Autumn season

GET YOUR WINTER BODY READY

September 03, 2021

As the squirrels gather their nuts in the trees the humans got ready to fight illness with ease. As the grizzly bears prepare to hibernate the humans ready their immune systems to dominate. Everyone is familiar with the term getting summer body ready but what about getting winter body ready? Here at Tonic, we have come up with the idea... Read More
Healthy diet

MYTH BUSTING: CAN YOU GET ALL YOUR VITAMINS FROM YOUR DIET?

August 20, 2021

At Tonic, we are always challenging the status quo. We don’t do this to be difficult but we only want for people to know the full truth behind what we need to be the healthiest versions of ourselves. And when it comes to getting enough vitamins, there are a whole load of misconceptions that I feel we need to do... Read More
The brain. Mind over matter

MIND OVER MATTER. WHY YOUR BRAIN IS MORE POWERFUL THAN YOU THINK

July 30, 2021

A common belief in our society today is that drugs or pills are the cure to most of our ailments. The global drug market is today worth over $1.3 Trillion but we often overlook a critical factor in our recovery from illness. A factor that every single scientific study aims to account for and ensure doesn’t bias the results. It... Read More

WHY YOU NEED DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF VITAMINS AT DIFFERENT TIMES

WHY YOU NEED DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF VITAMINS AT DIFFERENT TIMES

July 16, 2021

Think of it this way: is the amount of water you need consistent throughout each and every day? Definitely not. Go to the gym or for a run and you’ll soon find yourself reaching for a bottle of water or some electrolytes to quench your thirst. That’s because exercising puts strain on your body and by sweating you’re losing water... Read More
TIME TO TALK ABOUT THE MISSING INGREDIENT TO A SUCCESSFUL VACCINE ROLL OUT

TIME TO TALK ABOUT THE MISSING INGREDIENT TO A SUCCESSFUL VACCINE ROLL OUT

June 18, 2021

Vaccines are brilliant and life saving, They prevent over 4.5 million deaths per year! Incredible right. Immunization has become such an important part of disease prevention and especially now.  With everyone relying on the vaccine to put an end to the pandemic, we need to ask ourselves:  What is integral to vaccine effectiveness and how can we improve their performance?... Read More
Breakfast porridge

HOW TO EAT MINDFULLY WHEN WORKING FROM HOME

May 19, 2021

More than a year on from the onset of the coronavirus crisis for Western countries, you’re likely to be highly aware of the various impacts the pandemic has had on your mind, body and lifestyle. One obvious manifestation of the pandemic, for instance, has been greater numbers of us working from home, in accordance with on-off lockdown restrictions. If this... Read More

functional medicine - food affects health

MELISSA COHEN ON 'THE POWER IS WITHIN US'

May 11, 2021

On the third episode of The Power Is Within Us, Sunna speaks with Melissa Cohen, where they discuss functional medicine and the importance of diet with regards to all bodily processes. Functional medicine is a biology and chemistry–based approach to healthcare that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of illness, which is often linked to the foods we consume.... Read More
Tonic and Thriva Collaboration

INTRODUCING THE 8-WEEK IMMUNITY CHALLENGE

April 23, 2021

Tonic’s new partnership with Thriva on the 8-week Immunity Challenge has got everyone pretty excited. So much so that some of the team at Tonic wanted to take part in it. To give you more detail into the challenge, you get an 8-week supply of Tonic High Dose Immunity Drink, 2 Thriva blood testing kits (one for before and after)... Read More
Green Leafy Vegetable

7 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT GLUTATHIONE

April 10, 2021

Glutathione – pronounced “gluta-thigh-own” – isn’t exactly a familiar part of the lexicon of even some of the most health-conscious people. Yet, it probably should be. There’s plenty of evidence, after all, pointing to this potent antioxidant’s very significant role in supporting all-round human health. And antioxidants – for those of you who don’t know – are integral to combating... Read More

RECIPE: ULTIMATE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

RECIPE: ULTIMATE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

March 31, 2021

This ultimate breakfast smoothie is a triple threat as it's filling, nutritious and oh so tasty. It's great to take with you to have on the go or to enjoy at home whilst getting ready for your day. Not to mention, this smoothie is packed with fibre so it will have your gut thanking you! Ingredients:  1 medium frozen banana... Read More
RECIPE: HEALTHY BARLEY SALAD

RECIPE: HEALTHY BARLEY SALAD

March 30, 2021

This fibre-filled barley salad will have your gut feeling great. The soluble fibre found in barley has also shown to lower glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood. And not only does this barley salad have an amazing range of nutritional benefits but it tastes great and is super filling too.  Ingredients: ½ Butternut squash, diced into large cubes 150g... Read More
Vegetable Soup

RECIPE: HEARTY ONE POT CHICKEN AND BARLEY SOUP

March 30, 2021

There is nothing more soothing than a hearty chicken soup. This chicken soup is especially special because it is packed with 6 different kinds of vegetables and has barley which is a high fibre food. Fibre and gut health go hand in hand so for a healthy gut, why not try this soup throughout your week? Read More

