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Plant based nutrition

The Alchemy Retreat

I’m very excited to announce our first Alchemy Retreat is now set for April 13-15th 2018, at the beautiful Tilton House nestled within the South Downs National Park in Bloomsbury country.  I’m looking forward to revitalising 12 special guests over the course of this weekend through the power of plants and sharing some of my knowledge on how food can be your medicine.  I’ll also be introducing you to some of my friends I’ve met along the way to help nourish the body and s.....

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&.....

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.....

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.....

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:  .....

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.....

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.....

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.....

Flood Your Body With Micro Nutrients

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.....