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11 03, 2021

Functional Health Testing to Unlock Healing

2021-03-11T13:39:23+00:00By |Ailments, Nutrition|

What is Functional Health Testing?

Functional health testing can be particularly useful for complex cases, such as autoimmune health conditions, long standing infections, chronic candida, autism, chronic/interstitial cystitis, infertility, and stubborn digestive problems.

Tests available include stool tests, testing for mold and Candida, hormonal testing and food intolerance testing.

Identifying exactly what is going on inside the body can be a vital key to unlock healing.

TESTS & THEIR USES

There are many examples of how the tests can be applied, below are just a few examples:

DIGESTIVE ISSUES

Typically a stool test could be done in a case of someone with chronic and stubborn IBS, which can reveal specific bacteria or mold causing this, which can then be addressed with targeted antimicrobials and natural treatment. In addition, a stool test is useful in many of cases – with the gut being so important for immune health and our health in general.

HORMONAL ISSUES

In cases of perimenopause, menopause and fertility a detailed hormone panel can be very useful. Hormones can be tested through blood tests, often done at GP surgeries, saliva or urine. My preference is for the urine test, which gives a full picture of what is going on with your sex hormones, sleep hormones and adrenal hormones. I prefer to use a urine test over blood because by taking 4-5 samples over 24 hours you are getting a far more accurate picture than one blood sample which is just a snapshot at a single point in time. Hormones fluctuate through the course of the day significantly, so testing several times is more informative. In addition to this, urine testing for sex hormone, instead of blood or saliva, shows the metabolites of the major hormones. This is just as important as metabolites often have the biggest effect on your symptoms.

FOOD INTOLERANCES

Food intolerances can be very difficult to isolate, and in some cases they can have a profound impact on your quality of life and well being. I am offering IGG food intolerance tests, which is a type of antibody (immune response) which can be formed when you react to foods. This simple test is now considered mainstream as many choose to use this approach as a starting point for an elimination diet.

AUTISM

Another example might be in the case of autism. There is a biomedical component whereby underlying medical issues often cause or contribute to autistic behaviour.  Common problems include overgrowth of Candida and Clostridia, inability to detoxify environmental toxins, and development of food intolerances and/or allergies. This in turn restricts the nutrients available to the brain and body, resulting in damage to cellular, metabolic, and central nervous system functionality.  The OAT test will detect these issues, paving the way for a targeted natural program to help correct these underlying issues.

IRIDOLOGY

I continue to offer Iridology testing, which I often do in a routine consultation. Iridology is the science and study of pathological and functional disturbances in the human body, which are indicated by abnormal markings and color changes in the iris. It reveals inflammation, where it is located and the stage of manifestation. Bodily conditions as they relate to inherent weaknesses, levels of health can be diagnosed through Iridology. It is a diagnostic tool started by German Doctors in the last century, and has become a popular tool used by Naturopathic practitioners to help identify the location of inflammation, weaknesses, and toxicity in the body.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

26 02, 2021

Long COVID & Natural Medicine

2021-02-26T15:35:12+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

How Can You Help Long COVID?

Long COVID is a new, debilitating condition, that can follow a COVID-19 infection. However, post-viral illness is nothing new. In fact, it’s a very common thing I have been treating in my practice over the last 25 years.

The main symptoms I see include, tiredness, weakness, brain fog, heart palpitations, mental health issues, dizziness, gut issues, body aches and pains, and sometimes sinus or breathing issues. There is a long history of natural medicine being used for post-viral illness.

Long COVID

There are two main ways Long COVID appears to affect people:

  • Respiratory symptoms, such as a prolonged cough and shortness of breath, as well as symptoms of chronic fatigue and headaches.
  • A more complex picture affecting many parts of the body, including the brain, gut and heart.

The Cause of Ongoing Post Viral Symptoms

If you have had a virus, like COVID, and feel you never properly recovered, you may be wondering why so many people have managed to fully recover with relative ease. Afterall, it’s the same virus.

The difference is in the environment and genetics in which the virus finds itself. It’s not just the virus causing the long-term symptoms, what is more important is the health status and genetic makeup that determine how well a person can shake off the virus and to what extent.

Let’s have a closer look.

