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25 01, 2024

How to Overcome Headaches & Migraines

2024-01-25T19:58:00+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Top 5 Causes of Headaches & Migraines

Natural Medicine Treatment

Common Causes

Why is it some people get regular headaches and migraines and others don’t?

Headaches and migraines are incredibly common, and usually there is no obvious cause, such as a head injury or serious disease, so we have to look deeper.

There are five main causes that I see time and time again in my practice.

1️⃣ Digestion problems:

Bacterial imbalance in the gut and toxins leaking across the wall of the gut into the blood stream are common causes of repeated headaches and migraines. It might not always be obvious that this is occurring, but things like IBS, constipation, food intolerances, parasites, fungal issues are all indicators that point to leaky gut and bacterial imbalance. A good way to diagnose leaky gut is with iridology. Bacterial imbalances can be identified through functional testing if needed.

Another common digestive trigger for headaches and migraines can be liver congestion and gall bladder problems.

2️⃣ Back and neck:

Musculoskeletal tension and misalignment can sometimes be a trigger for headaches and migraines. Bowen therapy is something I offer in my practice to help correct this. Other forms of treatment such as osteopathy or chiropractic can relieve this also. Muscular tension because of nutritional deficiencies sometimes also need to be addressed to help it repair.

3️⃣ Stress:

Stress plays a huge role in our health, including with headaches. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache where the link with stress is clearly seen. Furthermore, stress can play a more insidious role, compromising digestive function which is is linked with the elimination of toxins. Adrenal fatigue and a rundown nervous system are common underlying factors for headaches too.

4️⃣ Hormonal:

Menstrual migraines and headaches are a common indicator of hormonal imbalance and often estrogen dominance. Importantly, it’s also a sign that the body needs help in clearing excess hormones released each month, which involves the liver and digestive system as a whole.

5️⃣ Poisoning & toxins:

When we are exposed to toxins, either through a slow process of exposure, or a toxic shock, it helps hugely if the detox pathways are operating optimally. Examples could be heavy metals, pesticides, flame retardants, chemicals, and many more. In some cases, specific protocols are required to help detox. There is a specific functional medicine test I can recommend if you are concerned about poisoning. Sometimes a hair mineral analysis and toxic heavy metal profile will also provide the information needed to toxic issues.

Natural Medicine Solutions

Once the cause or causes have been identified, natural medicine can be applied.

I use a combination of herbs, nutritional support, homeopathy and some dietary steps to help bring the body into optimal health. The goal is to both correct the underlying issues as well as to alleviate symptoms.

Did you know?

There are different types of headaches and migraines, which can indicate different causes.

Additionally, the location of the pain is an indicator of which body part is contributing to the issue. For example gall bladder problems can manifest as pain at the lower back of the head, and liver problems can translate to pain at the top of the head.

In all cases, dealing with inflammation and detox pathways is key.

🔥 Common migraine

⚡ Classic migraine with aura

💥 Silent migraine

♀️ Menstrual migraine

🔁 Cluster headache

😩 Tension headache

💊 Medication overuse headache

Hear from my Clients

I went to see Nick with the aim of improving my overall health naturally, as well as addressing a couple of specific issues. After only a couple of weeks I can already notice a huge difference, and one specific example is that having suffered with headaches virtually every day for a number of months, I haven’t had a single headache since the day of the visit. I am a complete convert to the natural approach, and can’t recommend Nick highly enough – everyone should go to see him. – Rob Bate

Book a free discovery call to find out more:
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6 12, 2023

Nutritional Support for Winter Blues

2023-12-06T19:44:01+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Beating the Winter Blues Naturally

Starting With Vitamin D3 K2

The Sunshine Vitamin

As the days get shorter and colder, many of us can experience what’s commonly known as the “Winter Blues.” It’s that feeling of fatigue, low energy, and a dip in mood that often accompanies the change in seasons. Fortunately, there’s a natural way to boost your spirits.

Vitamin D3 and K2 work together as a dynamic duo, promoting better mood and overall well-being. Here’s how they help:

🌞 Vitamin D3 is often referred to as the “Sunshine Vitamin” because your body produces it when your skin is exposed to sunlight. During the darker months, our sun exposure tends to decrease, leading to lower vitamin D levels. This deficiency can contribute to feelings of sadness and fatigue.