Healthy Summer Salad Recipe

RECIPE: EPIC SUMMER SIDE SALAD

March 29, 2021

With the weather getting warmer, it’s definitely time for salads to shine. This epic side salad recipe goes so well with soups, pasta or to serve at your next picnic in the park! Packed with lots of vegetables and good fats this side salad is super tasty too.  Ingredients:  A handful of spinach leaves  A handful of rocket leaves 6... Read More
Broccoli is high in Sulforaphane

WHAT IS SULFORAPHANE AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

March 17, 2021

Sulforaphane is a sulfur-rich compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, watercress, rocket, and bok choy. When these vegetables are cut, chopped, or chewed they release an enzyme called myrosinase which, when it comes into contact with glucoraphanin, activates the sulforaphane.  Raw vegetables have the highest levels of sulforaphane. One study found that raw broccoli had ten... Read More
Salmon is high in Vitamin A

VITAMIN A: RETINOIDS VS CAROTENOIDS

March 15, 2021

As an essential nutrient, vitamin A serves various purposes – including supporting your immune system, helping you to see in low-light conditions, and protecting the health of your skin. However, vitamin A can be consumed in two different forms: as retinoids and as carotenoids. The differences between these two types of vitamin A are somewhat subtle. Nonetheless, you could find... Read More

source of selenium

THE 7 BENEFITS OF SELENIUM

February 26, 2021

We can understand if, when someone mentions selenium to you, the only thing that comes to mind is a vague memory of it having been in the periodic table you were taught at school. It turns out, however, that this essential mineral is by no means only distantly relevant to our health. Selenium is a trace mineral, which means you... Read More
RECIPE: GLUTEN FREE PANCAKES

RECIPE: GLUTEN FREE PANCAKES

February 16, 2021

Happy Pancake Day! 🥞 Pancakes are the ultimate meal as they can be enjoyed sweet or savoury aka pancakes for main and dessert. Sign us up! We know that gluten can cause some irritation in the gut and also cause inflammation which is not what we want as it can put a strain on our immune system. So why not... Read More
Vitamin C Drink

VITAMIN C DRINKS - RECIPE: THE SUNSHINE SOUR

February 11, 2021

We all know the consequences of a vitamin C deficiency, and luckily scurvy isn't something most of us need to worry about. Vitamin C deficiencies have also been linked to an impaired immune system and increased susceptibility to infections, but it's not just about preventing deficiency - even low amounts of vitamin C can greatly reduce the capacity of the... Read More

Immune Zinc Drink

ZINC DRINK - RECIPE: PUTTING THE Z IN ZESTY

February 10, 2021

Zinc is essential to sustain a functioning immune system by regulating the elimination of pathogens. Zinc is also responsible for the production and activation of certain immune system cells such as neutrophils and natural killer cells. Researchers showed (2019, Read, et al.) that zinc has vital role in anti-viral immunity. They showed that zinc inhibits something called RNA polymerase which is required by viruses to replicate, therefore... Read More
Vitamin C Anti-inflammation Drink

VITAMIN C DRINKS - RECIPE: THE ANTI-INFLAMMI-C

February 08, 2021

There's a reason our high-dose vitamin drinks are packed with vitamin C... and that's because this fantastic vitamin does wonders for the body! When it comes to the immune health, vitamin C is key - it's a powerful antioxidant and an essential micronutrient for the immune system. It acts as a co-factor, which our immune system requires to catalyse enzyme reactions for... Read More
Plant-based matcha smoothie

PLANT-BASED DRINKS RECIPE: MIRACLE MATCHA

February 02, 2021

Packed with antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds, Matcha has strong anti-inflammatory effects. The anti-inflammatory compounds in matcha are called catechins and are specific to antioxidants found in teas and matcha can have up to 137 times more catechins compared to normal tea leaves. A 2016 study showed that participants with non-alcoholic liver disease who, were give 500mg of the tea extract found in matcha for 90 days, had a significant... Read More

ZINC DRINKS - RECIPE: THE GREENZ

ZINC DRINKS - RECIPE: THE GREENZ

February 02, 2021

Zinc is a key micronutrient and mineral that is essential for the body in numerous ways, it keeps the immune system strong, helps heal wounds, and supports normal growth.   There are a number of ways zinc supports the immune system but primarily it activates enzymes that break down proteins in viruses and bacteria, so they are less able to spread. Zinc is essential... Read More
PLANT-BASED DRINKS RECIPE: THREE SEEDED SENSATION

PLANT-BASED DRINKS RECIPE: THREE SEEDED SENSATION

February 01, 2021

Plant based diets tend to be lower in fats and a great way to source plant-based fats is from seeds. Flaxseeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds are classed as superfoods. Calling something a superfood alone sounds like it’d be good for you right? These seeds are called a superfood due to it provide health benefits from its exceptionally high nutrient density.  Flaxseeds are high in omega-3 essential fatty acids where... Read More
Spicy Vitamin C Drink

