This will be a great day, unfortunately because baby is due in a few weeks, I am not able to make plans. But I hope to go and see you there.
This will be a great day, unfortunately because baby is due in a few weeks, I am not able to make plans. But I hope to go and see you there.
Getting pregnant takes two. And if your are trying to have a baby, it is important that both man and woman are healthy. So men don’t turn me off just yet thank you.
Fertility specialist say that when you plan to have a baby, you can start improving your health for 3 months before trying. It can be achieved by making positive changes to your lifestyle to limit stress, by being more careful to eat naturally nutrient rich food (fresh and processed as little as possible), by supplementing your diet with extra vitamins and minerals when necessary.
Then, when you have achieved these improvements and put the best chances on your side, do not let the fact that it may not work first time stress you. As a couple, although these times can be emotionally difficult, the intimacy is still precious. Try relax and enjoy it (no amount of pressure will help).
And when you have settled in your improving routine, there is no reason to stop. Feeling healthier and more energetic is a good thing to get used to so keep it up. When you do get pregnant, you can continue with it; but although it will be sufficient for dad to be, mum to be will have to review or increase her diet. No fear, baby will help him/herself to develop and grow (unless diet is poor and unbalanced but it should have be helped by the above improvement), therefore leave mum lacking. Any lack or deficiency can cause a variety of issues including morning sickness, fatigue, anaemia…. All are so common it is now considered normal to suffer them in pregnancy; it isn’t normal and doesn’t have to be endured.
In the same way, you can adjust your diet and supplements to prepare for labour and after baby is born to get your strength back and more to breastfeed and enjoy baby day (and night). And all this time, dad to be has kept his healthy diet going so he is still feeling good and even better so he (now dad) can help.
Through all the different stages, nutrition and/or herbalism can help and support you in your efforts to be healthy physically and emotionally. I will be happy to help you at any point before (fertility enhancement/treatment), during or after pregnancy.
I have a dream that our health matters enough for us to want to learn how to feel better; to seek help and advice to find ways to use our food to combat illness.
But most of the time, although we aspire to use alternative medicine, it is often very expensive.
Now I would say the cost of a haircut for a lady is very expensive and I’m probably looking at a £25 bottom of the range treat. This is because, although I like my hair to look as healthy as the rest of me, I resent paying that much for a simple haircut. To me the way my hair makes me look doesn’t deserve as much attention as the way I feel (and I understand that sometime a haircut can make you feel better).
I don’t believe a hairdresser need to research anything before I come to my appointment. But as a nutritionist, I like to keep up to date on medical issues, as well as researching details to make a treatment appropriate to you. On your appointment, I aim to gather as much relevant information as possible, so your treatment is made just for you.
So in an effort to help more people I am reducing my prices to £25 for an initial consultation which lasts an hour, and £15 for each further session of half an hour. This will not diminish my abilities or my level of service. But I firmly believe that anyone can learn how to use food towards better health and this should not be limited by the cost.
Even though people will always differ in their priorities, I can’t begin to imagine the number of things I wouldn’t be able to do if I lost my health, no matter how high these things might have been on my list of priorities. So maybe our health should come first any way, any day.
Take good care of yourself
Your friend in nutrition
PMS is the term used to describe a cluster of symptoms commonly experienced by women in the week leading up to menstruation.
Not every woman suffers from PMS but for those who do there seems to be no escape from its cyclical regularity. I’m talking about physical symptoms such as bloating, tiredness, swollen and tender breasts and headaches, lower back pain, abdominal cramps, water retention. These range from uncomfortable to extremely unpleasant.
For others, however, there are also emotional symptoms such as irritability, mood swings, anxiety, anger or violent outbursts, depression and even thoughts of suicide that the sufferer is unable to control, making her withdrawn and antisocial.
PMS questionnaire :
– Are your periods irregular?
– Do you crave chocolate before a period?
– Are you irritable, intolerant, or anxious prior to menstruation?
– Do you suffer from weight gain or water retention each month?
– Do you experience premenstrual cramps?
There are three main causes :
– Glucose intolerance marked by a craving for sweet food and stimulants.
– Oestrogen dominance and relative progesterone deficiency. These hormones control the monthly cycle and their changing levels affects women in as many ways as there are various symptoms.
– Deficiency in essential fatty acids and vitamin B6, zinc and magnesium, which together create prostaglandins, which help to balance hormone levels.
Vitamin B6 is essential for all protein utilisation and it has been proved helpful in many conditions from PMS to carpal tunnel syndrome (strain condition affecting nerves in the wrist) and cardiovascular disease.
Magnesium is essential for many enzymes in the body. It works together with Vitamins B1 and B6, being involved in protein synthesis and therefore essential in the production of some hormones including prostaglandin of which higher level has beneficial effects on PMS.
Essential fatty acids are converted into prostaglandins with the help of Vitamins B3, B6, C and Biotin and minerals Magnesium and Zinc. So deficiency in any of these nutrients can also create the equivalent of hormonal imbalances.
Oestrogen dominance can be due to excess exposure to oestrogen substances, or lack of progesterone or a combination of both. But to help make sure it is not the earlier, it may be wise to eat less or avoid red meat and dairy products. Also, many pesticides, soft plastics used for wrapping and most birth control pill and HRT contain oestrogen and can participate in building up your oestrogen level and therefore making your PMS worse.
PMS symptoms can be eased by making changes to your diet and studies suggest that a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fat is helpful. Eat little and often before menstruation, snaking on fruit but avoiding sugary treats and stimulants (coffee, tea, chocolate). Ensure that your daily diet includes 1 tablespoon of cold press vegetable oil rich in both Omega3 and Omega6 fatty acids (or supplement with cod liver oil capsules).