❤️ Vitamin K2 ensures that the calcium absorbed goes to the right places, like your bones, and doesn’t accumulate in the wrong spots, such as your arteries. This helps improve cardiovascular health, which is essential for overall well-being.

By supplementing with Vitamin D3 and K2, you can give your body extra support during the winter season. Boosting your mood and keeping your bones strong – it’s a win-win!

Get in touch with me or another Naturopath if you’d like to start taking Vitamin D3 and K2 for further advice. Wishing you a joyful and healthy winter! 🌞❄️

Did you know?

🌱  There’s a lot you can do naturally to boost how you feel mentally and emotionally, starting with diet. Avoiding junk food, caffeine, sugar and alcohol is a good starting point, but you can take it further. For example, a Ketogenic diet can be very helpful.

🥑 Vitamins, such as B vitamins, minerals and fish oils are also useful.

🌿 Herbs also have an important role in helping with depression, vitality and mood.

🪷 Homeopathics are a great way to address mood and winter blues, especially at a deeper level.

Book a free discovery call to find out more:
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2 12, 2023

How to Naturally Treat Acne

2023-12-02T19:39:24+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Top 5 Causes of Acne

Treat Acne-Prone Skin from Within

The First Step in Treating Acne-Prone Skin is to Isolate the Cause

For those aged between 21-30, there’s a 45% chance of dealing with acne at some point.

Acne is generally not caused by the skin itself, but comes from within.

So, to treat acne with lasting results, we need to look deeper. Isolating and treating the cause is the key to clear, glowing skin.

Underlying causes typically are linked to one of the following top 5 factors:

1️⃣ Bowel and gut health: if gut health is compromised, such as leaky gut, or sluggish digestion, the body can use the skin to eliminate toxins, which in turn can lead to acne.

2️⃣ Hormonal imbalance: typically associated with puberty, premenstrually, perimenopause, and PCOS.

3️⃣ Diet: consumption of dairy can be problematic for some people, as well as refined sugars, unhealthy fats and eating foods that you may unknowingly be intolerant to.

4️⃣ Stress: both physical and psychological stress can create an environment for acne to thrive.

5️⃣ Adrenals: adrenal exhaustion can affect your immune system and hormonal balance, thus creating an environment in which acne can thrive.

Natural Acne Treatment

Once you have pinpointed what is fuelling the skin problems, the next step is to address and correct those areas using natural medicine.

Treating acne from within is the key to getting results

I tailor programs for everyone individually based on your constitution and sympmtoms. Iridiology helps me to pinpoint what is needed. From there, I will usually recommend a program including vitamins, herbs and homeopathics, as well as some dietary steps.

⚕️ How homeopathy helps to correct skin problems

I like to include homeopathy as part of the treatment program because it can be tailored very specifically to quite precise symptoms.

This can range from things like how and where the acne presents. For example, acne in the hairline is well suited to a homeopathic called Nat Mur. Another example might be acne that fails to come to a head, which s well suited to a homeopathic called Silicea.

It’s also used to help gently strengthen and rebalance on a constitutional levels.

🫚 Herbs for clear skin

I will often use herbs when treating acne. I find them particularly useful in helping to take down inflammation, rebalance hormones and to help open detox pathways.

🥑  Vitamins & nutritional support for skin health

Giving the body the nutritional tools and equipment it needs to operate optimally is a vital step. Ensuring that nutrient levels, such as zinc, vitamin E, B vitamins and more are in balance means that the body’s natural detox pathways can operate more freely.

In addition, following a skin-friendly diet is important too.

🌿 Find out more about how to treat acne naturally here

Did you know?

✨ Our skin is a reflection of our inner health. 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 amazing, and tries to correct imbalance, intolerance, and inflammation in the least invasive way. The skin is an eliminatory organ, and when the body releases problems through the skin, this is a natural way for the body to fix itself.

Book a free discovery call to find out more:
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23 11, 2023

Negative UTI Culture, But Still Have Symptoms?

2023-11-23T15:23:35+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Negative UTI Test?

Negative tests don’t always mean there’s no infection

UTIs can become repetitive, relentless, and for some chronic

😟 In such cases, it’s not uncommon for tests to come back negative despite uncomfortable UTI symptoms.

