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I’ve done a lot of research on gut health over the years, particularly the gut-brain connection and it makes for powerful reading.
 
If our gut microbiome (the good bowel flora) is out of balance through medications like antibiotics, the Pill and even HRT, then it is more likely that bacteria and yeast can establish themselves in the bowel.
 
These produce chemicals that irritate the gut wall. When this happens more undigested, or toxic waste, passes through into the blood stream which creates a heightened and sustained immune response. A permeable bowel, or “leaky gut “, may increase the potential development of food allergies or intolerances, the most common being yeast, wheat and dairy foods. It is thought that about 75% of people suffering from chronic fatigue will have some sort of underlying bowel problem. Typical symptoms include bad breath, bloating, low energy, IBS symptoms of diarrhoea and/or constipation

How much attention do you pay to keeping yourself on top form? Is your sleep pattern effecting your energy and focus? If yes – feel free to contact me and I can give you more information on how the little yellow pill can help.

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.

The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

Through my bespoke therapies I work with many people to help them reclaim quality sleep.  I look forward to working with you!

 

For years scientists have been exploring the idea of extending ‘healthy lifespan’ – ie what it is happens in the body which leaves us looking gray and wrinkly, feeling tired and weak.  What if there was a supplement which could extend life?

The National Institute of Aging (NIA) is a division of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The NIA with its federally funded research, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.  In 1974, Congress granted authority to form the NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programmes relevant to aging and older people.

Why am I telling you this?  Well, out of the 1000s upon 1000s of herbal supplements, manufactured by some very big brands, the NIA chose ONE supplement to do a ten year study on longevity and was found to do just this!  Imagine that: out of all the tens of thousands of supplements available in the US, the NIA chose Protandim!

Why did they study Protandim?  Because previous studies showed that Protandim:

  • provides strong Nrf2 activation (Nrf2 regulates the expression of antioxidant proteins that protect against oxidative damage triggered by inflammation)
  • increases superoxide dismutase (SOD) – SOD is an important defence mechanism in nearly all living cells
  • protects the heart from oxidative stress

This is truly significant in the fight for good health in old age!

More information on Protandim is available here.

Read the full research story here.

I love Vitamin D and I tell all my patients about its value and benefits.

If you find it’s taking a little more time to get pregnant, one of the things you can do to maximize your chances of conceiving is to make sure you have enough vitamin D.

Vitamin D is a substance our bodies naturally produce following sun exposure, so getting outside in the sunshine is a great way to help boost your fertility.

Vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic status in Western societies and has been linked to increased risk of cancer, osteoporosis, and decreased chances to get pregnant. Thankfully, more and more doctors are now recognising this are recommending tests and supplements.

A 2010 study led by Dr. Lubna Pal from Yale University, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, found that vitamin D blood level was a better predictor of pregnancy success following in vitro fertilization than any other conventionally-used prognostic parameter. For women undergoing fertility treatments, this means that your IVF may fail just because your body is vitamin D deficient, even if everything else is in good shape. Dr. Pal suggests measuring vitamin D as part of a routine infertility workup because “appropriate supplementation of those depleted in vitamin D may translate to an improved fertility outcome as well as improved overall health.”

When I’m working with patients who are trying to conceive, balancing hormones through my therapies (reflexology and acupuncture) and Vitamin D supplementation is my prescription!

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.

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!

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!

 

Prostate cancer

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

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.

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!