Your Age

Age does play its role in the likelihood of Long COVID developing, as it does statistically with the severity of the COVID-19 infection. Long COVID affects around 10% of 18-49 year olds who become unwell with COVID-19, rising to 22% of over 70s.

Lots of peope I see with Chronic Fatigue and post viral illness generally can be in the 20s and 30s. So age is not always a guideline, but the statistics are useful.

How Healthy is the Host?

How healthy are you?

It’s not always an easy question to answer.

How a person will be impacted by COVID-19 during and after is very much determined by how healthy you are when you get infected.

While you may feel fine, fit and healthy, when something like COVID-19 comes along, it can act as the trigger, or the straw that breaks the camels back. In short, it can expose the fact that beneath the surface all is not as well as it may have appeared. Very quickly, a person can go from being asymptomatic to feeling very unwell.

In addressing Long Covid, what’s important, is to pin point what was going on below the surface.

History of Glandular Fever

For many with post viral fatigue, a history of Glandular Fever leaves its mark and plays a role, or another sickness that was difficult to recover from. For those with such a history, Long COVID is more likely to grip.

A common theme post Glandular Fever can be a congested lymphatic system. If the lymphatics are not working well the immune system is compromised and the body can’t effectively clear out waste material via this channel. The knock on effect is the post-viral type symptoms experienced by people with Long COVID and often by those who have had Glandular Fever.

Inflammation

COVID-19 can, for some, cause a massive strain on the body, effectively whipping up an internal storm. If your body is already inflamed, from poor diet, stress, infections, injuries, chronic health conditions, being rundown, or overuse of medications, such as antibiotics, bringing COVID-19 into the picture is going to be that much more challenging for the body to handle. Inflammation in the body can make you feel very unwell. Furthermore, inflammation in general underlies nearly every disease you can think of from Dementia and Diabetes, to Cancer and Autoimmune health problems.

Bringing down inflammation with a low carbohydrate and low sugar diet is a good first step. Natural medicines can specifically be applied to reduce inflammation also.

Gut Health

70% of the immune system is in the gut, so this is an important area to optimise for recovery. What’s more, gut issues are a common symptom of Long COVID. If the gut is not operating well, it can affect the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients, which are vital for recovery.

Iridology, which I provide in my practice, is a good way to test for leaky gut and damage to the gut lining. The virus can cause great damage to the gut lining, which in turn allows particles to leak across the bowel wall into the blood stream.

Another issue is that because much of the immune system is in this part of the body, histamine production goes into overdrive and the body is on high alert. For some people this can trigger Mast Cell Activation, which produces a range of uncomfortable symptoms. In such cases a low histamine or Paleo diet can bring about relief.

It is widely thought that part of the virus gets stuck in the bowel, and exacerbates the Long COVID symptoms.

Probiotics, natural antivirals, antibacterials, fermented foods, fruits and vegetables are an important part of restoring a healthy microbiome. In addition, there are some very effective natural remedies to help heal the gut wall.

For some cases, stool testing can be of great benefit.

Genetics

Supporting genetic predispositions to oxidative stress and inflammation with specific nutrients is a helpful way to counter this issue.

For example, 60% of the population inherit a MTHFR gene. This in turn affects your body’s ability to utilise synthetic folic acid, which results in many being low in naturally occuring folic acid. Folic acid is important for many reasons, but in this context it helps the body to produce Glutathione, which protects your body from oxidative stress.

Optimising Glutathione, with or without this gene is important. This can be done in several different ways, from diet to supplementing with NAC.

There are other genetic factors which can also play a role, such as IFNG pro-inflammatory gene, affected by viruses and bacteria. Making sure you have sufficient B vitamins is important for this particular genetic pathway.

If you have been affected by Long COVID or want to find out more, please get in touch and we can discuss it on the phone.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

29 09, 2020

Weight Loss Secrets

2020-09-29T14:03:42+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

How to Successfully Lose Weight

So many people come to see me with the problem of not being able to lose weight despite hard work, going to the gym, and following a diet

weight loss naturopath

Frustration is the result. But, there are a number of key body functions that need to be working well for weight loss to occur. If they are out of balance or not operating well your efforts will be poorly rewarded. Understanding this can make a massive difference to losing weight, but unfortunately, it’s not something mentioned by Doctors and weight loss organizations very often.

