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20 04, 2023

This or That – Which is Best for Your Health?

2023-04-20T14:45:38+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

This or That?

Which is best for your health?

Healthy eating goal

My general dietary advice is to follow a low carb, low sugar diet. I also recommend avoiding unhealthy fats and consuming plenty of nutritious whole foods and vegetables. Following this as much as possible is ideal, but of course occasionally rules get broken.

Making choices while out

With the warm summer weather on its way, as well as the King’s Coronation and bank holidays approaching, there tends to be more socialising, disrupting our usual eating pattern.

When you’re under the care of a Naturopath, or taking care to follow a healthy diet, or on a treatment program, it’s easy to worry about undoing all the good work if you stray. You can minimise this by making good choices when out. Remember too that if rules are broken, just get back into your routine and the gains are there to be had.

Simple switches & choices you can make

Avoid packaged drinks

Nothing beats mineral water. But, I realise, when you go out, you might want more than a glass of pure, plain water. There are choices for healthy soft drinks these days, but they don’t come in a carton or bottle.

Avoid:

Keep away from fizzy, sugary, caffeinated drinks, as well as diet drinks and packaged fruit juices and squashes.

Choose:

Home made soft drinks with a water base are best. Really refreshing and tasty soft drinks can include things like water infused with cucumber, mint, lemon, orange, or any mix of fresh fruits and herbs.

Not all breads are created equal

So often when we go out, bread is on offer. For example, if you try to buy a take away lunch you’ll undoubtedly find a choice of sandwiches, or as a side in a restaurant. I recommend you stay away from breads as much as possible.

Avoid:

Avoid ultra-processed, white breads. It has no nutritional value, depletes the body of nutrients, and promotes insulin resistance.

Choose:

I really can’t say to you that any bread is healthy. But it is very true to say that not all breads are created equal, some are much better than others.  If you are going to eat bread, opt for authentic sourdough (not mass-produced), dark rye breads, sprouted grains breads, or unleavened breads.

Opt for fresh, unprocessed, whole food

If you are out and being offered a meal or party food, try to keep an eye out for whole food and unprocessed snacks and avoid things that appear to be very processed or fried.

Avoid:

Crisps, peanuts, anything pastry based or highly processed.

Avoid heavy carbs like pasta dishes, high sugar foods, and highly processed meals.

Choose:

Vegetable sticks, dips such as humus, guacamole, salsa, etc, nuts (exept peanuts due to their high omega 6 content), and things that are homemade.

Opt for whole food meals, such as fish and vegetables/salads.

Keep your sugar intake down as much as possible

I don’t want to be a party pooper, but it’s a good idea to steer clear of most deserts. They are sugary, very often creamy, heavy and they are probably the main thing to avoid.

If you are out for dinner, why not have a starter instead of a dessert.

Avoid:

Desserts that are packed with cream, sugar, pastry, and which are highly processed.

Choose:

If you are going to have a dessert, then fruit based desserts, such as poached fruit or fruit salads would be better.

Low carb, low processed, low sugar

Many of us need to buy lunch on the move. If we’re doing this day after day we need to think a bit more carefully about our choices.

Avoid:

Processed breads, pastries, processed meats (hams, salamis, sausage), and hard cheesse. Also, avoiding salad dressings made with sunflower, vegetable or rapeseed oils is recommended. Salad dressings should be with cold-pressed virgin olive oils peferably.

Choose:

Soups, salads, vegetarian or vegetable-based meals.

Final tips

  1. If you know you’re going to be eating out, it’s always a good idea to top up beforehand or afterwards with something super healthy. For example, this might be a nutritious green shake, superfood salad, powerhouse soup, or bone broth.
  2. Try intermittent fasting to give your body a chance to recover. This can be as simple as missing breakfast.
  3. Keep hydrated with pure water to help flush your system.
  4. Many people will want to know about alcohol. The main advice I have on this is that if you are rundown or you have any health issues, I don’t recommend it.
  5. Typically restaurants will add extra salt and sugar to their dishes to give additional flavouring. They will also often cook with unhealthy fats. It’s okay every now and then, but not ideal regularly.

