Nutritional therapy for clients with wide range of health conditions in Edinburgh
- Weight Management – Metabolic Balance
- Mental Health – disordered eating, anxiety, low mood
- Female Health – PMS, hormone imbalances, menopause
- Energy levels –stress, low mood, poor concentration
- Digestion – IBS, SIBO, bloating, wind, constipation, food intolerances
- Skin Health – acne, eczema, dry skin rashes
- Fertility – pre-conception, fertility, infertility, pregnancy
- Inflammatory Conditions
Nutritional therapy and functional medicine take into account the individual’s case history, signs and symptoms, and can investigate clinical imbalances in an approach that aims to improve health and wellbeing.
Practical plans and recipes are provided to make any changes manageable.
Hormonal issues are also problems Kate regularly sees in clinic. Hormone issues such as polycystic ovaries, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, PMS, painful or irregular periods, menopausal symptoms and infertility can be the cause of suffering for many women.
Nutritional therapy looks at and tries to improve your overall health when hormone-related problems are presented. Here are some factors Kate may offer you nutritional advice on:
- Blood sugar control
A diet high in sugar, stress or caffeine can lead to poor blood sugar control and insulin spikes. Too much insulin production can affect the sex hormones and ultimately lead to insulin resistance, which increases oestrogen production.
- Being overweight
Fat cells are factories of oestrogen. It’s very difficult to have balanced hormones when you are overweight. A diet high in saturated fats increases an enzyme that prevents hormones being excreted in the gut.
- Liver health
Your liver is responsible for deactivating old hormones and needs B vitamins to do this, especially folic acid. Certain foods offer the liver nutrients it needs to work optimally.
A healthy gut is one with plenty of beneficial bacteria and not too many “bad” bacteria. Sugar, stress, alcohol and some medication all give the “bad” bacteria a chance to proliferate and unfortunately they produce an enzyme which reactivates hormones that are waiting to be expelled from the body via the stool, meaning they are reabsorbed instead of excreted.
Energy levels are very rarely 10 out of 10 in our society these days. Why is that? Are we too busy, too stressed or too poorly nourished? Quite likely it’s a combination of all these. As a nutritional therapist Kate can analyse your diet and lifestyle and make suggestions to fit in with your lifestyle. She will consider:
- Blood sugar balance
Highs and lows throughout the day caused by diet, caffeine, stress and timing of meals can hugely affect your energy, concentration and mood.
Forget “ You are what you eat.” The approach of a nutritionist is often “You are what you eat, digest and absorb.” Take magnesium for example, pumpkin seeds are a wonderful source of it, yet if your body can’t absorb the magnesium, then no matter how many seeds you eat, you still won’t get the benefits. Working with a nutritional therapist can help improve your digestive function.
Especially B vitamins.
- Thyroid and adrenal health
- Mitochondria function
- The mitochondria are where your cells produce ATP, the energy giving molecule for the body.
Digestive symptoms including IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) are a common reason for seeking nutritional advice from a nutritionist. It is estimated that 30% of the population suffer from IBS at some point. IBS is different to IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. The former is a term given to problems of digestion when no cause has been identified.
To improve and minimize digestive symptoms a nutritional therapy consultation at The Edinburgh Clinic of Nutrition might include nutrition and supplement advice on any of the following:
- Stomach acid
Nutrition starts in the mouth and continues in the stomach and we need adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid (HCl) to break down foods, especially proteins, into smaller particles. HCl triggers enzymes to break proteins down and also triggers the pancreas to release digestive enzymes to continue to break food down. HCl is necessary to protect the body from certain microbes. It also allows the absorption of B12 and zinc. It decreases naturally as we age and through stress and poor eating habits.
- Intestinal permeability
Sometimes we have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in our gut and the gut wall can become inflamed and damaged. This can lead to intestinal permeability which results in particles of food “leaking” through into the bloodstream which should be too big to get through the gut wall. The body recognizes them as foreign, the immune system reacts and food intolerances can develop. Digestive, skin and certain auto-immune problems can be provoked.
- Gut flora
Once again, this is connected to the good and bad bacteria in your gut. Your gut flora can be negatively influenced by diet, stress, caffeine, anti-biotics, the contraceptive pill and steroid medication.
These can play a huge role in digestive health and unfortunately standard medical tests may not always detect a parasite. An extremely thorough test to identify parasites and give other indications of gut health is called a CDSA. Kate can advise on this during a nutritional consultation.