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Beautiful skin starts from the inside

September 9, 2009

Skin

Do you suffer from a skin problem such as eczema, psoriasis, acne rosacea or acne? If you do then you are certainly not alone. We often see clients with skin problems many of whom have suffered for years and come to us as a last resort having tried every pill and potion available.

Whilst creams and medication can help to control skin problems it doesn’t get to the root cause of the condition. In our experience skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, acne or acne rosacea can be caused by an underlying health problem such as poor digestion, sluggish liver function, a lack of nutrients, and food intolerances.

For example, I recently saw a client at my Blackheath nutrition clinic who suffered from psoriasis. He was managing to keep it under control using various creams but he felt like it was getting worse and it was starting to affect his self-confidence. The client was a big drinker – he worked long stressful hours and a few drinks at the end of the day and binge drinking at the weekend was his way of relaxing.

I explained that his alcohol intake and stressful lifestyle was likely to be affecting his skin health. High alcohol levels and stress can take its toll on liver function, which is often shown in the skin. In addition, his diet was high in sugar and low in key nutrients required for skin health.

We got to work by cleaning up his diet and reducing his alcohol intake. I also recommended some supplements aimed at improving digestion as his gut health was far from optimal and this could have been contributing to the psoriasis. We also discussed some stress management techniques to help him cope with his hectic lifestyle.

Just a few months on the client’s psoriasis is greatly improved – he no longer relies on the creams to keep his psoriasis under control. He also feels much calmer and more energised.

Find out more about how we can improve your skin health and get in touch to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics (Central London and Blackheath)

Kim Porter

Do you want to look and feel fantastic on your wedding day?

September 7, 2009

Everyone dreams of the perfect wedding day, and at The Nutrition Coach we recognise that no amount of event organisation will produce the perfect day if you don’t feel happy with your body.  Being over your ideal weight, feeling bloated, having skin breakouts, or feeling low in energy can all affect confidence and how much you truly embrace the day.

Over the summer months i’ve seen a number of bride-to-be clients undergo a mini transformation in time for their big day.  They have immersed themselves in one of The Nutrition Coach wedding detox programmes and have broken away from negative eating habits to start married life looking and feeling fantastic.  The magic of detox diets is that they have so many health benefits, including helping to improve skin, digestion, mood, immunity, weight and energy levels – and with so much more vitality, you can’t help feeling fantastic.

The Nutrition Coach wedding detox programmes are ideal for anyone wanting to look and feel fantastic at a wedding, whether you’re the bride or groom, or the mother of the bride, bridesmaid or best man.

Find out more about our Fast Wedding Detox Diet and our Complete Wedding Detox Diet and contact us to make an appointment for a consultation at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Julia Alderman

Corporate Nutrition in Action!

September 4, 2009

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day at a top bank in the city delivering a corporate wellness day (Corporate Nutrition day) for a group of 9 ladies from their special events team.

In our preliminary talks the lady who was organising the day made it clear that she thought that her team were well aware of health/healthy eating as they all were keeping fit at the gym and some were watching their weight.  She said that she really wanted a new approach that wasn’t just going to show them what they already knew.    But the team suffer from low energy and tiredness.

“Hmm” I said.  “Tell me about what you had for breakfast”

Skipped breakfast

“Ok” says I “What about yesterday?”

Recovering from a heavy night, muffin, latte

“Hmm” I say  “Think I can teach you something”

We started the day with a presentation that I had prepared especially for them on Vibrant Energy – We then looked at the ladies’ food diaries and gave them some really practical steps for them to achieve in the next four weeks – really easy things that will help to restore energy.

We did a little bit of fun stuff, a zinc taste test – which checks for mineral deficiencies – only one of the group wasn’t deficient.  You can get low in zinc if you are in a demanding job and burning the candle at both ends!  Zinc helps in many reactions in the body and is important for immunity.

We did a session on how they might be able to improve the food menus that are offered at events/brainstorming/ strategy sessions at the bank – to keep the delegates alert and motivated

Finally we wandered over to Borough Market to wander amongst the stalls – I had prepared a piece on seasonal foods -  once you know what is in season – you know how to shop locally and to get really good nutritious food  for both home and the work place.