🇬🇧 What many people don’t realise is that the cultures run by GP clinics here in the UK are not as sensitive as they could be. The amount of bacteria picked up in the culture needs to be relatively high for a UTI to be diagnosed. This means that low grade infections, or partially treated infections are often missed and left to linger, causing chronic, low grade cystitis-type symptoms.

Natural Chronic UTI Treatment

🔑 The key to long term cystitis treatment in these situations is to clear any infection, which I address using natural antimicrobials.

❗ In addition, and equally vital, is  to also correct the susceptibility to the infections.

Susceptibility to UTIs can typically be related to:

1️⃣ Biofilms: these are caused by certain bacteria and fungi, and can make it much harder for antimicrobials and antibiotics to reach the infection. This is a common reason why UTIs are insufficiently treated, and are often referred to as embedded infections.

2️⃣ Leaky gut and poor gut health: the gut is packed with bacteria, and when it is allowed to migrate to the wrong place, such as the bladder via leaky gut, this can set up repeated infections. Other issues, such as SIBO are also related.

3️⃣ Stress and trauma: stress is such a common trigger for urinary tract problems, and this too is something that can be helped with herbs and nutritional support.

4️⃣ Rundown body: if your body is rundown, the mechanics and detox pathways can be hindered or sluggish, making it harder for your body to stay infection-free.

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When it comes to UTIs, there’s more than meets the eye…

💭 Did you know that urinary tract infections (UTIs) can have an emotional component too? It’s a fascinating aspect often intertwined with our health.

🌟 Past traumas and emotional stressors can contribute to UTIs or exacerbate their symptoms. The body and mind are interconnected, and addressing both is crucial for holistic well-being.

🏡 Homoeopathic remedies are a valuable resource in this journey, as they work on multiple levels to support your emotional and physical health.

💡 By delving into the emotional aspects of UTIs, we gain a deeper understanding of the root causes, leading to more effective and lasting solutions.

Your health is a unique tapestry, and we’re here to explore every thread. Let’s unravel the complexities and pave the way for your well-being. 🌿

Book a free discovery call to find out more:
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20 11, 2023

Build Strong Immunity to Sickness & Health Problems Naturally

2023-11-20T14:46:07+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Naturally Strengthen Your Immune System by Taking Care of Your Gut

Find out about everything you can do to boost your immunity

Did you know?

70% of our immune system is tied up with the gut bacteria.

Bowel health, even though it appears unrelated, is such a frequent underlying cause or contributing factor behind so many health problems that it can’t be overemphasised. For example, susceptibility to illnesses, headaches, food intolerances, skin problems, and recurrent UTIs are often related directly to gut health.

I’ve put together a checklist below to help highlight where gut health may be indicated. Anybody can have some of these occasionally, such as a headache, but when symptoms become chronic, and where you notice two or more, it is a good idea to investigate and address your gut health.

❓ Do you experience IBS, constipation or diarrhoea often?
❓ Do you get indigestion, excessive wind or bloating?
❓ Do you have skin problems?
❓ Do you get regular headaches or sinusitis problems?
❓ Do you have recurrent or chronic cystitis?
❓ Do you have fungal or Candida issues?
❓ Do you have trouble with BV?
❓ Do you experience mental health issues?
❓ Do you have food intolerances?
❓ Have you taken antibiotics before?
❓ Have you had food poisoning before?

🌿 Natural medicine is a wonderful way to help rebalance and correct gut health. There are a wide range of targeted and specific probiotics, as well as antifungals, antibacterials, and herbs to soothe and heal the gut wall and address things like leaky gut.

👀 Iridology is useful for picking up issues with the digestive tract, and in some cases further testing, such as a stool test, can be beneficial. These tests can either be done in my London practice or Suffolk for Iridology, or functional tests can be carried out at home.

📅Book a free discovery call to find out more 🔍

How to Stop Colds & Flus in their Tracks…

🤧 If you feel the first hint of a sore throat, cold, or flu developing, treating it quickly will help to either stop it fully developing or will greatly reduce the duration and intensity of the cold.

🌱 At the very first onset I recommend you take a clove of garlic, chop it finely, and take it on a spoon with water and swallow (take after food). This can help to abort colds if done early enough.

🍊 I also recommend taking Vitamin C two times per day until symptoms pass.

🍚 During a cold I recommend avoiding sugar and dairy because of their mucus forming properties.

