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IBS – there’s more to it than diet alone

July 10, 2009

This week has been a real week for IBS clients, irritable bowel syndrome being a blanket term for an array of symptoms including bloating, diarrhoea, constipation and cramps. Many IBS clients are at their wits end with their symptoms and come to me as a last resort.

From experience, I have learnt that whilst diet can have a dramatic effect on IBS and bloating, it is not always the only answer. If there is some underlying digestive issue, even the best diet in the world will not clear up IBS entirely. For this reason I often recommend stool testing to assess digestive health and identify any ‘nasties’ such as parasites (surprisingly common), and bacteria and yeast infections.

Once we’ve worked on restoring a client’s digestive health and ensuring a healthy balanced diet, IBS symptoms such as bloating and constipation can be left firmly behind in the past.

Find out more about how we can help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and contact us to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Kim Porter

Top tips for avoiding holiday stomach upsets

July 9, 2009

Travellers’ diarrhoea can last up to five days so if you’re on holiday for a week then you could end up spending most of it in the bathroom!  To reduce your chances of succumbing to ‘Delhi belly’ read on for some top tips:

  • Check out the cleanliness of where you are eating – chances are that if the restaurant or café doesn’t look very clean then the hygiene standards won’t be that great either.
  • Don’t eat meat or fish that looks undercooked. Ask for your food well-done if in doubt.
  • Avoid salads which don’t look fresh. In countries where the water isn’t safe to drink, avoid salads altogether and avoid chopped and peeled fruit – peel your own.
  • If you’re eating in a seafood restaurant which is a long way from the sea, check when and where the fish has been caught – fish goes off quickly.
  • Avoid buffet food unless it looks really fresh. It may have been sitting there for some time!
  • If you’re in any doubt about whether or not you should drink the water then buy bottled water. Also avoid ice-cubes and use bottled water for cleaning your teeth.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before eating and handling food.
  • Take a friendly gut bacteria (probiotic) supplement at least one week before you go and take it with you – friendly gut bacteria produce acids and antibiotic-like substances that help us fight infection. Contact The Nutrition Coach for advice on the best probiotics to take.
  • Don’t let your guard down on the plane home – plane food can be contaminated if a flight originates from a country where the risk of travellers’ diarrhoea is high such as India or South America.

And if you are hit by Delhi Belly, what should you do?

  • Keep hydrated. If you are very ill and have been vomiting and have diarrhoea then you will need to replace lost fluids and may need an Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) – consider packing some if you are visiting a high risk area. You can buy sachets at chemists. If you don’t have any sachets, an alternative can be made up using eight teaspoons of sugar and one teaspoon of salt added to one litre of safe, drinking water.
  • If there is blood in your stool, if you have a fever, or if the diarrhoea does not settle within 72 hours contact a doctor.
  • Once you feel like eating again, stick to very plain foods such as boiled rice or vegetable soup.
  • If you continue to experience digestive problems or develop other health problems on returning home, then it is worth considering testing for parasites. The Nutrition Coach can arrange parasite testing and can design a protocol aimed at getting rid of them.

Nutrition – the alternative to IVF abroad

July 4, 2009

IVF is frequently in the headlines, and last week was no exception with ‘fertility tourism’ splashing the pages.  According to a European-wide study, hundreds of British couples are travelling to the continent every month for fertility treatment because they cant get it at home.  Couples who are over the age of 40 are unlikely to be eligible for IVF on the NHS, which is the main reason for the move to seek treatment abroad.

The question is, is ‘fertility tourism’ the best answer? The national UK average success rate for IVF is approximately 23%.  This is compared with a success rate of close to 80% when a holistic approach, including changes to diet and lifestyle and adding nutritional supplements, is followed.  The food you eat, nutritional deficiencies, excess toxicity and lifestyle all have a dramatic effect on the health of your reproductive system.  Here at The Nutrition Coach, we have seen a huge number of couples successfully conceive after adopting a carefully tailored nutrition programme.  In my opinion, nutrition offers a more successful and affordable alternative to IVF trips abroad, and that holidays should be all about relaxation, exploring and generally having a wonderful time.

Find out more about how we can help with optimal nutrition and fertility and contact us to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Julia

Dump The Diet

July 3, 2009

I have just had a lady write an email to us wondering if she is suitable to go on our Dump The Diet course or not – I think she sounds ideal as she is stuck in what I call Dieting Mentality – meaning she is trapped on a cycle of dieting bingeing – punishing (being ultra “good”) then bingeing (and being so called “bad”) – ultimately, the only way out of the trap is to tread much more of a mid-path ie. don’t be super good or super “bad” – know your boundaries and then eat “normally”  A big aim of the course is just getting people to be friends with food again

Of course some people really are firmly stuck in horrible patterns (subconscious childhood patterns) it is much more difficult to change these habits consciously but most people once they are aware of what they are doing and what they can do to fix it, can change -  I did it myself.  Before I was a Nutritional therapist and didn’t understand those boundaries, I thought I did eat a really healthy diet – now I know what I am doing,  I dont even think about dieting/being fat/being thin – I just GET ON WITH BEING NORMAL (well, being normal when it comes to eating!)

Find out more about our Dump The Diet weight loss system and contact us to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Go Well

Kate

How to reduce pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms

April 14, 2009

The Nutrition Coach in Cosmopolitan magazine

The Nutrition Coach is featured in an article in Cosmpolitan magazine focusing on pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.

Kate Cook, founder of The Nutrition Coach, says that you can drastically reduce period pain by changing what you eat.

“Vitamin E, found in avocado and spinach, will help combat water retention and breast tenderness, while soya products, such as tofu, are rich sources of phyto-oestrogens that help balance hormones. Magnesium-rich foods, such as green, leafy vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, help relax muscles and help nagging cramps.But they won’t work if you eat too much refined sugar, which is another good reasons to watch your chocolate consumption.”

According to Kate Cook, the trendy low card Atkins diet – popular with many female celebrities – is the worst diet for sufferers of period pain.
Cutting out carbs can leave you with low blood sugar – and the diet means you’ll eat very little fruit and veg, and the vitamins and minerals they contain.
All this can leave you run down, while period symptoms such as dizziness, weakness and headaches, can get worse.

“Steer clear of saturated fats found in dairy and meat, the main foods found in the Atkins diet and up your intake of the essential fats in nuts, seeds and oily fish. They promote healthy female hormone production.”

Find out more about what The Nutrition Coach offers for pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.

Contact us to find out how we could help you with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.

View the article here.

Improve your vitality with diet and nutrition

March 24, 2009

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The Nutrition Coach is featured in an article in Zest magazine focusing on weight loss and vitality.

Stefanie, 32, explains:

“I have a toxic life. My job means I often work ten hour days and I keep myself going with coffee and chocolate. I also smoke to cope with stress and party hard. Burning the candle at both ends (and drinking too much) has left me frazzled.”

Kate Cook, founder of The Nutrition Coach, gives Stefanie some helpful tips:

“Stefanie should have a good breakfast, such as porridge topped with chopped fruit and nuts. This will keep her going throughout the morning. Healthy snacks, such as nuts, seeds and oatcakes will help Stefanie avoid chocolate at work. Like many people, her diet contains excessive wheat and dairy, and she has become intolerant to them, experiencing bloating. She should also try to regularly include alternatives such as rye bread and soya milk in her diet, which will give her digestive system a break..”

Find out more about how The Nutrition Coach helps to de-stress your body and your life.

Contact us to find out how we could help you de-stress your body and your life.

View the article here.

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