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Why Eat Organic?

By Karen Newby, BSc Nutritional Medicine and Alchemy founder “The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible.” Lady Eve Balfour, Soil Association founder In preparation for my talk at the Soil Association event next Tuesday I’ve been putting together some thoughts about why organic is so important to me. Whenever I can, I buy organic for a number of reasons.  The products taste be.....

Autumn Eating

The change in season can place greater demands on our immune system as the temperature changes and we head back to work and our children go back to school.  We tend to shift away from a more relaxed summer holiday state to being more stressed as work and school pressures increase. Alchemy founder and nutritional therapist Karen Newby shares her top 5 tips to eat yourself well this Autumn:  .....

5 reasons to get your 10 a day

Recent research has shown that we should be aiming for 10 portions of veg and fruit per day.  As a nutritional therapist, an essential part of any programme is a bedrock of plants…here are my top 5 reasons why: 1. Mineral and vitamin rich – they are nature’s multi-Vit 2. Phytonutrient rich – ‘phyto’ is the Greek word for plant – 1000s of natural chemicals which help to protect plants from germs, fungi and other threats and help us t.....

Immunity boost spicy coconut mylk

1 tbsp Energy Elixir 1 tsp reishi, 1 cup coconut mylk, 1/2 cup filtered water 1 tsp turmeric 2 grinds of black pepper 1/2 tsp ginger (ground or fresh (just pop a slice into your mug to infuse) 1/4 tsp nutmeg dash of raw honey if you need Add all to a pan and stir or whisk thoroughly b.....

Spiced squash smoothie (can be served warm)

1/2 cup cooked or raw squash 1/2 cup cooked or raw sweet potato 1 cup Coconut mylk or nut mylk 1 tsp Vanilla Extract or powder 1 tsp Cinnamon 1/2 tsp Nutmeg 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice 1/4 tsp Cardamon 1 x Date 1 tbsp Beauty elixir 1 tbps Coconut yoghurt (or yoghurt of your choice) Handful of spinach 1 tbsp Chia seeds.....

Travel in Health

Our 5 top tips from Alchemy founder nutritional therapist Karen Newby on how to stay well whilst travelling! Micronutrients are the essential spark plugs of the body found in large amounts in leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fruits.  Our micronutirent rich Alchemy Voyager Packs have been designed to fit perfectly into your hand luggage and provide 4 servings to keep your micronutrients up whilst holidaying!  Easy to mix into that fresh juice at breakfast. Sardines, mackerel,.....

New Mama Energy Boosters

By Karen Newby, BSc Nutritional Medicine and Alchemy founder Zero Time Maximum Nutrients Batch cooking and make the most of your freezer. You need quick sustenance that just requires you to heat it up or put onto a plate. No slaving at the stove (you’ve already prepped for the little one) and you need something that is quick enough to fix so that you can max out on their sleep time, taking some rest too. Spend time when you have your partner around, to make up batches.....

And breathe….

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 – packed with an.....

Summer Sneezes

The hayfever season is now in full flow and coupled with mid-exam season, this can be a challenging time for us and our children.  Histamine is released in the body in reaction to pollen and causes those uncomfortable symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes and throat.  I often advise patients to reduce foods .....

Flood Your Body With Micro Nutrients by Karen Newby, nutritional therapist and Alchemy founder

Many people I meet outside of the clinic think their diet is OK – not perfect (especially at the weekend!) – but just about OK. And they’d be right – especially if it’s not full of fried food, junk food, sweets or pastries; and take-aways or ready-made meals are at a minimum. However, Western diets are often severely lacking in micronutrients – vitamins, minerals and essential fats – so vital in combating stress, fatigue and boosting our metabolism, enabling us t.....