KEY AREAS TO FOCUS ON FOR SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS

1) Bile and liver function

Bile is produced by the liver and released from the gall bladder into the digestive tract. It helps us digest and breakdown fats as well as acting as a laxative and transporting waste and toxins from the body. Insufficient bile production will make it harder to lose weight. I find that the gall bladder will almost always be an issue where weight loss is difficult. It contributes to hypothyroidism, constipation, hormonal imbalance and weight gain.

2) “Eating fat makes you fat” is a myth

In fact healthy fats like flax seed, olive oil, coconut oil (both cold pressed and virgin), grass fed butter, avocados, and eggs all help your body produce hormones that reduce inflammation and aid metabolism. This is important because a faster metabolism means your body will be burning up fuel more efficiently. In addition, reduced inflammation results in many health benefits and helps to allow the body to lose weight.

3) Hormonal imbalance

Excess estrogen contributes to gall bladder disease and fluid retention among other health problems. If there is excess estrogen in the body, this in turn puts an extra stress and load on the liver and gall bladder, which, as mentioned above, will have a knock on effect on the body’s ability to lose weight.

4) Fluid retention

Commonly, 3-4kg of extra unwanted weight is actually trapped fluid in the body. Hormonal and mineral imbalances as well as lymphatic congestion will contribute to this. By taking natural remedies, such as celery seed and juniper, as well as other minerals, excess fluid can be eliminated from the body.

5) Thyroid

An under active thyroid will mean your metabolism will slow down, in turn holding onto more weight. Mostly this is related to an autoimmune condition, but when reading this information I think you’ll see how other factors, such as hormonal imbalance, liver and gall bladder function will also impact your thyroid function.

6) Adrenal exhaustion

Adrenal exhaustion will interfere with progesterone production thus allowing excess estrogen to dominate. Fatigue can be another side effect. As mentioned above, this excess estrogen will put an extra load on the gall bladder and liver function, while also affecting the thyroid.

7) Blood sugar balance

If you have erratic blood sugar swings you can gain weight easily. When insulin is high sugars and carbs in your diet get converted to fat, and the body will store this fat typically around the waist, but will also start to find other places, such as the liver and even the arteries.

Eating a low carb/sugar diet reduces stress on your liver and blood sugar levels. Avoiding or limiting high carb foods (bread, pasta, potato, rice, alcohol, cakes and biscuits ) to lose weight is a key step. If you do want to have some carbs, have them for dinner rather than breakfast and lunch, as this will be less of a problem for weight loss.

Another issue is that gluten, found in a lot of high carb foods, will contribute to an under active thyroid, which in turn makes weight loss harder.

Intermittent fasting, which means eating during a small part of the day (eg from 4-8pm), results in less insulin being produced, so less fat storage. If you would like any advice on this let me know.

8) Exercise

Exercise helps hormonal balance and of course burns up energy. But remember, if one has a banana and a muffin for breakfast you will need to run about 10 kilometres to burn it up. That’s a lot. Exercise helps with weight loss, but too much emphasis is put on calories and exercise, and not enough on having your body working in balance, unhindered, paving the way for easier weight loss.

Summary

You can probably see a picture starting to form here, whereby different parts of your body need to be in balance in order to achieve effective weight loss. Just trying to target one of these areas alone will have minimal results.

If you want to lose weight, look at all of the above in its entirety. However, the most important single factor is having low carbohydrates, as this will mean that less insulin is produced in your body and less inflammation – allowing your body as a whole to operate more effectively.

Having good energy levels will help achieve a good metabolic rate. As you can see there is a strong digestion and hormonal link too.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

17 03, 2020

Coronavirus & Naturopathy

2020-03-17T16:13:27+00:00By |Ailments, Foods|

How to Protect Yourself Naturally from the Coronavirus

There are some very simple things you can do that can help put you in a stronger position

The Coronavirus is also known as NCP, which stands for Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia. A key factor is how it affects the respiratory system. This is why the main concern is with the elderly, people with existing respiratory problems and serious illnesses.

