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Whether you're wondering about the importance of vitamin D or pondering on the difference between omega 3 and omega 6, our Nutritional Therapists are on hand to answer common health-related questions. To help shape the content we publish, please submit your question here.

What is the difference between type I and type II collagen, and what are they used for?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is one of the major building blocks of bone, skin, tendons, muscles and ligaments.

3 August 2021
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I suffer with hay fever, what can I do to improve my symptoms?

Hay fever is a common allergy which affects up to one in five people at some point in their life. Unfortunately, at present, there is no cure. However, as you have rightly asked, there are things we can do to improve our symptoms and reduce our susceptibility.

2 July 2021
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I’m really struggling with anxiety, what can I do to help?

Anxiety can be a complicated issue with many factors influencing it, and these factors will be different for everyone.  However, anxiety is commonly associated with an over activation of something referred to as the ‘hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis’.  

2 July 2021
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My children are 2 and 5, do I need to give them vitamin D? 

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, particularly during periods of growth and development.  In addition, it has been highlighted as one nutrient which many groups of the population, including children, are deficient in. 

2 July 2021
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I eat a vegan diet, should I supplement with iron?

It can be more challenging to obtain enough iron as a vegan because the form of iron found in plant sources (non-haem iron) is not as well absorbed by the body as the iron obtained from animal sources (haem iron)...

9 June 2021
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I really struggle to get to sleep, what can I do to help?  

Millions of us struggle with sleep – either getting to sleep, or staying asleep. Sleep hygiene is a way of preparing the body for sleep, so having a similar routine every day can help programme the body to know when it is time to sleep...

9 June 2021
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I have an office job so spend all day inside, should I supplement with vitamin D? 

In the UK, the number of people with sub-optimal levels of vitamin D is thought to be fairly widespread. There are only a few food sources of vitamin D (even less if you are vegan), so the main way to ensure we get enough vitamin D is to be out in the sunshine, which allows vitamin D to be produced within our skin...

9 June 2021
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I eat a well-balanced, healthy diet - do I still need to take probiotics?

Probiotics have been shown to support the growth and diversity of the bacterial flora within the gut. Bacteria within the gut have a significant effect on all aspects of health including modulating immune function, and supporting cognitive health and metabolic functions...

 

 

9 June 2021
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Should I buy organic food where I can? 

The short answer is yes. Organic food is farmed without the use of most chemicals such as chemical fertilisers, pesticides and insecticides.

19 April 2021
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