Got Gout ? Sort it out…

The Ideal Diet for Gout Patients

Eliminate these foods from your diet.

  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup

HFRC is found in processed items such as breakfast cereals, ice cream, fizzy pop, fruit juices, and sports drinks. Removing this from your diet is crucial because it’s known to pave the way for the onset of gout.

High blood sugar levels, an outcome of eating fructose-loaded food, are the root cause of inflammation.

High-fructose corn syrup affects your uric acid levels

  • High-Purine Food

When you eat something with purine, the body breaks it down, and uric acid is formed. Some examples of high-purine foods include offal, red meats, shellfish, anchovies, herring, mushrooms, asparagus, cauliflower, kidney beans, lentils, spinach, peas, and whole wheat grains

  • Processed Food

Apart from high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and additives are added to processed food, making them nutritionally deficient and setting you up for a gout attack.

  • Alcohol

increases your blood uric acid levels.

  • Soy Milk

Avoid drinking soy milk if you have gout. Research has shown that uric acid levels were elevated by about 10 percent if you drink soy milk.

Absolute Musts in a Gout Diet

The main rule of thumb for any healthy diet (not just for gout patients) is to eat whole, ideally organic, and locally grown food, and none of the processed and artificial items that are common today. Some of the best choices if you have gout are

  • Organic Cherries and Strawberries

These fruits contain two powerful antioxidents called anthocyanins and bioflavonoids that slow down the enzymes Cyclo-oxygenase-1 and -2.

This results in pain relief from gout.Strawberries have antioxidants that combat free radicals and assist the body in eliminating uric acid. Just make sure to eat these berries in moderation, since they have fructose that can be harmful if eaten excessively.

  • Healthy Fats

Replace non-vegetable carbohydrates with sufficient amounts of healthy monounsaturated fats. Your best bets include coconuts and coconut oil, avocados organic butter, olives, olive oil, and raw nuts such as macademias walnuts, and pecans.  This type of fat is reliable in regulating your insulin and leptin levels. Add animal-based omega-3 fats like krill oil to your diet as well.

Omega-3’s are extremely helpful for people who have gout, because the production of compounds called resolvins and protectins by the fat aids in controlling inflammation. Plus, krill oil is known to fight inflammation-related disorders.

  • Therapeutic Herbs

Therapeutic herbs such as ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, tumeric and ashwagandha work well in reducing the pain brought about by gout, because they are powerful anti-inflammatories.

  • Potassium-Rich Food

Potassium found in fruits and vegetables, neutralizes uric acid found in your urine and encourages your body to excrete this acid.

Green vegetable juice, avocados, papayas, brussel sprouts  Swiss chard, and broccoli are excellent sources of potassium. You can also consider taking the best potassium source for supplementation called potassium bicarbonate.

  • Pure Water

Pure water is the best drink for people with gout, since it helps your body with detoxification. This is a process that your blood, kidneys, and liver undergo wherein they flush out waste products and toxins (uric acid is an example) from your body. In effect, this lessens the amount of uric acid in your system, reducing your risk of uric acid build-up and gout.

Gratitude – Is it a Load of Bollocks ?

For the second time this year I have just returned from a three day “retreat” which involved a lot of exercise and “wellbeing” malarkey.

For the second time this year also, during one of the talks, the course leader presented us with her view on “Gratitude” which she maintains has helped her through periods of (deep) depression.

To be honest, I had not thought much about this concept until quite recently. It dawned on me on the back of what she said that there is a link between health and gratitude.

So, I had a bit of a think and decided that she had something in this idea because

  • People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions and less anxiety, sleep better and have better heart health
  • Your sense of gratitude can be strengthened with practice. Ways to cultivate gratitude include keeping a gratitude journal, prayer, meditation, writing thank you notes and non-verbal actions like smiling and hugging.

A cursory surf on the Internet about whether gratitude can influence your health found that according to a number of studies, the answer is almost certainly yes !!

“If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.”

Americans have once-a-year gratitude ritual of Thanksgiving; the Brits have a Harvest Festival which is better than nothing.

However, if you’re serious about your wellbeing, it would be good to increase the frequency at which you feel and express gratitude to a daily basis. Because, people who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions less anxiety, sleep better and generally have better health.

In fact, gratitude can produce measurable effects on a number of systems in your body, including:

  • Mood – Serotonin
  • Inflammatory and immune systems
  • Reproductive hormones (testosterone)
  • Stress Levels (cortisol)
  • Social bonding (oxytocin)
  • Blood pressure and heart rhythm (adrenalin)
  • Pleasure (dopamine)
  • Blood sugar – stress (Cortisol again)

While there are as many reasons to be thankful as there are people in the world, one fact of life that many often forget to be thankful for (until it is too late) is their health.

We tend to take our health for granted until we’re suddenly in the throes of pain or chronic illness.

The old adage that it’s really the little things that matter most, and if you are grateful for the little things, it will bring a more deep-seated sense of happiness. After all, if you have good health and all your mental faculties intact, you also have the basics for doing something about unpleasant  situations in your life.

I now think of a sense of gratitude as a muscle which can be strengthened with practice. One way that Sally (the instructor) harnessed the positive power of gratitude was to keep a gratitude journal where she wrote down what she was grateful for each day.

My internet research found that people who kept a gratitude journal reported exercising more, and had fewer visits to the doctor compared to those who focused on sources of aggravation.

I also read in a recent Huffington Post article that creating a nightly gratitude ritual can be a powerful strategy and I quote from that:

“My colleague has a bedtime routine with her [3-year-old] and it includes recognizing what you are grateful for. When this part of the night comes, you can’t shut him up,”  

“There are so many things that we take for granted and when you listen to the long list that a child can come up with you realize the possibilities for gratefulness are limitless!

Take a couple minutes each day to stop and reflect; taking regular pause is an excellent way to bring about more feelings of gratefulness in your life.”

Avoiding getting sucked into bad news is the other side of this equation. You may have to limit your media exposure from time to time if you find it difficult to maintain a positive outlook in the face of terrible headlines.

Personally, I have, for some time now, absolutely avoided people who I call “Energy Vampires”. They just seem to drain the positive life force from you. So if you are an Energy Vampire, go suck the life force out of someone else !!

