Fiona Corliss, Nutritional Therapist and Colon Hydrotherapist

Fiona is a Naturopathic Registered Nutritional Therapist and Colon Hydrotherapist specialising in gastrointestinal health, menopausal issues, chronic fatigue and weight issues.

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Fiona Corliss Colon Hydrotherapist and Nutritionist

Kale - 'King of Superfoods'

This green leafy vegetable is being hailed as the ‘King of Superfoods’ but it’s not a new kid on the block, kale has been around for thousands of years. Historians tell us the Ancient Greeks used it as a cure for drunkenness and references to ‘brassica’ (a term including cabbage and kale like plants) can be found in Roman manuscripts.

Related to cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and brussels sprouts it comes in many different shapes and shades. Leaves can be curly or smooth and leaf colour can be green or purple; the most common type of kale is curly kale or Scots kale, easy to recognise with its green curly leaves and hard, fibrous stem.

What makes Kale so great?

It’s packed with vitamins and minerals, including manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus, all vital to keep bodies functioning optimally. 2

Kale for bone health

Kale is a good, plant-based source of calcium, an essential nutrient for building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth; it is important for proper cellular function including blood clotting, the transmission of nerve impulses and regulating the heart’s rhythm.3 Calcium helps prevent bone loss as well as maintain a healthy metabolism and alkaline environment in the body. It may come as a surprise to know that one cup of cooked kale has about the same amount of calcium as one cup of cow’s milk4. Kale for diabetes It is also a decent source of magnesium, which can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, due to the protective properties of Kale. Research has shown that a higher dietary magnesium intake is associated with a lower risk of developing a metabolic syndrome 5.

Kale for lowering cholesterol

Kale has a high fibre content, which is essential for cleansing and detoxifying the body. It also helps lower cholesterol as it collects excess cholesterol compounds found in the gut and pushes them out in the elimination process.

Raw or cooked?

Research shows that steaming Kale is best, as the steamed kale binds better to bile in the digestive tract which in turn results in more cholesterol being removed.6.

Kale for vitamin C

Kale has very high levels of vitamin C, an antioxidant performing many important roles in the body, including the immune system, metabolism and hydration. A single cup of raw kale contains more vitamin C than one orange.7 A cup of cooked kale provides 53.3 mg of vitamin C, needed to build and maintain collagen, a key protein in skin health. Vitamin C is also important for wound healing.8.

Kale for detoxing

Kale contains both fibre and sulphur which are both great for detoxifying the body and keeping the liver healthy.

Kale for anti-inflammation

One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.

Conclusion

Kale is one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods available; adding kale to your diet can boost your nutrient intake.

References

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/magazine/who-made-that-kale.html
  2. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2461/2
  3. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/calcium-full-story/
  4. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/89/5/1638S.full
  5. https://academic.oup.com/ckj/article/5/Suppl_1/i25/448417/Magnesium-in-disease
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19083431
  7. https://authoritynutrition.com/foods/oranges/
  8. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C 
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Contact details

Tel:07817 921916

The Chilston Clinic
12 Rusthall Rd
Tunbridge Wells
TN4 8RA

The Wellington Centre
44 Wellington Sq
Hastings TN34 1PN

Testimonials

"Any clinic would be incredibly lucky to have your experience and expertise. You are the consummate professional and definitely provide a 5 star service!!"
S. Houghton, Kent.

"I met Fiona at a networking event about two years ago where she was giving a talk on Colon Hydrotherapy, and was immediately impressed with her knowledge and quiet, calm manner. I have been seeing Fiona for nutritional advice and regular colon hydrotherapy treatments ever since and highly recommend her. (I had been looking for someone to go to for colonics for years, and was very happy to finally find someone I felt comfortable with). Fiona gives regular talks to groups and offers her excellent treatments in Tunbridge Wells, Battle and Hastings.  She works to a very high professional standard and is gentle, caring and sensitive. I recommend her to many of my own clients as I feel that nutrition and colon hydrotherapy is so key to overall health and well being - certainly critical to skin condition!"
A Pattihis - East Sussex