Category: Diet

  • What does Vitamin D help with?

    What does Vitamin D help with?

    Vitamin D- what does it do and could it help your menopause symptoms?   One thing many people don’t know about Vitamin D, otherwise known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, is that it’s actually a hormone. And it’s an important one when it comes bone health and preventing common menopause symptoms like joint and muscle pain.…

  • Magnesium stress and sleep

    Magnesium stress and sleep

    Could Magnesium supplements help with stress and anxiety? Poor sleep and anxiety and extremely common in perimenopause and post menopause. Often magnesium is recommended for both conditions, but does it work? When it comes to sleep here are some of the claims made and some of the evidence regarding it’s ability to improve sleep quality…

  • ashwagandha menopause supplement

    ashwagandha menopause supplement

    Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is fast becoming one of the most popular ingredients in wellness supplements, especially when it comes to perimenopause/menopause. It’s said to help in reducing stress and anxiety as well as improving brain function, among other things – but do the claims stack up? Ashwagandha, or Indian Gensing, is an herb that’s been…

  • Can diet affect your thrush

    Can diet affect your thrush

    Thrush: Can your diet make a difference? It may not be a pleasant thought but your body, inside and out, is literally teeming with billions of microorganisms – some good, some not so good. Some are bacteria and some are fungi. While they are in balance, there’s no issue, but when they get out of…

  • The M Diet by Dietitian Nigel Denby

    The M Diet by Dietitian Nigel Denby

    Dietitian Nigel Denby unveils his evidence-based diet for menopausal women – the M Diet. Most people relax in the bath on a lazy Sunday afternoon, but recently dietitian Nigel Denby found himself growing ever more angry as he scrolled through the seemingly endless diet advice being given to menopausal women on social media. From his…

  • weight loss, menopause, irritable bowels with Nigel Denby

    weight loss, menopause, irritable bowels with Nigel Denby

    Menopause, Weight Loss and Irritable Bowels – Dietitian Nigel Denby gives his top tips on what can help Menopause can seem like purgatory. Not only do your moods swing but your waistline thickens and then – just to add insult to injury – your bowels turn on you too. What had once been a well…

  • Diet and weight control- which diets work?

    Diet and weight control- which diets work?

     Diet and weight control- what works and what’s dangerous? Dietitian Sophie Medlin explains. Social media is flooded with diets that promise to shed pounds off you instantly or help you live longer – but what do the experts think? Dietitian Sophie Medlin, founder of City Dietitians in London says fads come and go but very…

  • Can diet help relieve your menopause symptoms

    Can diet help relieve your menopause symptoms

    Can your diet help relieve some of the symptoms of menopause? Dietitian Sophie Medlin gives her top tips on what works and what may not. Can Phytoestrogens help with menopause symptoms? Phytoestrogens are compounds that occur naturally in plants and foods including fruits, veggies, legumes, and some grains. Soy is a popular source. They are…

  • The Gut Brain Axis and Probiotics

    The Gut Brain Axis and Probiotics

    Could eating probiotics help your mood or control your weight? Dietitian Sophie Medlin explains what the research shows now. It’s an emerging area of research but the links between the gut and its microbiome and our brain is starting to be established. It’s known as the gut-brain-axis and it involves the role probiotics (the good…

  • Body shaping and fat loss injections explained

    Body shaping and fat loss injections explained

    Fat dissolving injections and body shaping: what works for what? Dr Bhavjit Kaur explains.   Many people have pockets of stubborn fat that are hard to get rid of even after weight loss. So what can help get rid of it? Dr Kaur uses a number of devices in her Health and Aesthetics Clinic and…

  • The Link Between Skin And Gut Health Explained

    The Link Between Skin And Gut Health Explained

    Can your gut health affect your skin? Nutritionist Sarah Carolides* explains the relationship between the two. Editor’s note: This article was first published by Aesthetic Journal and is republished with permission and gratitude. It is written for medical/aesthetic practitioners but is an interesting read for all who have an interest in gut and skin health.…

  • The quick guide to surviving the Christmas Season

    The quick guide to surviving the Christmas Season

    Burning the candle at both ends? Our SKINtellectuals have some silly season survival tips. It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but the festive season is also the time when we may drink too much, not eat that well (or too much!) and may be stressed or not get enough rest.  So,…

  • Should IV vitamin drips be regulated?