24 03, 2023

How to Restore Gut Health With Probiotics, Prebiotics & Fermented Food

2023-03-24T12:26:45+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

Restore Gut Health With Probiotics, Prebiotics & Fermented Food

Take care of your gut to look after nearly every aspect of our health

It might seem strange that gut health can impact how we feel emotionally, our susceptibility to urinary tract infections, migraines, acne, autoimmune conditions and even our predisposition to serious disease. But, the bottom line is, it’s key in all these conditions and many, many more.

Gut bacteria

We all have trillions of bacteria living inside us, most of which is in our gut, and the majority are harmless. What’s more, some are helpful. But, there are a small number that are not healthy and can cause or contribute to disease.

Gut microbiome

Our gastrointestinal tract is colonized by many microorganisms, not just bacteria, but also archaea, viruses, fungi and protozoa. These microorganisms make up what we call the gut microbiota, microbiome or intestinal microflora, and can have a profound effect on our health.

Everyone has their own unique microbiome, impacted over time by illness, stress and antibiotic use.

Benefits of healthy bacteria

Making sure your gut bacteria is healthy and in balance is a vital step in optimising our health. It can’t be overstated.

Probiotics work by changing the balance of your gut bacteria. The goal is that the good bacteria crowd out the bad in your intestine. In turn, this stops the bad bacteria from multiplying and causing infection and inflammation issues.

An example of how this works, is how a healthy, well-balanced gut, will keep yeast at lower levels to help prevent yeast overgrowth.

Some of the benefits you might experience can include:

How to improve gut bacteria

Colonising your gut with good microorganisms or healthy bacteria can be done either with supplements or diet, such as:

  • Probiotic supplements, which are friendly bacteria that come in a range of strains and potencies.
  • Fermented foods
  • Prebiotics

Probiotics

I often use probiotics in my practice. The main reason for this is that I know that the best suited strain can be taken consistently at a specified dose. However, fermented foods and prebiotics are really helpful and great to take also.

Strains of probiotics

Not surprisingly, there are many strains of probiotics. Research has found that certain strains help more specifically with certain conditions, such as weight loss or depression.

Spore-forming, soil-based probiotics are a notable type of probiotic that are gaining momentum, and something I often use.

Here are some common probiotic strains:

  • Bacillus coagulans
  • Bacillus subtilis
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Bacillus clausii
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus fermentum
  • Lactobacillus gasseri
  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Lactobacillus reuteri
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Lactobacillus sporogenes
  • Saccharomyces boulardii

Which probiotics should you take?

Strains can be matched to individual health conditions, such as the following:

  • Bowel infection

    For example if someone has a bowel infection after the use of antibiotics, such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Saccharomyces boulardii is very well suited to target this. It has other specific uses too, and is something I frequently use in addressing Candida overgrowth and diarrhoea.

  • Weight loss

    There are several areas I look at to help with weight loss, but gut bacteria is one of them. There are 5-6 strains that can be looked at to help with weight loss. One notable type is the two strains of Lactobacillus gasseri, BNR17 and SBT2055. This has been found to be effective in reducing weight and increasing fat loss.
    – A 2010 study found that Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 helped reduce bodyweight, abdominal fat, subcutaneous fat, BMI, and hip and waist circumference after 12 weeks.
    – Another study in 2018 found that high dose supplementation with Lactobacillus gasseri BNR17 significantly decreased visceral fat tissue. Both high and low dose BNR17 supplementation significantly reduced waist circumference after 12 weeks.

  • Immune function

    Again there are many ways naturopathically to help boost immunity. Probitics are an important part of this, with Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis being two of the best strains for this.

Fermented foods

A serve of fermented foods such as sauerkraut and Kieffer can actually have more probiotics in them than a capsule. However, where targeted strains are needed, I opt for supplements. Having said this, fermented foods are very beneficial and shall be the subject of another newsletter.

Prebiotics

These help to set up the environment for probiotics to flourish. Including prebiotics in your diet is an excellent way to help restore a healthy microbiome. I recommend trying to include prebiotic foods such as chicory root, dandelion green, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus and bananas in your diet.

Stool tests

One of the great ways to determine the condition of your gut flora and gut health is through a GI360 test. These are available through my practice and I can advise you on the results and recommended steps to rebalance and optimise gut flora and gut health.