Other useful remedies, for any stage of a cold or flu include:

🌼 Echinacea
☀️ Vitamin D
🌿 Olive Leaf Extract
👾 Colloidal Silver
🏠 Homeopathy

Natural Immune Boosters

With the winter flu season here, I wanted to explore some immune boosters with you. These can play a crucial role when it comes to maintaining a healthy immune system, and couldn’t be easier to incorporate into your day.

Here are the top 10 natural immunity boosters that can help you stay strong and resilient against illnesses.

🍊 Vitamin D3: this is probably the most important individual vitamin you can take to support and strengthen your immune system.

☀️Vitamin C: Known for its powerful antioxidant properties, vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system by promoting the production of white blood cells.

🧄 Garlic: This pungent bulb is not only delicious in culinary dishes but also contains compounds that enhance immune function and fight off infections.

🍵 Ginger: With its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, ginger stimulates the immune system and helps reduce inflammation in the body.

🧡 Turmeric: Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has been shown to have immunomodulatory effects, helping to regulate and strengthen the immune response.

🍵 Green tea: Packed with antioxidants called catechins, green tea supports immune function by protecting cells from damage and reducing inflammation.

🇿 Zinc: A potent vitamin that helps to block the spread of viruses and bacteria. It also supports the immune system and helps with healing.

🌿 Kitchen herbs: Such as sage, thyme, oregano: these can be made into a tea and gargled for sore throats, or used in cooking.

🌼 Echinacea: An excellent remedy to help prevent colds and flus from getting a grip.

🍓 Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries – these vibrant fruits are rich in antioxidants that protect against cellular damage and support immune function.

By incorporating these natural immunity boosters into your diet or lifestyle choices regularly, you can give your body an extra line of defence against illnesses while promoting overall well-being.

Fresh horseradish root is a must-have at this time of year as colds and flus start to circulate

It is cheap to buy and stores well in the fridge for 2-4 weeks, and can even be frozen

🤧 Fresh horseradish helps with colds and flus by drying up excess mucus, clearing coughs, and aiding with fevers. I like to grate half a teaspoon and mix it raw onto a salad or something I’m cooking. My clients told me on several occasions that they have only needed to use it a few times before symptoms clear.

🛡️ It also helps to boost immune function, with its strong anticatarrhal activity. It is commonly used to help thin and drain mucus from the sinuses, which in turn can help reduce infection from growing in stuffy sinuses. It’s a great choice for anyone suffering from sinus problems, hayfever, or allergies.

💥 Another string to its bow is its high level of antibacterial activity. This can be a powerful support for the respiratory tract and indeed other infections, such as urinary tract and sinus infections.

🌟 It always amazes me how something so plain looking can be so powerful.

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20 11, 2023

Vitamins & Lifestyle Steps to Boost Cognitition & Executive Performance

2023-11-20T14:13:37+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Seeking Improved Memory, Focus & Cognitive Function?

Natural ways to support brain health

Explore the Power of Vitamin B1 

Vitamin B1, when taken in Benfotiamine form, is a remarkable nutrient for those seeking support for brain health and cognitive function.

It is highly bioavailable and has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, support energy production, and is a powerful antioxidant. This combo gives quite a punch in maintaining optimal brain health.

It is renowned for and may help with:

🧠 Enhancing memory
🤓 Improving mental clarity
🔍 Supporting focus and concentration
⚕️ Neuroprotective effects which may help protect against cognitive decline
🥱 Eases nightmares
🗣️ Helps with stutters
💤 Aids sleep
♨️ Soothes the nervous system

Remember to consult with a natural health practitioner before starting a new supplement program, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions or are taking medications. With the right guidance, incorporating Benfotiamine may unlock the potential of your brain and lead to enhanced cognitive abilities.

Unlock Peak Performance at Work

In the fast-paced corporate world, prioritize your well-being:

📊 Combat Burnout:

Address fatigue, insomnia, and low productivity with a focus on the nervous system, adrenals, and blood sugar.

🏋️ Boost Productivity:

Work smarter with minerals, B vitamins, and natural remedies supporting overall health.

🍏 Eat for Energy:

Fuel body and mind with nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and greens.

🚶 Movement & Mindfulness:

Enhance cognitive abilities through regular physical activity and stress-management practices.

💤 Sleep:

Ensure restorative sleep for refreshed focus and energy.