    Should IV vitamin drips be regulated?

    Find out why some experts think they do more harm than good and should be regulated.   Got a hang over? Get a drip. Feeling tired and run down? Get a drip. Want your skin to look lighter and brighter? Get a drip. Slow the ageing process? Get a drip. Need to detox your liver…

  • Skin health: can supplements help?

    Skin health: can supplements help?

    Do you need supplements for your skin? Dr Johanna Ward explains why a well balanced diet isn’t enough these days. The British public spend around £700 million on dietary vitamins and supplements each year, so Brits clearly love supplements. But do they really work or can we get all of the nutrients we need for…

  • Acne and Food Intolerance Tests: Do You Need Them?

    Acne and Food Intolerance Tests: Do You Need Them?

    Could a food intolerance be causing your acne and should you shell out for a test to find out?  There is a seemingly endless stream of ‘cures’ and ‘quick fixes’ for virtually every skin condition on the internet and social media and acne is no exception. A new one is doing the rounds offers tests…

  • Could fasting improve your skin?

    Could fasting improve your skin?

    We hear lots about the benefits of fasting diets, including that they can help you live longer, but new research shows they can help rejuvenate your skin as well. With Summer upon us you might be thinking now is the time to pull yourself together and shed some extra pounds. Diets like the 5:2 diet,…

  • How restrictive diets can affect your skin

    How restrictive diets can affect your skin

    If you’re following a pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan, or paleo diet you may not be getting all the nutrients you need for anti-aging and skin health. Dr A. Bolin explains why and what you can do about it. Many diets may claim to improve diets your health and or help you drop unwanted pounds, but it’s…

  • Summer fruits: what you should be eating for your skin’s health

    Summer fruits: what you should be eating for your skin’s health

    Which are best Summer fruits to keep your skin and hair looking its best? Dr Zara Kassam PhD takes a look at the top 5. What are you eating this summer to get that boost of nutrients that you need for skin and hair health? We all know fruits are great for your health, but are…

  • PMS and chocolate cravings

    PMS and chocolate cravings

    Is PMS your sweet excuse to indulge in “forbidden” foods like chocolate? Georgios Tzenichristos, director of London’s LipoTherapeia clinic, finds out. What if chocolate cravings, experienced by 50% of women before their period, were the result of culture rather than a natural physical response? Scientists at the the State University of New York seem to think…

  • What you should eat for glowing skin and healthy hair

    What you should eat for glowing skin and healthy hair

    Ever wondered what you should be eating if you want glowing skin & healthy hair? Dr Michelle Braude, The Food Effect Doctor, explains.  When you think of good hair and skin, the likes of Cheryl Cole – throwing her glossy mane across your TV chanting “because I’m worth it” – probably springs to mind. But…

  • Can diet affect your acne?

    Can diet affect your acne?

    We are constantly being told that ‘we are what we eat’, so could diet be linked to acne? Helen Garston investigates. It’s pretty well established that everything we consume affects our health to some degree, and that includes our skin. But can cutting out foods like sugar and dairy help people with acne? Let’s take…

  • Turmeric spicing up your skincare

    Turmeric spicing up your skincare

    Turmeric has been praised for its health benefits, so could it help your skin? Dr Zara Kassam finds out. Did you know that herbs and spices contain more antioxidants than any other food group? So could you have a great skin care ingredient sitting in your kitchen cabinets? Let’s take a moment to spice up our…

  • Do I need to take supplements for menopause

    Do I need to take supplements for menopause

    The market is awash with dietary supplements for menopausal women, but do you really need them? Dr Haran Sivapalan takes a look. Do my dietary needs change during menopause? It’s a question often asked – especially with the implications menopause has for skin, bones and heart health. Given that, it may surprise you that there…

  • Caffeine: can it help your skin and hair?