There are powerful and effective antiviral natural remedies that also boost your immune system. What’s more, diet can play a very big role.

Diet

Foods to enjoy:

Foods to boost the immune system are those that are the high in antioxidants, such as berries, green leafy vegetables, garlic, onions, and colourful vegetables, such as peppers, beetroots, carrots, etc. Protein is also important, such as meat, fish, eggs.

Foods to avoid:

The key foods to avoid are those that cause inflammation and congestion in the body. Sugar is key with this, and so are most dairy products, as they create mucus and congestion. In light of the fact that this virus affects the respiratory system, this is very important.

Natural Remedies to Help Protect You

There are potentially many, but these are the key ones:

Garlic – as mentioned above, garlic is helpful in protecting your immune system. You can cook with it, but medicinally it is best to have it raw. This can be done by chopping up a clove and swallowing it, on a full stomach. This should be done at least once a day, and can be done more frequently.

Vitamin D3 – this helps fight respiratory infections (bacterial or viral). The quantity to take daily as a preventative for an adult should be 4,000 iu per day. Vitamin D3 is often combined with K2, which is fine if you are not on medication – but if you are on medications you should check compatibility. Higher amounts of D3 can be taken to protect the immune system; it is one of the most important things that can be done to boost immunity.

Vitamin C – This is antiviral and helps boost the immune system. Quantities needed for an adult are 3,000-5,000mg per day.

Other remedies – these linclude Elderberry, Echinacea, Andrographis, and Olive Leaf Extract.

Homeopathics – There are many homeopathic remedies to help protect against viruses and remedies that can help to overcome it. Some have a flu vaccination type effect and others are to boost your immune system.

Your Program

It’s best to get in touch with me to find out what the best combination of remedies is for you, taking into consideration your present medication and state of health.

You are welcome to get in touch and I can recommend a small program to help strengthen your immune system and protect you.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

 

24 05, 2019

FODMAP Diet Plan

2019-06-18T12:46:30+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

The FODMAP diet plan & IBS

Not only is the FODMAP diet useful in helping IBS, it can also be beneficial for a range of other health complaints too. There are other specific diets, such as Ketogenic and Paleo that are also well known for helping with digestive complaints and general good health. Finding which suits you best is key.

FODMAP is an acronym for a group of mostly sugars that become fermented and are not well digested. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. These include sugars found in fructose, lactose, fructans, galactans and polyols.

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)

The FODMAP diet was created in Australia and was discovered to help IBS symptoms. What’s more, a very high carbohydrate diet was shown to be strongly associated with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and other digestive issues.

In my time as a Naturopath and Nutritionist, I’ve learnt that IBS symptoms, such as bloating, digestive cramps, swings from constipation to loose bowels, diarrhea and wind are often things people just put up with. While the symptoms may not be too troublesome, over months and years IBS can contribute to a more serious deterioration of the bowel, leaky gut and coeliacs disease. In fact,  Leaky gut is common for those with IBS. These conditions have a knock on effect contributing to such a long list of illnesses, from migraines and headaches, to skin problems and inflammation in the body.

GLUTEN FREE

Gluten is found in wheat, rye, spelt, and sometimes oats. These are the first foods to eliminate with IBS and bowel problems.

Gluten is found more in our food today than it used to be because of genetic engineering, which renders the gluten content in wheat to be much higher than previously. This is one of the reasons why our grandparents didn’t seem to have such a problem with gluten. Compounding this issue, processing and cooking methods are very different today.

Our grandparents also ate a lot less sugar, in all its forms. Today supermarket shelves are full of foods not only packed with sucrose but also fructose. Fructose is a lot more absorbable than cane sugar, so it hits our blood sugar balancing systems much harder, puts pressure on the liver and creates more inflammation in the body.

Sugar generally is very pro-inflammatory and creates unwanted acidity in our blood, which is why it is a major food that promotes disease and illness in our bodies.

There’s no doubt that many people with IBS who avoid gluten and most grains feel better. This is in part because of the inflammation it can create in the gut and body, such as with eczema and psoriasis. It is also found in high carbohydrate (high sugar) foods, such as bread, pastries and pasta.

During the FODMAP studies by Monash University, the participants significantly improved when they avoided gluten and whey (cow’s dairy proteins), and every participant worsened when gluten and whey proteins were introduced.