30 01, 2023

Gut Health Checklist

2023-01-30T16:54:47+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

Is Your Gut Affecting Your Health

When gut health is compromised it can have a domino affect across our health, often without obvious symptoms and impacting multiple areas of our life

Bowel health is something I talk about a lot because it’s such a frequent underlying cause or contributing factor behind so many health problems; it can’t be over emphasised. For example, headaches, skin problems, urinary tract issues, sinus problems and more are often related. 70% of our immune system is tied up with the gut bacteria, so when this is out of balance it has a ripple affect.

I’ve put together a questionnaire below. It’s worth noting that anybody can have some of these occassionally, such as a headache or upset tummy, but when symptoms become troublesome or chronic, and where you notice two or more, it is a good idea to address your gut health.

Gut Heath Checklist

  1. Do you experience constipation often?
  2. Do you experience diarrhoea otten?
  3. Do you have IBS (swings between constipation and loose bowels)?
  4. Do you experience uncomfortable or frequent burping?
  5. Do you have excessive wind?
  6. Do you experience bloating or abdominal pain?
  7. Have you taken antibiotics before?
  8. Have you had food poisoning before?
  9. Have you had a bowel infection before, such as C. Diff?
  10. Do you have skin problems?
    1. Acne
    2. Rosacea
    3. Dermatitis
    4. Psoriasis
    5. Eczema
  11. Do you experience regular headache issues?
  12. Do you have recurrent or chronic urinary tract issues?
  13. Do you have fungal or Candida issues?
  14. Do you have trouble with Bacterial Vaginosis?

Natural medicine is a wonderful way to help rebalance and correct bowel health. There are a wide range of targeted and specific probiotics, as well as antifungals, antibacterials and herbs to sooth and health the gut wall.

Iridology is useful for picking up issues with the digestive tract, and in some cases further testing, such as a stool test, can be benefiial.

Please get in touch if you would like any help in these areas.

6 01, 2023

Is a Low Fat Diet Good For you?

2023-01-06T15:12:00+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

U-Turn on Fats & Oils

Low fat diets are outdated and unhealthy. What’s more, some fats are pro-health and help protect us from heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cognitive decline & much more

Supermarket shelves are still lined with packaged foods that are ‘Low Fat’, ‘Cholesterol Lowering’, ‘Lite’ and more, in line with the idea that a low fat diet is healthy.

Dated Advice

This is a legacy from 1980s health advice. Mounting evidence today is turning this advice on its head. In fact, the potential health consequences of following such a diet are only now being examined and coming to light.

Recent research (The Lancet Study) found that low fat diets could raise the risk of early death by nearly 25%. 135,000 adults took part, and those who restricted intake of fats had much shorter lives than those who enjoyed butter, cheese and meat.

Health Impact of a Low Fat Diet

The National Obesity Forum together with the Public Health Collaboration have made a call for a “major overhaul” of current dietary guidelines, which encourage a low-fat diet. In their report, which is based on 43 studies, they found that:

  • High fat diets are preferable in relation to weight loss
  • Calorie counting is not beneficial
  • Exercise doesn’t compensate for the wrong diet
  • Saturated fat doesn’t cause heart disease
  • Avoid processed foods labelled ‘low fat’ or ‘low cholesterol’
  • Snacking contributes to weight gain

Dr Aseem Malhotra (Consultant cardiologist) said it was time “for a complete U-turn” in Britain’s approach to diet, and demonization of fat. The sooner we do that the sooner we reverse the epidemic in obesity and diabetes and the sooner start improving health.”

Change in Public Policy

Public policy is hard to change for many reasons, such as industry interests, threat to public trust in Government agencies and advice, and careers being tied in with certain recommendations. While response to the report was mixed, Public Health England’s chief nutritionist, Alison Tedstone, PhD said recommending a high-fat, low-carb diet as “irresponsible and potentially deadly,”

Good Fats and Bad Fats

Not all fats are equal, and some fats are harmful, while others are absolutely vital for good health. The main fats to go out of your way to avoid are trans fats and highly refined polyunsaturated omega-6 vegetable oils. To avoid such fats involves checking labels on packaged foods.

Fats to Enjoy

  • Olives and olive oil (use it cold, not to be cooked with)
  • Coconuts and coconut oil (can withstand higher temperatures without oxidizing)
  • Organic, grass fed butter
  • Raw nuts (avoid peanuts)
  • Seeds
  • Avocados
  • Grass-fed, preferably organic meats
  • Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Eggs
  • Omega-3 fats

Fats to Avoid

Highly refined vegetable oils: eg sunflower oil, palm oil, peanut oil, soy oil, canola oil, rapeseed oil, margarine – most supermarket pre-baked goods contain these, such as biscuits, mass produced bread, potato chips, cakes, pastries, etc.