Some other ways of getting the gratitude habit would include;

  • Write thank you notes: Whether in response to a gift or kind act, or simply as a show of gratitude for someone being in your life. Getting into the habit of writing thank-you letters can help express gratitude in addition to simply feeling it inside.
  • Smile: Smiles and hugs, both of which can express a wide array of messages, from encouragement and excitement to empathy and support.
  • Thank You: It’s so easy to say please and thank you in passing, these courtesies are powerful when combined with eye contact and sincerity.  Equally, when people are ignorant enough to not respond to you please or thank you, it is perfectly acceptable to show your feelings by giving them the finger or a sharp punch on the nose.
  • Prayer and mindfulness: Expressing thanks during prayer or meditation is another tip. Practicing “mindfulness” means that you’re actively paying attention to the moment you’re in right now.

You can also focus on something that you’re grateful for, such as a pleasant smell, a cool breeze, or a good memory.

  • Tap gratitude: The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is another helpful tool. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure based on the meridians used in acupuncture.

It’s an effective way to quickly restore your inner balance and healing and helps rid your mind of negative thoughts and emotions.

Last but not least, I’m grateful for YOU reading this blurb. If I were not passionate about improving health and wellbeing, there would be no point in any of this.

Sharing simple strategies that have a powerful effect on health is my passion. The fact that you are reading this fills me with gratitude.

It’s what makes this blog worthwhile.

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I am just back from another three day Juice Retreat in Morecambe with the formidable Sally Wilkinson. While I was there I had a brief conversation with some of the other guests about the benefits of Bone Broth

So before I forget, here are some updated reasons why bone broth is good for you, and the Recipe.

But you will need to read until the end for that….

Here you go ………………..

Bone broth has been used as food and in healing remedies for a long time in traditional remedies throughout the world.

Bone broth is bones and water, simmered for between 1½ and 48 hours. Essentially it is bone soup. No more, no less.

Today, health experts talk about why this traditional broth is the best way to stay healthy. They use exciting terms such as superfood, anti-ageing, gut healing and energizing.

Basically, there are a few reasons to make bone broth (as well as being cheap and easy to make)

  1. It helps to heal a leaky gut.

The gelatin in broth protects and heals the mucous lining of your digestive system as well as helping the process of digestion itself.

  1. Bone Formation

The Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorous in bone broth help bones to grow and repair.

  1. Fights infection – Colds and Flu

Having Bone Broth during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the little buggers that start flu and cold symptoms (allegedly)..

  1. Collagen

Collagen holds the body together. It makes up bones, teeth, tendons, ligaments, joints and cartilage, and is a key element for hair, skin and nails. It strengthens muscles, helps cell growth and supports your digestive system.

The greatest advantage of bone broth is that it’s a source of collagen, which has been broken down into gelatin, which you can easily digest and absorb.

Three types of collagen are in:

  1. Bones, tendons, ligaments and skin,
  2. Cartilage,
  3. Skin, muscle and bone marrow.

Why is this important? You normally produce collagen on a day to day basis, but after about you are  20, its production begins to decline by about 1 per cent each year. This means that when you are 50 you have 30% less natural collagen than when you where ripping it up at 20. !!

This, fact alone, in my view, is a great incentive to replace the ongoing loss of collagen.

It may come as no surprise that, in addition to natural ageing any stress or chronic illness in your life will accelerate the decline of your natural collagen production.

When collagen declines or is somehow defective, some common symptoms are loose, sagging or wrinkled skin; sagging muscles; thin or dry hair and nails; joint issues or brittle bones; and digestive problems.

As animal protein is the only food source of collagen bone broth brings you a great replacement source. Plant foods do not contain collagen, BUT foods high in vitamins such as C, B complex, A, D and E together with minerals like silicon, sulphur and copper; can all help build collagen.

Besides being good for your skin, collagen affects your digestion in a couple of ways:

Protecting and sealing the intestines. Gelatin lines the walls of your gut and defends against any issues from food or drink, which makes it valuable for improving digestive problems.

When gelatin is combined with other foods, the total nutritional value from your food increases, because of gelatin’s ability to help your body’s digestion.

  1. Nutrients

Bone broth provides nutrients, the cow, or whatever, has already digested them which makes it easier for your body to assimilate them.

The most important nutrients are:

Amino acids – which help to build and repair every tissue and organ in the body. Amino acids contribute to every bodily function, such as its growth and repair, as well as moods, energy, focus and hormone balance. The amino acid Glycine, for example, will help fight inflammation as well as being very calming. A multi tasking amino acid, eh! Well, who would have thought it?

Minerals – Bone broth contains a wide base of easily digested minerals.

Glucosamine – plays a supporting role in connective tissue along with collagen. Essentially lubricates the skin, repairs joints joints, muscles and reduces pain from inflammation.

Vitamins to suit your circumstance– While a basic bone broth only needs a variety of bones and water, you can increase the nutrient value by adding vegetables, herbs and spices. Adding these ingredients allows you to get extra vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into your broth.

Healthy fats – Help provide important vitamins like A, D, E and K.

Here is our basic Recipe for a Chicken bone broth. It is the same principle for a Beef, Lamb, Turkey broth etc depending on your taste.



Put the whole (uncooked) organic chicken in the slow cooker on low heat. – Make sure all feathers removed, otherwise when you eat it makes you go Pff Pfff.

Add two roughly chopped onions and a few roughly chopped cloves of garlic.

Add 1 Litre of Chicken stock. (Organic cubes or rectangles – avoiding anything triangular)

Add a splosh of Apple Cider Vinegar . When it comes to making broth, the vinegar helps leech valuable minerals from the bones into the stock water, which is ultimately what you’ll be eating. I use Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar as it’s unfiltered and unpasteurized. You will not, however, be able to taste the vinegar after cooking. So, there is no danger of “oversploshing”

Squeeze juice of one Lemon over the chicken.

Put lid on and forget about it for 24 hours. No need to stir it, stare at it, sing to it or otherwise boost its self esteem.

At the same time that you put the lid on put two cups of barley, lentils, or split peas – depends on your taste i.e. ONE cup of Barley and One Cup of Split Peas = Two Cups. Cover with water and leave overnight.

After 24 Hours have elapsed (You will know this because it will be the following day) – Creep up on the Chicken and Lentils.

Pour the chicken liquid into a big pot together with the Onions and Garlic.