HOW DOES FODMAP COMPARE WITH THE PALEO AND KETOGENIC DIETS?

It’s interesting to note, such as the Paleo diet, and in particular the Ketogenic diet play important roles in reducing inflammation in the body. This inflammation contributes to skin conditions, like eczema, acne, psoriasis and other complaints, such as migraines and headaches, inflammatory bowel disease and IBS.

The Paleo diet is low in grains and dairy. This compares with the Ketogenic diet, which is low in grains, but not restrictive of dairy. The Ketogenic diet recommends healthy fats, such as butter and coconut oil. This is so we get our energy from ‘clean fuel’ rather than dirty, damaging foods, which come from high carbohydrate foods, such as bread and pasta, and in particular sugar and fructose.

The FODMAP, Paleo and Ketogenic diets all have in common a low level of fermentable sugars, which is in fact what FODMAP stands for. These sugars can create an unhealthy balance of bad to good bacteria in the body. The microbiom (or microorganisms in the body) that are essential for a good immune system and optimal health, can be thrown out of balance. If there is an environment that supports bad bacteria to thrive, when high sugars are present particularly in the gut, SIBO, thrush and candida overgrowth can thrive, contributing to more ill health.

HIGH FODMAP FOODS (TO AVOID)

Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, cauliflower, garlic, peas, leeks, mushrooms, onions, sugar snap peas.

Fruits: apples, cherries, dried fruit, mango, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, watermelon.

Dairy and whey products: cow’s milk, custard, evaporated milk, ice cream, yogurt, condensed milk.

Protein sources: legumes, pulses, some meats.

Breads and cereals: wheat, rye, barley, biscuits and snack products.

Sugars, sweetners and candy: high fructose corn syrup, honey, sugar free candy.

Nuts: cashews and pistachios.

Corn is gluten free, but is also a high carbohydrate food that can contribute to a lot of digestive complaints, so I recommend keeping clear of it.

FODMAP FRIENDLY FOODS

There are low FODMAP food alternatives. However, simply by avoiding the high FODMAP foods listed above, you are doing a great job.

You can include grains such as quinoa, rice, and gluten free breads, which are fine. However, it’s worth noting, that in some cases I take people off gluten free breads and they can feel better. So in this it’s worth trying to see how you feel.

WHICH DIET IS BEST FOR YOU?

There has been a lot of hype around the FODMAP diet, and there are some really valid benefits to it. The main one that I believe stands out is avoiding gluten. It’s interesting that the Paleo and Ketogenic diets, also eliminate gluten. Keeping sugars low is also of great benefit to most people.

My word of caution in relation to the FODMAP diet is that getting sufficient healthy fats in our diets today is really important. So my diet of choice tends to be the Ketogenic diet, which encourages plenty of healthy fats, including dairy fats of a certain type.

If you are tackling IBS or wanting to follow a healthier diet, get in touch and we can talk through the best diet for you. I am a big believer in tailoring diets to specific needs. We can learn a lot from the FODMAP diet, but each of these diets I’ve mentioned have positives and negatives, and I would like to help you find the right diet for you. For pregnant women, or those with certain health issues, dietary changes should be done carefully and with guidance, so please get in touch before making any changes.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

2 04, 2019

Leaky Gut – How & Why To Fix this Important Problem

2019-06-18T21:22:55+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Leaky Gut: How & Why To Fix this Important Problem

Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability has been linked to many health problems.

There are about 100 trillion bacteria (good and bad) in our gut, which affect our entire body, from how we feel mentally and emotionally, to metabolism and sleep quality.They can be knocked out of kilter with poor diet, antibiotics, and stress.

When this happens, you can start to feel really quite unwell, with a whole host of symptoms from migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, and even more serious issues.

What is leaky gut syndrome?

Your digestive system has a vital function within your body. It is the barrier that keeps nutrients in and toxins/pathogens out. Keeping the gut lining healthy is important, and this is where healthy gut bacteria play their role.

If the gut microbe is unhealthy, leaky gut can start to develop. What this really means is that toxins can leak back through the lining of the gut and into the bloodstream.