Feedback from my clients is that most are still told by doctors and dieticians that they should avoid animal fats and eat vegetable oils and margarine to help protect particularly against heart disease. Recent research shows that heart disease is not contributed to by animal fats, but by excess carbohydrates and sugars. This can become confusing and is controversial. If you would like to speak to me about this in more detail please get in touch, you can also do more research online and examine for yourself the research that is throwing this advice into question. When under the care of your doctor for particular health conditions, I recommend staying in touch with them about any changes you wish to make.

If you have questions about how to include healthy fats in your diet please get in touch, I’m very happy to discuss it with you.

2 01, 2023

Give Yourself a New Year Health Boost for 2023

2023-01-02T15:39:43+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

Step Up Your Health For the New Year

Start with just one resolution & feel the change

Happy new year! New year is a good time to step back and see how your health is and how you are feeling in yourself. Ask yourself these questions:

1) How do you feel when you wake up in the morning?

2) Do you want to feel healthier and have more energy?

3) Are there specific issues with your health you want to correct?

There are so many things you can do improve your health, from simple lifestyle steps to more complex. I have listed a range of things below, each of which can make a real and sometimes dramatic change to how a person can feel. See if there is anything on the list you are not doing and pick one to focus on. If there are specific things you would like to deal with then please contact me and I’m very happy to help you with that.

1) Exercise and fresh air. The importance of this really can’t be overstated. What’s more, it can really revialize and help you to feel fresh and energized.

2) Eating predominately fresh and unprocessed foods. For example, cooking from scratch and limiting packaged foods.

3) Avoiding refined sugar, heavy carbohydrate-based meals, and food intolerances.

4) Drinking plenty of pure water.

5) Adding vegetable juices to your daily routine.

6) Taking a good quality daily multivitamin/mineral supplement.

7) Taking specific remedies to correct underlying causes of existing health conditions.

8) Intermittent fasting, such as only eating during a 6 to 8 hour window per day, which you can also describe as fasting for 18 or 16 hours per day. Get in touch before fasting, as you will have your own individual requirement for, depending on your health status and age for example.

Wishing you the very best for 2023.

28 11, 2022

Is mold affecting my health?

2024-02-08T12:31:40+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

Health problems caused by mold range from chronic sinus & immunity problems, to digestive and mental health issues.

While it’s widespread and often missed, functional health tests can pin point if this is a problem for you.

Two thirds of the UK population have been exposed to mold

Recent research has revealed that nearly two thirds of people in the UK have claimed to have encountered mold at least once in their home.

I’m seeing more and more people with mold or fungal overgrowth in their body. I would go so far as to say, mold toxicity is one of the most underappreciated causes of sensitivity and toxicity in the body.

Mycotoxins are the real problem

Mycotixins, which are small toxic particules produced by mold, are potentially problematic for our health. What’s more, they are very hard to get rid of, even when the mold has been cleaned away. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as spraying and wiping the mold.  Mycotoxins can be inhaled, eaten, touched, or even made by molds in the gut or sinuses that have colonized a body after past exposure. Mycotoxins are released into the air and wiping the mold doesn’t automatically get rid of them. This is a job that I would recommend a carefully selected professional deals with, in order to prevent spreading the mycotoxins and to eliminate the mold.

Does mold affect everyone in the same way?

Many people can tolerate some degree of mold with no problem. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find in a family of four for example just one or two people affected by mold living in the same house. This can sometimes be explained by a common gene mutation found in 25% of the population that reduces a persons natural ability to detox mycotoxins efficiently. As a result mycotoxins can continue to accumulate and build up over time in the body. In general, also, things like stress, general health status, immunity and other factors can impact your body’s ability to handle things like mycotoxins as well as other allergens.

We have known for a long time the importance of bacterial balance in the body. 70% of our immune system comes from in and around our gut and the good bacteria that should proliferate there. An imbalance with this bacteria, as well as over growth of bad bacterias and mold, can contribute to a wide range of health problems.

Typical symptoms associated with Mold Toxicity

I might suspect mold if people come to see me with a wide range of problems from multiple food allergies and digestive problems to OCD and chronic fatigue.

