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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.....

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.....

The Alchemy approach to Mindful Eating

What is Mindful Eating? The practice of mindful eating is based on the Buddhist concept of Mindfulness. It’s a form of meditation that helps you recognise and cope with emotions and physical sensations around food. Mindfulness has been shown to support and improve depression, anxiety and food related disorders. It encourages you to pay attention while you are eating – to cravings and physical cues when eating such as are you actually hun.....

Why eat Superfoods?

How super are superfoods? Navigating the world of superfoods can be a daunting task especially as it’s susceptible to the odd fad – goji berries were top of the list a few years ago and now their crown has been taken by the more fashionable chia seeds or baobab. However, superfoods remain one of the easiest and healthful ways of increasing our nutrient intake through food. Unfortunately, many of us don’t get enough micronutrients in our diet and as a n.....

Feed your gut

Karen Newby, BSc Nutritional Medicine, mBANT, CNHC “All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates Written 2,000 years ago by the ‘father of medicine’ the gut remains an essential part of our wellbeing, with a huge amount of ongoing research attempting to fully understand this complex micro biome. The gut is home to two-thirds of our immune system; it’s the biggest line of defense against the outside world (aside from the skin) and is also k.....