How can you tell if you have ‘Leaky Gut?’

Leaky gut presents itself in many ways, but common symptoms include:

Leaky gut has also been linked with coeliac disease, multiple sclerosis and even autism, among other conditions.

HOW TO FIX LEAKY GUT SYNDROME

There is a lot you can do with diet to support your gut lining.

Diet is by far the most important factor in making your gut work. By keeping your gut microbiota in healthy balance, you can boost your immune system, support your digestion, remove environmental toxins from your body, and prevent leaky gut.

1) Include anti-inflammatory foods that are nutrient dense

To help get a handle on chronic inflammation, dietary changes can make a big difference.

  • This includes eliminating or greatly reducing added-sugar and alcohol from your diet. Candida and yeast thrive on sugar, and yeast overgrowth is one of the things that causes problems with the gut lining.
  • Stick with a varied diet of whole and unprocessed foods. This will bring a diversity of good bacteria into your gut to support the lining and gut integrity. It is worth noting that gut bacteria are related to the bacteria found in the soil – so my recommendation is to shop at your local market if you can, rather than your supermarket, so that foods are fresher and more in their natural state.
  • There are some foods that contribute to leaky gut. Wheat and gluten – which includes breads, pizza, pastries, pasta, some cereals, crackers, couscous, and gluten products, from cakes and muffins to biscuits and cookies. Following a gluten free diet is more manageable these days than in was previously, with many substitutes available. Processed meats – from  deli meats to bacon and sausages. Junk food – from crisps, sugary cereals and confectionery, etc. Pasteurized dairy – including milk, cheese, cream, ice cream. Refined oils – all refined oils, often vegetable oils, including canola, sunflower and rapeseed.  Artificial sweeteners: Aspartame, sucralose and saccharin – try stevia as a replacement. Drinks – avoid alcohol, fizzy drinks and other sugary drinks.
  • Include prebiotic foods that encourage good bacteria in the gut: examples are sweet potato, carrots, asparagus.
  • Include probiotic foods: these include sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, pickles. In fact fermented food like raw sauerkraut can often be a better source of probiotics than supplements found in health food stores.
  • Find out if you have a food allergy or allergies. This can be done with Kinesiology testing or other forms of testing. Then I recommend keeping away from these foods as they will contribute to irritation in the gut.
  • Bone broth is a a great way to get vital amino acids which help with tissue repair and gut healing and healthy digestion.

2) Supplement to support the gut

  • Prebiotics: Prebiotics feed intestinal bacteria that produce short-chain fatty acids, which are important for the mucosal cells that create a healthy gut lining.
  • Probiotics: If you don’t want to add fermented food to your daily diet, you can supplement with a good quality probiotic from your local health food store.
  • Digestive enzymes: These are often compromised when leaky gut is present. Things like grains and legumes can be problematic and you can try avoiding these and at the same time add a good quality digestive supplement to your diet can help improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients and vitamins.
  • L-glutamine: An anti-inflammatory amino acid that is a priority when fixing and health leaky gut. It helps to cover cell walls and eliminate unwanted pests.

3) Tackle stress levels
The body works in mysterious ways sometimes, and you might be surprised to hear that studies have shown that stress affects the gut-brain axis, the pathway between your brain and your gut.

4) Too much sugar and a history of medications
Clearing  out of your body a history of too much sugar or medications, such as antibiotics, contraceptive pill, anti-inflammatories is important too. This is because these drugs can continue to cause damage in the cells of your digestive system, despite you having stopped them. Homeopathy is excellent at clearing out the damage that such things as antibiotics and sugar can cause.

Taking care of your gut is a great way to feeling better in so many ways, from vitality and energy, depression and anxiety to pain and memory problems.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

18 03, 2019

Herbal Teas & Their Surprising Health Benefits

2019-04-02T10:54:54+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Most of us drink tea or coffee at some point in the day

What if I told you that adding herbal teas into your daily routine is one of those simple things you can easily do from home that can help with how you feel?

I’m not talking about fruit teas that you find on the supermarket shelves, rather herbal teas. Many supermarkets stock these today, and health food stores certainly do. What’s more you can grow herbs in pots in the kitchen or outside.

