Does your nutrition need a boost?

All disease is fundamentally linked to cellular health and if we optimise that we are less likely to struggle with illness.  Now you may eat a fundamentally good diet.. Plenty of raw fruit and veg however, one thing to consider is that we do not have the nutritional value in our food even organic food that we did decades ago – due to the modern farming methods depleting our soil plus as a nation we eat a lot of processed food too both of which mean we are not getting enough of the vitamins and minerals that we need.

How to know?

Do you have a lack of energy?

Are you fatigued or irritable?

Get a lot of coughs and colds?

Poor bone health?

Joint discomfort?

Weak skin, hair and nails?

All these are signs or symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiency plus the diet many of us eat is very pro-inflammatory and inflammation is the root cause of many diseases.  So how to get out of this?

Choose a supplement rich in vital micronutrients and potent in anti-oxidants.

There is no fairy dusting in the LLV – what is fairy dusting – it when companies put a large load of ingredients into a product so you think it impressive but the thing is most of those extra ingredients are there in such small quantities that they don’t cause benefit to the body.  Anything you see on a doTerra label is there because it is there is sufficient quantities to be beneficial.

In a single serving of LLV you are getting the equivalent of 12 plus servings of fruits and vegetables.

The product is made up of 3 items

Alpha CRS – a powerful source of anti-oxidants to reduce inflammation

XEOmega or VEOmega (vegan version) – provides 3 essential fatty acids either from fish oil that is filtered and free of pesticides and heavy metals or plant based sources.  In addition it also contains other oils that provide beneficial antioxidants

Microplex VMz as well as all your essential micronutrients this supplement is also rich in plant botanicals

All the nutrients in these supplements are bonded with a healthy yeast to create a protein matrix that the body sees as food and allows total absorption and so you get full benefit from taking them unlike many other products on the market that have poor absorption.  

How long do you need to take them for ?

Well most people will see a benefit within a few days but blood cells completely replenish every 120 days so for maximum benefit you need 120 days of good nutrition.

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Why I had the Covid-19 Vaccine

Last week I had the Covid-19 vaccine – and surprisingly or maybe not several people were shocked and asked me why if I was so passionate about natural health did I choose to have the vaccine.  So let me answer…..

I have worked on the frontline since this all started, I have been shocked at the amount of conspiracy theorists I appear to know and shocking fake information that has been doing the rounds of social media.

Make no mistake this virus is very real.  Now while there may be a good survival rate that does not take into account the weeks/months many spend in hospital nor the long covid symptoms many who initially suffered mildly are now experiencing.  See my previous blog for more info.

I have been diligent about applying the immune boosting, sleep inducing and stress reducing essential oils I use and taking the lifelong vitality supplements that help keep my system optimised and I have remained well and I firmly believe that they are the reason…. But I am not taking any chance now there is a vaccine available and I will not expose my patients nor my elderly parents (who I hope I can visit soon) to risk either.

I am integrative and to that end I believe in utilising the very best that nature and modern medicine has to offer and one does not need to be at the expense of another but instead has the ability to co-exist.  We have an opportunity to get this virus under control and I hope to get to something much better than normal with more respect for all living beings  – animal and plant and respect the amazing world we live in instead of destroying it.  

To learn more about what I use to support my health – see my video on Immune Support and get in touch with any questions – above all stay safe, follow the guidance please.

Do we need supplements?

So if you had asked me this 6 months ago I would have firmly said NO if you have a good balanced diet.  I ate a great diet, I was very nutritionally aware and incorporated daily the necessary food sources to accomplish that.  And as a vegan I didn’t take any vitamin B12 supplements either, prefering to source my requirements from nutritional yeast and yeast extract and my bloods were all easily in the right range and my vitamin B12 had actually increased since adopting my daily yeast consumption.  

So what changed? February I didn’t feel 100% – winter is never great for me and my Greek heritage, I need sunshine, anyway I noticed that a few people who had started on the supplements I sold without any recommendation from me I should add commented how much better they felt.  So I thought what the hell let’s give them a go!  With a 30 day money back guarantee I couldn’t exactly go wrong.  

Within 2 days I felt more energised and well, it was remarkable, now not everyone gets such an obvious response sometimes they don’t notice til they stop them thinking they are doing nothing and then wham they realise that they did and start back on them!  So I was pretty hooked but the medical side of me said did they actually match up?

I then, coincidentally, started my diploma in nutrition and so I went through the supplements I sell with a fine tooth comb and found that yes they in fact do!  

So why if I had this amazing diet did I benefit and don’t think it is because my vegan was not healthy -the science is there to prove that it is and I could wax lyrical about it but let’s stick to the case in point, so what I found from doing my nutrition diploma was that how our soil fertility has decreased massively and estimates are that within about 40 to 50 years the soil fertility will be completely eroded.   

Why is this? Well modern farming methods employ the use of tillage that is where you see those heavy ploughs going around and turning over the soil – what they actually do is only turn over the top 18 inches of soil and actually compact the area underneath.  This means that the biodiversity that we need in the soil to provide fertility is massively reduced because there’s only 18inches now because the underneath of it is compacted like concrete from the impact.  This also means that for this area of soil the rainwater can’t be absorbed in the field and is one of the contributing factors to the reason we have got so many flooded areas when we have periods of intense rain because the soil can’t drain away as the water is effectively lying on something akin to concrete.  This floodwater also washes away the nutrients in the soil.  It’s been proven that this intensive farming method actually yield less produce due to the reduced nutrients in the soil and reduced nutrients means less going into the fruit and vegetables that we actually eat. 

