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Candida

Candida Albicans is a very common type of yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina – it can affect skin and other mucous membranes. If the immune system is functioning optimally, this type of yeast infection is rarely serious. However, if the immune system is not functioning properly, the candida infection can migrate to other areas of the body, including the blood and membranes around the heart or brain.

It was quite a few years ago that I discovered I had candida and the only symptom I had was intense, chronic fatigue.  I remember it well: I was studying for my second degree in complementary medicine and I vividly remember dragging myself out of bed each morning to get to work and at weekends when  I was doing my studies and research for my thesis, I forced myself to study.  I spent many hours in bed each and every weekend. Even now, thinking but, I don’t know who I got through that period. And I don’t know how I managed to obtain a First Class Honours.

Through my thirst for knowledge to understand why I was feeling the way I was feeling, I found help via a therapist in South Africa who was to become my mentor.  Through email communication she diagnosed adrenal fatigue and Candida.  This, in fact, started my desire to set up this website and to inform people of what I had learnt and what I had experienced so that through my knowledge and experience, I could help others.

Candida is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion, when in proper levels in the body – in fact, we all have candida to a certain extent.  It’s when it overproduces, however, that the typical candida symptoms may appear. In the digestive tract, left unchecked, it breaks down the walls of the intestinal lining and penetrates into the bloodstream. This releases by-product toxins and other toxins from your system, causing leaky gut syndrome.  Fortunately, I didn’t get leaky gut, but my candida was systemic. It took a few months to get rid of it and even now I have to keep it in check.

When the body’s natural pH balance is upset, the candida can grow out of control, creating a systemic problem. Good healthy bacteria and a properly functioning immune system are essential when fighting this stubborn infection.

Some symptoms of candida:

  • Exhaustion
  • Cravings for sugar
  • Bad breath
  • White coat on tongue
  • Brain fog
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Chronic sinus and allergy issues
  • Digestive problems (gas and bloating)
  • Weak immune system
  • UIT

I’ll let you into a secret:  one easy, and not so well known way to identify whether or not you have Candida is upon waking, before eating or brushing your teeth fill a glass tumbler with water.  Spit into the water and wait a minute or so.  If the spittle sits on the top of the water, the likelihood his you’re candida-free.  If, however, the spittle starts to grow ‘legs’ growing down to the bottom of the glass, Candida is present.

Nutrigenomics

As I do more and more research on the subject of nutrigenomics, I am in absolute awe. As seasoned alternative health practitioner helping hundreds of my clients to feel better, I didn’t realise the full impact of food and nutrition on health.  Oh, sure, I understood the importance of eating healthily and my degree in nutrition taught me a lot more.  But, only now am I fully understanding – and seeing for myself – how the foods we eat interact with our genes to affect our health.  This is worth repeating – take a minute to think about this: the foods we eat interact with our genes to affect our health.  This is now a huge area of research and I’m hearing so many testimonials.  This science is called nutrigenomics orf nutrigenetics.  

One approach that nutrigenomics researchers use is to investigate how nutrients and bioactive components in food turn on or off certain genes – these genes impacting important metabolic and physiologic processes in the body.  For example,  researchers have identified compounds found in broccoli that switch on a specific gene that helps the body detoxify some of the harmful chemicals we’re sometimes exposed to.  Of course, we know cruciferous vegetables are good for us, but now we know why and to what extent.

This is why I’m so happy to have found Protandim – a powerhouse of nutrition able to turn on the nrf2 pathway to protect against oxidative stress.  I’m now in a position to help so many more of my clients, family and friends and have research and testimonials  at my fingertips.   cells

 

As a health practitioner I get a lot of people asking me about leg cramps and what can help with this condition.  It’s actually a common health complaint.

Diagnosing leg cramps can be tricky and the exact cause is difficult to pin point. Whilst usually the odd leg cramp can be endured without too much suffering, for those experiencing frequent cramping, the pain can be intense. Frequent leg cramps can also be quite disruptive to sleep. The good news is that there are a number of natural treatments that you can try to rid yourself of night time leg cramping.

One potential cause of leg cramps may be a deficiency in hesperidin. Hesperidin is a bioflavonoid that is sometimes referred to as vitamin P. Some medical research suggests that hesperidin, along with other bioflavonoids like citrin, rutin, flavones, flavonals, calechin, and quercetin, may be able to help prevent night leg cramps. In one clinical trial performed in Italy, researchers set out to investigate the preventative action of pycnogenol on cramps and muscular pain in different groups of subjects. Pycnogenol is a name for a combination of bioflavonoids that are obtained from the bark of the Pinus maritima pine tree and are known for their antioxidant properties. The study included a five-week observation period to evaluate the effectiveness of pycnogenol.  Four 50 mg capsules were prescribed with a suggestion to drink at least 1.5 L of water every day. In the first part of the study, 66 healthy subjects completed a five-week observation period. The research team found that the difference between the number of cramp attacks in the two weeks before the study and in the fourth and fifth weeks was statistically significant. In normal subjects, the average number of episodes was reduced from 4.8 events per week to 1.3 at four weeks. In venous patients, there was a decrease in cramping from. In athletes, the number of episodes decreased from 8.6 to 2.4. The decrease was still present at five weeks in the three groups, at levels significantly lower than at the start of the study.

Studies:  Young, G., “Muscle cramps: quinine derivatives likely to be effective but not recommended for routine use due to toxicity; vitamin B complex, naftidrofuryl and calcium channel blockers possibly effective,” Evid Based Med 2010 Aug; 15(4): 114-5.
Vinciguerra, G., et al., “Cramps and muscular pain: prevention with pycnogenol in normal subjects, venous patients, athletes, claudicants and in diabetic microangiopathy,” Angiology 2006 May-Jun; 57(3): 331-9.

protandimI turned to Protandim in October 2016 out of desperation because my quality of sleep had decreased.  In fact, for whatever reason, I just wasn’t sleeping.  It was a diabetic client of mine who told me about Protandim and as I’d tried everything else, I thought I’d give it a go. My sleep pattern returned in 3 days and now, on days like these, when I wake up rested and refreshed, I’m so pleased I gave it a go.

What is Protandim?

I’m constantly being asked my clients and friends alike,  how I look so young and where I get my energy.  I think this video sums it up:  http://protandimlondon.com/what-is-protandim/

 

Nrf2

One way the body takes care of repairing damage is to signal the production of antioxidant enzymes or survival genes through something known as the Nrf2 pathway. Nrf2 is a powerful protein that is latent within each cell in the body, unable to move or operate until it is released by an Nrf2 activator.

The only, patented, natural supplement to activate the Nrf2 pathway, thereby reducing oxidative stress by 40% in 30 days.  Amazing?  Find out more.