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BCNH Newsletter – September 2018

Our latest instalment of the BCNH Newsletter focuses on the importance of restful sleep, with several interesting articles, including one from Emma Beswick of Lifecode Gx on Genes and Sleep.  We are also delighted to announce our Students of the Year and have included an enlightening interview with the BCNH Principal, Breda Gajsek.    September articles and […]

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The Egg Controversy

Health benefits of eggs Eggs are an excellent food choice; they are a natural source of nutrients such as B vitamins (B2, B12, folic acid and choline), as well as fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and the mineral selenium. Eggs are also a good source of carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) which protect against […]

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DASH Diet – Beyond Reducing Blood Pressure

Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is a dietary approach to lower blood pressure (BP). Research shows that even relatively small reductions in BP can dramatically reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and mortality. DASH diet is characterised by high consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, lean meats, fish, poultry, low- […]

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Vitamin D and Fatigue

Feeling tired?  Consider checking your vitamin D status Fatigue is a very common complaint, characterized by lack of energy, feelings of tiredness that are not relieved by sleep, and an inability to function mentally or physically. Fatigue may result from a number of different aetiologies including lack of sleep, anxiety, anaemias, underactive thyroid, adrenal hypofunction, […]

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BCNH Newsletter March 2018

Our latest instalment of the BCNH Newsletter presents an article on Irritable Bowel Syndrome for IBS Awareness Month in April, focusing on the causes, symptoms and management of the digestive disorder and includes contributions from a number of graduates. March 18 articles and features include: IBS – What Lies Beneath? By Melissa Marston Food in Season […]

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Dieting vs healthy eating / living

I hate diets! Typically, one perceives a diet as a quick fix to lose weight, regardless of their health implications. Also, diets come and go and even experts cannot agree which diet is the best. One diet that I particularly dislike is a low-fat diet. Low-fat diet I have a pet hate for low-fat diets […]

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Fighting the common cold with nutrition

Having just delivered a lecture to Year 1 students regarding the influence of nutrition on the immune system, this seems like the perfect time to write a short blog piece on a related topic. At this time of year, many of us find ourselves struggling with a cold, or even perhaps the flu, particularly if […]

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How to manage depression and anxiety naturally

Depression is a common and debilitating condition that has become more prevalent in the 21st century. There are many explanations for this problem – social isolation, stressful lifestyle, Western diet, environmental issues, biochemical imbalances, genetics, etc. I have not been immune from depression myself. I know too well what it feels like feeling numb, despondent […]

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Do not get gout this Christmas!

Christmas is time of celebrations and indulgence, however, one must try to maintain some balance. Two dietary components contributing to gout and featuring during Christmas celebrations are excess alcohol and fructose (also known as fruits sugar). Considering that sugar is  fructose (Bray et al 2004), it is easy to overindulge on fructose intake, especially during […]

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Childhood Obesity

We are very proud to announce that our BSc graduate, Anja Sprigford is now officially a published author.  Please read her publication below. Childhood Obesity – Clinical Approach Aimed at Families Advances in Obesity, Weight Management & Control, Volume 5 Issue 2 – 2016 Anja Springthorpe, BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy, Dipl BCNH, mBANT Introduction Obesity […]

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