Mold also can exacerbate and impact other conditions, such as Lyme Disease.

For some they can have quite high levels of mold in their body without experiencing many problems initially. In such cases, if they later go on to encounter something like a serious infection or virus, it can make it much harder to clear that up. From there,  health problems and inflammation can cascade at that point.

Here is a list of things that can be associated with mold and mycotoxins. If you find you are experiencing several of these it could be related:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Aches and stiffness
  • Muscle cramps and joint pain
  • Headaches and migraines, especially ice pick pain
  • Sinus problems
  • Light sensitivity
  • Red or tearing eyes
  • Blurred Vision, visual distrubances or white snow
  • Cough / shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • SIBO
  • Memory problems, confusion, disorientation, focus and concentration Issues
  • Slow learning
  • Skin Sensitivity
  • Mood Swings, OCD, anxiety, depression, rages
  • Tics and spasms
  • Appetite swings
  • Sweats (especially night sweats)
  • Temperature regulation or dysregulation problems
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased urination and interstitial cystitis
  • Numbness, tingling and electric shock type symptoms
  • Vertigo
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Metallic taste
  • Tremors

What can you do if you think mold might be affecting you?

Come and see me and we can discuss your symptoms and the likelihood that mold is a factor.

The process will usually be along these lines:

Step 1:
Evaluate your environment – home, work, school, car for mold. If it’s not immediately obvious, a relatively cheap way to do this is with a mold inspection and ERMI test, which we can discuss.

Step 2: Urine Mycotoxin Test
I can arrange a Mycotoxin urine test for you to see if you have a build up of mycotoxins in your body, and which particular strains you have. This is useful as we can then match treatments accordingly. Before doing this test it’s advisable to take a sauna or do some physical exercise that makes you sweat, or to take a hot bath 30 minutes before collection of urine.

Step 3:
I recommend specific binders, which help to soak up and carry out the type of mycotoxins detected in your test. I will also make sure that your detox pathways are open and running optimally.

Step 4:
When the binders are up and running and your body is better protected from the sudden release of toxins that can happen when killing mold with anti-fungals, we very slowly and gently add an antifungal component to the program.

MOLD TOXICITY IS NOT NEW

As far back as the Old Testament in Levictus 14, there is a warning that if a man’s house is contaminated with plagues, mold and leprosy “he shall have the inside of the house scraped all around and the plaster that they scrape off they shall pour out in an unclean place outside the city.”

In the 1970s and 80s the US Defence Department grew concerned about the possibility of mycotoxins being used for biological warfare and they did useful research on how to bind and eliminate them from the body.

A WORD OF CAUTION ABOUT CLEANING MOLD

The trouble is that simply cleaning mold with a spray and wipe is not going to address the tiny mycotoxins that are released into the air by mold – these mycotoxins are the potential cause of health issues in relation to mold. So, while you may have removed the obvious mold from the windowsill or wiped it off the bathroom grout, the invisible problem of mycotoxins remains, and unless you physically remove the piece of wood for example that the mold was growing on and two foot either side (while containing the area) a problem remains. Thorough cleaning is also required and further steps. Another problem with mold is that it often hides, for example under a lino floor, behind or at the back of a cupboard or anything that is pressed up to the wall, in carpets, or even in wall cavities. Sometimes there’s a distinctive musty smell, sometimes not.

25 11, 2022

Strong Gut Health, Strong Immune System

2022-11-25T14:27:21+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

You are in the right place for questions about your gut health

Many people are looking for answers about their gut health, from IBS, food allergies, gall bladder pain and consitpation to stomach upset, and unexplained pains and sensations.

HEALTHY GUT HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM

70% of our immune system is tied up with the gut bacteria. Bowel health is something I talk about a lot because it’s such a frequent underlying cause or contributing factor behind so many health problems that it can’t be over emphasised. For example, headaches, food intolerances such as dairy, skin problems, recurrent urinary tract or sinus infections, and more are often related, even though it might not seem that way.

I’ve put together a questionnaire below. It’s worth noting that anybody can have some of these occassionally, such as a headache or upset tummy, but when symptoms become troublesome or chronic, and where you notice two or more, it is a good idea to investigate and address your gut health.