Add chopped carrots, celery and leeks (minimum – about three of each) to suit into the same big pot of chicken liquid.

Meanwhile de-bone and de-skin the chicken (Chuck these away) . The bones will be mushy by now and will dissolve even more if you miss any. So, there is no need to panic.

We lift away the chicken breasts to use in sandwiches or salads at a later stage, or you can put the whole chicken flesh in if you wish.

The rest of the chicken, you should shred and put into what is now known as “The Big Pot”

Simmer for an hour. (The Broth, not you)

Season to Taste, serve ,eat ,enjoy ,have a nap.  In that order.

Wherever possible all the ingredients should be organic.

The chicken, or whatever bones you use should DEFINITELY be organic or from grass fed livestock, or you are wasting your time, health, money and energy.

Once you have made this basic one you can tweak it to your hearts content.


Good Luck


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Some Health Advice…

Last week we were talking to a friend of ours who said that her Sister in Law was struggling with a long term illness.

Which gave her food for thought.

The reason being that she was coming up to Retirement age, herself, and wanted to be as fit and healthy as possible to enjoy her retirement and not to struggle through, like her Sister in Law has to do.

She asked for some very simple guidance and pointers as to what she should think about and any books to read and so on. Nothing fancy or complicated just a “Starter Pack” of advice.

So, without any long explanations or scientific hullabaloo I jotted down the following list. In no specific order or priority, each being of value.

The main categories being Food, Drink and Supplements.

Have a read, and take on board what you will.




  • Cut out Sugar in all forms that you can, especially white / brown processed sugar.
  • Get into the habit of glancing at labels of everything you buy to assess sugar content to prevent “hidden sugar” creeping into your diet.
  • NEVER have any food or drink with the words “DIET”, “LITE” or “SUGAR FREE” in the titles. They are full of sugar chemical substitutes. Mainly Aspartame and Ace K and the like.
  • NEVER use sweeteners to add to drinks. Aspartame and Ace K are chemical substitutes which are worse than sugar. If you must sweeten drinks then go for Xylotol or Stevia
  • REFERENCE“I Quit Sugar” by Sarah Wilson. 108 Sugar Free recipes plus an 8 week detox program and cookbook.


  • Yeast in bread tends to encourage acidic conditions in your body which may promote yeast / skin infections. Avoid yeast products to feel less bloated.
  • Gluten reactions from wheat tend to increase with age.
  • Cut out as much as possible in all forms. Instead try Ryvitas and Gluten Free “Genius” bread from Tesco etc, flatbreads, crisp-breads – in fact any without yeast (again, read the labels).


  • Wherever possible use ORGANIC produce and eat raw and / or unprocessed foods.
  • Try a shift towards an Alkaline Diet.
  • REFERENCE – “The Alkaline Cure – The Amazing 14 Day Diet and Eating Plan” by Dr Stephen Domenig
  • REFERENCE – “The pH Miracle – Balance your Diet, Reclaim your Health “ by Dr Robert O. Young and Shelly Redford Young. A more scientific explanation of their journey from illness to good health through dietary change with c. 100 pages of Recipe Ideas.
  • PROCESSED FOODS AND PRE – PREPARED MEALS – Eliminate as much as possible from your diet.


Try and eat as much raw and unprocessed food as you can. This does not mean endless salads.

REFERENCE – “Ani’s Raw Food Essentials “ by Ani Phyo . A comprehensive introduction to Raw Food outlining the wheres and whyfors of Raw Cuisine, packed full of recipe ideas.

REFERENCE – Follow Stephanie Jeffs at “The Go To Girl for Raw Food” or follow her on Facebook.

Also –

REFERENCE – “The Medicinal Chef” by Dale Pinnock . 80 Recipes categorised by Health Condition i.e. Skin Problems, Joint and Bone issues, Respiratory Problems,Immune System boosters etc.




Only drink ORGANIC milk to avoid any risk of hormone related residue particularly oestrogen and growth related hormones. Lots of Supermarkets sell it nowadays.


  • Invest in a Juicer and Blender to make Juices and Smoothies.
  • Make Juices on DAILY bases that are 80% Greens and 20% Fruit. Greens are chlorophyll rich and help to detox your body, build red blood cells and flood you with vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
  • REFERENCE – “The Juice Master” – Jason Vale. More than 100 recipes for Juices and Smoothies, includes a 3 Day Detox program.
  • REFERENCE – “The Funky Fresh Juice Book” – Jason Vale – more of the above


Avoid tap water as it is more likely to be acidic than alkaline plus will probably contain:

  • unwanted chemicals such as chlorine, fluoride
  • pesticide residue
  • hormone residue (particularly oestrogen)
  • heavy metals (aluminium, lead, mercury etc)

So, filter it, use bottled water or add a small amount of Bicarbonate of Soda or a squeeze of lemon as a stop gap measure to alkalise.

Try to drink a minimum of 3 litres per day to stay hydrated.


Need to be tailored to your particular circumstances. However, you should consider the following:

  • Probiotic – for good gut health.
  • Magnesium – essential for enzyme activity, calcium and potassium uptake, nerve transmission, bone formation and metabolism of carbs and minerals.
  • Vitamin D3 and K2 – needed for Calcium and Phosphorus and is essential for strong bones, teeth and growth.
  • CoEnzyme Q10 / Ubiquonol – used for energy production in every cell in your body. Helps to protect against cell damage from free radicals.
  • Vitamin B Complex – Work together to promote healthy nerves. Skin, eyes, hair, liver, muscle tone and cardiovascular function. Also protect against mental disorders, depression and anxiety.

A Quiet Message.

Julie got diagnosed with cancer five years ago and decided to deal with her cancer through what have to be defined as “alternative” therapies.

That is to say, non mainstream National Health Treatments. (Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation and Drugs)

The point about diseases like cancer or losing a leg is that they are non-negotiable. Non-negotiable meaning that you have to do something. It is one of those events which are both life threatening and, or life changing.

Burying your head in sand will not help the situation, or make it go away.

Negotiable illnesses, such as the Flu and so on, can be dealt with by either taking pills and / or going to bed for a few days in the knowledge that it will eventually subside.

So, we had a non-negotiable event on our hands. We had to do something.

Instead of following the party line (Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation and Drugs) we asked ourselves the fundamental question “What caused Julie’s Cancer?”