So what can we do?   Well, switch to organic produce yes but not all organic farmers employ no tillage methods and definitely look towards smaller farmers as well that will help the environment and your health.  Interestingly the no tillage methods are popular in the USA but the UK still slow to embrace the change.

What are these methods?

1. Continuous no or minimum mechanical soil disruption

2. Permanent mulch on soil surface to protect and feed soil life

3. Diversification of species – through rotational, sequences or associations

So what this means is that even with the best will in the world and adherence to good quality produce it is very likely we will still be lacking in essential nutrients plus our bodies are subjected to more toxins in the environment than ever before from the pollutants in daily life meaning that we need extra support than we can currently always get.  It would be great if we could all live somewhere by the sea or in the countryside breathing beautiful fresh air and eating from our gardens but that sadly isn’t  always possible and although, I grow a lot of my own stuff I live in a city centre subject to the air pollution plus the soil is poor quality from old building rubble.  And even if we are not lacking in nutrients (I wasn’t) stress and other factors that can affect our well-being all require a bit of a boost at times.

So supplements are worth having but not all supplements are created equally and for further investigation I decided to look at all the supplements that were for sale in a well known chain store and compare them.   So regulations state that as long as you have a certain level of ingredient in the supplement you can put that on the label and that doesn’t have to be the recommended daily allowance level.   Therefore, all multi-vitamin & mineral supplements are not created equal. I was quite shocked with the results.  

So let’s use Vit D3 as an example the recommended daily allowance is 600 international units daily for men and women rising to 800 international units for the over 70s the vast majority of these supplements had 400 IU or even less and I found one product only had 100 IUs in them.  

Yes I sell supplements and so I have a vested interest in promoting them but this is what I have come to learn after a lot of research, and a bit of eating of humble pie as I was totally and utterly against them.  

Get in touch if you would like to know more about the lifelong vitality pack and a 30 day money-back guarantee and feel free to do your own research and let me know your thoughts.

Blood Pressure – How is yours?


Blood pressure how is yours?
As a doctor anti-hypertensive drugs are probably the medicines that most patients are on that and statins that we covered the last couple of days. However, one drug often doesn’t do the job and this becomes the start of the poly-pharmacy that we see so frequently when documenting what drugs patients are on.
Recent studies have shown that the number one risk factor for death is high blood pressure or hypertension as it is known in medical jargon and this is because it contributes to death from a wide variety of causes such as aneurysms, heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure and stroke. Increased blood pressure puts a strain on the heart and can damage the small and sensitve vessels in your eyes and kidneys and can cause ballooning of vessels (aneurysms) causing them to rupture.
Studies over the years have shown that the 2 main dietary risks for high blood pressure and its effects may be not eating enough fruit and eating too much salt.


Salt – salt is a compound of which apx 40 % is sodium now sodium is an essential nutrient and it naturally occurs in vegetables and other natural foods. But when you add additional salt that is more than your body needs – it responds by water retention and this can cause your body to increase your blood pressure to push the excess salt out.
Most people consume double the amount of salt that they need and estimates for what you actually need is…..3/4 tsp! That is all – I know on the rare occasions I have chips I def have more than that. What about you?
So action plan – just stop adding salt in, also look at the labels if you eat processed food and be aware of the salt content. Interestingly, I was looking at the tins of baked beans I had a month back and I realised that the organic baked beans had significantly more salt in them than a well-known brand so I’ve now swapped as I feel the low salt content out-weighs the lack of organic certification of the beans as I eat baked beans almost daily.


So if the key to BP management is to cut out salt as mentioned (your taste buds will adjust in just a few short weeks) what foods can you add in to help?
Whole grains – 3 portions of whole grains a day can significantly reduce BP – whole as in not refined so oats, whole wheat and brown rice – refined grains can actually increase your risk.
Ground flaxseeds (linseed) has one of the best anti-hypertensive effects a few tablespoons a day can have a powerful reduction but introduce it slowly if you are on meds as you find it reduces it too much too soon.
Eating more vegetables – raw appears to be slightly more protective.
Legumes – all those beans, lentils chickpeas help a bit – I don’t have high blood pressure I didn’t before going vegan and now with my daily baked bean habit I definitely don’t.
Hibiscus Tea – studies showed that 2 strong cups of this floral tea every morning is as effective as a starting dose of a leading anti-hypertensive.
Keeping the vessels healthy is also vital for normalising BP and eating lots of fruit and veg you flood your body with anti-oxidants which eliminate the free radicals and boost your body’s production of nitric oxide (which signals your arteries to relax and therefore increase blood flow) and by increasing your consumption of nitrate rich food (beetroot, Swiss chard, coriander, rhubarb, rocket to name a few) that your body can then convert into nitric oxide you improve blood flow further – great for athletes, heart disease, patients with erectile dysfunction.
So there is some food for thought… How do those foods feature on your shopping list? Remember prevention is always better than cure.

Let me know what you think.

Helene xx