Fasting And The Microbiome

Meal frequency, and fasting are easy ways to support gut health and our microbiome. Let's explore some of the research in this topic. Meal Frequency & Fasting A regular meal pattern including breakfast consumption, consuming a higher proportion of energy early in the day, reduced meal frequency (i.e., 2–3 meals/day), and regular fasting periods may [...] Continue reading »

Mould & Mycotoxins

What Are Mycotoxins? The world health organisations define them as “naturally occurring toxins produced by certain moulds (fungi) and can be found in food. The moulds grow on a variety of different crops and foodstuffs including cereals, nuts, spices, dried fruits, apples and coffee beans, often under warm and humid conditions”. What Are The Symptoms

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Depression: A Functional Medicine Approach

Depression is becoming an increasingly common condition. There are a multitude of factors as to why someone may develop depression from traumatic events in their childhood (referred to as ACE’s, or, adverse childhood advents in the research), or feelings of loneliness, or a lack of purpose or meaning in life, to nutrient deficiencies, imbalances in

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What Is The Gut Brain Axis?

What Is The Gut Brain Axis? The axis is made up of several communication pathways between the gut and the brain. These include: An immune pathway A hormone pathway A metabolite pathway A neurological pathway In the most simplistic terms these pathways, which we refer to as the gut brain axis, are what interconnect these

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Spiritual Intelligence & Resilience

In today’s blog I want to summarise a paper that explored spiritual intelligence & resilience. I have previously blogged about spirituality which may be helpful to read first, click here to read it.  Just one of the definitions I used in my first blog on spirituality was: Spirituality is a personal search for meaning and purpose

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7C Model of Resiliency

In my first article I introduced the concept of resilience, and in a recent article I discussed potential barriers to resilience. In this article I want to discuss ways we can enhance our resilience, specifically through the 7C model of resiliency. The 7C Model Of Resilience Control: Having sense of control/autonomy of our lives has been

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COVID-19 Summary

Introduction The epidemic broke out first in Wuhan, China, possibly related to a seafood market. Several studies suggested that bat may be the potential reservoir of SARS-CoV-2. What Are The Symptoms? The clinical symptoms of COVID-19 patients include fever, cough, fatigue and a small population of patients appeared gastrointestinal infection symptoms. The elderly and people

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