VITAMIN C DRINKS - RECIPE: THE SPICE-C

January 31, 2021

 Vitamin C may well be our favourite vitamin, especially when it comes to immune health. Here are some of the many ways in which vitamin C contributes to the optimal functioning of the immune system: By stimulating the production of white blood cells, which are crucial for fighting off infections By supporting the skin (epithelial cell) as a barrier, preventing pathogens from entering the... Read More

Vitamin D Bone Broth

VITAMIN D DRINKS - RECIPE: THE WINTER WARMER

January 30, 2021

Vitamin D is essential for a functional immune system by activating anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties, so we're doing all we can to make sure we get enough of it. Some of the of the other benefits of vitamin D include regulating the body's levels of calcium and phosphate, which are essential if we want healthy bones, teeth, and muscles. A recent study (2020, Kara,... Read More
Plant-Based Probiotic Smoothie

PLANT-BASED DRINKS RECIPE: PROBIOTIC POWER

January 29, 2021

Did you know that 80% of your immune system resides in your gut? Disruptions and imbalances of good bacteria and bad bacteria in your gut's microbiome can directly impact your immune system. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found in your gut and they are responsible for creating acidic fermentation by-products that lower the pH in your intestine to create an environment that the bad... Read More
Benefits of Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc

THE POWERFUL BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C, D AND ZINC

January 28, 2021

When it comes to vitamins, C, D and Zinc are some of the best known. But why exactly does the body like them so much and what role do they play in keeping us healthy? We’ll look through some of the latest clinical studies to understand the benefits of vitamin C, vitamin D and Zinc for today’s world.  Vitamin C and Skin... Read More

VEGANUARY FOR IMMUNITY: VEGAN TOFU & PEANUT STIR-FRY

VEGANUARY FOR IMMUNITY: VEGAN TOFU & PEANUT STIR-FRY

January 23, 2021

Next up on our Veganuary for immunity menu is this mouth watering tofu and peanut stir fry. Not only is it packed with flavour but it contains so many immune loving ingredients such as chilli, ginger, onions and garlic. Not to mention is has 3 servings of vegetables! 😍 VEGAN PEANUT STIR-FRY Serves: 2 Ingredients: 150g firm tofu, cut into chunks... Read More
immune-healthy tarka dhal

VEGANUARY FOR IMMUNITY: TARKA DHAL

January 16, 2021

Next up on our immune-friendly vegan recipes is tarka dhal! We made sure to add the fantastic ginger, and the wonderful turmeric, one of our all-time favourite wonderplants, alongside elderberry of course! In this recipe you'll also find garlic for its fantastic health benefits (and delicious flavour). Tomatoes are a well-known source of vitamin C, but if you're looking to... Read More
keto image

WHY YOU MIGHT WANT TO GO KETO IN 2021

January 13, 2021

We’re now firmly in the season of New Year resolutions – that is, if you haven’t set and given up a few of yours already! – and for many of us, that inevitably means looking again at whether we’re doing the right thing by our bodies. Yes, you know what we’re talking about – that infernal spectre of post-Christmas diets,... Read More

VEGANUARY FOR IMMUNITY: CHILLI NON CARNE

VEGANUARY FOR IMMUNITY: CHILLI NON CARNE

January 03, 2021

Since 2014, ‘Veganuary’ (pronounced vee-GA-nuary) has been a way of encouraging non-vegans to try a plant-based diet for the month of January. There are lots of reasons why someone might decide to go vegan. Some people choose to do it for environmental or ethical reasons, while others opt for it as a way of harnessing health benefits such as lowering... Read More
festive superfoods

ASK AN EXPERT: WHAT ARE SOME FESTIVE SUPERFOODS?

December 25, 2020

A Christmas spice, nut and root superfood Aside from all the indulgence (which after the year we’ve all had is much needed) there are some incredibly nutrient dense superfoods that make up part of our festive food… First off: ginger. Zingiber officinale has been used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years! It’s been used to help... Read More
fermented kimchi for health benefits

WHY YOU SHOULD BE FERMENTING FOOD

December 02, 2020

Fermented foods have been among the most talked-about health food trends of recent years – and yet, the fermentation process has been popular for centuries. Fermentation is a natural process, involving microorganisms like bacteria and yeast converting organic compounds – such as starch and sugar – into alcohol or acids. It is an ancient technique once commonly used to preserve... Read More

Lemon squeezed into drink

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

November 28, 2020

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?

November 26, 2020

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

November 20, 2020

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?

November 17, 2020

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

November 12, 2020

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-FRIENDLY RECIPES

November 10, 2020

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

November 06, 2020

"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?

November 02, 2020

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

October 30, 2020

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?

October 18, 2020

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?

October 16, 2020

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!

October 04, 2020

🔈 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?

October 03, 2020

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

September 26, 2020

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

September 25, 2020

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?

September 16, 2020

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

September 13, 2020

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

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