  1. Do you experience constipation often?
  2. Do you experience diarrhoea otten?
  3. Do you have IBS (swings between constipation and loose bowels)?
  4. Do you experience more than usual or uncomfortable burping?
  5. Do you have excessive wind?
  6. Do you experience bloating?
  7. Have you taken antibiotics before?
  8. Have you had food poisoning before?
  9. Have you had a bowel infection before, such as C. Diff?
  10. Do you have skin problems, such as Acne, Rosacea, Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Eczema?
  11. Do you experience regular headache migraine or sinusitis issues?
  12. Do you have recurrent or chronic UTIs or interstitial cystitis?
  13. Do you have fungal or Candida issues?
  14. Do you have trouble with Bacterial Vaginosis?
  15. Do you experience depression, anxiety, OCD or other mental health issues?
  16. Do you have food intolerances?

Natural medicine is a wonderful way to help rebalance and correct bowel health. There are a wide range of targeted and specific probiotics, as well as antifungals, antibacterials and herbs to sooth and health 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 benefiial. These tests can either be done in my London practice or Suffolk for Iridology, or functional tests can be carried out at home.

Get in touch with any question and to find out more.

21 11, 2022

Recovery from Burnout & Stress

2022-11-21T14:12:55+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

Reverse the effects of stress & burnout

While we can’t always escape the stresses and strains of life, we can make our bodies much more resilient to their sometimes devestating impact. What’s more, with targetted treatment we can often recover quickly.

BURNOUT

Burnout is a complete depletion, exhaustion and draining, often associated with huge amounts of stress, strain and prolonged fatigue. The illeffects can be widespread. It can lead to problems with energy, vitality, susceptability to stress, depression, anxiety. irritability, restlessness and sleep problems. What’s more, if left it can have a knock-on effect with the immune system leading to a domino affect of other problems.

The goal with Naturopathy is to strengthen the areas of your body that will enable you to not only recover, but also have a much higher tolerance for stress and unyielding demands that many of us have to face. Burnout affects the adrenals and nervous system primarily. With some targetted therapy we can rebuild and strengthen these areas.

STRESS

It’s not new for people to be confronted with stress and pressure. What’s more, this might come from a combination of sources, such as work, financial stress, parenthood, caring roles, juggling roles, personal relationships, abusive relationships, war, loss, or mental and physical trauma. Furthermore, there are of course varying degrees and intensity of demands and worries that we face. However, the underlying reality is that life is not necessarily easy. What’s more, more often than not there’s no easy way to avoid the pressure, cut back responsibilities, or stop dealing with things that are happening in our lives.

The amazing thing I have noticed is, that despite the extreme pressures piling on and on to people, how well many manage to carry on. The trouble is, that by charging through the body’s warning signals that you’re dealing with more than you should, it can take a serious toll on the body and mind.

QUICK FIX SOLUTIONS

With stress, fatigue and burnout often come ‘quick fix’ solutions. These might be stimulants, such as coffee and energy drinks that help to get people going or act as a pick-me-up during the day.

Compounded this, for many, is a poor diet. Finding motivation and energy to cook a healthy meal when you’re already exausted is often not top of the list of priorities.

Finally, some will turn to excess alcohol or other recreational stimulation for relief. This in turn only exacerbates the situation.

When you piece together some of the lifestyle habits so easily adoped by those under stress and pressure, you can see how the dwindling spiral of more fatigue, compromised eating habits and needing more stimulants forms. This is the vicious cycle that ultimately ends up with more and more fatigue.

NATUROPATHY & BURNOUT

So how does this work?

Diagnosing the areas of one’s health that are rundown and need support is the first step, and is key to recovery.

The areas commonly affected include:

A rundown nervous system

When the nervous system becomes depleted from the key nutritional tools it needs to operate, it behaves somewhat like a sponge. This means it is soaking up and robbing energy from other parts of the body. For example, areas like the digestive and hormonal systems can be affected, and in turn open the door to mental health problems from irritability to anxiety and depression.

The adrenal glands

The adrenals are particularly susceptible to stress. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is produced in excess during times of stress and this on its own will lead to burnout. What’s more, cortisol has wide reaching affects in excess. For example it will suppress progesterone, allowing oestrogen to dominate. This will greatly affect a woman’s health, and can significantly contribute to fertility problems, poly cystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis.

