Nutritional Therapy can help a lot of people with a wide range of conditions. Recognise any of these in yourself?
- Digestive issues which cause you bloating, pain, diarrhoea or affect the how you live your life
- Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, raised blood pressure or cholesterol
- Low in energy, feelings of fatigue, “get up and go” has gone
- Poor sleep patterns
- Fed up with headaches or joint pain
- Hormone related issues – men and women often suffer these in silence!
- Allergies which you just can’t get to the bottom of
- Skin conditions which affect your confidence
- You simply want flourish rather than just survive
- Excess weight holding you back from activities you would like to enjoy
Contact me for an information telephone conversation if you are experiencing any of these health problems to see how Nutritional Therapy can help you recover your health.
Digestive Problems / IBS
Healthy digestion is so important yet we often take it for granted until it starts to go wrong. It is the foundation of our health – if we can’t digest our food properly, we won’t get the full benefit of all the fabulous nutrients it contains. Digestive problems are often confusing and difficult to get to the bottom of as symptoms may come and go, with few identifiable triggers.
There is a long list of woes relating to digestion which can disrupt your life – acid reflux, burping, indigestion, bloating, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, piles, constipation or diarrhoea are all common problems. Long term illness such as IBS, Crohns, Colitus or Coeliac Disease can have devastating effects which are not only painful but result in debilitating restrictions on how you can live your life.
Find out how Nutritional Therapy can help you keep your digestion in tip-top condition and prevent these issues arising. Or if you are already experiencing problematic symptoms see how we can support you by identifying the root causes such as food intolerance, bacteria imbalance, parasites, low stomach acid, gall bladder issues, stress, or inflammation and how a personalised nutrition strategy can address the issues identified for a resolution to these often long standing problems.
Maintaining a healthy weight has a myriad of benefits, not least because it means you are more likely to avoid chronic conditions relating to obesity such as diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure, joint problems and even poor sleep.
Being underweight can also bring its own challenges – lack of energy, low mood, little or no reserves if you fall ill and poor recovery from illness and accidents.
Feeling good about how you look is also visible confirmation of your own better health with positive mental health benefits.
But what a thorny subject weight-management can be! So many books, news articles, experts, special “diets”, TV programmes, social media advice and online videaos all offering their own take on what to eat if you want to lose or gain weight. Paleo? Vegan? Low carb? Low fat? Cambridge? GAPS? Low FODMAP? Specific Carbohydrate Diet? The list of available options is long, confusing and often contradictory. to say the least. Overwhelming or what?
The answer is to remember that we are all different and no one size fits all. We all have different lifestyles, preferences, activity levels, genetics and approaches to life. We also have very individual lifestyles which influence our ability to make food choices which benefit us – we work long hours, have kids to care for or families who don’t want to embrace our food choices and as well as many other factors.
If you choose to address your weight issues with Nutritional therapy, we will talk about possible causes for your weight change, what your goals are and discuss any perceived hurdles to achieving those goals.
Weight management is often more than just will power and underlying health conditions such as thyroid dysfunction, gut bacteria imbalance or hormonal imbalances may be contributing to weight change (or lack of it).
By providing personalised plans which offer realistic and practical solutions, Nutritional Therapy can help you achieve your weight goals and enable you to make long-lasting changes to maintain those changes once achieved.
Menopause and Peri-Menopause
This is an important time of any womans’ life when her periods stop. It usually happens in your 40’s or 50’s and potentially affects not only you but your partner, children, friends, family and work colleagues!
Oestrogen levels drop during perimenopause and your periods change – maybe more or less frequent, heavier or lighter or longer. Or just simply stop. Menopause is regarded as starting when you have gone 12 months without a period.
Symptoms such as mood swings, weight gain, hot flushes, broken sleep, vaginal dryness, hair loss and low energy are not uncommon. These changes affect not only our ability to reproduce and our hormone balance, but has other long term effects, including bone health and libido.
Nutritional therapy can help by providing a natural approach to addressing these symptoms and offer long term support for your better health after menopause.