Good eating habits coupled with supplements can often relieve symptoms of PMS all together. So to help keep your hormones in balance :
Helpful foods :
Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables for magnesium and vitamin B6
Wholemeal bread and whole grains (brown rice, oat) for complex carbohydrates, vitamins B3 and B6, calcium, zinc and magnesium
Eggs, avocado, nuts and cold press virgin olive oil for vitamin E.
Fish (salmon, sardine, mackerel, herring, tuna) for Vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium and essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6)
If you have PMS or menopausal symptoms, consider using herbs such as lemon balm, sage, vervain, black cohosh, or St John’s Wort. These can relieve tension in various parts of the body by relieving liver tension and improving blood circulation and cardiovascular tone. Many women like to drink lemon balm tea because it is good for menstrual problems and cramps. It can also be added to food for flavouring.
Do not use herbs without checking first with a professional as it could interfere with any other treatment you may be taking.
I would not normally consider myself particularly artistic but I have been working on this promotion board. I’m quite pleased with my efforts so I just wanted to share it with you all.
It will be in the window of The Haven health clinic throughout the whole of May. And even if you don’t get to see it there, you can still benefit of the £10 discount that will apply to all appointments with me – your nutritionist, Corinne – in May.
Call The Haven (01364 654954) now to book your reduced priced appointment in May.
I look forward to meeting you.
I always enjoy the transition as winter ends and spring shows up in brighter colours. But every where you meet people complaining; tired, full of cold, down, no energy left.
Some animals hibernate through the winter season and the ones which don’t slow down, winter life is quieter.
But what do we do? Come on we are human, why should this apply to us?
Well, yes we are human but the demands on the body over winter are high when the seasonal foods are less varied and the sun exposure is reduced.
Less sun exposure means we are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D making our calcium absorption less efficient.
Few people pay attention to seasonal food very much these days because the large choice of foods offered by supermarket is available all year round. But it is a fact that food in season is richer in vitamins and minerals, in the same way that local food is richer and fresher for being picked when ripe.
So we carry on working flat out all winter, with poorer sun light and with sub-quality food. By the time spring comes, we are run down and easily falling sick.
What can we do about it?
– Slow down a little if we can.
– Eat seasonal food that hasn’t travelled to far (cabbage, chard, swede, celeriac, parsnip, carrot).
– Eat food that stores (potatoes, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts and seeds, herbs)
– Supplement with
fish oil for essential fatty acids and vitamin D
vitamin C and B complex
multivitamin and mineral
zinc, iron and magnesium
– Drink sufficient water, at least 1 litre even though it is colder and we don’t feel thirsty. Herbal tea made with nettle will help increase iron levels.
– Enjoy every bit of sunshine but it will only help increase vitamin D levels if it touches the unprotected skin. Difficult when we have to keep warm.
This can be done now if you feel you need a boost. And it is certainly worse keeping in mind through the year to start next autumn.
Look after your food and your food will look after you.
As well as medical books, I take the time to read Christian books. And when I came across this prayer in a book called Lead me Holy Spirit by Stormie Omartian I wanted it to encourage you too.
Being healthy, feeling good, means for our body and our mind, which are very closely connected, to be well tuned. To that effect this prayer has helped me and it can also help you should you choose to read it.
“Lord, I pray You will give me the ability to walk away from any destructive habits I have with regards to caring for my body. Keep me ever mindful that my body is your temple and I need to take care of it. Help me to follow Your leading in every decision I make each day, especially what I put into my body and how I exercise. Help me to value my body enough to look after it. I confess the times I have been critical of my body and not grateful to You for it. Forgive me for that. Keep me from ever judging or mistreating it in any way.
Lord, help me to always observe a day of rest each week. Enable me to do it to Your glory so that I am rejuvenated in my body, mind, and emotions. Help me to give my body and mind rest from all else but Your voice to my heart. You know what is best for me because You created me. So I ask You to reveal to me all I need to do and avoid doing. Give me the discipline and self-control I need to carry it out. I know that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, so I pray I will have such a manifestation of self-control that it will be explained no other way than as a gift from You.
In Jesus’ name I pray.”
A couple of references you can also look up are 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 and Romans 12:1
I read a book by Dr Agus called The end of illness. I feel very strongly that our medical system is letting us down. It is the biggest profitable business failing. And I think like Dr Agus that we have got so use to it, we are now thinking about illness and heath in a way that fits the system even if it isn’t helping.
So like Dr Agus, I want to ask “Has the time come for us to stop thinking about illness as something the body ‘gets’ or ‘has’ but rather to think of it as something the body does?”
Our body is a very sophisticated creation, slightly different for each of us, but it does not come with any instruction or maintenance manual.
We have to learn to know for ourselves, how our own body works. That means stop thinking we can feed it just about anything without consequences.
What we eat, drink and do with our time is what makes our lifestyle. Our body is sensitive to it and reacts by giving symptoms more or less strong depending on how our body feels.
Now we can choose to be in tune with our body and listen to the complaints and think back to find what caused it. Or we can choose to ignore it and simply take a pill to shut it up.
How many signs and symptoms can we ignore and take drugs for before some really serious illness makes us stop. Our body is making us feel really ill because it has been abused so much it can’t take it any longer. So what makes us think that giving it more drugs will solve the accumulated problems (signs) our body has been trying to communicate to us?
I think it is worth thinking about how much we would give to be healthy, fit, feeling good, full of energy and happy with our body as a whole.
It is possible you know! And sometimes it only takes a few changes in what we eat, in how we organise our time to avoid high stress level, or in our lifestyle.
Let me know what you think. As a nutritionist-herbalist, I can help but ultimately, it is your body and who can know it better than yourself; you have to first make the decision to be the one doing (making the changes) with my help.
I look forward to hearing from you and/or reading your comments.