Friday, 8 April 2022
I can’t tell you the number of clients after I’ve asked to take a break from alcohol (yes, even that 1 glass of wine to wind down) for at least 5 weeks, report back to me HOW much better they feel, and are amazed by the difference to their symptoms. Alcohol negatively impacts all systems, from our hormones to our immunity. Here are some of the ways you might not know or think about...
Friday, 18 March 2022
Most recent figures show that one in eight women can expect to develop hypothyroidism in her lifetime!
The most common form of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s, and if not supported or indeed it’s root causes addressed can cause an array of symptoms including depression, anxiety, decreased cognitive function, increased risk of arrhythmias and congestive heart failure, high cholesterol, fatigue and exhaustion, weight gain, and compromised immunity.
Friday, 18 February 2022
For most women, progesterone is good for mood, calms anxiety and promotes sleep, predominantly because it converts to a neurosteroid called allopregnanolone (ALLO) which bathes GABA receptors in the brain, the major “off switch” in the CNS thereby inducing calm.
Friday, 28 January 2022
January is National Birth Defect Awareness month & also today is the final week of National Folic Acid Awareness Week. This is a crucial B vitamin (B9) that is especially important to women who are either pregnant or may become pregnant. Folate or Folic acid... are they one of the same? Although they are often used interchangeably, they are quite different
Friday, 7 January 2022
This is what changes a pandemic to an endemic: a virus that is always with us. So, we need to adopt strategies where we can look after ourselves, let our natural immune system do its job so as to not overwhelm our wonderful NHS.
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In the early 1980s, psychologist Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, & immunologist Ronald Glaser, were intrigued by studies that linked stress and infection. For a decade, they studied medical students finding that the students' immunity went down every year under the simple stress of the three-day exam period. For stress of any significant duration - from a few days to a few months or years, as is happening now - all aspects of immunity went downhill. Thus long-term or chronic stress, through too much wear and tear, can ravage the immune system.
The rhetoric against COVID is 100% driven by instilling fear and stress. In light of the most recent variant - Omicron the approach is shockingly one dimensional, “get jabbed” - is this REALLY the only way?
Monday, 13 December 2021
As we approach the Christmas period, we are encouraged to eat, drink & be merry - and I’m all for a bit of sparkle & shine! Yet as night follows day post-Christmas, our social media feed become bombarded with programmes to “detox”, filled with promises to balance or sync hormones, thereby promoting a healthier body & to shed pounds. Broad brush statements and promises to “balance hormones” are unrealistic & unfair marketing speak. Please don't fall for it my friends - work with a practitioner that wants to understand the mechanisms at play that are dysregulating your hormones.
Tuesday, 7 December 2021
The oral contraceptive pill (OCP) has become the panacea for virtually all forms of women's health issues - prescribed to our daughters for acne, painful or heavy periods, PMS and even to restore menstrual cycles. To prescribe birth control for “hormone balance” is a huge dichotomy - birth control does not balance hormones; it switches them off!
Tuesday, 9 November 2021
PMS, painful periods, heavy flooding, endometriosis - Too much histamine & over activation of the cells that contain histamine, mast cells, could be playing a significant role… When all is in balance, histamine is produced by gut flora or when released from various cell types located in nerves, immune cells, barrier tissues (such as gut & bladder) & the ovaries & uterus carries out normal housekeeping activities & is then deactivated by an enzyme, diamine oxidase (DAO).
Tuesday, 2 November 2021
Brain fog & midlife weight gain is so readily attributed to the menopause, why is this? And what can we do about it?