I grow lots of kitchen herbs in our garden and pick an array of herbs, especially in the spring and summer, and simply allow them to steep in boiled water for 15 minutes before drinking. This makes a lovely drink and is a powerful way to consume micronutrients, vitamins and minerals and enjoy the medicinal, alkalizing and restorative properties at the same time.

If you are pregnant or on medication, please use caution and get advice before drinking herbal teas – my advice is generally to steer clear of all herbal teas during pregnancy, unless specifically advised otherwise.

Traditional Uses of Herbal Teas

If you are pregnant, please take caution and get advice before drinking herbal teas – my advice is generally to steer clear of herbal teas during pregnancy.

Chamomile: Buds
Relaxing and calming tea, often drunk before bed or for calming nerves and anxiety and for an upset tummy.

Nettles: Leaf
Often used to aid detoxification, as well as high content in things like iron, chlorophyll and minerals and vitamins. It’s reputation as a seasonal allergy remedy has been around for many years.

Peppermint: Leaves
Digestive tonic for bloating, gas and upset tummies.

Rosemary: Leaves
Powerful antioxidant often used to help with memory and concentration, increase circulation and soothe aching muscles.

Thyme: Leaves
Often used as a natural cough remedy, it is also renowned for blocking the growth of organisms, including certain types of harmful bacteria and viruses.

Oregano: Leaves
Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory – and research suggests it exhibits anticancer activity.

Mint: Leaves
Traditionally used as a digestive tonic and calming tea.

Passionflower: Leaves
For its relaxing and soporific properties – a perfect bedtime tea.

Rose Hips: Buds once the bloom has expired
Vitamin C, D, E and K, and commonly used to boost the immune system, improve digestion and as a general detoxing and nervous system tonic.

Lemon Balm: Leaves
As a calming and sedative tea, which has often been used for anxiety, irritability, stress and insomnia, as well as a nervous stomach.

Echinacea: Buds
This tea has a great history for its affinity with the immune system.

Milk Thistle: Buds
A long history in relation to its usage for detoxification.

Catnip: Leaves
A calming herb.

Raspberry: Leaf
As a tonic for the female reproductive system. This should be avoided by pregnant women.

Lavender: Buds
Calming tea

Red Clover: Buds
Renowned for detoxification and purifying properties.

Dandelion: Root
Weeds found in many people’s garden’s, have a history of being used as a blood liver and gallbladder tonic.

Dandelion: Leaf
Rich in iron, zinc, potassium, manganese and more – has a long history for use as a diuretic, water retention, high blood pressure and nourishment for the kidneys.

Lemongrass: Stalk
For digestion and calming properties.

Ginger: Root
Digestive tonic, morning sickness, colds and flus. Ginger tea should be avoided if you are on blood thinners.

If you have any questions or would like further assistance with your health please get in touch.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

13 03, 2019

What’s Your Skin Telling You?

2019-03-13T20:02:27+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Our skin is a reflection of our inner health, and a much larger pattern of susceptibility and disease tendency

It is the largest organ in the body, and a very important indicator of what’s going on inside. Having great looking skin is what most of us focus on, but in reality, if something’s not right with your skin it’s worth digging deeper and sorting it out.

The body is an amazing machine, and tries to express imbalance, intolerance and inflammation in the most superficial and the least invasive way. So, eczema for example, is often viewed by Naturopath’s as a safety valve – nature’s way of releasing problems within the body through the skin. By eliminating through the skin, it means that the issue doesn’t show up within deeper tissues and organs, causing more difficult problems, which can happen quickly or many years later.

Suppressing eczema or acne with topical and oral medications, is definitely not within the realms of Naturopathy. The idea is to rebalance, alleviate, detox and treat the underlying cause to help pave the way for a healthier future and glowing skin.

Common causes underlying skin problems

Problems ranging from eczema, psoriasis, oily skin, acne, dry flaky skin, excessive sweating, cracked heals and hard skin to thin skin, itchiness, acne rosacea, cysts, dark circles under eyes and easy bruising, can all be addressed by looking at underlying causes.