⚖️ Work-Life Balance:

Strive for equilibrium with breaks, family time, and hobbies.

Book a free discovery call to find out more:
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20 11, 2023

How to Manage ADHD Naturally

2023-11-20T13:35:55+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Wondering About Natural Options for Managing ADHD?

Find out how to address ADHD naturally

The symptoms of ADHD are many, and very often are the result of underlying issues that need to be corrected.

Naturopathy offers a different way of addressing ADHD. It’s a multifactorial condition with behaviours stemming from a variety of overlapping triggers.

Typical triggers behind ADHD:

The first step is to uncover and identify factors that are underlying ADHD. These vary from person to person, but often will include one or some of the factors listed below. By systematically and carefully addressing each area that is identified, relief and improvement can be experienced.

1) Nutritional deficiencies

These vary from person to person, but commonly I see Omega 3, B6 and B12, Magnesium and Zinc deficiencies. Identifying and correcting these deficiencies in the correct form and amounts is an important step, and is best done under the care of a Naturopath as for some B vitamins will need to be introduced very gently and in varying forms, depending on your personal requirements.

2) Food intolerances or sensitivitie

These may be obvious or very subtle. Identifying and eliminating food sensitivities is key as they can exacerbate neuro-inflammatio

3) Low protein consumption

Ensuring sufficient protein in the diet is important to help alleviate symptoms. A nice way to start the day is with eggs, which give a nice protein boost.

4) Consuming a high glutamate diet

Glutamate is something I recommend minimising as it can overstimulate brain activity and interfere with neurotransmitter function. Correcting the balance between GABA and Glutamate is key.

5) Heavy metals

A hair mineral analysis test can help identify if there is a build up of heavy metals in the body, which in turn exacerbate symptoms.

6) Parasites and low level or residual bacterial, viral, or yeast infections

Such problems commonly exacerbate ADHD and can easily go undetected. Testing can help to pinpoint if these are an issue – symptoms can also guide us. Once identified, natural therapies can be applied.

8) Lack of exercise and fresh air

💚 If you are wanting to use natural therapies to address ADHD, it’s best to be under the guidance of a Naturopath, as the program should be carefully tailored. I like to work closely with those on the program and can explain more about the process in a free discovery call. Book your free discovery call here: https://calendly.com/nick-dale-naturopath/free-pre-consultation-call

Unlocking the Food-ADHD Connection!🍏🧠

Did you know that what you eat can hugely impact ADHD symptoms?

Paying attention to your diet is as vital as other treatments. Certain foods can worsen or ease ADHD symptoms. By recognizing what to avoid, those with ADHD can control nutrition for better well-being.

A balanced, nutritious diet is crucial for ADHD individuals. While no one-size-fits-all exists, common food triggers worsen symptoms.

AVOID

🚫 High sugar and artificial additives (preservatives, coloring) can increase hyperactivity and impulsivity in ADHD individuals.
🚫 Processed, nutrient-poor foods (fast food, sugary snacks, high-caffeine drinks) disrupt concentration.
🚫 Foods high in Free-Glutamate, like dairy, gluten, and MSG, intensify ADHD symptoms. Consider a Low Free-Glutamate diet.

ENJOY

✅ Protein-rich diet regulates dopamine, linked to attention and focus.
✅ Omega-3 fatty acids (fatty fish, walnuts) support brain health and improve focus.
✅ Whole grains, fruits, veggies, lean proteins (chicken), legumes provide vital nutrients for optimal brain function.

Diet alone might not eliminate all ADHD symptoms, but it significantly improves well-being.

I’ve seen client improvements with nutritional supplements and homeopathics. Phosphatidylserine and omega-3s stand out, but need balance and supervision.

5 10, 2023

Guide on What to Eat & When for Good Health

2023-10-05T15:43:39+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Food = Medicine!

Find out what to eat and when to set your body up for healing and longevity

So, what should we eat every day?

Food really is medicine if you eat well and make good choices. Likewise, consuming the wrong foods can be very damaging.

Here is a general guide, that I think will suit many people:

BREAKFAST

Mostly, I recommend skipping breakfast. This doesn’t suit everybody, but generally by not eating between dinner the previous night and lunch the next day (also known as intermittent fasting) can give the following health benefits:

🔥 Reduces insulin resistance and kickstarts fat burning
⏳ Promotes cellular repair, longevity and disease prevention
🧠 Boosts brain function and clarity
✨ Helps to reset the immune system

Alternatively, vegetable juices, yoghurt and berries, or eggs are great choices.

