for the immune system. We call it a vitamin, but in fact, vitamin D is actually a hormone that influences more than 3,000 different genes in your body. But do you... Read More
  • Fruit full of vitamin C

    ASK A NUTRITIONIST: HOW MUCH VITAMIN C CAN I ACTUALLY ABSORB?

    Your body is very clever and absorbs what vitamin C it needs. Anything that isn’t used is then safely excreted, although the body can hold onto vitamin C for a short period in the gut.
  • A bowl of elderberries which have many health properties

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRIES: WHAT IS THIS BERRY POWERHOUSE?

    Elderberries have been used in traditional medicine for millennia and it’s not new news that there is plenty of potential in these powerful purple fruits. Elderberries are used both in medicine and in food across the world, and there are studies that have shown their potential to prevent viruses from entering our system with their antiviral properties, alongside having the... Read More
  • citrus fruits full of vitamin C

    COULD VITAMIN C SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM? TAKE A LOOK...

    During this uncertain time many of us are eager to take whatever steps we can, to strengthen our immune health. Claims and counterclaims are being widely made about which nutrients we can and cannot rely on to evidentially support our immune system. So, what place should vitamin C have in your efforts to live healthily and provide your immune system... Read More
  • honey and its health benefits

    THE BENEFITS OF HONEY TO EXPLORE

    If ever there was a wonder substance for supporting human health then the liquid gold that is also known as honey, surely has to be up there. Indeed, humans have been using honey for in a whole plethora of ways since ancient times. The Egyptians, for example, used it as an embalming fluid and a dressing for wounds, and even... Read More
  • Garlic, food and the Immune System

    THE ROLE OF THE DIET AND YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

    Eating a diverse diet, rich in colourful vegetables and fruits, will ensure that you are getting a sufficient range of antioxidants. These antioxidants protect the structural elements of the immune system and the gut itself. 
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