The logic being that if we could figure out the cause and eliminating it, then it may assist in her long term recovery.

We embarked on an intense period of research and meetings for advice with a whole spectrum of people from Doctors in Harley Street to amateur, but knowledgeable, nutritionists, homeopaths etc.

Indeed, some of the best advice would come from people who had had cancer or were currently dealing with their issues in a similar manner to Julie.

One of the overwhelming pieces of advice was, without a doubt, “Completely eliminate sugar from your diet “ as this not only may fuel cancer but possibly have caused it.

I won’t go into all the other factors that we investigated, but eliminating sugar was so powerful an argument that we implemented it immediately.

Bear in mind, this decision was made some five years ago. Long before the current debate on sugar in diet, most of which currently focus upon obesity, diabetes but not the link to Cancer.

This is very frustrating.

What is even more frustrating is that the medical world has known about this connection for almost a century.

The Potted Science Bit

In the 1920’s a Dr. Otto Warburg discovered that cancerous cells “breathe” differently from healthy cells. In fact he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine twice for his finding in 1931 and 1944, although he was prevented from picking up his second prize as Adolf Hitler had allegedly issued a decree in 1937 which prevented any German national from accepting Nobel Prizes for any discipline.

Specifically, he found that cancer cells get their energy by breaking down large amounts of glucose (sugar) through fermentation. Whereas, normal cells get their energy by “breathing” oxygen.

Ergo, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of oxygen in normal body cells by the fermentation of glucose (sugar).  This change in energy production in your body happens when oxygen levels drop below a certain level and your cell’s “breathing process” is forced to change from using oxygen to fermenting glucose (sugar), thus turning normal cells into cancer cells.

What is worse is that fermentation is about 20 times less efficient than using oxygen and the process creates lactic acid as a by product. The liver then takes up the lactic acid and converts it back into glucose (sugar), which fires back into your body to fuel the cancer cells.

Cutting out sugar seemed a good place to start, based on Dr. Otto Warburg’s findings and subsequent research over the last 70 years.

That is, therefore, precisely what we did.

Systematically cleared our kitchen of all food with sugar on the labels (and any with preservatives and “E” numbers by the way) and started on a sugar free diet for the last five years.

Our first visit to Christies main hospital in Manchester, which is a world renowned Cancer Hospital, involved an eight hour visit to several departments. The work they do is great, but the frustrating part of the visit is that in each department and in each Café / Restaurant the only options for food were either vending machines full of Coca Cola, chocolate, fruit bars, Haribo sweets etc.

At Cristie’s subsidiary dept at Manchester Royal there is a small Café which also sells all things sugary !!

Even at the Hospice where Julie had to go for a few weeks of treatment their Reception area has a rack of sustenance which sells exclusively chocolate and sweets !!

So even in God’s Waiting Room the message has not got through.

It is equivalent to having a free bar giving out vodka at meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Equally frustrating are well meaning Charity Fundraising Events. Inevitably, this involves a gathering of very well meaning people who bake and sell cakes for their local hospice.

Again, I make the analogy – it is akin to making homebrew to sell on behalf of the local AA Meetings.

Finally, I have on my desk, at the moment, three documents that are handed out to Cancer patients in the UK:

  1. “Live a Healthy Life – Cut your Cancer Risk” – Cancer Research UK

This has no mention of sugar and its implications for Cancer.

  1. “Healthy Eating and Cancer” – A MacMillan Document

I quote Page 26 which says:

 “Does Sugar feed Cancer?”

“Sugar in your diet doesn’t directly increase the risk of Cancer, or encourage it to grow. But sugar contains no useful nutrients, apart from energy, and we can get all the energy we need from healthier sources. So it is best to limit the amount of sugar in your diet”

There are equally innocuous statements on pages 28 and 29 about organic foods. (Waste of time – they say) and Anti- Cancer diets (Waste of time – they say)

  1. “The Building Up Diet” – A MacMillan Document

To be fair on page 5 they do say

“Just a small amount of food high in fat, salt and sugar” and “ drinks should mainly be water, tea and coffee (without sugar) or sugar free drinks , colas and squashes.”

Unfortunately, there are no sugar free colas or squashes, and the ones that claim to be sugar free are full of aspartame and the like, which is potentially even more damaging to health than even refined sugar.

The booklet then goes on to list a few recipes which include yummy yummy sugary ingredients.

Fur Fox Sake !!!

I am getting more and more annoyed with myself as I write this missive so I had better sign off.

In conclusion, in my opinion:

  • If you have Cancer – Eliminate sugar from your diet.
  • If you do not want to get Cancer in future – Eliminate sugar from your diet.
  • If you are raising funds for Cancer Charities – Do not sell sugary things.
  • If you run a Café in a Hospice or Cancer Hospital – Do not sell sugary things.
  • If you are a volunteer in a Hospice or Cancer Hospital – Do not sell sugary things.

Over to you…..

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What you will need:

  • A winning smile.
  • A kitchen.
  • A skimpy frock.

What you will really need.

  • Several Dates. Not on or or, but the pitted chewy Midjool ones. A teacup full will do.
  • A cupful of Tahini – NOT Tahiti (which is a Pacific Island and difficult to get into a cup) Organic Tahini with no added crap – emulsifiers, preservatives, paint stripper etc.
  • Coconut Oil – Two tablespoons. Careful how you shin up the tree.
  • Sea Salt – Any sea will do.
  • Sesame Seeds or Decimated Coconut to Decorate. Do NOT use White or Gloss Emulsion, unless you are really, really pissed.


  1. Line a baking tin (about 11cm x 17cm) or 12 x 18 inches in proper measurements.
  2. Put the dates, tahini (NOT Tahiti), coconut oil and 1/8th of a teaspoon of salt flakes into a food processor and blend to a thick paste.
  3. Put the mixture into the baking tin and spread and smooth down with a spatula, or something similar.
  4. Decorate the top with either slices of dates, sesame seeds or your decimated coconut.
  5. Freeze for 15 mins or chill in the fridge till firm, about 30 mins. That is the fudge and NOT you.
  6. Slice into squares. Store in the fridge or freezer.
  7. Eat chilled, from frozen is OK.

Just how easy is that ??



Last weekend we went on a “Raw Food Cookery Course” in London. To be honest, I had little idea of what this involved but went with an open mind. The weekend objective was to make a Pizza with just raw food and no cooking.

