Kryptopyrroles / Pyroluria

Kryptopyrroles / Pyroluria

What is Pyroluria?

Pyroluria litterally means 'pyrroles in the urine'.  Pyroluria is a familial genetic disorder which affects about 10% of the population.  Pyrroles are used in the formation of porphyrin, a part of haemoglobin.   Kryptopyrrole literally means 'a hidden pyrrole' and is chemically, 2,3 dimethl-3-ethylpyrolle.

Kryptopyrroles bind with vitamin B6 in the blood. The resulting compound then binds with zinc and both nutrients are excreted in the urine - this leads to loss of, and potential chronic deficiency, of these two important nutrients.

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Super Green Smoothies

Super Green Smoothies

Vegetable juicing & smoothies for optimal health

There is no easier way to increase your vegetable intake than with the addition of a green smoothie. You can use a wide range of different vegetables (and fruits) to make a smoothie which gives endless combinations both in terms of the flavours and their health-giving properties.  

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Breathing to Reduce Stress

Breathing to Reduce Stress

Shallow breathing may lead to tension and fatigue. Breathing with your diaphragm tends to reduce stress and improve energy.

Abdominal breathing, also known as diaphragmatic breathing, is a powerful way to decrease stress by activating relaxation centres in the brain. The abdominal expansion causes negative pressure to pull blood into the chest, improving the venous flow of blood back to the heart.

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How to make a vegetarian diet more healthy

How to make a vegetarian diet more healthy

Vegetarians are often considered to be healthy eaters – this can certainly be true for those eating a well-planned diet made from whole foods - non-starchy vegetables, coupled with pulses (beans, lentils), nuts, seeds, eggs, wholegrains and possibly some dairy.  This style of eating is high in fibre and promotes a healthy acid/alkali balance.  

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Healthy snacks

Replacing our favourite snacks with healthier options can seem a little daunting at first but quite quickly, your taste buds will adjust to less sugar and salt and you'll discover new combination that you like just as much.  Not only because they taste good but they are guilt free while also nourishing.

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Home Made Protein Balls

Every now and then we need a snack and unfortunately, many of the snacks available aren't that great for our health.  I started making my own protein balls for a couple of reasons - to save money and to improve the quality of the ingredients I was eating.

You can play around with this recipe as much as you like - mix it up with different nuts, grains, flavours!

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Eggs for Breakfast

Eggs make for such a great breakfast - nutritious, high protein and delicious!  Banish hunger until lunch time and avoid the blood sugar roller-coaster.

Clients often tell me that they have eggs at the weekend but that they don't have enough time to cook eggs during the week.  To follow are 3 solutions to this problem.

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Chia Seed Porridge

If you've not experimented with chia seeds yet, now is the time to start!  These little seeds originate from latin america - as they are a seed, not a grain, they are high in protein and ideal for anyone trying to reduce carb intake or following a paleo/primal eating style.

Bursting with omega 3s, minerals and soluble fibre, they can be used in a number of ways.  At breakfast time, they led themselves well to smoothies and chia 'porridge', the latter being the topic of this blog.  They can also be used as an egg substitute for baking or added to casseroles to help thicken up a sauce.

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Clean cosmetics - more than skin deep

Clean cosmetics - more than skin deep

Did you know that, on average, women apply 168 different ingredients to the skin each day using an estimated 12 products?  Soap, haircare, deodorant, moisturisers, perfume, make up and so on. Some cosmetic ingredients are designed to penetrate into the skin to delivery vitamins and other therapeutic agents.  However, they aren't the only chemicals which are absorbed. Consequently, cosmetic ingredients which are harmful to health are now commonly found in our blood stream, including industrial plasticizers called phthalates; parabens, which are preservatives; and persistent fragrance components like musk xylene.

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Symple - Symptom logging application

When feeling run down, it can sometimes be hard to tell if certain things are making us feel worse or better.  

The Symple app was created by a woman who was trying to get her health under control.  She knew that her lifestyle choices - foods, exercise, stress, etc were playing a role in how she was feeling but she was finding it hard to analyse this information objectively.  And so the Symple idea was born.

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Solutions for 'better eating' when busy

Many people fear that moving towards a more healthy diet, or removing ingredients like gluten or dairy will result in them spending all their spare time in the kitchen... or spending a lot of money.

I do think it is important to get into the kitchen and cook from scratch when the time is available.  However, I am also a realist.  Sometimes we need short cuts if working late, or trying to juggle family, exercise and a social life.  With this in mind, I have compiled a reference list of various different time-saving options which might be useful.    This list will continue to update as I come across other solutions for busy lives.

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Is it really a food allergy?

There are many different ways that a person can react to a food.  Although we may say we have an ‘allergy’ to a food, we might in fact be experiencing an intolerance or a sensitivity. This is why trying to figure out whether you have a problem with a food can be a bit of a minefield.

Symptoms which are often associated with food reactions include depression, headaches/migraines, skin complaints, indigestion, nausea, hives, irritable bowel (bloating, diarrhoea, cramps), fatigue, weakened immune system, joint pain, weight loss or gain.

So, in what ways can the body react to foods?  

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Strengthen your immune system

This month, we are taking a look at how you can support your body’s natural defences. With winter approaching and ‘Swine Flu’ (H1N1) spreading, now is the ideal time to take steps to support your immune system through good nutrition and lifestyle.Louis Pasteur spent his life studying ‘germ theory’. However, in his final days he made a famous quote, “

Le germe n'est rien, c'est le terrain qui est tout.” (The germ is nothing, the terrain is everything.)  He had concluded that it was the ‘terrain’ or the ‘environment’ which mattered most – if we keep our immune systems strong, we are better equipped to fight off infections.

So what can you do to keep your immune system in top form this winter?

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Happiness! Is it over there..?

For many of us the notion of happiness is tied to success.  If I work harder, I’ll be more successful and once I am successful, I will be happy.  That is of course, once we’ve finished our degree, got that job, that promotion, have the dream house, find the partner…  With this way of thinking, we never get there – once a goal is reached, the goal posts are moved and happiness is still over there, in the future somewhere.

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