Eminent Nutritionist Kamilla Schaffner, founder of My London Nutritionist
We are kick starting 2018 with a Q&A with one of our dear friends and patients, celebrated nutritionist Kamilla Schaffner, founder of My London Nutritionist www.mylondonnutritionist.com
A Clinical Nutrition and Dietitian, Kamilla specialises in nutrition programmes that are created individually for each person. Here she gives some fantastic advice not only for good oral health but for helping you to look and feel great too!
Please visit Kamilla’s website www.mylondonnutritionist.com or call on 07494 338 076 to book an appointment
Algae Oil is meant to be one of the new superfoods of 2018 – why? It doesn’t sound very appetising!
Algae oil is a great alternative to fish-based Omega 3 fatty acids and is a nutrient dense powerhouse due to its high concentration of omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential to our diets because our bodies cannot manufacture them; and they support cardiovascular system and healthy brain function.
My top tip would be to look at the production process stated on the bottles as some algae oils are made from non-oceanic algae extracted from tree sap, which means these oils can be used in cooking and baking (ie at high temperatures). However, this also means that they do not have any DHA or EPA fatty acids in them (Essential Omega-3 acids) so be careful reading the labels!
What supplements / foods do you recommend to avoid the winter burnout?
Winter can be tough for many people as we lack sunlight and a lot of people get sick with colds and flu. To prevent falling ill in winter and to support your immune system during winter months, it is always a good idea to include a very potent long-playing vitamin C for immunity regulation. I also suggest taking vitamin D3 to maintain winter immunity, bone health as well as emotional health during colder months. To be sure you take appropriate doses of these vitamins, do consult with a qualified nutritionist as very frequently people purchase very expensive supplements and do not know what is their optimal dose for their age, weight and activity levels – taking supplements at your unique dose can make a massive difference!
Do you have any good tips for a gentle January detox plan to help you get back into the swing of things following the season of overindulgence?
I am not an advocate of winter detoxes as our bodies are designed to retain a bit more fat and weight during colder months to insulate us and prevent us from getting sick. Going on a severe detox is the last thing you should be doing in winter! If you want to undo the gastronomic damage done during holidays, then instead of chugging down cold juice give yourself something a bit more holistic but gentle: homemade vegetarian soups in place of evening pizzas, warming and gut-loving porridge using super grains like quinoa and buckwheat instead of typical sugary cereal for breakfast, lovely big stir fries with various veggies and lean proteins like tofu or shrimp instead of burgers and chips. Keep it simple, keep it light but fairly uncomplicated otherwise it won’t be sustainable.
What foods are good for strengthening your bones and especially your teeth?
As we all know bones, skeletal system and teeth depend of appropriate levels of Calcium in a healthy body. Foods rich in HIGH ABSORPTION Calcium (this is very important ) are all dairy products, with hard cheeses like Cheddar, Parmesan, Comte being the best. Having said that, in order to maximise absorption of Calcium you need to have appropriate amounts of Vitamin D ( sardines, cod, salmon, eggs), Vitamin K (all greens like broccoli, kale, cabbages, spinach, watercress) and Magnesium ( all fruits, and a wide range of vegetables) in your diet as all of these vitamins work in close synergy with Calcium. So just relying on dairy products is only a small part of the big picture.
Here at the practice one of our key focuses is bad breath. Are there any key foods we should eat more of to make sure bad breath is kept at bay?
Fresh green herbs like parsley, mint ,coriander, basil, dill and tarragon are imperative to dental health as they are natural detox agents meaning they pull out old resident toxins and cellular debris from the body. Another massive plus is that they are also high in chlorophyll which is a rich green pigment that is knows for fighting degenerative ageing process, improving general digestive function ( which as we know starts in the mouth!) and detoxing liver. Include them in their raw form as often as possible in salads or as a garnish in soups and stews. You can also steep them in hot water and drink as herbal tea by adding a small amount of honey.