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Oxidative stress

What is oxidative stress?

Oxidative stress is  an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.

What are free radicals?
A free radicals is an oxygen containing molecule that has one or more unpaired electrons, making it highly reactive with other molecules.

Oxygen by-products are relatively unreactive but some of these can undergo metabolism within the biological system to give rise to these highly reactive oxidants. Not all reactive oxygen species are harmful to the body. Some of them are useful in killing invading pathogens or microbes.

However, free radicals can chemically interact with cell components such as DNA, protein or lipid and steal their electrons in order to become stabilized. This, in turn, destabilizes the cell component molecules which then seek and steal an electron from another molecule, therefore triggering a large chain of free radical reactions.

What are antioxidants?
Every cell that utilizes enzymes and oxygen to perform functions is exposed to oxygen free radical reactions that have the potential to cause serious damage to the cell. Antioxidants are molecules present in cells that prevent these reactions by donating an electron to the free radicals without becoming destabilized themselves. An imbalance between oxidants and antioxidants is the underlying basis of oxidative stress.

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Protandim

What is aging? 
The body is a highly intelligent and unique mass of cells. These cells do an amazing job to keep us going through life with all its ups and downs and strains and stresses. Working constantly to keep us alive and finely tuned.

Most of us totally abuse our bodies, at some time or another, and all the cells are fighting constantly to keep things working.

Following years and years and years of research, anti-aging products are starting to really work. And we now have one of the GREATEST scientific breakthroughs in anti-ageing at our fingertips in the UK… the Nrf2 activator Protandim.

What is protandim?
Comprised of natural plant ingredients, Protandim is a patented, science-based formula that has been researched, tested and validated by renowned universities and institutions. Science research and literature demonstrate the importance of cellular health. Protandim combines traditional ingredients that have been used to help support cellular health and general well-being.

Benefits of Protandim 
Protandim is a daily food supplement that supports cellular health and well-being Science research and literature demonstrate the importance of cellular health
The traditional ingredients in Protandim have been used to help support health and well-being. To be used with any healthy diet to support cellular health and general well-being.
The only way to really know is try it for yourself!

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Coffee Could Contain Mould

This was brought to my attention just recently and I must admit to being very surprised about this – I never knew that coffee contained harmful moulds.

Dave Asprey, Founder and CEO of Bulletproof has been talking about harmful mould in bad coffee for quite a while now but I’ve only just come across his work.  He talks about moulds (or mycotoxins) having very harmful effects on the body and he has developed his own bulletproof coffee which is now widely available.

A Spanish study published in journal Food Control analysed 100 coffee samples sold in Spanish supermarkets and found that they contained moulds or mycotoxins in concentrations that could be harmful to health. They included roasted beans, ground coffee, soluble/ instant coffee in their study. These mycotoxins or moulds are not just found in coffee, they can form in grains, nuts and other susceptible products. They are the result of a number of environmental factors like temperature, humidity and rainfall during harvesting.

So, now, when I do drink coffee, I make sure it’s bulletproof!

 

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Although the conventional prostate cancer treatments of chemotherapy and surgery are well known, there is a more natural and benign approach to the problem.  Hormone imbalances induced by environmental toxins, especially the ‘xeno-oestrogens’, are thought by some authorities to be a major contributor to prostate problems.  Progesterone and prostate problems are linked through the action of oestrongen.  Natural progesterone is a powerful antagonist to these chemical poisons and as such can be viewed as one of the more important prostate cancer treatments.

The symptoms of prostate diseases are:

  • enlargement
  • smaller urethras
  • inflammation
  • increased frequency of urination
  • cellular changes leading to cancer

In many cases these changes can be linked to a rise in oestrogen and di-hydrotestosterone and a drop in testosterone.  The rise in oestrogen also causes fatty tissues to be deposited in men’s breasts and a reduction in facial hair.  High levels of di-hydrotestosterone have been linked to prostate enlargement and cancer.

Progesterone is vital for men’s health as it is for women’s!  Approximately 5 to 15mg of this hormone is made on a continuous daily basis in the testes, which convert it into testosterone and other hormones, including oestrogen.

As progesterone protects men against excessive oestrogen, particularly the xeno-oestrogens and di-hydrotestosterone, some researchers believe that the drop in progesterone levels associated with aging combined with the rise in environmental oestrogen is causing the alarming increasing in these problems.

