We specialise in high quality supplement that are as close to nature as possible. As trained professionals in the Nutrition industry, we pride ourselves in understanding how the body works and what it needs for optimal health. We favour food state supplements, organic herbs, freeze dried food supplements and always without unnecessary fillers or bulking agents. We also look at the ingredient form of supplements with a great attention to detail to ensure that we only stock the most bioavailable and genetically safe form. It is our firm believe that supplements should have a positive impact upon health.
As well as quality of the supplements themselves, we also look at brand ethics of our suppliers to ensure that these are of the highest standards. Primarily, we work with UK based supplement companies as the ISO accreditation and good manufacturing (GMP) practices are extremely rigourous for quality assurance and labelling legislation. We also recognise that whilst the supplements may be manufactured in the UK, some of the ingredients may be imported. We work with each and every one of our suppliers to ensure that where ingredients cannot be sourced locally, that there is only a positive impact upon the farmers and local communities of where these are sourced.
Environmental impact is very much at the forefront of our minds when it comes to product selection and our ethical suppliers are very much pioneers in the industry marketplace. This is a constantly improving area and we work with our suppliers to constantly improve by minimising supplement jar space, using cardboard shipping material, using plant based anti-tamper bottle seals, moving to glass bottles or fully recyclable refill pouches where possible.
As well as moving to towards carbon neutral options for our stock, leaving no trace is also important to us. For the herbs we stock, these are mostly organic or wild harvested where this is an option. We feel that the use of supplements has become more of a necessity to us in recent years given poorer soil quality and lack of nutrients within the soil, in part due to the overuse of chemicals. We want to support good farming practices with minimal use of pesticides to preserve the soil quality and in turn its nutrient density. We want to ensure that the foods for our future generations do contain the nutrients that we need for good health. It is for this reason that we opt for these organic ingredients in our supplements, many of which are certified by the UK Soil Association.
We also want to stay at the edge of innovation ourselves, so we are always researching the latest scientific developments in the world of nutrition to ensure that are portfolio is continually offering an extensive selection for our very unique and constantly evolving health needs.
It's with all of the above factors that we aim to provide reassurance for our deserving customers, that by buying from us they are buying fairly priced supplements that are the very best quality to have a positive impact on their health.
Food and lifestyle always comes first before we recommend any supplements. Supplements, as their name suggests, should be supplemental to fill the gaps of anything lacking in our diet or to help to bring the balance back and optimise health.
When it comes to safety of supplements, we always favour high quality supplements that can sometimes be in lower dosages. For us, it’s always about the quality rather than the quantity. The body is a delicate balance and a little of each of the right ingredients all work synergistically together for optimal performance.
The supplements that we have purposefully chosen are due to the fact that we feel that these are safe for over the counter purchase. However, we also advise that there should always be a reason as to why a person is taking a supplement. For example, if someone was low in iron and started to take a supplemental iron, this should not be taken indefinitely as high levels can be equally as problematic as low levels. It is our view that any suboptimal or deficient state of a nutrient may be corrected through using supplements but at the same time, the relevant dietary changes should be implemented to continue to maintain the balance.
Safety of supplements is of utmost importance to us and this is the reason why we opt for food state and food origin supplements as our priority. We always ensure that there are no unhealthy fillers or binders that could be potentially of detriment to health. These fillers such as bulking agents or flow agents to help powder through machinery during manufacture, is used in some low quality supplements and it is our opinion that these should be avoided.
It is our firm believe that supplements should only have a positive impact on health. It is for this reason that we don’t stock many liquid based supplements as many of them require preservatives for shelf life and stability. These preservatives may have been cleared for use in foods by the relevant authorities but they are assessed individually rather than in combination forms so we prefer to err on the side of caution and avoid these ingredients.
The main area where we need to consider safety of supplements is around medication. For example, if a medication is doing its job and this is being monitored and then we a supplement is taken that does a similar job, it can ‘over potentiate’ the action of the drug and therefore have too strong an effect. Equally it is also possible to inhibit the action of a drug with supplements so care should always be taken to assess contraindications. We always consult the Natural Medicines Database for interactions between supplements and medications, which is the most comprehensive worldwide database, to check the safety of any combinations.
If you have any concerns about the supplements you are currently taking or are considering taking, then we strongly recommend a consultation with one of our Nutritional Therapy team to ensure that any supplements are both safe and tailored to your health needs.
