Author Archives: Deepa Kannan

Supporting Brain Health with Ancient Tools

In the year 2015, researchers defined a system in the human body which they called the glymphatic system, a system which removes waste from the brain and detoxifies the brain, a discovery that could mean a world of difference for neurological conditions. This new research has been a major system of attention in Functional Medicine

The wonderful health reboot of Ramzan

As mankind has evolved over time, as we have brought in structure and community into our societies, traditions in different religions have been one way of structure. In the Muslim tradition, Ramzan is a wonderful opportunity to reassess your diet and lifestyle, and support your body in a process of recovery, provided that it is

Is Aluminium safe for Brain Health?

At one point in time, many of our homes used Aluminium cookware. I recall my grandparents saying that food would cook faster in Aluminium vessels. Today, while I resort to ancestral guidance for many things that I am confused with, I do everything within my hands to educate everyonw around me on the dangers of

Enzyme activating Orange Peel Relish

If you’ve been enjoying my recipes from Phyto Bites, I apologise for the delay. As you know, I created Phyto Bites on my blog as unique anti-inflammatory recipes. Every recipe is curated through Functional Medicine Nutrition with an intention to support some body system. I know how you might struggle with digestion, which is really

Plant Powered versus Plant Based

In today’s world of diets and hashtags, you’ve probably come across plant based often. On Instagram, #plantbased has almost 22 million posts! I know that the terms across the nutrition world can be both overwhelming and sometimes restrictive. If you’ve gotten confused over the terms plant based, especially if you are not vegan, I want

Why learning to say no is crucial to your overall health

In the world of Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition, your mind, emotions and the state of your spirit is crucial to your physical, emotional and spiritual well being. The truth is that your physiology is deeply connected to your psychology. If you suffer from any symptoms and conditions, ranging from gut related conditions to immune

Detoxifying Beetroot and Banana Stem Salad

Detoxification is a word that has been used so much and in so many ways, and I’d love to know what your take is! Some people trash the concept of detoxification in the belief that such a thing does not even exist. There might be a little truth in their belief simply because it can

How faith and optimism support healing

There was a time when the placebo effect was ridiculed and not considered scientific. In fact, systems of medication which were thought to be based on the placebo effect were not systems with scientific standing. Today, the placebo effect is on fact being used and manipulated to support healing. I recall many decades ago the

Immune Empowering Volcano Broth

If you’ve been following my blogs, then you probably know that Phyto Bites is my recipe section. It’s really all about potent bites of phytonutrients! Every recipe has phytonutrients of some form, all recipes are gluten free and anti-inflammatory, unless you have more specific sensitivites, in which case you need to be watchful of those