The lack of progesterone and prostate problems is interrelated and is supported by the fact that the prevention and control of these diseases has been assisted in many cases by the use of supplemental progesterone administered as a skin cream.

There is substantial anecdotal evidence indicating that as little as 20mg/day is sufficient to reduce an enlarged prostate to normal.  Some cases of prostate cancer have also responded to progesterone.  As it is safe, with no toxic side effects, it is being used increasingly often as an alternative to other prostate cancer treatments.

The following nutritional guidelines have proven beneficial in assisting the fight against this disease:

  • Omega 3
  • Zinc
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Anti-oxidants especially: Vitamins E, C, A
  • Selenium

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Cortisol

Let’s talk about Cortisol.

We make cortisol in response to stress, but in these busy and hectic times, most of us, typically, run around stressed all the time which means stress hormones are wreaking havoc in our bodies over time and this makes us store fat – especially belly fat! High cortisol is also linked to food addiction (sugar and sugar cravings!) and depression. So, what’s the result of this? We get fat.

To reset our cortisol, one thing we can do is take a break from caffeine. Try slowly weaning yourself off coffeine over three days and notice how your sleep and stress levels improve.

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Happy New Year!

I wish all my clients a happy and healthy 2016!

Did you know that: it’s estimated that most people only maintain their New Year’s resolution for about a week to ten days!  I found this shocking, but it’s true!  It is thought that the problem is that people give themselves unrealistic and unachievable goals which they simply can’t keep up.  It’s better to have achievable short term goals that you can stick to, see the difference and then add some more in as you gain in confidence.  Be kind to yourself, and put in place a simple, realistic and achievable dietary plan. This may be cutting back on sugar or coffee or increasing green vegetables or even drinking more water – do it in manageable stages.

I’m a qualified nutritionist – if you want my help to kick start your 2016 health programme, I would love to hear from you!

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I’m so pleased to see that GPs are now advising their patients to have Vitamin D tests – it’s about time! If there is one vitamin of vital need, this is it.

Vitamin D regulates gene expression, has a positive fundamental effect on cell differentiation and growth, with anti-oxidative and autoimmune anti-inflammatory mechanisms. It positively affects the nervous system by stimulating neurotrophic factors, quenching oxidative hyperactivity and regulating autoimmune responses.

It’s made by the action of UVB sunlight as it strikes the cholesterol covering our bare skin. Unfortunately with our habit of washing with soap, all the cholesterol is washed off, leaving none with which to make vitamin D. So no amount of sunshine will help when skin is washed with soap.

For some of the best information on vitamin D have a look at: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/
Here is what Dr Cannell, of the Vitamin D Council said:

“During the last decade… ground-breaking laboratory studies have shown that the active hormone form of vitamin D interacts with receptors in more than 30 tissues and organs of the body and influences the action of some 1000 or more genes. By these means Vitamin D controls not only calcium homeostasis but another five physiological systems: the immune system, pancreas beta cells, heart and blood vessels, muscle development and strength, and brain development. In addition vitamin D has direct effects on cell activity. It facilitates cell differentiation and apoptosis, that is, it regulates cell death. Together with calcium it has a profound effect on cellular adhesion and initiation of cancer.”

30-50% of people have a Vitamin D deficiency, particularly those living in climates with little sun, living above 34 degrees north or south of the equator, work indoors, spend little time in the sun and have dark skin. The darker the skin the more sun exposure is required to obtain sufficient. The following list gives an indication of levels of vitamin D found in the blood. The test should be done for 25-hydroxyvitamin D, also called calcidiol:

Sufficient: 50-100ng/ml or 125-250 nmol/L
Hypovitaminosis: <30ng/ml or 75 nmol/L
Deficiency: <25ng/ml or 62 nmol/L

Vitamin D comes in three forms:

* Cholecalciferol or D3 which is formed in the skin, this also comes as a supplement to take.
* Calcidiol (25-hydroxyvitamin D) is a prehormone made from cholecalciferol by the liver. When testing for vitamin D this, and only this, is what should be tested for.
* Calcitriol (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D) is made from calcidiol principally by the kidneys, and is a most potent steroid hormone.

Finally a lack of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone, of which, you may know, I’m a supporter.

If you have concerns, please consider having a test done. There is mounting evidence that many (74 at last count), if not all, of our modern diseases, syndromes, symptoms are possibly due to a lack of vitamin D.

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