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Diabetes? Me? Surely not

health topics what to eat Nov 13, 2019

Has your weight been creeping up on you over the years and is proving difficult to shift – despite your best efforts? Or maybe your energy levels are on the floor? It’s easy to push to the back of your mind. Surely things can’t have got that bad… You’re not one of ‘those’ people whose food and lifestyle choices result in blood sugar levels so wonky, they find themselves in the prediabetes or diabetes trap… It’s easily done, and I see a lot of people in clinic who have been surprised to find they’re occupying that space.

It really is worth getting your blood sugar levels checked out. Once you know your numbers, you can do something about it and make a huge shift in all aspects of your health, including your weight. Whatever the tests say, I want you to know that, by making some simple changes to your diet and lifestyle, it is possible to prevent, control and, in many cases, reverse this condition.

COULD IT BE ME?

Could be...

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How to survive the (peri)menopause

The peri-menopause can be one of the trickiest times for women to get their head around. One minute you’re 30, full of energy to do all the things you want in your life. Yes, there may be challenges but none of them seem unmanageable. Life – especially when you look back – seemed pretty great. All of a sudden it seems life and age have snuck up on you. You’re just not quite the same person you used to be. You notice you get tired more easily, some days you’re literally dragging yourself through the day, you’ve lost your get up and go for no reason, the weight you used to be able to lose in the run-up to an important event stays stubbornly in place no matter what you try, and you can’t seem to shift that foggy feeling in your brain. But it can’t be the menopause, right? You’re too young…

The menopause actually refers to a time when you haven’t had a single period for at least a year. The run-up to it can last for...

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Get to the bottom of your IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a problem I see so often in clinic and it is problematic on many different levels. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, you may well have been suffering with it for years and, while a diagnosis can – at first– offer comfort in finally having a recognised problem, the satisfaction is short-lived because often that’s where all support ends, and you’re left no further forward in actually fixing what the problem is.The difficulty begins because IBS is essentially meaningless; it’s a catch-all term used to encompass a huge variety of digestive issues. If you’re serious about getting to the bottom of the problem (no pun intended), I’m happy to discuss your symptoms and help find a way forward. You can book a free IBS health check with me by clicking here.

In my experience, it’s likely to be one of the following five conditions.

1 SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)

Around 60% of people with IBS...

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What to eat to beat hay fever

health topics what to eat Mar 28, 2019

Itchy, watery eyes? Constantly sneezing? Hello hay fever! Now I really know it’s spring and you’re here to stay – like an uninvited guest – for the next six months. But while Mother Nature can be cruel, she is also kind. It might surprise you to know that changing what you eat can have a big impact on the severity of your symptoms.

According to Allergy UK, as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children suffer from allergic rhinitis (the medical term for the condition), an allergic reaction to pollen. You might start noticing symptoms in March when the tree pollen season starts. Then there’s the grass pollen season, followed by the weed pollen season, which can go on into September.

If this is you, I sympathise: itchy, red or watery eyes; runny or blocked nose; sneezing and coughing; itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears; loss of smell; earache; headache; and feeling exhausted.

There are some foods will make the symptoms of hay fever worse, so try to cut...

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What to eat to beat arthritis

health topics what to eat Oct 11, 2018

As you get older, one of the things that can start to happen is that you experience aches and pains. If your aches and pains are a regular feature of your life, it’s definitely worth asking your doctor or physio for advice. Sometimes that regular twinge you are getting is something more serious, but don’t let the possibility of ‘something more serious’ prevent you from getting it checked out. If it’s nothing but creaking joints, that’s great. If it’s something else, well we can work on that, too.

You may have guessed that the ‘something else’ I am thinking about is arthritis. In aid of World Arthritis Week, I want to share some of my top tips for using food to help alleviate some of the symptoms of arthritis.

 

What are the different types of arthritis?

There are 2 types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritisis the type of arthritis associated with wear and tear of cartilage within joints. It...

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What to eat to lower cholesterol

health topics what to eat Oct 02, 2018

It's National Cholesterol Month all though October, but you are very welcome if you are reading this at any other time of year. The information doesn't have a use-by date.

Cholesterol is one of the things that might be on the high side if you have an underactive thyroid and tends to go up a bit with age if you're not careful. I'm going to answer some common questions for once and for all.

Does eating cholesterol cause high cholesterol?

Short answer, no. But read on. 

Will eating fat give me high cholesterol?

Again, not in the way you think, but read on. 

How can I lower my cholesterol?

Don't do it by taking prescription drugs. There's a lot you can do by making changes to how you eat.

First of all, I'd like to introduce you to Charlie the rabbit. He took part in the experiments that led to that 'golden nugget' of science doctors have always been very keen to tell you about (don't worry, they're getting more clued up now)... that eating fat or foods containing...

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How can I help my PCOS?

health topics hormones Sep 04, 2018

What do celebrities Daisy Ridley, Victoria Beckham, Jools Oliver and Emma Thompson have in common? They have all publicly shared their struggle with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

PCOS is a common hormone disorder that affects one in five women in the UK.  It can be devastating to a woman’s self-esteem and quality of life. As if this weren’t bad enough, many cases are missed because the pill is often prescribed to young women for painful and/or irregular periods and this can mask symptoms.  It is often only when you are unable to get pregnant or experience miscarriages that explorations uncover the condition. 

Common signs and symptoms of PCOS...

  • Irregular periods
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Excessive hair growth where it shouldn’t be, e.g. face, chest and back
  • Resistance to weight loss (although many sufferers are not overweight)
  • Thinning hair on head
  • Oily skin/acne
  • Miscarriage

Does this sound like you?

What’s happening inside when you...

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How to manage endometriosis

health topics hormones May 12, 2018

For many women, the monthly cycle is a minor inconvenience to an otherwise amazing life. For others, their period – and the run-up to it – can feel like a living hell. They put up with long, very heavy and incredibly painful periods. If this speaks to you, your symptoms could be linked to a number of conditions (which is why you need to talk to your GP about any concerns about your cycle), and one of them is endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a long-term chronic condition that occurs when cells that are normally only found inside the uterus embed and grow outside the uterus, often on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, covering the top of the vagina or else on intestines. Doctors have even discovered endometrial cells in the eyes and brain!

Why endo?

Here’s where the problem is: those cells are hormonally active, just like those that line your uterus, when womb cells shed every month (your period), the other cells do, too. The blood can’t flow out of the body, and...

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