Our nutritional needs change at all stages of our development in life. With such great growth and development during childhood, nutritional gaps are much more changeable than those of adults. For this reason, we tend to recommend a more broad spectrum approach for children such as a good all round multivitamin and mineral specifically designed for childhood needs with an age tailored dosage. All of our supplement ranges for children have reduced dosages that are tailored to age so you can rest assured to safely meet developmental needs without excess intake.
Need for further supplements during childhood very much depends on dietary intake and lifestyle, for example, if little ones go through a phase of refusing to eat their veg, we have great tasting options to get the nutrients in that they are potentially missing out on. Or for example, they may not get many good oils in their diet, which are essential for learning and development, so we may recommend a suitable omega 3 supplement to bridge this gap. It may also be that an indoor lifestyle means that vitamin D requirements from sunlight are not met, so again we may recommend an additional dose specific vitamin D. These are all considerations when it comes to selecting bespoke supplements that are designed just for children.
As with our company ethos that we only work with the purest and highest quality of supplements that we feel are the safest for over the counter purchase. The same for children as with adults, that where possible, we would also encourage that dietary modification and lifestyle changes are addressed ahead of supplements. However, in more complex health conditions for children, this may require a more bespoke approach using specific nutrients or herbs and we would recommend that you speak to a healthcare practitioner first before using anything other than formulas designed for children.
There is no one size fits all approach as no two people are the same. As with diet, we recommend variety and supplements should change as life changes. However, if we were to suggest an all round baseline for health if the diet isn’t quite up to scratch to meet nutritional needs, we would suggest a foundation of a good multivitamin and mineral and a good omega supplement as a baseline.
Other suggestions that we may include in our essentials list would be additional digestive support if there are any concerns there. The health of the microbiome and the digestive system is at the core of good health so if this isn’t addressed first then it does inhibit what you absorb from both your diet and your supplements hence why we have included this point on our ‘essentials’ list. Finally for people living in the UK and not travelling abroad during the winter months, we would also recommend and additional vitamin D supplement is taken at least through the winter months depending on how much is already included in a multivitamin.
As for all dietary intakes, if you have the balance right of your diet and lifestyle then there may be no additional need to supplement with anything. However, it is quite common given our lifestyle that a vegan diet may need to be supported with additional nutrients. The most likely nutrient considerations that would need to be assessed include vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, iodine and omega 3 essential fats.
There are some amazing multivitamins and minerals on the market these days with the supplement levels adjusted with higher levels of these particular nutrients to support a healthy vegan diet. For essential fats, however, these need to be addressed separately. If the diet is rich in seeds such as flax then that helps, but we often recommend a good vegan oil is consumed too such as a pure flax oil is taken daily. If more anti-inflammatory activity is needed in specific conditions then you can go for a vegan EPA and DHA which is sourced from algae.
There are also tips to enhance absorption of some of the nutrients that may be lower in the diet such as iron… By taking food sources of vitamin C for example alongside iron rich greens then this dramatically increases the absorption.
Our Nutritional Therapy team always assess dietary intake during the consultation process to assess any gaps in the diet so if you have any concerns as to any nutrients you may be missing from your diet, then we would recommend booking in for a consultation with a member of our team.
Look in the mirror, you are already beautiful! Okay so beauty is in the eye of the beholder and whilst we would love you to ooze confidence and feel great in yourself, we recognise that sometimes if we’re feeling below par, this can show in our body. Our eyes may look tired if we’re not sleeping properly, we may put on a few pounds if we’re not energised for exercise or our skin may look dull and lack its usual radiance if we’re under stress.
There’s no one sized fits all approach to feeling great in your skin and we also acknowledge the beauty in growing old gracefully. However, feeling beautiful in your skin goes hand in hand with your optimal health. When you are nourished, you will radiate a beautiful natural glow and when you are energised, you’re more likely to exercise to be your optimal weight. When you are rested your eyes will sparkle and when you are stress free, the frown lines will make way for the much more beautiful laughter lines of happiness.
When it comes to beauty from within, the latest trend is without a doubt the ‘collagen’ market. Both vegan and animal sources are available on the supplement market and whilst these can work wonderfully, we believe that beauty begins in the belly. It is important to address multiple areas for best results when it comes to feeling great in our skin. We believe that the first step is to work on the microbiome and the balance from within. When things are working well within, we have a much better chance of absorbing our B vitamins for energy, reducing inflammatory pathways and absorbing the minerals such as zinc that we need for healthy skin and also importantly, manufacturing our serotonin for the food good factor and the melatonin for rested sleep.
