Katharine is a nutrition consultant and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine. She currently practices as a holistic nutrition consultant in San Francisco where she lives with her husband and two sons.
Katharine believes in food as medicine and that your diet should be the first defence against illness.
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Nutrition for Good Eyesight
Ones eyesight declines with age, but it is possible to reduce your risk of common eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration with the right diet.
Nature's Cold and Flu Remedies
Last winter, despite the dreadful swine being ever present, we decided not to have flu shots. I firmly believe in food as medicine so I decided to practice what I preach.
Foods are synergistic therefore it is essential to eat a well balanced diet throughout the year to keep one's immune system strong for the winters onslaught of viruses.
Power of Hot Chilli!
Some chili peppers nearly set your mouth on fire whilst others create a mild tingle and have a slightly sweet flavour. Can you take the heat? I for one cannot, my eyeballs start to sweat and my hearing goes a little.
Capsaicin is the active compound in chili peppers that creates the heat.
The Humble Potato
I've just finished the book Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan. The author discusses man's relationship with domesticated plants, one of them being the potato.
When the potato was brought from South America to Europe, in particular Ireland, the Irish who had been struggling to survive thrived on a diet of potatoes and milk.
Both kefir and yoghurt are fermented milk products, but they contain different types of beneficial bacteria.
Kefir is a fermented beverage similar in texture to drinking yoghurt. It originated in the Caucasus Mountains and has been consumed for thousands of years. It is made using what are known as Kefir 'grains'.