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IBS – how you can get to the root cause

What exactly is IBS?

IBS actually means Irritable Bowel Syndrome and it’s a set of symptoms that aren’t found to be contributing to bowel cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, usually after some investigations. They can’t find anything wrong with you, but you’re still having symptoms, so you end up with a label of IBS.

And IBS tends to flare up during the peri-menopause, so women over 40 are more prone to it. That’s in part due to the close interconnection between hormones and the gut.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with IBS, you’re pretty much left to manage it on your own. There are some drugs that can help with symptoms, but they’re not doing just that, managing the symptoms.

If you can find the root cause for it, then you have a fighting chance of actually getting to the bottom of it and resolving it.

Nicki WilliamsIBS – how you can get to the root cause
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Menopause in the Workplace

Imagine, for a moment, that there was a health problem that affected a major part of your workforce.

And that the symptoms had a detrimental impact on confidence, energy levels, mood, concentration, creativity and productivity.

You’d be concerned, wouldn’t you? You’d want to do something to support your staff so that they can keep contributing to the success of your business, right?

Well…there is a health problem that affects millions of women in the UK workforce. And yet, most employers appear to be unaware, unwilling or unable, at present, to do anything to support those affected.

This health condition is the Menopause.

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How To Eat Your Way Through The Menopause

If you are heading towards the menopause, you may be one of the millions of women who are suffering with fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, brain fog, memory loss, poor sleep and a whole host of other unwanted symptoms!

As a nutritionist, I go by the Hippocrates approach of ‘Let food be thy medicine’. It’s not always enough, and you may need hormone replacement (I’m certainly not against HRT if you need it), but I will always recommend changing your diet first to see how much it improves your symptoms.

I’ve seen time and time again how food can transform your health. And it’s the same for hormones and the menopause transition.

Nicki WilliamsHow To Eat Your Way Through The Menopause
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Are you Vitamin D deficient? Probably…..

Highlights;

1/ Your Vitamin D stores at this time of year will be low unless you’re exposed to good amounts of sunshine or you are supplemenint.

2/ The only time you can make sufficient Vitamin D in the UK or Northern hemisphere is from May to September because that’s when the sun is at the right height directly overhead.

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10 things you need to know about your hormones

Are your hormones sending you on a physical and emotional roller coaster? You might not be aware how much these little chemical messengers actually rule your life.

Did you know that there are over 100 identified hormones in the body? And they aren’t just about your monthly cycle – they control your metabolism, weight, energy, mood, brain function, sleep and much more…

Hormones really do control how we look, feel, think and perform – and for something so important, we don’t know an awful lot about them.

So here are 10 of the most important things to know about your hormones;

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10 time-saving tips for healthy eating

by Lauren Lovell, lead nutritionist for Happy Hormones for Life

For most of us, weekdays involve an endless to-do list with plenty of commitments to work, family and friends. This leaves very little time to focus on planning and preparing healthy meals which can leave even the best-intentioned of us relying on more processed foods or ready meals.

It doesn’t have to be this way! By taking a little time out over the weekend and following a few time-saving tips, you can get a healthy, nutritious, mid-week meal on the table in no time. Here’s how…

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Natural solutions for PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a very common condition describing a set of symptoms that can include missing or delayed ovulation, excess androgens (acne, facial hair, hair loss), weight gain, insulin resistance and infertility. As well as these distressing symptoms, long-term PCOS can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Diagnosis

You may have had an ultrasound to see if you have multiple cysts on your ovaries. These are caused by undeveloped follicles that have not properly matured enough at the time of ovulation to allow the egg to break through. Although PCOS is named after these cysts, it’s actually not a prerequisite for a diagnosis of PCOS, and equally you may have cysts showing up but not have PCOS as your ovaries change every month. Either way, it’s important to get some tests done to confirm that you actually have PCOS.

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Tired of being tired? 5 tips to boost your energy.

I was chatting to a friend of mine about how much I was enjoying the new show “Big Little Lies” and asked her if she’d seen it. She sighed, explaining that she was so exhausted at night that by the time she has finished work, cooked dinner, cleared away, put the kids to bed and caught up on FB/twitter, she starts watching a TV show or film and usually falls asleep within minutes. She was too tired to get through 1 season of anything!

I hear this so often when I talk to my clients. I don’t think I can remember one woman who has said she is happy with her energy levels!

And when I ask if it bothers them, they usually say yes of course, but isn’t that just a part of getting older and being busy?

NO! Your body is designed to produce plenty of energy to get you through your day without feeling tired. It could be your hormones and your lifestyle that is slowing you down.

Nicki WilliamsTired of being tired? 5 tips to boost your energy.
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Why I changed my mind about meditation

What do you think of when you hear the word meditation? Someone sitting cross-legged up a mountain chanting ‘om’?

That’s what I used to think, and I knew it wasn’t for me. It sounded really BORING! Sitting still and doing nothing? No way. Give me a super whizzy gadget instead….

And then I went to a taster session. Not because I wanted to try it (I knew it wasn’t for me) but because I had just qualified as a Nutritional Therapist and I had seen so much research on how it lowers stress that I thought I had better see what all the fuss was about. Oh and I had just had my cortisol tested and it looked like I was heading for burnout!

So I sat still for the half hour session, still resisting like crazy. I tried to focus on my breath as instructed, but my mind wasn’t having it and I just kept getting distracted. What was I going to cook for dinner? What was I going to wear to my friend’s party? The list went on….

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