INCLUDING ECZEMA, ACNE & PSORIASIS
Skin Conditions (including eczema, acne and psoriasis)
Problems with our skin are a very visible way to identify that our body is out of balance. Acne, spots, rashes, eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections can all affect our confidence and self image.
Underlying cause might include liver function, gut bacteria, weak immune systems, hormone imbalance, food intolerances, stress reactions or sensitivity to chemicals in the environment.
Nutritional Therapy allows us to address those root causes rather than just treating the symptoms with creams and medicines. Looking at your personal history and current lifestyle enables us to alleviate symptoms in the short term and to address the root cause sin the long term.
Your thyroid gland is the quiet hero of your body’s metabolism. It affects almost every cell in your body and has several key roles, including controlling your metabolism, weight management and growth and development in children.
One common problem is that the thyroid gland can slow down and become sluggish (hypothyroidism). This can lead to weight gain, lack of energy, low mood and make us susceptible to other conditions as its’ hormones interact with other important hormones including insulin, cortisol and oestrogen.
Alternatively, the thyroid may become overactive and lead to feelings of anxiety, restlessness, weightloss, sleeplessness and feeling that you are constantly in overdrive (hyperthyroidism).
Find out how Nutritional Therapy can help support optimal thyroid function by advising you about the key nutrients and lifestyle changes which can help you rediscover your mo-jo.
Discover how the thyroid, adrenal glands and hormones can impact on each other and how issues such as food intolerance, stress and gut health can also play a role.
Sadly this is an increasingly common problem in modern day life. The feeling of waking up tired and far from well-rested. Then hardly having the energy to get through the day and achieve all we need to (let alone have the energy for what we would like to do on top of that) and then slump on the sofa all evening, watching television too late because we can hardly summon the effort to crawl into bed. Sound familiar?
There are many potential root causes for this exhaustion and absence of positive energy. Hormone imbalance, anxiety or stress, food intolerance(s), gut imbalance, parasites, or a sluggish thyroid are amongst many possible factors contributing to this lacklustre feeling.
Find out how Nutritional Therapy can help identify the underlying issues and support you to overcome these with healthy food and lifestyle advice which are both practical and effective. You’ll soon be back to your “normal” self and enjoying life to the full. Just think what you might achieve if you have all the energy you wanted!
Hormones are chemical messengers which whizz around the body delivering vital information to all the cells of our body. The range of hormones convers not only the sex hormones of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone but also those which control our appetite, energy levels, stress response and a myriad other functions.
Hormonal balance is vital to a healthy and energetic life. There are of course natural fluctuation such as puberty, menopause and aging but these too can tip into problematic if they lead to conditions such as acne, PCOS or night-time hot flushes.
Signs of hormone imbalance include mood swings, weight gain, skin conditions, decreased libido, painful periods, infertility (men and women), fatigue or even hair loss or excessive hair growth.
You can only live with the effects of hormonal imbalance for so long before you start to get a bit do-lally and it starts to jeopardize your overall health and wellbeing.
Nutritional Therapy can help you identify how your hormones are out of balance and advise you on food choices which help rather than hinder you, and how lifestyle choices may be exacerbating the problems so that you can make informed choices and restore equilibrium.
Joint Pain & Headaches
Physical pain can be very debilitating and can restricts our ability to exercise or to perform everyday tasks. Although there are many different forms of joint pain and different types of headache (or even migraine) there are steps you can take to reduce the incidence or pain of these conditions. Whether it is arthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, gout, migraine or simply wear and tear, the body wants to be well so supporting its natural willingness to heal is a key part of addressing these issues.
Food intolerance, poor digestive health, compromised immune systems, an inflammatory diet, excess body weight or even sensitivity to everyday chemicals in the environment can all play a part. As can underperforming body systems, in particular our detoxification organs such as the colon, kidney and liver.
Nutritional Therapy helps you identify factors which may be aggravating your painful conditions and help you adopt a less inflammatory diet and lifestyle whilst including beneficial nutrients which support good bone and joint health.
Linda Thomas Nutrition
T: 07768 803198
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