Archive

May 2020

29/05/2020

FAQ: The Menopause

Over the next four weeks, Nutritional Therapist Jenny Logan will be answering all your questions about the Menopause – what it is, what to expect, and which natural remedies can help. What is the Menopause? The word menopause comes from Greek: Meno means ‘month’ Pausis means ‘to stop’ This is an accurate description as the menopause is the time of life when the monthly menstrual cycle stops. This usually occurs between the ages of 45-55. What causes Menopause? Women are born with a finite number of eggs cells in their... Read More

29/05/2020

The Microbiome & the Brain

THE ‘SECOND BRAIN’ Human beings have a ‘second brain’ in the gut – a number of enteric cells, containing the same number of neurones as the brain of a cat, stretched out along the digestive tract.  These cells are in direct communication with the brain, via the Vagus Nerve.  This communication is not one way either – the gut influences the brain and the brain responds.  The gut bacteria produce a large number of neurotransmitters, which help and support the brain and mood: 95% Serotonin (our happy brain chemical) is... Read More

29/05/2020

Natural Help for Hay Fever

NATURAL HELP FOR HAY FEVER Nothing is better than loads of time spend in the sunshine outdoors! Unless of course you suffer with hay fever – then it may not have been quite so wonderful. As everyone starts mowing their lawn and the trees break out with blossom, the hay fever sufferer finds their eyes starting to become red and swollen, their throat tickling and most often their nose streaming. As these symptoms hit, we are tempted to reach for the anti-histamines to try and suppress the symptoms – but... Read More

29/05/2020

Introducing: Co-Enzyme-Q10

Co-Enzyme Q10 is one of the most important co-enzymes in our body. But what is it? How do we use it? And why should you consider a Co-Q-10 supplement? Nutritionist Jenny Logan explains all. WHAT IS CO-ENZYME Q10? Enzymes play a variety of roles in our bodies: digesting food, extracting nutrients and facilitating complex cellular reactions. In order to function properly, enzymes rely on co-enzymes, and Co-Enzyme-Q10 is one of the most important. Present in every single cell of the body, Co-Enzyme Q10 is needed for the production and release... Read More

29/05/2020
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Suggestions to Support Anxiety & Depression

Mental health is not something to be ashamed of or to hide away from. Our mental health is something we should all be taking more care of. Anxiety and depression are two of the biggest killers in our society. ANXIETY Anxiety is the almost constant presence of fear, leading to issues at work, in social situations and often isolation. Children who are highly intelligent are more likely to develop anxiety disorders, as they struggle to process all the thoughts and worries they have. This can carry through into adulthood. Low... Read More

29/05/2020

The Menopause FAQ: Blog 3

Over the next few blogs I am going to have a look at the wide array of symptoms that can be linked to the menopause and peri-menopause. This week I’m discussing mood issues, including mood swings, low mood and anxiety: the hormonal causes, and the natural remedies which can help. The Hormonal Causes of Mood swings, Low Mood & Anxiety For more information on the hormonal cycle, refer to my ‘Introduction to the Hormonal Cycle’ earlier in this series. Oestrogen has a natural anti-depressant action, whilst progesterone is known to... Read More

29/05/2020

The Science Behind Green Coffee

In my previous blogs, I have been looking at ways to help support people who are wanting to lose weight: including the 5:2 diet and the use of Glucomannan to help fill you up more and so eat less. In my final blog in a series on natural ways to support weight loss, I am going to focus on the claims and science behind Green Coffee. WHAT IS GREEN COFFEE? Green Coffee is sourced from unroasted coffee beans. Rejecting the roasting process helps to preserve compounds called chlorogenic acids. Chlorogenic... Read More

29/05/2020

IBS Awareness Month: Supporting IBS-D

Continuing my blog series on IBS, in this post I’m going to look at the subtype IBS-D – Irritable Bowel Syndrome where diarrhoea is the main symptom. (For my blog on IBS-C – IBS with constipation as the main symptom – click here.) HOW MUCH OF A PROBLEM IS IBS-D? The symptoms most frequently reported for IBS-D are abdominal pain and discomfort, abdominal bloating, distension, urgency and – of course – diarrhoea. This complaint can be very uncomfortable, and indeed embarrassing, with some people struggling to leave the house on... Read More

29/05/2020
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What is CBD Oil?

WHAT IS CBD OIL? In recent months, there has been a great deal of publicity with regard to CBD oil – and the messages can be confusing. In this blog, nutritionist Jenny Logan tackles the frequently asked questions, to try and provide some clarity on the subject. CBD stands for Cannabidiol. Because of this, some people are concerned that it could cause them to get ‘high’ or suffer the negative effects associated with cannabis. So, question one – IS CBD OIL SAFE? The short answer is yes. CBD is not... Read More

29/05/2020
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Men’s Health Month: Mental Health

According to government reports, men could now expect to live for 16.2 years in poor health. With this statistic in mind, this Men’s Health Month, I’m aiming to highlight some simple ways men can try and reduce this figure – and therefore increase their quality of life. Last week, we looked at Heart Health. Now, we turn our focus to mental health and wellbeing. Mental health is a major problem, especially in today’s fast paced society. Women are more likely to address their mental health, whilst men may look to... Read More