This seemed to be a contradiction in terms.

To cut a long story short: we went, we made the Pizza and it was bloody delicious.

In order to make sense of what happened, here are some of my reflections mixed in with a bit of research for anyone who gives a shit….

What is a raw food diet?

Raw food is a diet of mainly unheated food or food cooked to a temperature of less than 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) some chefs suggest a benchmark of less than 40 degrees Celsius.

Below this temperature, nutrients are not destroyed. Above this temperature nutrients and enzymes are destroyed

Raw food is alive, full enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

Besides being mostly uncooked food it is also unprocessed and should be organic..

The diet should be made up mostly of fruits, nuts, seeds, sprouts and vegetables. To be healthy you don’t have to be 100% raw but if you want to try fully raw (even for 30 days), the best results are seen in those who follow this low fat approach.

What is raw vegan food?

It is raw food that excludes not only meat and fish, but also dairy products, eggs and often honey, as well as other animal-derived substances. A raw vegan diet includes raw vegetables and fruits, nuts and nut pastes, grains and legume sprouts, seeds, plant oils, sea vegetables, herbs, and fresh juices.

What is raw vegetarian food?

It is a raw plant-based diet with or without the inclusion of dairy products or eggs and with the exclusion of meat (red meat, poultry, seafood or animal by-products).

What are the benefits of raw food?

Eating raw foods increases your energy.

There are a few reasons for this; one is that your body doesn`t have to spend as much energy digesting your food. Raw food also contains enzymes (the first thing lost when food is heated above 40 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit), which are proteins that help digestion, immune function, brain activity and energy production. Once the natural enzymes in food are destroyed, your body must then draw upon its reserves of enzymes for digestion, which takes energy and is why you feel sluggish after a meal.

Our bodies are about 90% water when we are born and reduce to about 60% water when we die. So the process of aging is closely related to dehydrating. Cooking foods dehydrates them, while raw foods maintain a high water content. Cooking food also destroys 50-80% of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Therefore, many people feel years younger when they eat raw.

Most of us are acidic from eating a diet of processed food, wheat, sugar, meat and fish. Raw foods are alkaline and help us to balance our bodies Ph.

Additional benefits of eating raw are:

  • Easier digestion
  • A sharper brain, less “brain fog”
  • Better complexion
  • A stronger immune system
  • Increased energy and better sleep
  • Feel Good factor
  • Weight loss

The most important thing to remember in this change of lifestyle is not to just focus on raw food but also on exercise. 75% of all the good you do changing your diet and including raw will be lost if you don’t exercise.

“Raw food might reduce the risk of cancer” is also often cited by holistic advocates


  • By not eating cooked foods you’ve already eliminated 99% of common culprits that damage health, such as:
  1. Fried foods,
  2. Excess animal protein,
  3. Grains, wheat and gluten,
  4. S.G. and
  5. Preservatives, E. numbers and additives.

Therefore, most of the benefits of a raw food diet come from the avoidance of these products and not from the fact that the food eaten is raw.

However, there are a few benefits that are specific to the ‘rawness’ of the diet.

  • Increased Energy: The main pro of the 100% low fat raw approach is a greater sense of vitality. Most people report increased energy and a better mood. You’ll also find that you need less sleep (1-2 hours) but waken up feeling fresh and ready for the day without needing that cup of coffee. This makes sense because raw foods require less energy to digest than cooked foods
  • Easier to stay consistent: Eating 100% raw makes it easier to avoid going off the wagon completely! If you allow yourself some cooked vegetables, you might quickly escalate to more ‘fatty’ cooked foods and pretty soon you’re no longer eating raw.
  • Better for those with an active lifestyle: This diet is considered best if you lead an active lifestyle. The stable blood sugar and high energy provided by fruit alone is great for endurance sports such as running or cycling. It is also very easy, practical and quick to “cook” a raw meal.
  • Better for weight management: It’s easier to reach your ideal weight on 100% raw than on a mostly raw diet.


  • Vitamin B12 deficiency.B12 is found naturally only in animal products. It is critical to nerve and red blood cell development. Deficiencies can lead to anaemia and other issues.
  • Vitamin D deficiency:people who do not eat meat or dairy products should be aware  of their vitamin D intake — especially for people who live in northern Europe.
  • Calcium loss:raw diets can be high in sulphur-containing amino acids – nuts and grains, for example — which can affect bone calcium.
  • The Aspect of Social Isolation:  On a 100% raw diet, you can’t fully participate in normal social society. Eating out with friends becomes problematic. However, this is not insurmountable.
  • Increased Cost of Food:Depending on where you live, a raw foods diet costs more than any other diet especially if you’re buying plenty of fruit & super-foods (e.g. Maca powder, nori, spirulina, etc).
  • Body Sensitivity:The purer your diet, the more sensitive your body becomes. Going between 100% raw and eating some cooked food even creates a lot of problems, which is why many advocate a partially raw lifestyle.
  • Detrimental Dental Health:Many raw advocates experience dental problems, especially enamel erosion, caused by the frequency of exposure to fruits. So if you eat this way, a rigorous dental hygiene program is needed.
  • Cravings:The raw curse, which often leads raw foodists to binge out on high fat dried fruits and nuts such as dates and macadamia.

Many advocate 100% raw as the only way to go but many also believe that this is too difficult for most people. Nowadays, we constantly come into contact with cooked foods and to refuse them continually can be challenging. It’s important to have a healthy mind as well as a healthy body and some cooked whole foods can provide additional nutrients.

If you maintain just 50% raw, you will experience a huge increase in your well-being.

To qualify as mostly raw, the diet should be 70-80% raw.

The best applications of this lifestyle are:

  • Eating raw all week but allowing 1 day/week or a few times/month eating something cooked.
  • Eating raw every other day.
  • Eating a small cooked meal every evening but eating some raw ingredients along with it too (e.g. salad and steamed vegetables).


  • More Flexibility.
  • Less Sensitivity: Being less sensitive to foods means you’re less likely to get sick.
  • More Variety: Research shows that having a combination of both raw and cooked vegetables is best for overall nutritional balance.
  • Less Fruit Sugar: Having less reliance on fruit sugar at every meal may be a benefit to some people battling with blood sugar issues such as candida or dental problems.
  • Easier in winter: Long cold winters make it difficult to stick to fully raw all year round.
  • Longevity and Health: For longevity, there is no evidence that eating a 100% raw diet is better than eating a mostly raw diet


  • The slippery slope: It may be hard to limit yourself to cooked foods
  • Slightly less vitality: Digesting cooked foods (in comparison to 100% raw) will make you feel more tired

What you need in the kitchen!