Excess cortisol affects testosterone too. This affects not only men’s sexual health, but women’s too, especially in menopause.

Excess cortisol also contributes to weight gain, insomnia and poor digestion.

Liver and gall bladder congestion

Poor diets often go hand-in-hand with burnout and stress. Frequently this includes stimulants like coffee, sugar and sometimes alcohol. Stimulants put pressure on your liver and gall bladder, and digestive problems typically then follow. Interestingly, insufficient bile flow contributes to a surprising degree to insufficient thyroid function. Consequently, symptoms that come with poor thyroid function, such as fatigue and weight gain, can often be traced back to stress and burnout. What’s more, the diet of a person under stress, where time is limited to prepare food, will tend to eat more sugar and carbs, further putting the body generally under stress.

A lot can be done to support a person going through stress, burnout and tiredness. What’s more, results can often be achieved quickly. It’s not always easy to avoid stress, indeed sometimes it’s impossible. There will be things you simply can’t avoid, but helping you through this by applying specific natural medicines can be very effective and help to relieve the stress and its toll on your body and mind.

LONDON PRACTICE

Come and see me in London at the world-renowned Hale Clinic in Harley Street, or you can make a booking for a remote consultation. I look forward to having the opportunity to assist you with this.

16 04, 2018

Repercussions of a Rundown Nervous System

2018-04-16T10:20:05+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

80% of the people that come and see me have a rundown nervous system

It is without doubt one of the most common things I diagnose with iridology and in a consultation.

avocado health benefits

The reason why it is so important is because it is the communication system of the body – quite similar to the wiring that exists in any machine. When the nervous system gets rundown it acts in a sponge-like way soaking up and robbing energy from other parts of the body.

Conversely, when we don’t have a rundown nervous system energy and vitality can flow throughout the body – aiding all the parts of the body to which it is communication with. This includes digestion, circulation, endocrine system and of course and probably most importantly how we feel mentally.

Signs of Rundown Nervous System

A rundown nervous system can affect each and every one of us in a different way, but the most common are complaints of fatigue, depression, anxiety, stress, irritability, lack of motivation, poor mental clarity and concentration (mental fog). In fact, it has an insidious nature with knock on affects across other parts of the body, which are not so obviously related to the nervous system, such as digestive disorders, acid reflux, constipation, and many more. In such cases, the immediate assumption can be made by practitioners that the problem lies in these specific parts of the body, yet correcting the nervous system as the underlying cause can sometimes be a simple answer, especially when other signs of a rundown nervous system are present.

What Causes a Rundown Nervous System?

There are two basic causes:

  1. Poor nutritional status:
    Often people say to me, “I eat well, don’t eat junk food, why am i rundown and feel this way?” one of the problems with our food these days is that it contains about 60% less nutritional value that of our grandparents. Another factor affecting nutritional status is our ability to absorb nutrients out of our food. Today, generally we eat far more sugar and take a lot more pharmaceutical medicines, such as antibiotics and painkillers, than our predecessors, and these are just two examples of how nutrient absorption is affected. Higher quantities of stimulants, such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, can further drain the body of nutrients. Alcohol also has a depleting affect on our nutritional status. Many factors weave together to determine how much nutrition we absorb from our food. So even if you decide to eat a healthy, organic diet, if you digestive system is not absorbing the nutrients efficiently much of the goodness will be lost. So this is often an area that needs addressing too.
  2. Stress:
    High levels of stress, emotional trauma, and other mental demands, drain the nervous system. (Of course there can be other factors to take into account when looking at how someone is feeling emotionally, such as adrenal fatigue or thyroid conditions.)

The problem can seem like the chicken and the egg scenario, whereby emotional problems can cause a rundown nervous system, in the same way that a rundown nervous system can cause emotional problems.

Nutrition to Help Boost the Nervous System

Diet of course will play a key role in ensuring your body has the nutritional tools and equipment it needs to operate optimally, this is despite the quality of food not being as it used to be.  Boosting your nervous system with some of the following foods is a good place to start:

  • Avocados

  • Acorn squash

  • Bananas

  • Spinach

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Almonds

  • Dried pumpkin seeds

  • Swiss chard

There are varying degrees of a rundown nervous system, and I find that supplementing with key nutrients is usually also necessary – contact me to find out what specifically you need as this will vary from person to person, depending on one’s needs and what medication a person may be on.

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