LUNCH

Eating a meal rich in whole foods, vegetables, salads, healthy fats and some protein is ideal.

For many, I recommend keeping it low carb and keeping away from typical lunchtime favourites, such as sandwiches, sausage rolls and pies. Try to include cruciferous vegetables where you can for an extra health boost; ideally, they should be consumed once per day. Soups are a good option too.

DINNER

Unprocessed, whole foods are ideal. Having a balance with fresh vegetables/leafy greens, healthy fats, protein, and some carbohydrate (if you feel you need it) should be the goal. Examples of healthy dinners are listed below:

🐟 Grilled fish, sweet potato and vegetables
🌱 Vegetable, tofu rice and barley risotto
🍗 Traditional roast chicken meal
🥚 Omlette, salad and roasted veg
🍛 Lamb and vegetable curry
🫘 Vegetarian beans and lentil curry
🥩 Beef and vegetables
🍃 Buckwheat pesto pasta with lentil/bean salad

Is meat healthy?

You will notice that I have included meat in the examples. This is because meat offers many health benefits, particularly if it is organic or free range. What’s more, some meats are particularly rich in nutrients, minerals, B vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins, and more, at levels that are hard to reach with other foods. In fact, meats provide the most readily absorbable forms of iron and zinc, and the only meaningful source of B12, which is a crucial nutrient. In addition they are a complete protein.

This is why I personally like to eat good quality meats several times a week. I am a big fan of plant based meals too, and love all the benefits fresh vegetables and green, leafy salads provide us with. It’s a case of everything in balance, and I personally like to alternate throughout the week between meat based and vegetarian meals. But, always, with everything meal, I have a large serve of vegetables or dark, leafy greens.

Vegetarian diet

Some people will want to follow, and will suit, a purely vegetarian diet. This can be very healthy and beneficial, as long as you get sufficient protein from non-animal sources and also keep an eye on your B12 and iron levels.

Should you eat carbs?

Excessive carbs create inflammation, contribute to insulin resistance and a number of long term, degenerative health problems. Carbs are a hot topic – check out this past post to find out more How many carbs you should eat varies from person to person, and it’s something I can advise on personally for your situation.

Should I eat Keto or Paleo?

Keto and Paleo diets are excellent diets, and have helped a lot of people with optimising their health, helping with weight loss, and assisting with chronic health conditions.

How to bridge over to low carb

A lot of people find it challenging to bridge over from a diet high in carbs to a low-carb diet, such as Paleo or Keto. Natural remedies can support this transition to make it gentler and easier to stick to. If you are interested to start either of these diets, it would be good to have a chat with you first, and I can help you to structure the best way forward with it.

26 06, 2023

What is the Underlying Cause of Thyroid Problems & Tiredness?

2023-06-26T13:14:05+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

How to Fix the Cause of Thyroid Problems

Don’t put up with tiredness, weight gain & symptoms associated with an underactive thyroid

Discovering the cause

As always, Naturopathy is about pinpointing the underlying cause, which is exactly what we do in the case of excessive tiredness.

One common cause is an underactive thyroid.

Many people who come to see me with excessive tiredness have seen their doctor and had blood tests and other checks that come back clear, including thyroid function tests.

Does a clear thyroid blood test rule out an underactive thyroid?

Despite clear blood tests, I often detect under active thyroid patterns in iridology health checks for those displaying typical symptoms

I recently read a quote from an American Endocrinologist, who stated that blood tests for thyroid function are not always acurate because when a blood sample is taken it’s only giving a reading of what is in that sample, rather than showing daily fluctuations in hormonal levels.

Iridology is a great way to pick up thyroid problems, as it detects chronic thyroid problems as well insufficiencies in areas such as liver and gallbladder, that are directly linked with thyroid function.

Common indicators of under active thyroid include

💤 Unexplained, excessive tiredness
💓 Heart palpitations
⚖️ Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
💇‍♀️ Thinning or brittle hair and nails
😔 Depression or low mood
🤰 Fertility problems
❄️ Sensitivity to the cold
🚫 Constipation
🌵 Dry skin

Treating the body as a whole

Did you know that 70% of thyroid issues are related to poor liver and gallbladder function?