Once we have addressed the internal balance within, we can then look at more targeted approached such as food sources of specific nutrients. One example would be vitamin C which is both an antioxidant and one of the building blocks for our collagen, not to mention a key nutrient that we need for a healthy response to stress. We focus on getting the right balance and getting nutrients in but we must also address a reduction in foods and lifestyle factors that put a stress on the skin such as smoking, alcohol and high glycemic foods such as sugar. These foods that convert to a high blood glucose level can bind to proteins and create Advanced Glycation End Products, aptly shortened to AGEs. These AGEs result in a reduction of elasticity and cellular damage so this is not only important to address for the skin but other internal tissues that we can’t see too.
There are many other nutrients to consider when it comes to optimal skin such as MSM, silica, biotin, selenium, beta carotene and many more. The beauty is (excuse the pun) that our clever supplement suppliers have done a lot of work on this area so on top of the lifestyle and dietary considerations mentioned above, so you can easily add a really nice all round skin, hair and nails supplement to your routine if you are looking for a bit extra. We also love the Beauty Chef vegan range of products that focus on fermented ingredients working on the health of the microbiome whilst providing specific nutrients and herbs for beauty from within. Other products worth mentioning are forms of omega 3 anti-inflammatory essential fats which are essential for healthy skin, bespoke blends like the Alkaline infusion beauty elixir by Kiki Health and last but not least, the almightly Dr Schultze’s superfood for the B vitamin rich, cleansing powder of nutrient dense foods that are sure to energise and make you feel great (just beware that this one was never designed with taste in mind).
If you want a more bespoke plan to build up to a special event or just feel the best you can in yourself, then please do not hesitate to book in with a member of our Nutritional Therapy team who can devise a protocol to work on your health goals.
Oh yes, we are the bearer of good news on this one*. But we have a little asterisk here… only the right fats! We’re all about balance and moderation and truly believe that a little of what you fancy does you good. However, the average Western diet is much more weighted towards a high intake of omega 6 essential fats and a low intake of omega 3 essential fats. Whilst this might not mean all that much, it is the omega 6 fats that whilst also important for health, generally activate the pro-inflammatory cascades in the body and it is the omega 3 fats that activate the anti-inflammatory pathways in the body. We then more important problem of too many trans fats in our diet that come from processed foods or heating oils too high so that they become oxidised which is not beneficial at all for our health and can also promote inflammation.
The balance of fats is very important when it comes to your health and wellbeing as it is inflammation in the body that is responsible for many conditions from diabetes, to hormone imbalances, to cardiovascular conditions, brain and nervous system problems and many more. Almost all conditions with lifestyle factors can be linked back to inflammation. This is why we can use fats to our benefit... they are not the enemy so long as they are the right fats and we pay attention to weigh more heavily away from saturated and trans fats and work in favour of consuming more omega 3 for a healthier balance. This will promote anti-inflammatory pathways and work to shift our balance back towards health.
As with a lot of areas of nutrition, it is not so simple as a food being either a source of omega 3 or omega 6 as quite often foods have a balance of the two but may be richer in one source than the other. An example of this can be easily seen in animal fats where generally oily fish would be much richer in omega 3 whereas red meats again contain both, but would be much richer in a type of omega 6 called arachadonic acid. However, levels can depend on how the animal is raised. For example, a well raised animal fed a natural diet, can be much higher on the omega 3 than the same animal having being fed a poor diet. We should mention here that there are some forms of omega 6 too that can activate anti-inflammatory pathways but these are not all that common in the diet with one well known example being Gamma Linoleic Acid from Evening Primrose, Borage or Starflower.
There’s other essential fats that are important too such as omega 7 which is consumed in much lesser amounts in the diet but is important for the health of the mucosal membranes and omega 9 which is rich in olives and olive oil which is important for the health of the brain and cardiovascular system.
Healthy fats in the diet or important for the proper functioning of every single cell in the body as they form our phospholipid bilayer which is the outer edge of the cell which stays flexible to allow nutrients in and waste out. Healthy fats also help to keep us fuller for longer and help to regulate a healthy blood glucose response. Whole unrefined and unprocessed fats are a healthy part of our natural diet but we should just take care to ensure try and keep a balance towards health when we are looking at the type of essential fats that a food contains.
In some cases, eating more of the right foods! There are specific nutrients that we need to consume in order to regulate our metabolism hence why sometimes it is the case that eating more of the right foods will help you lose weight quicker than eating less.
