“He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician.” Chinese Proverb
The expression “you are what you eat” has never been more relevant. It’s easy to forget in the world of fast food and instant meals that every cell of our bodies is formed from the molecules of what we take in on a daily basis.
People don’t always associate their health problems with their diet. We can help link the two together for you and make it easier for you to support your well-being.
Many of us assume that the health niggles that we experience are normal or a result of getting older. Life doesn’t have to be like this.
We can also provide support for female health issues.
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Weight management is not just about weight loss although we can help with this. It’s about finding a way to be a healthy weight. This could be supporting you in maintaining your weight, gaining weight after an illness or weight redistribution. Our bodies are complex machines and sometimes it’s not as simple as “eat less and do more”, stress can be a major factor in confusing your body’s metabolism and if you’re used to counting calories or points then you may not appreciate the impact of certain foods on how your body uses the energy you’re taking in.
Life is full of things that add to our daily load and stress is the term used when the load is greater than our ability to cope with it. When you’re under stress it’s probable that you’re also having problems with your digestion, difficulty sleeping and generally suffering more health problems than normal – for example, an increase in the number of colds you have, problems with your skin, etc. We can potentially help with all of these issues.
General discomfort, bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence and indigestion might affect most of us at some point but if you are suffering regularly then it’s worth seeking help to find out what might be the underlying causes – we can help you with this. You don’t have to just live with these problems.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is estimated by the NICE guidelines published in March 2010 to affect between 10 and 20% of the general populations and is twice as common in women as in men. That’s a lot of people! We can help manage the symptoms and find ways to minimise the impact of this condition on your daily life.
Conditions like Coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can be affected by diet and it’s important to make sure you’re eating to support your body and getting the most out of the food you do eat.
High blood pressure is a major contributory factor in cardiovascular diseases (CVD) such as stroke and coronary heart disease (CHD). Reductions in blood pressure can be achieved through diet and lifestyle management and we can help you do this.
The issue of high cholesterol is regularly featured in the media and Health through Food can help you understand how cholesterol works in your body and how you can impact the levels through what you eat.
In addition to the allergies and intolerances we associate with foods like intolerances to gluten, wheat or dairy, nutrition can also be used to support such conditions as eczema and hay fever.
Nothing in our body works in isolation, our skin is a reflection of what is going on inside us. We can support skin conditions including eczema, acne, dermatitis and psoriasis. How your skin ages is also affected by what you eat.
When you get the same problem time and time again, for example, colds, tonsillitis, cystitis, etc. then it could be your immune system trying to send you a message that it’s not getting what it needs to fight off the bacteria and viruses. We can help support you as you take steps to strengthen your immune system.
Many of the health issues women experience are often put down to their age, e.g. puberty, having children, menopause, or just something women need to accept. Pre Menstrual Syndrome, acne, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, heavy periods, hot flushes and night sweats all have a link to the level of hormones in the body. If you experience any, or many, of these there are steps you can take to improve all of the symptoms and we can help you achieve this.
Endometriosis does not yet have a known cause and can be very debilitating as well as affecting fertility. Research shows links to areas that we can help support.
It has been estimated that 10% of women have a low functioning thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), the gland that controls our metabolism. This can result if feeling tired all the time, putting on weight (despite all efforts to lose it), low energy, cold hands and feet, mental fogginess, the list goes on. We can support you with appropriate nutrition.