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Looking for a naturopathic nutrition or EFT consultation in Bristol? You can now find me in three different therapy rooms... February 11 2014, 0 Comments

I am delighted to announce that I am now practising in three lovely spots in central Bristol. 

I am still doing low-cost naturopathic nutrition and EFT consultations at Neal's Yard Therapy Rooms on Whiteladies Road every Sunday from 12-4pm. Consultations cost £25 for an hour.

And, now I have joined the teams at Clifton Therapy Room in Clifton Village and Bristol Therapy Rooms which is attached to Bristol City Yoga in Stokes Croft and work there during weekdays, evenings and Saturdays.

If you're feeling out of sorts and want more energy, better sleep, more stable moods... or have a more serious health concern, book in for a consultation and together we can get to the bottom of whatever is ailing you. Understanding the root cause of any health problem is the only way to overcome it now and for good.

I look forward to welcoming you to one of these lovely clinic spaces... and don't forget consultations are also available by Skype from wherever you are.

To your abundant health and happiness,

Elspeth x


Who needs a naturopathic nutrition & lifestyle consultation? December 02 2013, 0 Comments

The short answer is anyone and everyone!

But you might be thinking why do I need one? I'm not ill and I know how to eat already, thanks very much! Well, perhaps you do and, if so, good for you. But, even if they are not clinically unwell the vast majority of people I know and/or see as clients all have some aspect of their health/wellbeing/life that could use a little support.

It might be frequent headaches or bloating and belching after meals, period pain or general irritation with life. You might feel like it's getting harder and harder to get out of bed or that bedtime can't come soon enough... and it's only 4pm. Or, that the stresses in your life that seemed small last year now seem to be getting a bit bigger and scarier. You might wish you had more energy to do exercise, want to sleep better, be fitter, happier, more productive (yes I did just steal some Radiohead lyrics there, well spotted!). Or maybe you feel great and want to make sure you continue to feel great for many more years to come. Whatever you want for yourself but are not too sure how to get it, naturopathy can help you with.

A Naturopathic nutrition consultation is an opportunity to examine all aspects of your health and wellness, past and present, and try and discover which aspects of your diet, lifestyle and/or environment might be contributing to any ill health or unhappiness and find ways of improving them for you.

Clinical nutrition and naturopathy is personalised, natural medicine. You are unique and your body's needs for food, nutrients, sleep, exercise etc are unique and the consultation process is a chance to put together a personal plan that addresses your health needs specifically.

As a naturopathic nutrition practitioner, I assess and treat the whole person rather than isolated symptoms, to learn how and why that person's health is compromised - taking into consideration their diet, lifestyle, environment and emotional wellbeing - to determine which systems are out of balance and what they need in order to regain abundant health and happiness. Recommendations may include food and supplement suggestions, sleep or exercise routines or functional testing for further investigation.

The first session typically lasts 90 minutes, with subsequent appointments lasting 45-60 minutes.

Nutritional therapy consultations are available in Central London or via Skype.

If you would like more information about having a naturopathic nutrition consultation with a qualified nutritionist then drop me a line here and I'll get back to you asap so we can have a chat about it.

Eat the Rainbow - research shows your life depends on it November 29 2013, 0 Comments


And why is it so important to "Eat the Rainbow"?

Even if you wouldn't dream of eating artificially coloured sweets, could you get away with just eating broccoli or cabbage with every meal instead of all the coloured veg and fruit? Well, eating broccoli and cabbage every day is certainly better for you than not eating any vegetables at all. The chlorophyll (green pigment) in broccoli and other green veg is one of nature's most potent detoxifiers and broccoli and cabbage belong to the Brassica family (along with kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower) and contain powerful detoxifying sulphur compounds which help recycle and regulate hormones such as oestrogen among other things. So you definitely want to get plenty of broccoli and cabbage in your diet every week.

However, recent research in the Journal of Nutrition has indicated that each different plant food has a different 'positive health message' to tell our genes and we want ALL of that positive information in order to keep switching on the positive genetic expressions that promote good health and keep all the negative disease-promoting genes switched off. So for optimum health it really is key to eat a wide range of different coloured plant foods - mostly vegetables, herbs and spices with 1-2 pieces of fruit - to maintain that steady dialogue of health promotion and disease prevention.

Researchers Thompson HJ et al. concluded in 'Dietary Botanical Diversity Affects the Reduction of Oxidative Biomarkers in Women due to High Vegetable and Fruit Intake' that:

"Botanical diversity plays a role in determining the bioactivity of high-VF (ed: vegetable and fruit) diets and that smaller amounts of many phytochemicals may have greater beneficial effects than larger amounts of fewer phytochemicals."

What will each colour do for you?

Red phytonutrients eg. Lycopene, Astaxanthin and Capsanthin in tomatoes and redcurrants - support a healthy heart and circulation, urinary tract health and optimal memory function.

Yellow/Orange phytonutrients eg. Beta-carotene and Bioflavonoids in carrots, pumpkin and citrus - support eye health and strong immunity.

White phytonutrients eg. Allicin and Favonol in onions and garlic - support a health heart and cholesterol levels.

Green phytonutrients eg. Chlorophyll, Zeaxanthin, Folate and Lutein in kale and spinach - support strong bones and teeth, healthy eyesight and detoxification.

Blue/Purple phytonutrients eg. Anthocyanin, Quercetin and other Phenols in blueberries and red cabbage - support healthy ageing, urinary tract health, immunity and optimal memory function.

Variety really is the spice of life so to live a long and happy one, be sure to make your meals colourful.  

If you're not sure how to get more colour into your diet, book a nutritional therapy consultation with me and we can work it out together.

What is naturopathic nutritional medicine? October 08 2013, 0 Comments

Good question! Well first of all, it has nothing to do with calories; or points; or counting of any kind. It is not about demonising certain foods (except for ALL highly processed, lab-made toxic 'franken-foods', of course). Instead, it is about helping people understand their unique needs when it comes to what they should be putting in their bodies.

All real food is good food. And what do I mean when I say real food? I mean all foods found in nature and minimally processed (by which I mean cooked!) in a kitchen and not a factory. 

Today we are bombarded with food on every corner, but unfortunately a lot of what is sold as food is not actually food at all. Instead it is a toxic brew of pseudo food ingredients packaged together cheaply and quickly, which not only has negligible nutritional value but also harms you in the process.

So, what are we to do?

Quite simply, boycott the packaged stuff and make delicious, whole-food meals for ourselves with delicious real-food ingredients.

These ingredients are: meat, fish, fruit, veg, eggs, nuts and seeds and to a lesser extent, beans, pulses and grains. Raw dairy is also highly nutritious for some as well.

And that's the other thing. These real whole foods are only beneficial to us if we can digest and absorb them well. So this is where nutritional therapy comes in. A nutritional therapist will examine what you are eating and how you are feeling and try and work out which foods and in what ratios will serve you best and leave you feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, rather than bloated, lethargic and overweight.

If you think nutritional therapy might be just what you need, why not book a consultation with me now.