The digestive system is a complex system with many various stages of digesting foods and breaking them down well, a very important factor when it comes to weight management. Even from the start of this process as we chew foods in the mouth, our body is producing enzymes at various stages of the digestive tract to deal with the foods that we are about to eat. It is also starting the process for signalling factors to let us know when we are full… yes it sounds obvious but it really is important to chew your foods well and take time over a meal.
Slowing the process down, also switches our nervous system into the parasympathetic state whereby it is in rest and digest mode rather than flight or flight. Again, a very important factor when it comes to optimal digestion of foods. Eating on the go does very little for healthy weight control and if we are stressed with somewhere else to be, this further exacerbates the problem by the release of cortisol. A stress hormone which contributes to retention of weight around the middle.
Foods rich in a variety of fibres are critical to a healthy weight control and you guessed it, this comes back down to the health of the microbiome. Various studies have looked at this and there is a direct correlation between dietary fibre intake and healthy weight management. Take a look at the diversity of the plant foods on your plate over the course of the week and try as much as possible to add variety to these foods so you consume, ideally aiming for 9 a day when it comes to your vegetable and fruit intake.
The digestive system is complex system that interacts with different areas of the body. For example, the endocrine system with the adrenals playing an important role in our blood glucose regulation and the thyroid playing an important role in metabolism. If one of these other areas is not getting the nourishment it needs for proper regulation then this too can affect healthy weight control.
If you want to find out more about how you can take control of your diet and lifestyle to achieve your healthy weight then please do not hesitate to contact us to find out more about booking in for a one to one consultation with a member of our Nutritional Therapy team. In our clinic we have medical grade scales that measure a number of different markers to help keep you on track and motivated towards your health goals.
You can take supplements when you are on medications but extreme caution should be taken when it comes to interactions. We do not want to over potentiate the action of any medication nor inhibit it’s action so we are always very mindful to work check for interactions, work closely with your GP and use tools such as the Natural Medicines Database accessed through the Functional Medicine portal to assess safety of supplements alongside medication.
If you are thinking of taking a supplement whilst on any medication then please do check with your GP or healthcare practitioner.
We tend not to measure calories or specific food weights unless we are working with people relating to sports performance. Whilst we will provide information on healthy portion sizes and help support you with recipe inspiration, we recommend a healthy relationship with food. We want you to smell food, enjoy food, digest food and nourish your body. More important than calories for us is food quality. Eating a diet rich in whole foods rather than processed foods is of utmost importance for health. Whilst a processed snack bar or ready meal may have less calories than eating a homemade snack or meal, it will have poorer quality of nutrients, possibly less fibre and potentially refined sugars and fats that the body cannot utilise well for optimal health and wellbeing.
We do understand that sometimes convenience is important in a busy lifestyle but that’s where we come in to inspire you to create quick, easy and tasty food choices that you can enjoy rather than measuring everything out. For us, its about the quality of the calories you consume and what other nutrients and fibre the food is giving you to allow your body to feel full and satisfied from healthy portion sizes to support your energy needs.
Our Nutritional Therapy team are all fully qualified and Registered with the relevant industry professional bodies having undertaken a three year course in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy. This comprises of the first year in Biomedicine and then an additional two years of studying in lectures whilst attending practical clinical experience.
As part of an ongoing requirement from the professional authority, the therapists must attend a minimum of 30 hours additional learning for continued professional development (CPD). Our therapists always go over and above this minimum recommendation and continually attend specialist courses, particularly around the latest Functional Medicine tests as these come to market so we are continually at the forefront of the latest innovations and scientific developments.
We are committed to share knowledge as a team and staff development is of the utmost importance at Therapy Organics to offer excellence in Nutritional Therapy and the highest quality service to our clients.
We understand that it may be very hard to get little ones to swallow capsules and the gummies available on the high street are tasty sweet options to get nutrients into children. However, we feel that having looked at the current ones on the market, the ingredients such as sugars and sweeteners in these products outweigh the benefit of the nutrients that they provide.
Often in gummies, the form of nutrients that they provide are also not ideal for good absorption and positive health outcomes. We won’t say that we will never stock gummies, it’s just that we haven’t found any as yet that we would be happy to recommend.
For the children’s supplements that we do have, these are generally powders or powders within a tiny size vegetarian cellulose capsule shell. If little ones struggle with the capsules, then these can always be opened and the powder mixed with a little yoghurt or smoothie for example. We feel that this is the best option for the health of our little ones.