Donal Skehan’s Super Green Broccoli and Spinach Soup


Introducing the IHS recipe of the week. We start with a lovely recipe from the IHS Operations Manager, Louise Mullaney. Her version of Donal Skehan’s gorgeous soup is packed full of green vegetables, a great winter warmer and packed full of liver supporting nutrients. Enjoy!

Serves 4

1 medium head of broccoli, stalk removed
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Its competition time!

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IHS believe that life is for learning and so we want to help someone expand their skills and knowledge in the field of Integrative Healthcare in 2016 by giving 1 lucky winner an incredible 500€ off one of our courses.

You can choose which course to offset the prize against, as long as you meet the basic entry requirements for the course of your choice (see T&Cs below) and it is running in the academic year starting September 2016.

For your chance to #win post a photo of one of your delicious smoothies, smoothie bowls or salads on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #whatsinyours.

On Facebook: Follow us, and like and share the competition post

On Instagram: Follow us, like the competition post and tag IHS (UK or Ireland) and at least 2 friends in your photo.

On Twitter: Retweet the competition post, tag us in your photo (IHS UK or Ireland) and follow us.

Feel free to get creative and show us where you are enjoying your delicious creation and who with! We would also love you to share the ingredients and/or recipe in the post. We will share our favourite pictures with all our followers on this page over the next few weeks so keep checking back. We will also no doubt be trying out some of your great smoothie and salad recipes and will let you know what we think.

Competition closes at midnight on August 31st 2016 and the winner will be announced early in September.

Terms and Conditions

By entering the prize draw you agree to the below terms and conditions, to be bound by the decisions of IHS and to receive communication via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email, sent from IHS, about the prize draw.

Entering the prize draw

This prize draw is open only to individuals aged 18 or over. Employees of IHS are not permitted to enter. The prize draw takes place after the closing date of 31st August 2016. All entries must include a photograph (as stated) and the hashtags described.

Choosing the winner

IHS will draw 1 winner and the draw will be supervised by an independent person. Entries are drawn at random. IHS will notify the winner after the closing date, via a Twitter ‘tweet’, Instagram post and Facebook post. The notification will include details of how the prize/s can be accepted. If the winner does not confirm acceptance of the prize within two weeks of being notified, the prize will become void.

The prize

The winner/s will receive a 500€ credit towards any IHS course (or equivalent in GBP, dependent upon the exchange rate at time of award). The recipient may only choose a course for which they have the relevant minimum entry requirements as per the IHS course pages. This can be discussed with the IHS team directly.


The prize is non-transferable and non-refundable. There is no cash alternative. The prize must be redeemed within the academic year between September 2016 and June 2017. If a chosen course is cancelled in this academic year then the recipient may choose another course or transfer the prize to a later academic year at the discretion of the IHS directors. IHS’s decision is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the draw. No responsibility will be taken for late, lost, indecipherable or misdirected entries or for any failure of communication resulting from incorrectly supplied information. IHS reserves the right to check the validity of any entry and the identity of any entrant or winner and to refuse entry or refuse giving the prize if IHS reasonably considers the entry and/or winner to be in breach of the terms and conditions. If IHS at any time considers an entry is inappropriate and/or fails to comply with its social media guidelines, or that the entrant has otherwise failed to comply with these terms and conditions, it may disqualify the entry. Prize details are correct at date of publication. IHS reserves the right at any time in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or supersede the prize draw if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the prize draw is not capable or is likely not to be capable of being conducted fairly or as specified within these terms and conditions due to events beyond its control (including, without limitation, a virus, a computer bug or unauthorised human intervention or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of IHS that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal course of the prize draw). The winner may be asked, subject to their consent, to take part in reasonable post-prize draw publicity for IHS which may include photography or filming required by IHS and the winner agrees to the use of their personal data for such purposes. The entrant agrees to assign all copyright and intellectual property developed during this prize draw exclusively to IHS. IHS shall have no liability for any delay and/or failure to perform any obligation to the winner or other entrant that is caused by: (a) technical problems of any kind which may limit or prevent any person’s participation in the prize draw; (b) any loss or damage arising from or in connection with the allocation of the Prize; (c) any act or omission of any third party; or (d) any other events beyond IHS’s control that may cause the prize draw to be disrupted or corrupted. If any of these terms and conditions is found by a court or regulator to be invalid or unenforceable the other provisions shall continue to apply. We will do our best to resolve any problems relating to the prize draw. By entering this prize draw you hereby acknowledge that it is not sponsored, administered or in any way endorsed by Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

How Institute of Health Sciences helped my with my Nutritional Therapy career by Ola Mazurkiewicz, Nutritional Therapist at Positive Vitality

“IHS helped me to change my life and inspired me to help others in changing their lives. I enrolled to this amazing college to find out the truth about healthy eating. My health wasn’t the best and the health information in the media was very confusing and not making much sense. I needed to get to the source of a healthy lifestyle and IHS gave me that. The knowledge I have gained Continue reading…

Dr Liz Lipski at the first Irish Functional Medicine Conference – June 24th

Dr Lipski will be discussing balancing the Gut-Brain Axis to Improve Mental Health.

Could depression, anxiety and other mental health issues begin in the gut? Emerging research on the relationship between the brain, behavior and the digestive system indicates that gut health may be a key to mental health. For example, several studies report that a large percent of people who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), also experience depression, anxiety, and/or schizophrenia. Up to 20% of people with schizophrenia have gluten-intolerance. When GI issues are resolved, many people’s mental health complaints also resolve.

Communication between the gut-brain is bi-directional and symbiotic. Much of this resides around the afferent nerves, primarily the vagus nerve, where surprisingly 90% of the flow of the sensory nerves goes from the gut to the brain. 90% of the serotonin synthesised in the body is made in the gut; and all of our neurotransmitters are synthesised in large amounts. Increased intestinal permeability can lead to increased gram-negative lipopolysaccharides (LPS) also passing the blood brain barrier. The gut microbiome it appears plays a large role in balancing neuro-endocrine-immune relationships. Balances or dysbiotic imbalances of the gut microbiome affect our mood, behavior, and even our food preferences. The gut microbiome also affects our metabolism, weight, satiety, glucose in interactions with our hypothalamus.

In this session, Dr Lipski will explore the basic physiology and research of the gut-brain axis, and metabolism that targets our mental health, specifically mood, depression, and anxiety. Discussion will explore the role of diet in maintaining and restoring microbial balance (eubiosis), and the likely effects of selected prebiotics and probiotics. Participants will learn how to recognise related GI dysfunction and gain tools to use clinically to support balance of the amazing human superorganism.

Learning Objectives

• Introduce the basic physiology and research in the gut-brain axis in reference to mental health
• Recognise the overlap between digestive and mental health issues
• Recommend foods and nutraceuticals to balance the gut-brain axis
• Be able to incorporate this information in clinical practice

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