Causes can include:

  • Poor digestive function, such as gut inflammation and poor nutritional uptake.
  • Lack of essential fatty acids, vitamins A, C and Zinc
  • Irregularity of adrenal glands
  • Deficiency of blood or body fluids
  • Food sensitivities and intolerances
  • Toxic congestion in the body
  • Not enough healthy fats in the diet
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Lack of vitamin D

If you are frustrated with a nagging or irritating skin condition then it might be time to think about addressing some of the common underlying causes.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

7 03, 2019

What’s the Buzz About Cellular Health?

2019-03-07T22:20:25+00:00By |Ailments, Nutrition|

The reason that cellular health is so vitally important is because disease of every kind only sets in when cells become damaged, toxic, inflamed and altered from their healthy natural form.

There are 37 trillion cells in an adult body. Each individual cell needs to eliminate waste and utilize nutritional supplies, just as the body in its entirety does.

Each cell needs to clear waste and toxins and have delivered to it daily clean nutrients and oxygen.

Approximately every seven years your body will have replaced existing cells with a completely new set. Some parts of the body, such as the skin and mucous membranes do this much more frequently. This is why taking continual care of our body, its nutrition, and how it eliminates waste, is important not only to prevent disease but also for your longevity.

Why Are Mitochondria So Important?

Every cell in the body has mitochondria, which are the energy producing, power houses of your cells. They take oxygen and nutrients and convert them into energy. Keeping these mitochondria healthy is key for both energy and to protect against disease.

Key Steps to Optimize Cell Health

  1. Hydration
    Having clean water to hydrate the cells of your body is essential. Dehydration will affect a cell’s ability to clear waste and absorb nutrients.
  2. Efficient Fat Burning
    We want to generate our fuel from good fats, rather than sugar (such as excess carbs and fructose.) Unnatural foods, sugars, and excess Omega 6 fats (eg vegetable oils, Canola, Rape seed oils) also cause a lot of cellular damage.
  3. Avoid Contact With Pollutants
    Things to avoid or minimize are unnatural cosmetics, smoking, excess electromagnetic interference (eg wifi , radiation and mobile phones) and polluted air.
  4. Ensure Your Body is Eliminating Waste Efficiently
    The body eliminates waste via various means, such as the lymphatic system, digestive system, circulation, lungs, liver and kidneys and skin. For efficient elimination, bowels should be opened minimally once per day, skin should be healthy, and exercise taken daily to increase circulation and hoxygenation of the blood.
  5. Supplement with Natural Remedies
    Cell mitochondria loves CoEnzyme Q10, as well as antioxidants. Each and every one of us has different requirements and needs. MSM is a mineral that aids a cell’s ability to clear out waste and absorb nutrients.

Each condition and sign of illhealth is very often an indication that the body requires physical assistance in the form of nutrition or rebalancing with natural medicine.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

22 09, 2018

Research Shows Vitamins to be Beneficial for Depression

2019-11-19T21:57:38+00:00By |Ailments, Vitamins|

Depression: this is so widespread you could call it a modern day epidemic

An intricate tapestry of factors coming together lie behind most cases of depression.

Grief, divorce, money worries – these are all things that will naturally cause bouts of depression, but how well we recover and cope with what life throws at is, is hugely impacted on by our nutritional status and lifestyle factors. Recent research shows specific vitamins impacting depression recovery, such as Vitamin D and fish oil, among others.

Another research piece, which you can visit here describes how natural medicine taken along side antidepressants helps boost the effectiveness of antidepressants. Antidepressants have been the subject of much controversy in terms of their effectiveness, to the extent that in this study they were shown to be no more effective than a placebo in patients with mild to moderate symptoms, so there is much food for thought here on how best to tackle depression.

Natural ways to tackle depression

Depression is one of the most common things people come to see me about, and in general I recommend an approach based on the items listed below. Come and see me or get in touch to discuss your personal situation so that I can help you with this, or speak to another health practitioner.

  • Assessing and correcting nutritional status, while also using specific herbs or homepoathics to tackle depression. (Contact me for help with this.)
  • Eating real food: avoiding sugar, processed and junk foods, MSG, and grains.
  • Optimize gut health by eating fermented foods as part of your daily diet.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Ensure you get adequate exercise.
  • De-stress as much as you can.
  • De-clutter your life and your environment.
  • Set goals and purposes in your life.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

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