With really small steps – it is amazing what energy great nutrition can give the work arena – what is often surprising is that we think we know what to do – I find that more than often, what is offered at work as “healthy” choices is the very thing that is causing the tiredness!

Find out more about Corporate Nutrition and contact us at one of our London nutrition clinics to find out how we can work with you.

Kate

What chronic symptoms are you putting up with?

September 3, 2009

I recently saw a man in his forties who had had digestive problems for the past 10 years, including alternating diarrhoea and constipation coupled with bloating and cramping.  His doctor had finally classified his symptoms as IBS and told him to ‘eat more carefully’.

As much as he tried though he didn’t seem to be able to pinpoint any particular foods that made his symptoms worse.  They just kept appearing at random intervals.  I recommended that we do a stool test to find out what really was going on.  The results showed an overgrowth of unwanted bacteria and some parasites.  Both of these can cause IBS like symptoms, so no wonder his route of food elimination hadn’t worked.

We used some specific supplements to kill off the unwanted visitors and boosted his own bacterial balance with supplemental friendly bacteria.  After just 4 weeks the changes were starting to happen, and his digestive complaints were getting less and less frequent.

So what is your persistent complaint that you have been ignoring?  Is it something to do with your health, or perhaps something complete different?  Start the new term by deciding not to put up with symptoms that impact your quality of life!

Contact us to make an appointment for a consultation at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Sanna

Swine Flu

September 1, 2009

Swine Flu Hygiene Reminder

Though not so heavily in the headlines Swine Flu prevention measures should remain in our consciousness, particularly as all our children are about to be back in the classroom coughing and sneezing all over each other!

Here is the advice from the World Health Organisation:

Hygiene Recommendations

In areas with confirmed human cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, the risk for infection can be reduced through a combination of actions. No single action will provide complete protection, but an approach combining the following steps can help decrease the likelihood of transmission. These recommended actions are:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand cleaner when soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • People who are sick with an influenza-like illness (ILI) (fever plus at least cough or sore throat and possibly other symptoms like runny nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhoea) should stay home and minimise contact with others, including avoiding travel, for 7 days after their symptoms begin or until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer.
  • Avoid close contact (i.e. being within about 6 feet) with persons with ILI.

Do contact one of the team at The Nutrition Coach for diet advice about achieving optimum immune health for you and your family.

Contact us to make an appointment for a consultation at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Hilary

Children and Teenagers – Sport and Concentration

September 1, 2009

I’ve said it before – I really am in awe of all that our children achieve in their working days and weeks.  But I feel we have to be careful to make sure that it doesn’t come at a price.

If you’re like me you will be seeing the land of routine and deadlines looming large on the horizon.  The eternal juggling of ferrying various children to rugby training, football training, tennis coaching, piano lessons, drum lessons, karate and swimming to name but a few.  Let alone just getting them to school each day!  I’m all for children experiencing every opportunity possible BUT do they become so tired and overwhelmed that basic home family together time becomes fraught with the tension of unfinished homework and snatched food here and there to fill in the gaps?  Let’s not forget that they are also still growing and developing!  With this level of activity it’s all too easy to fall into the habit of cereals, sandwiches, toast and pasta.  All easy to prepare at short notice – (especially when all their mates descend as well!) but it can become a quick carb fix that gives them a short term energy boost followed by low blood sugar and fatigue.

Most children of this age group that I see are not eating anywhere near enough protein so the ONE recommendation I can make here as a starting point for the good health of your ‘youth’ to get that protein going.  Eggs for breakfast – scrambled eggs has to be the fastest food going.  If it needs to be pasta with tomato sauce – fine but add a grilled chicken breast or salmon fillet on top with a large side salad.

Do contact one of The Nutrition Coach team for the next most important  FIVE  recommendations on how to help your ever growing family have the best of health for all they wish to achieve.

Good luck with that juggling and remember to look after your own nutrition so you have the energy to pick up the pieces!

Contact us to make an appointment for a consultation at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Hilary

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