It’s very rare to have a primary thyroid problem.

The root cause will often be one of three main areas:

  1. Liver and gallbladder: 80% of thyroid is converted from the inactive form of T4 into the active form of T3 in the liver and the gallbladder. Ensuring that your liver is not congested and there is sufficient bile flow is important.
  2. Adrenals: rundown adrenals can result in the thyroid not working properly. The way it does this is to create an autoimmune disease, so that the thyroid is attacking itself. It’s usually triggered by some stress, which can shock parts of the body. Helping adrenals and stress can be done with natural medicine.
  3. Estrogen dominance: If ovaries are producing too much estrogen, the extra estrogen can block the receptors for the thyroid hormone and lock up the gland. This results in the thyroid hormones being unable to get into these receptors to do their job, inhibiting proper thyroid function. Rebalancing hormonal levels is an important step to correct this, which can be done with herbs, nutritional support and/or homeopathy.

Natural medicine offers a great approach to correct thyroid function, by addressing thryoid levels, and also by gently correcting the underlying causes of thyroid problems.

Tiredness and fatigue can also be caused by a rundown nervous system and other causes. Click here for more

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like further assistance.

27 05, 2023

Healthy Summer Recipes

2023-05-27T13:04:36+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

Cooking with Seasonal Produce

Feel Good this Summer

Early summer is full of wonderful produce

I love to shop at my local market and buy the seasonal vegetables. One of my favourite is courgettes, which so often it can be hard to know how to use them. Here are some recipes and ideas for the season!

Enjoy!

Recipes

This is a great versatile recipe that’s packed with nutrition. I love to eat seasonal food, and courgettes are almost ready for harvesting!

Courgettes are an often forgotten superfood

They have a very low score on the glycemic index. a high water percentage and are low in carbs and sugars. It’s also densely packed with essential nutrients, despite its pale flesh colour. It has good levels of potassium, manganese, and antioxidants.

Garlic, nutritional powerhouse

Garlic, another key ingredient, is one of the most famous superfoods, with huge amounts of research behind it. It’s been linked with a reduction in heart disease, stroke, cancer and infections.

This recipe can be vegetarian if you use vegetable stock. However, if you want to boost the healing benefits, you can use bone broth instead of vegetable stock.

It can also be dairy free – just don’t add any parmesan. The courgettes make the risotto lovely and gooey without the need for cheese.

Gut restoring bone broth

I love cooking with bone broth because of the health benefits. Bone broth promotes proper digestion by supporting the healing and sealing of the gut. It also helps to inhibit infections, such as colds and flus; fights inflammation and pain, such as in the joints, and promotes strong healthy hair, nails and bones.I use it at every opportunity when cooking for my kids and family. To find out how to make it click here https://nickdale-naturopath.co.uk/bone-broth-health-benefits/

Ingredients – serves 4 people

Risotto:

  • 250 ml of arborio rice
  • 600-700 ml of chicken stock, vegetable stock or water
  • 4 x good sized courgettes
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of pesto sauce

Peso sauce:

  • 100-150 grams of basil
  • 3-4 cloves of peeled garlic
  • 6-10 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan (optional)
  • A pinch of salt (Himalayan salt is a healthy choice)

Preparing the courgettes:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Slice the courgettes in half long ways. Slice thinly the cloves of garlic and lay out over the flesh of the cut courgettes. Drizzle with olive oil and season. Then bake for 30-40 minutes.

When they’ve started to brown, remove and allow to cool. Then scoop out the flesh and garlic and mash with a fork and leave to one side in a bowl.

Making the Basil Pesto Sauce:

Place all the ingredients, except the parmesan, into a blender (or use a blending stick) and turn on until you have a paste. Add olive oil until you have the consistency of a slightly runny paste, or to your choice.

Making the rice:

Heat a pan with olive oil, stir in the rice and cook for one minute.

Add stock one ladle at a time, allow it to reduce down and for the rice to absorb most of the stock before adding the next ladle. Stir frequently throughout the process and keep adding stock until the rice is just about cooked.

Next, add the courgette and garlic mixture and stir through.

Finally add a couple of tablespoons to taste of pesto sauce.

As an additional option, you can also add grilled mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, or other vegetables in season, as well as a couple of tablespoons of parmesan.