Having the right tools in the kitchen not only makes raw food creation much simpler but also speeds up preparation time. Some kitchen equipment can be quite expensive. However, you can keep your budget low with cheaper alternatives to help start a raw food diet.

Blender: A good quality blender really helps in a raw food kitchen. If you were going to invest in one piece of equipment, let it be the blender!

If you can’t afford a deluxe models – an off the shelf regular blender can last for ages and still create raw smoothies, soups and sauces.

If you are on a budget, then look for a cheaper model with a variable speed dial rather than just an on/off switch and a high/low switch.

Food Processor: The food processor is used for chopping up dry or whole ingredients without adding more liquid whereas the blender is used to whip up ingredients with water/nut milks to create a smoother texture. A food processor will save hours of chopping time. It processes, chops and grinds nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits. It usually comes with attachments for shredding and slicing.

Juicer: Many raw food people start the day with a smoothie (using a blender) or a fresh juice. If you prefer the latter then you need a good juicer. There are several types of juicers available, which vary in their abilities, quality and price. These include:

  1. Centrifugal juicers – cheapest but the juice is not completely extracted so there is more waste and they have a shorter lifespan.
  2. Hydraulic Press Juicers – the most expensive type of juicer but does allow the maximum amount of juice to be separated from the fibre pulp
  3. Masticating Juicers are priced somewhere in the middle of the above two juicers. They might be heavy but they do everything from quality juicing to processing nut and seed spreads to making ice-cream! A masticating juicer is especially good at juicing green leafy vegetables. While a centrifugal juicer can juice green leafy vegetables, the centrifugal juicer is nowhere near as efficient as a masticating juicer in this regard.

Spiriliser: By far the most fun inexpensive piece of equipment to have in the kitchen is a spiraliser for making salads that not only taste good but look good too! This kitchen tool enables you to make ‘spaghetti’ shaped noodles with a variety of different hard vegetables like aubergine, beetroot, carrots, cucumber, green pepper, etc

Dehydrator: If you want to get into being really raw, the ultimate luxury kitchen tool is the dehydrator. It is the raw food oven, which allows food only to be dried at low temperatures to preserve enzymes.

Recommendations while on a raw food diet:

  • Give yourself a fair trial. Start with a goal of 30, 60 or 90 days and learn from experience. See how that feels and carry on from there.
  • Keep a good oral hygiene and healthy teeth.
  • A great and quick snack to prepare are nuts. Soak nuts in water overnight to bring them back to life to aid digestion.
  • Take Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 supplements or if you have enough time get ten to fifteen minutes of sunlight on the arms and face 2 to 3 times per week is usually sufficient time to manufacture enough vitamin D to meet one’s needs.Good Luck with that one !!!
  • Raw vegans should make sure they get a minimum of 525 mg of calcium per day. It would be best to get 700 mg per day for adults, and at least 1,000 mg for people age 13 to 18 when bones are developing.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep, exercise and have a positive attitude.
  • Focus on light eating. Focus on fresh, water-rich, fibre-rich fruits, vegetables and low fat. The less energy your body has to use for digestion the more you’re going to have available for cleansing, healing, repairing and vitality.
  • Natural juices are great because you get all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes without making your digestive system work.

Give it go.

You never know.

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Going Gluten Free

Going Gluten Free is a huge first step in improving your health. BUT it may not be enough by itself…


Autoimmunity is a complex disease where your body mistakes your own tissue as foreign and your white blood cells attack it with the goal to destroy it!

The goal of everything you do to treat your gut issues should be to reduce the inflammation in your body and the attack on your own tissue.

Going gluten free is a step in the right direction because gluten sensitivity means your body is sensitive to the gluten protein.

There’s a crossover in people who have Celiac’s disease AND autoimmune disease so why isn’t it enough to eliminate it from your diet?

Reason 1

You’re still eating hidden gluten and causing inflammation

Here are a few quick ways to know if you are doing gluten free the wrong way:

  1. You avoid breads, but you don’t look for gluten in other products (soy sauce, hot dogs, lipstick, toothpaste – these all have gluten in them!)
  2. You avoid foods with gluten in them, but you still buy, cake mixes, ice cream, etc.
  3. You did a great job taking out gluten but you still aren’t eating vegetables! That’s 5-9 servings per day!
  4. You are gluten free 95% of the time but you make exceptions for your favourite treats.
  5. You went gluten free for 4 weeks but didn’t notice a difference so you went back to eating it again.

Gluten is a highly inflammatory food.

That means it amps up your immune system and puts your body into a state of being hyper alert. When it’s in this stage, you’re now set up to accidentally attack your own body in what’s called autoimmunity.

Gluten is unfortunately the ringleader in this process and that’s why it’s so critical to completely remove it from your body!

That means:

  1. You must COMPLETELY avoid gluten for at least 3 months – a trial period of 1 month will not do it.
  2. Look for it everywhere and don’t make any assumptions – it’s hiding in the weirdest places
  3. No cheating! Even a little bit of gluten amps your immune system back up in a hurry.
  4. Eating healthy means eating fruits and vegetables…
  5. That also means – gluten free junk food is still just junk food.

Try out these recommendations before you make the assumption that going gluten free didn’t work for you.

Reason 2

 You Have Other Gut Imbalances

Ever wonder why you’re so prone to gut problems?

Constipation, gas pains, abdominal pain, bloating, cramping…

People with gluten sensitivity are predisposed to developing other gut issues due to inflammation.

People with autoimmune diseases are more likely to have other gut issues like

  • SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth),
  • Intestinal Dysbiosis (too much bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria),
  • Gut Infections (like parasites),
  • Leaky Gut and
  • Yeast Overgrowth.

These are serious issues that NEED to be taken care of, and going gluten free just simply isn’t enough to treat them.

How do you know if you have these problems?

