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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.....

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.....

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.....

Green pregnancy nutrition

More than any other time in our lives, we’re most conscious about what we eat as soon as we find out we’re pregnant! A varied diet rich in fruit and vegetables, pulses, wholegrains, eggs and fish are all essential to nourishing ourselves and our bumps too. Buy organic if you can to minimise pesticides and herbicides (to keep toxins to a minimum) and to maximise nutrient content. My first priority is to help my patients eat as nutrient rich as possible… in the easiest way poss.....

Alchemy’s Guide to Green Sport’s Nutrition

Exercise places greater needs on the body not only for macronutrients (especially carbohydrates and protein) but for micronutrients too.  So often the focus is on protein, protein, protein.  High protein shakes (highly flavoured, there’s even a birthday cake flavour), are often hyped at boosting lean muscle and being essential to consume within that one hour window after training (research into this is ongoing about the optimum anabolic window). .....

Tired all the time?

Take this simple test to see if you are you showing signs of having out of balance cortisol levels: Do you feel tired on waking? Do you suffer from weight gain round the middle? Do you feel tired in the afternoon? Is early evening one of the most productive times of the day for you? Do you have problems falling asleep? Do you wake up in the night and find it difficult to get back to sleep? Do you crave sugar or caffeine or.....