Enjoy!

Not all fish are created equal 

Fish is renowned for being healthy. It is packed with healthy oils that help abundantly in so many areas of our health, from our brains, heart and nerves to our eyes.

Wild Alaskan Salmon is an example of some of the finest fish, packed densely with nutrients: vitamins (such as B6, B12, niacin, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus), minerals, lean protein and the beneficial omega-3 fats.

Including this particular type of salmon in your diet may offer some protection against conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, depression, high blood pressure, age-related macular degeneration, diabetes and even cancer.

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Washington followed 2,700 healthy adults for 16 years who ate 1-2 servings per week of oily fish, such as salmon.

Results showed that adults with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids lived 2.2 years longer and had a 35% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Click here for more information about the benefits of wild salmon over farmed salmon https://nickdale-naturopath.co.uk/salmon-health/

Quick, Easy, Healthy

It couldn’t be easier to prepare, simply slice up the ingredients, put them in a jug and allow to infuse. If you can find organic cucumbers and unwaxed lemons, so much the better.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Alkalizing the body
  • Promotes digestion and stomach acid
  • Helps to gently detoxify
  • Encourages drinking more water and displaces other less healthy drinks
  • Contains phytonutrients

Good habits with fluid intake are:

  • Staying well hydrated, especially when the weather warms up, is really important.
  • Having water 20 minutes away from food is ideal. Too much water with meals weakens the activity of digestive enzymes and impedes digestion.
  • Drinking water, such as lemon and cucumber water, on an empty stomach in the morning helps cleanse the intestines and prepare the stomach for solid food.
  • Avoid fridge-cold water, as it inhibits enzyme secretion in the stomach.
  • Eliminate or reduce fluids that dehydrate the body, such as fruit juices, sodas, coffee and alcohol.

Nutritious Treat for Kids & Adults

With summer just around the corner, many of us are looking for ways to stay cool and hydrated. Did you know that iced lollies can be a healthy and delicious way to do just that?

Not only are ice lollies refreshing, but they can also be packed with nutrients. You can use natural sweeteners like honey or fruit juice, and add in fruits like berries, kiwi, and mango for extra vitamins and antioxidants.

Here’s a recipe for one of my favourite ice lolly creations:

  • 1 cup of diced mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup
  • A splash of vanilla extract

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth, pour into lolly moulds, and freeze for a few hours until set. Enjoy!

Remember, staying hydrated is crucial during hot weather, and iced lollies can be a fun way to mix things up. Just be sure to choose healthy ingredients and avoid excessive amounts of sugar.

Stay cool and hydrated this summer! 🍓🌞 #healthylollies #summerfun #naturopathicmedicine #hydratingfoods #holistichealth

If you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch, eggs can be a great option. They are so under-rated, but are a powerhouse of nutrition 🍳

It’s something I have at least once a week for lunch. I cook them in coconut oil, which is my favourite fat to cook in. Not only is it a healthy fat, but it also has a high smoke point, meaning it is less likely to get damaged by high temperatures 🥥

In the middle of the omelette I put fresh herbs, such as thyme, oregano, parsley, basil – just whichever ones I have to hand. Kitchen herbs are very nutritious, have their own medicinal properties and micronutrients 🌱

On the side I try to include rocket or another cruciferous vegetable for their health benefits, such as bok choy, broccoli, or kale. I also add other healthy accompaniments such as avocado, onion, lemon for example 🥬

I always recommend buying organic and avoid battery-hen eggs, which account for 35% of eggs sold in the UK. Organic eggs are from hens that have a GM free diet with no routine use of antibiotics. They also have a higher standard of animal welfare, free-range outside and are kept in smaller flocks

June seasonal produce

Heading into June, you can enjoy an abundance of fresh vegetables, salads and fruits. Heer are some of the things to look at for, either at the market or in the shops:

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Basil
  • Beetroot
  • Blueberries
  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cherries
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Courgettes
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce & salad leaves
  • Mint
  • New potatoes
  • Onions
  • Pak choi
  • Parsley
  • Radishes
  • Rocket
  • Rosemary
  • Runner beans
  • Sage
  • Samphire
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Strawberries
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Tomatoes
  • Watercress
  • Wild nettles

Cooking in season and cooking from scratch are great ways to direct your diet in a healthy direction.

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