You can do your own rough test by answering these questions:

  1. Was I still constipated on a gluten free diet?
  2. Did I still experience gas and bloating 30 minutes to 1 hour after a meal?
  3. Do I still have abdominal pain?
  4. Are my bowel movements still irregular? Diarrhoea one day, constipation the next?
  5. Do I have a personal history of lots of antibiotic use?
  6. Do I still experience unusual reactions to certain foods?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you likely have one or more of these gut related issues.

Reason 3

Your Immune System is compromised because of physical, emotional or other Stress.

It’s no secret that stress increases inflammation and activates your immune system. But what you may not have known is just how little stress can actually impact your entire body.

The truth is that even the small amount of constant every day stress takes a toll on our bodies and our guts. I’m not talking the death of a loved one either (though that can take a HUGE toll).

I’m talking about little stress: work stress, financial stress, family or marriage stress, social media stress, etc.

The little things day in and day out really add up over time to increase inflammation.

Just consider a few simple examples:

  • Have you ever had diarrhoea before a stressful event?
  • Have you ever had a “gut feeling” about something?
  • Have you ever had “butterflies”?

Each example illustrates how emotions and thoughts can affect your gut!

Clearly, the daily stress we all deal with causes a number of negative changes in your gut:

  1. It can change your gut bacteria – in favour of bad bacteria.
  2. Stress increases “leaky gut”.
  3. It is associated with an increased risk of: peptic ulcers, bowel problems and food allergies.

You can’t address your gut problems without addressing your stress levels.

Reason 4

You should  avoid foods that cross react with Gluten or directly cause inflammation by themselves (Milk, Rice, Corn, Sesame and Gluten Free Oats)

Unfortunately many foods cross react with the gliadin molecule (the part of gluten that people don’t tolerate). Put in simple terms: the protein of gliadin and of milk, corn, rice, sesame and gluten free oats looks so similar that your body can’t tell the difference.

Because of this you may react to these food groups causing a “sensitivity” and causing inflammation.

Take milk for instance:

Not only does it contain lactose and casein (which many people don’t tolerate).

Removing these foods for a short period of time is not only helpful but NECESSARY to reduce inflammation and start healing.

Pick a diet that avoids these major food groups along with gluten and stay on that diet for at least 3 months.

Reason 5

Multifaceted Approach to Treatment!

Multifaceted approach is not only recommended but required for optimal results.

A recommended treatment plan includes 6 steps and each step is critical:

  1. Proper diet helps nourish the adrenals while focuses on nutrient deficiencies and reduces inflammation
  2. Addressing gut health through probiotics.
  3. Address adrenal status and adrenal fatigue.
  4. Top up nutrient deficiencies, including: Iron, B12, Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium, Iodine, and Vitamin D3
  5. Removing toxins (Detox)

Drink at least 3 litres of mineral water per day (NOT tap water)

Nutrition and the BBC

Last week there was a programme on the BBC called “The Truth about Healthy Eating” presented by Fiona Phillips. The approach of the programme essentially led the viewing public to believe that Healthy Eating was just a fad and presented various spurious analyses and quotes to back up their point.

A flurry of enraged comments then appeared on Social Media, some of which focused on Fiona Phillips’ wrinkles !!!

They can be reduced by healthy eating and good nutrition Daaaarling !!

Any how, the British Association of Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) issued a balanced and measured riposte to the programme which I reprint in its entirety below.

Have a read ….


BANT Response to the BBC’s Programme – “The Truth about Healthy Eating”

3 June 2016News

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is disappointed that a prime-time opportunity for sharing healthy eating messages was not exploited to its full potential and was, in places, misleading with use of simplistic tests that told part, but not all, of the picture.

Whilst some of the information was helpful, pointing out that you do not need to always buy the most expensive ingredients to have a healthy diet, the comparisons were poor and not representative of health benefits available in many of the foods used. Specifically BANT is disappointed that:

  • quinoa and pearl barley were pitted against each other in the glycaemic load comparison, BANT feels that it may have been more representative of the UK’s eating patterns to compare one or both of these products with a refined white flour product
  • milk being touted as a better source of hydration than water without the explanation that milk has other nutrients including protein, sugars and fats that make it more appropriate as a snack rather than something to sip throughout the day
  • surprise was expressed that antioxidant levels were lower after a number of hours after eating them, when the simple explanation is that the antioxidants had probably been depleted whilst carrying out their role disarming Reactive Oxygen Species.
  • milk was being put forward as the only source of viable iodine for thyroid function, without any mention of seafood and sea vegetables
  • supplements were highlighted as a potential cause of harm despite the number of scientific studies that show their benefits if chosen well and properly recommended taking into account the health profile of a person.
  • the BBC chose to portray 7-day detox diets as quick fix solutions rather than aiding the public’s understanding that detoxification is a biochemical process that takes place within every cell in our body on a continual basis. BANT supports the finding that healthy eating as a whole is vital for wellbeing but advises that individuality is key and any advice provided should be tailored to each person.

BANT is very much aware that much of the advice and information issued regarding the nation’s health and what we should be eating is confusing and often conflicting.  It can be difficult for the public to navigate and interpret the information available, especially in the light of Public Health England’s recent confirmation that the Eatwell Guide is a food selection tool that has been designed to cover the population as a whole which does not take into account individual health and weight profiles.

BANT experts have carefully developed a set of Wellbeing Guidelines, based on the latest science and research in the field of nutrition for optimal health. The BANT Wellbeing Guidelines were specifically designed to provide clear, concise, easy to understand information for the general public, avoiding out-dated information and research, and addressing some of the most common health concerns.  The most common reasons people seek nutritional advice is to address weight loss and/ or for general health and wellbeing. These issues are addressed by BANT with the following:


The clear, concise format of the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines enables people to see easily what food choices they should be making.  More detailed information is also given to guide people in how to make these choices and which other lifestyle factors they should be addressing.

Key advice provided by the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines includes the following:

  • Eat a Rainbow: a varied diet of 7 differently coloured fruit and vegetables per day.
  • Stay hydrated with water, herbal teas, green and black teas. Avoid alcohol, sugary drinks and too much caffeine.
  • Ensure protein is lean: fish, poultry, eggs and vegetable sources. Limit red and processed meat.
  • Include healthy fats: avocados, nuts, olive oil. Cook with healthy saturated fats: coconut oil and butter.
  • Choose root vegetables and whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates and grains: Eat sparingly.
  • For Weight Loss: include exercise, limit portion sizes, don’t eat between meals. Avoid: Sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol and refined carbohydrates.
  • Include the right supplements: vitamin D, in particular, for most people and probiotics as advised by your Registered Nutritional Therapist
  • Sleep and Exercise are an important aspect in overall Health and Wellbeing and Weight Management.

