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Karen Newby

To detox or not to detox?

Let’s not forget that we are detoxifying now!  It is a natural process that is happening all of the time. At the start of the year there are so many fad diets around and extreme detoxes in the media. Many of them are unsustainable in the real world!  In addition to not being the best time to detox – Spring is naturopathically much better – a quick juice detox, although helping to flood the body with micronutrients and give our digestive systems a break, won&.....

Welcome to Alchemy

As a nutritional therapist I’m a big believer in the transformative power of food – especially plants which most of us don’t get enough of in our diet!  They are an essential source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and even protein that our often stressed out body’s need on a daily basis! Alchemy provides a convenient plant and therefore nutrient boost for my time starved patients and customers.  It was important that they were FOOD not.....

Food as Medicine

‘Eat food.  Mostly plants.  Not too much.’ Michael Pollan These 7 words sum up my approach to nutritional therapy – if we had more plants in our daily lives then our body would thank us for it!  This is the reason why I developed my Alchemy blends – to work through what the body needs to bring about different health changes by selecting the superfoods+plant proteins that would provide the required nutrients......

Plant based boosters for your January Training

Discover how plant based nutrition can power your New Year fitness sessions.  Words by registered nutritional therapist and Alchemy founder Karen Newby. Plant vs whey protein There are lots of advantages to opting for vegan protein powder over whey.  Whey protein can often cause symptoms such as bloating, zapping us of our energy.  As a dairy based food, it’s also pro-inflammatory containing arachidonic acid. Inflammation is the scourge of every athlete .....

Foods to help our mind

Words by Karen Newby, BSc Nutritional Medicine and Alchemy founder   In Ayurveda the mind is very much treated as part of the body; with the knowledge that it has a huge effect on it, and vice versa. In Western medicine mental health is often seen as something completely separate to the physical. We can see this through diet – if the brain isn’t nourished, like all organs in the body, it starts to become out of balance......

Combat pollution with antioxidants

  Did you know that we breathe up to 8L of air per minute? Although breathing practices such as pranayama can be hugely advantageous to us, it’s also a well known fact that breathing in often high levels of pollutants in our cities increases the amount of detoxification our bodies have to deal with. Here are our top 5 ways to boost your antioxidants to help support detoxification: 1. Add our Beauty Elixir to your morning smoothie R.....

6 desk bound healthful snacks

I work from home a lot and know only too well the temptation of the snack cupboard!  Office working too can also place a strain on our snack intake due to boredom or tea making rituals or birthday cakes being brought in!  Here are my simple ways to optimise those snacks to help curb our hunger and help keep us energised for longer: 1.  Swap biscuits for protein based snacks such as falafel – minimising sugar helps keep those blood sugar rollercoasters at bay. .....

Transforming Beetroot, Carrot and Ginger

Simple healthy food swaps that can last past January

Words by Alchemy founder and nutritional therapist Karen Newby Getting through January is hard enough, so no need to add to it with diets and extreme goal setting in my opinion!  Simple changes can make a difference in often subtle ways – boosting our energy levels so we’re more likely to go to the gym or feel more refreshed on waking so we feel happier on those dark grey mornings on our way to work.   Here are my 7 easy and sustainable ways to boo.....