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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.....

FREE Voyager Pack to Celebrate Being Two

What a two years it has been. A lot of hard work but also HUGELY rewarding seeing our blends being used and enjoyed by customers across the world. As we enter our third year we look forward to sharing with you our new projects on the horizon and continuing to bring a little nourishment to help your day to day in this crazy world.  As a thank you we are giving away a Voyager Pack of your choice(with every 300g purchase) perfect to take with you on your holidays. .....

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). .....

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.....

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.....

A little note on fat gain round the middle by Karen Newby

A little note on fat gain round the middle by Karen Newby

Often gradual weight gain round the middle can be a sign of internal stress in your body.  It’s also  interesting to note that the word stress was only used as an engineering term up until the late 1930s – no such thing as ‘stress’ beforehand! The stress response is necessary – but many of us are dealing with an adaptive stage of stress – the on-going stress response on a daily basis.  Fat around the middle being a sign of this. So what is increasing this stress r.....

Autumn eating & Wellness

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. Nutritional therapist Karen Newby shares her top 5 tips to eat yourself well this Autumn:  ‘.....