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Click here to download the PDF version of this response.


Daniel O’Shaughnessy

Tel: +44 7540  722307



The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutritional therapist.

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. It is a progressive approach to health optimisation.  Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised by the Professional Standards Authority to be as competent as other traditional healthcare providers.  It has been recognised that they can make a difference by working together with healthcare providers as part of multidisciplinary teams under NHS commissioning.

Detox your Body – A Rough Guide.

Toxins are the cause of a large number of illnesses. As well as toxins there are a number of other factors that can cause sickness: stress, troublesome glands, parasites, viruses, bacteria but also sugar, refined carbohydrates, processes foodstuffs, food preservatives, pesticide residue in food, heavy metals present in your body etc.

Your immune system naturally, instinctively, gets rid of toxins in your body through various methods that you will probably recognise although not be great fans of. The most famous and popular would be fever, sweating profusely at night, throwing up, and diarrhoea.

All of which you can bring up as a grim tale around the table at a particularly unpleasant dinner party, which you didn’t want to go to in the first place.

Most of the time these endearing methods of expulsion mean a few days in bed, then a couple of “feel  sorry for myself” days off work and then “back to normal”. However, there comes a tipping point where your body recognises that you are taking the piss. Your body at this point cannot get back to normal and gets its revenge by unleashing the equivalent of localised civil war.

The two opposing sides being you, and your lifestyle, against your body.

Your body then becomes a bit of a bastard and unleashes various weapons of mirth and merriment (from its point of view) such as …

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema, Psoriasis
  • IBS
  • etc

If it gets really upset it can move on to use its big arsenal and play the Weapons of Mass Destruction Cards:

  • Cancers (Various)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • MS
  • Crohns Disease
  • Etc

Eat a Healthy Diet

Avoid food that contains wheat, gluten, soya and lactose. In general these will cause your body to produce mucosa and could lead to sinus, chest, and other problems – that “bunged up” feeling. It’s about three years since I cut these factors from my diet and no longer have any migraines, sinus issues coughs or colds. All of which used to plague me beforehand.

Also avoid processed food, fried food or GM foods (genetically modified) all of which can lead to health problems in the long term.

The rest of the “No-No” list would include refined sugar, ANY sweeteners which generally contain aspartame and/ or ace-K, trans-fats and hydrogenated oils such as Canola.

Cutting down on caffeine and alcohol will also help to feel better on a day to day basis.

Try, wherever possible, to eat organic so that you avoid taking in toxins from chemically manufactured pesticides. Increase your intake of healthy fats (Omega 3) such as Coconut Oil, avocado, olive oil and nuts and seeds.

Invest in some kind of water purifying system for drinking and cooking water. For example, we have a distiller which takes out toxins, heavy metals, fluoride etc from tap water. At least we can be confident that we are just using water (H2O) and not H2O plus this that and God knows what. You could consider water filtration or reverse osmosis systems, but this always boils down to effort and budget, unfortunately.

Beware, when deciding, of the “I can’t be bothered syndrome”, for which the only known cure is a kick up the backside.

Finally, you could opt for an alkaline diet which is very beneficial for your health because in general terms these types of foods are weak in sodium but strong in potassium.

Clean Your Liver

Your liver is the organ which is most sensitive to toxins because it filters and treats your blood. In order to clear the liver of toxins you could try taking:

  • Burdock Root
  • Dandelion Root
  • Milk Thistle
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Fermented Foods (act as a Probiotic)
  • Organic eggs, fish, nuts and seeds

During a liver detox you should really drink carrot juice (made in a juicer from organic carrots – not bought off the shelf) and green acidic apples for a week to help get rid of any gallstones.

You should also finish off your liver detox with a spoonful of olive oil and a spoonful of fresh lemon juice just before going to bed. This will continue your detox action through the night.

Cleanse your Kidneys

There are certain herbs, plants and fruits that are particularly effective at cleaning your kidneys. In particular:

  • Ginger, raw or more beneficially in a juice.
  • Black cherries, again raw or in a juice.
  • If you can get them horsetail and golden rod are really good kidney detoxers.

Easier routes to a kidney detox are:

  • Drinking water with lemon juice on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning.
  • Magnesium therapy (Epsom Salt baths etc.)
  • Organic cranberry juice.
  • Apple cider vinegar drinks.

Once again, avoid all foodstuffs treated with pesticides as in the long term some of the chemicals present could lead to renal failure.

Purify your Colon

I think that it is stating the obvious that to have a healthy colon you need to have regular movement. By that, I don’t mean continually flapping your arms about.

Without getting into the whole colonic irrigation / enema malarkey, there is a really good traditional Ayuvedic Herb called Triphala which is a very effective colon cleanser.

Other than that, try:

  • Distilled water drinks.
  • Aloe Vera Juice.
  • Coconut Water
  • Kefir Milk

Finally, eat lots of ginger, garlic and fennel to clear out toxins from your colon.

Eliminate Heavy Metals

There are certain heavy metals that can be present in your body such as mercury and lead, that are extremely toxic even in small amounts. They need to be removed quickly and efficiently on a regular basis.

From a food perspective the best foodstuffs rich in sulphur to do this job would include:

  • Coriander
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Brussel Sprouts

Look after your Lymphatic System.

Your lymphatic system is essentially a complex sewer system. Unfortunately, unlike the heart it doesn’t have a pump. This is a fundamental design flaw in the human body and someone really cocked up at the prototype stage. As a consequence, it is up to you to keep the lymph moving otherwise (like a sewer it gets all clogged up and the results are not only messy but seriously damaging to your health).

By far and away the best way to sort your lymphatic system out is rebounding. That is to say, two or three minutes a day on a small trampoline. Failing that, saunas (Infrared or steam) yoga, Pilates, skipping (with or without a rope) deep breathing or dry brushing of your skin in the lymph area and Epsom Salt Baths would be effective.

As a general rule, any form of regular exercise that works up a sweat will help to get the lymph draining and eliminate toxins.


Taking care of your body means taking care of all the key components.

Do this and have a hopefully happy and healthy life.

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