    Caffeine: can it help your skin and hair?

    From eye creams to body creams: the role of caffeine in skincare is growing. Dr Haran Sivapalin asks why and does it work?  Your latte or espresso shot may help you perk up every morning, but can it also perk up your skin and hair? Caffeine is increasingly being used as an ingredient in cosmetic products…

  • How alcohol affects your skin

    How alcohol affects your skin

    Excessive alcohol can age your skin, but it can do other nasty things too. Dr. Haran Sivapalan explains. Most of us like a drink, whether it be a bit of wine with dinner or a nice aperitif beforehand. But have you ever stopped to think about what it could be doing to your skin? As much…

  • Do hair, skin and nail supplements really work?

    Do hair, skin and nail supplements really work?

    We spend millions on supplements every year but when it comes to hair, skin and nails do they really work? Dr Hannah Sweilam finds out. Let’s talk about hair, skin and nail supplements. We’ve seen adverts that claim these supplements can promote healthy hair, glowing skin and strong nails, but is there scientific evidence to…

  • Vitamin supplements: helpful or harmful?

    Vitamin supplements: helpful or harmful?

    We spend more than £420 million a year on vitamin supplements that are supposed to improve our health, but are they really helping? Dr Hannah Sweillam investigates. Recent years have seen an increase in the use of vitamin supplements and now as many as two thirds of adults (65%) take some form of vitamin or supplement. …

  • Probiotics: can these gut-loving bacteria help your skin?

    Probiotics: can these gut-loving bacteria help your skin?

    We’ve all heard that probiotics are good for our gut, but now there are claims they can help your skin? Dr Hannah Sweilem looks at the evidence. Trends in skincare come and go as we know, but one that’s growing in popularity now is idea that probiotics – the good bacteria that live in our…

  • Sugar: it’s not just adding inches-it’s aging you

    Sugar: it’s not just adding inches-it’s aging you

    We all know smoking, pollution and too much sun exposure ages you, but now there’s another culprit to add to the list; according to research, sugar causes wrinkles too. Dr Hannah Sweilam. It’s hard to avoid, and lets face it, it tastes good. But every time you devour a sugary treat or a giant bowl…

  • superfoods for skin health

    superfoods for skin health

    What should you eat if you’re concerned about aging or your skin in general? Christine Bailey, Nutrition Expert for The Harley Medical Group shares her top ten ‘superfoods’ so you can add them to your shopping trolley. Christine, an award winning nutritional therapist, chef, author and broadcaster, with over 18 years of experience, says these…

  • Collagen drinks – will they really make your skin smoother?

    Collagen drinks – will they really make your skin smoother?

    Can collagen drinks really make a difference to your skin? Dr Haran Sivapalan takes a look at the research behind these expensive little shots. In Greek mythology, Eos, the goddess of dawn, asked Zeus to give her lover Tithonus the gift of immortality. Somewhat forgetfully, she neglected to request that her lover also receive the…

  • Vitamin C – What can it do for your skin?

    Vitamin C – What can it do for your skin?

    Antioxidants like Vitamin C are a must have in your anti-aging skincare arsenal, Chandni Patel explains why.  We often think of Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid as our ‘go-to’ ingredient when our immune system needs supporting in the winter to fight off flu’s and colds.  But it has numerous other health benefits including…

  • Resveratrol – what are the benefits?

    Resveratrol – what are the benefits?

    Resveratrol – a buzz word in anti-aging these days – is an antioxidant that’s been credited with a range of things from reducing heart disease to preventing premature aging. Dr Haran Sivapalan examines the evidence. Found in the skin of red grapes, blueberries, pomegranates and peanuts resveratrol first hit the headlines in 1992 when it…

  • Detox diet

    Detox diet

    Lose weight fast, nourish your nails and skin, and banish cellulite forever. These are just some of the claims proponents of detox diets make. Heather Stephen finds out the claims stack up when it comes to skin health. The concept behind detoxification is that we need to rid the body of harmful substances every now and then…