So, this week started off with ‘Blue Monday’, apparently the most depressing day of the year. There are many reasons that we can feel a bit down at this time of year – post Christmas bills, miserable cold days & much too long to wait until the next pay day.
For most of us, these are short lived feelings, but for some the problem lasts much longer and can be far more debilitating than just a desire to stay under the duvet all day. Dietary and lifestyle changes can really help, but the health benefits of vitamin C when it comes to depression and anxiety are not widely known.
We’ve all heard of the benefits that it has on our immune system, but did you know Vitamin C deficiencies can cause depression and cravings for sugar too?
Stress and smoking can really use up our body’s supply of vitamin C. Smoking reduces up to 40% of the body’s supply of vitamin C daily. A non-smoker needs an average of about 1,000 mg of Vit C per day, whereas an average smoker may require about 3000 mg....
It's thought that a fortnight into January, people abandon their gym membership, fall back into unhealthy eating habits, or reach for that bottle of wine after persuading themselves to partake in Dry January. But why can’t you stick with those resolutions? The key? Well, there are simple and manageable lifestyle changes that make a difference. Whether you take baby steps or big leaps, the choice is up to you.
According to psychologists, even though you might want fast results, you procrastinate. Sustained effort is key to success, so by wanting too much and therefore spreading yourself too thin, you end up at the starting line, feeling defeated already (and even less inclined to begin all over again if you need to).
Resolutions are a healthy way to reboot your life – but you need to keep them real. The secret is to fashion long-term, reachable goals that contribute towards what everybody wants, in the end: happiness. Here’s how:
1. Your attitude determines your altitude. The way y...
The peri-menopause can be one of the trickiest times for women to get their head around. One minute you’re 30, full of energy to do all the things you want in your life. Yes, there may be challenges but none of them seem unmanageable. Life – especially when you look back – seemed pretty great. All of a sudden it seems life and age have snuck up on you. You’re just not quite the same person you used to be. You notice you get tired more easily, some days you’re literally dragging yourself through the day, you’ve lost your get up and go for no reason, the weight you used to be able to lose in the run-up to an important event stays stubbornly in place no matter what you try, and you can’t seem to shift that foggy feeling in your brain.
But it can’t be the menopause, right? You’re too young…The menopause actually refers to a time when you haven’t had a single period for at least a year. The run-up to it can last for years and it’s called the peri-menopause. Think of it as the menopause trans...
It’s the New Year and you’re committed to a healthy start. But those cravings keep on sending you awry. Is it all in your head or is your body trying to tell you something?
Some might dismiss a ‘wisdom of the body’ theory as quackery. However, if you think about the biological processes happening within your body and the factors affecting these, the argument to substantiate a link becomes more compelling. Here’s why.
Food is so much more than just calories. It’s information. The body is a wonderful machine, constantly sending you signs and signals about the information (or nutrients) it needs to function at its best. The trouble is, when you fall into unhealthy patterns, you unwittingly train your brain and body to think and crave certain foods. Often these foods give you a quick fix. You feel great for 30 minutes, yet an hour later your energy levels are on the floor and you need another hit to keep you going. Sound familiar?
This concept applies to everyone, not just women in pregnancy...
There’s a lot to like about winter. I LOVE crispy winter mornings & log fires on those dark evenings. I shan’t list all the things I don’t like about winter, but right up there must be catching a cold, and feeling a bit blue come January. In this newsletter I’m going to explain why so much of that is down to your levels of vitamin D, which is sometimes called the ‘sunshine vitamin’ (and hence a lack of it in winter).
We’ll look at all the stuff you really need to know about vitamin D and why it is vital for life. We’ll look at how you can tell if you might be a bit low, who should get tested, and where to have it done (and what to say to your doctor to have this done free of charge). Also how to boost your levels naturally through food, although food sources are will NEVER give you enough vitamin D in winter.
WHY YOU REALLY, REALLY NEED THE D
Vitamin D is a superstar vitamin. More correctly, it’s actually a hormone. If levels are too low, this is bad new...
Midlife is full of surprises – and not all of them are good… If you are reading this then I’m guessing that you are touched in some way by symptoms of the menopause – or more accurately, the transition to menopause. Perhaps you are even horrified at the person looking back at you in the mirror. Who is this person? What the heck happened?
It might be that you are really suffering or perhaps you’ve just started noticing some changes. The experience is different for every woman but often it means being hot, cold, moody, tired, sleep-deprived, nervy, irritable, sad, or hairy. It can mean hot flushes, memory loss, and a seemingly immovable band of fat around the middle and thighs.
Your fluctuating hormones are the cause of all of this, but you don’t have to accept these symptoms as the way things need to be. Learning to re-balance your hormones naturally will help you take back control of your life. Given life expectancy increases, women can expect to spend at least a third of their life ‘me...
Has your weight been creeping up on you over the years and is proving difficult to shift – despite your best efforts? Or maybe your energy levels are on the floor? It’s easy to push to the back of your mind. Surely things can’t have got that bad… You’re not one of ‘those’ people whose food and lifestyle choices result in blood sugar levels so wonky, they find themselves in the prediabetes or diabetes trap… It’s easily done, and I see a lot of people in clinic who have been surprised to find they’re occupying that space.
It really is worth getting your blood sugar levels checked out. Once you know your numbers, you can do something about it and make a huge shift in all aspects of your health, including your weight. Whatever the tests say, I want you to know that, by making some simple changes to your diet and lifestyle, it is possible to prevent, control and, in some cases, reverse this condition.
COULD IT BE ME?
One in six people over the age of 40 is likely to have diabetes, with many m...
‘Hormones’. Oestrogen and testosterone are the two that most likely spring to mind, and their role in puberty, libido, the reproductive system. In fact, our bodies produce a whole host of other hormones which play a role in our health and how we function day in day out. Ghrelin, given its name as a ‘growth hormone releasing peptide’, controls hunger, food intake and combined with growth hormone, fat storage.
Stimulated by the cells in our stomach, ghrelin sends signals to the hypothalamus in the brain telling our bodies it’s time to eat. Small amounts are also released by the pancreas and the small intestine. The more ghrelin in the bloodstream, the bigger the appetite and likely, the more food you eat. After food, ghrelin levels are decreased as we’re satiated, and they don’t rise again until your body starts looking for more energy.
If you’re trying to lose weight, you might be wondering how you can keep your levels low. To be clear, ghrelin is no...