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Depression and nutrition

September 30, 2009

Believe it or not it is nearly October – where did the summer go? October can be a time when we feel a bit blue – summer has officially ended and the days are getting shorter. But while some of us may just feel a bit down in the dumps from time to time, for others depression can be a daily battle. World Mental Health Day, which this year is on October 10th (, was established in order to raise awareness of mental health issues.

It is now known that there is a huge link between diet and mood, and certain foods can really transform how we feel. For example, tryptophan, an amino acid found in fish, chicken, turkey, oats and eggs is converted by the body into serotonin, our ‘feel good hormone’. If you want to boost your mood include some of the tryptophan foods in your diet everyday. Keeping blood sugar levels stable and improving digestive health including eliminating any food intolerances can also be very important in improving mood.

As well as diet, our lifestyles can affect our frame of mind such as being in a job we don’t enjoy, high stress levels, or perhaps being in the wrong relationship. Our life coaching services can help you to move from where you are now in your life to where you want to be in the future.

If you’re in need of a mood boost, get in touch to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics.


Fibroids and diet

September 28, 2009

In clinic I often hear of the misery that women with fibroids suffer every month, with heavy bleeding, pain and abdominal swelling or bloating, and this was true of last week.  As with many gynaecological problems, fibroids are an oestrogen sensitive condition, which means that they worsen and grow when there is excess oestrogen in the body.

Following a hormone balancing diet is a wonderful way to control excess levels of oestrogen that can otherwise encourage fibroids to grow.  As part of the diet, it is also essential to look at the liver function, as optimal liver function is needed for hormone balance.  This is because the liver is responsible for processing oestrogen and if it is not functioning efficiently then old hormones can accumulate.  Substances that can compromise liver function therefore need to be eliminated as much as possible, and gentle detox principles including avoidance of alcohol and caffeine have a powerful effect.  This can be difficult in a work hard and play hard culture, which is why we coach you through each step, making it achievable, practical and with plenty of alternatives.

Find out more about how diet can help fibroids, or contact us to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Julia Alderman

Menopause and IBS

September 23, 2009

If you mention the word menopause, most women will automatically think of hot flushes, mood swings, weight gain, bloating and so on. The menopause is a natural stage of life for every single woman yet there is a tendency to view menopause as an illness in the western world. In other cultures, the menopause is regarded not as a time of loss (i.e. loss of periods and hormones) but as a time of great wisdom and a time of sharing your life experiences with those around you. A healthy diet during menopause, and a positive outlook on life could help you to experience the menopause with very few problems.

When Sarah first came to see us, she was experiencing menopausal hot flushes, night sweats, fatigue and mood swings. She was also suffering from bad bloating and bowel changes. Sarah had always had IBS but along with many other women she felt it had got a lot worse since hitting the menopause.

We set straight to work to try and alleviate Sarah’s menopause and IBS symptoms. A stool analysis revealed a parasite and an overgrowth of yeast which was likely to be contributing to the IBS and bloating and affecting Sarah’s absorption of nutrients. We provided Sarah with a supplement programme aimed at eradicating the nasties in her gut. Other changes included diet recommendations to boost Sarah’s nutrient intake and to stabilise her blood sugar levels. We also added in some herbs and some essential fats to support her female hormones.

A few months on, Sarah is feeling much better – the menopause symptoms have really improved, and the bloating and IBS is no longer a problem. As an added bonus Sarah has lost some excess weight and feels much more energetic.

Are the menopause and IBS causing problems for you? If so get in touch to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics. Click here for more information on IBS and the menopause.


Detox and psoriasis

September 21, 2009

Last week The Nutrition Coach had the pleasure of delivering a corporate nutrition day at a top bank in the city, as part of a corporate wellness day.  During the day a surprising number of people asked me about the link between detoxing and skin health, and in particular how detoxing helps to clear psoriasis.

Psoriasis is one of the most common skin complaints and whilst it can flare up for reasons such as stress, as with many skin problems, there is a significant link between gut health and toxin overload.  Poor digestion can result in proteins being insufficiently broken down, which creates excessive toxicity in the gut.  Any build-up of toxins also has a knock-on effect of burdening the liver, which usually filters out the toxins from the gut before they circulate round the body, but if it is overloaded it becomes less efficient at this.

A diet to help psoriasis therefore needs to support good digestive and liver health.  This is why detox principles are perfect, as negative foods such as alcohol, sugar, common irritants (such as wheat and dairy) are avoided and pure whole-foods are emphasised.

Find out more about how a detox plan can help psoriasis and contact us to make an appointment for a consultation at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Julia Alderman

PCOS case study

September 18, 2009

Janet had been diagnosed with PCOS for five years before she came to us. She explained that her periods had never been regular and at one point had stopped altogether for two years until she went on the Pill. She had suffered from acne since her teenage years, and now at the age of thirty it was affecting her confidence more than ever. She had also recently experienced rapid weight gain ‘even by just looking at food’ and was desperate to get her weight under control. We discussed the impact of blood sugar imbalances on PCOS and the importance of diet and eating the right foods at the right time. Janet followed a meal plan and started experimenting with new foods, as well as being supported with a supplement programme. At a follow-up consultation we worked on improving Janet’s liver function and increasing phytoestrogens in her diet, as well as looking at lifestyle changes. Within four months she had lost 10kg, her skin had visibly improved and she was ‘feeling fantastic

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The health benefits of organic food

September 14, 2009

This week my local health food stores have been tempting everyone’s taste buds with samples of their delicious organic ranges.  These activities are part of the Organic Fortnight campaign, which is being run by the Soil Association between September 5 and 20, to help raise awareness of the benefits of eating organic.

Organic food and farming is a topic of much debate, but for me the reasons for eating organic are certainly clear.  From a health perspective, organic food contains higher nutrient levels including more vitamin C, beta-carotene, anti-oxidants, magnesium and iron, due to the natural methods used to manage the land which allows nutrient-rich soils and crops to develop.  Organic food is also free of the over 300 chemical pesticides that are routinely used in non-organic farming.  A non-organic apple, for example, contains on average 16 different pesticide residues.  There is a lack of research on the combined effect of these chemicals, and research has linked pesticides to health problems including infertility, lowered immune function and nervous system disorders.  In addition, the routine use of antibiotics in farm animals is banned under organic standards, meaning organic meat and dairy products do not contain high levels of antibiotic residues.  As well as the health benefits, organic food also considers animal welfare and environmental diversity.  I think these are wonderful reasons to celebrate Organic Fortnight – so why not check out your local farmers market or organic box schemes to see what they have to offer?

Excess toxicity from our food and environment overloads the organs of elimination and with it causes a variety of symptoms.  Eating organic food is an easy step to reducing our exposure to toxins and is particularly important when on a detox diet.

Find out more about our detox diet programmes and contact us to make an appointment for a consultation at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Julia Alderman

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