Diabetes ‘On The Rise’ In The UK

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Almost 3.5 million adults in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes, new research has revealed, further indicating that since 2005 the number of those diagnosed has climbed by more than 65 per cent.

Following the results of its latest study, the British Heart Foundation has announced that an additional £3 million will be sunk into funding research for diabetes and heart disease.

The group has formed a partnership with Diabetes UK and Tesco in order to encourage millions of people in the country to eat better, make healthier lifestyle choices and get more exercise.

Diabetes can lead to the build-up of fatty deposits in arteries, which can result in coronary heart disease and increase your risk of a stroke or heart attack.

If you’re worried about how you’re eating and how this may impact on your health in the future, why not make an appointment a Nottingham nutritional therapy expert.

Symptoms of Type II diabetes include blurred vision, cuts that heal slowly, unexplained weight loss, feeling very tired or thirsty, and urinating more than usual, particularly at night time.

This form of diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to control the blood glucose level. Because of this, blood glucose levels can become very high, known as hyperglycaemia.

Making dietary changes can really help prevent the onset of Type II diabetes but it can be difficult to change the habits of a lifetime, which is why you may need to seek out the help of a qualified nutritional therapist.

Regular Brisk Walking Better Than Gym For Weight Loss?

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People looking into Nottingham weight control specialists may want to try going for regular brisk walks instead of hitting up the gym, as new research suggests that this may actually be more beneficial for losing the pounds.

Carried out by the London School of Economics, the study found that men and women who walked briskly for over 30 minutes had smaller waists and lower BMIs than people who took part in regular exercise and sports, with the results most pronounced in women, those over 50 and people on low incomes.

“Given the obesity epidemic and the fact that a large proportion of people in the UK are inactive, recommending that people walk briskly more often is a cheap and easy policy option. Additionally, there is no monetary cost to walking so it is very likely that the benefits will outweigh the costs,” the report concluded.

If you do decide to start walking as a means of losing weight, you still need to make sure you push yourself. If you amble down the road at a leisurely pace, you won’t see the pounds fall off. You need to go at a pace that gets your heart rate to increase, so set yourself little challenges day by day. Perhaps walk the same route and try and beat your time each day, for example.

Alternatively, if you start walking to work, why don’t you try and race the other people walking down the road? Making it into a competition is a great way of making yourself walk a bit faster.

4 Reasons Why You Feel Bloated

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Are you someone who often feels bloated? There are many reasons why you may suffer this discomfort, and for particularly severe cases you should visit nutritional therapists in Nottingham for a more accurate diagnosis.

However, here are a few of the common causes of bloating, some of which you may be able to tackle through minor lifestyle adjustments.

  1. Excessive wind

Flatulence or belching are embarrassing topics for many people to discuss, but they can be significant contributing factors to bloating. Gases in the body build up when swallowing and digesting food, which is natural. But if suffer excessive wind it could be due to certain foods or an underlying condition.

  1. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

IBS affects the digestive system, causing bloating and other symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation and stomach cramps. Unfortunately, the causes of IBS are poorly understood and there is currently no cure. Nevertheless, reducing stress, exercising regularly and avoiding ‘trigger’ foods can help.

  1. Constipation

Most people experience constipation at some point in their lives, but you may want to examine your diet or visit a nutritionist if you frequently find it difficult to pass stools. Drinking plenty of fluids and eating more fibre are common treatments for the condition.

  1. Coeliac disease

If you’re bloated, feel tired, suffer stomach pains and diarrhoea, there’s a chance you may have an autoimmune condition known as Coeliac disease. Essentially, the body’s immune system attacks substances found in gluten. Pasta, cereals, breads and cakes are just a few gluten-containing foods.

Can Cheese Actually Stop You From Gaining Weight?

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If you’re trying to slim down, you may have thought it would be best to avoid eating lots of cheese – but now new research has suggested that it could actually help you to lose weight, so perhaps bear this in mind when talking to Nottingham weight loss experts.

Conducted by scientists from the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University, the study looked into the French paradox puzzle… how French people seem to be able to eat all the cheese they like but still maintain a sensible weight.

They compared the diets of three different groups of people, one with a high intake of milk, one with a high intake of cheese and the third on a more controlled diet. Those who ate a lot of cheese had elevated levels of fatty acid butyrate, which has been known to increase metabolism and prevent insulin resistance in animals.

Those of you out there who do feel they need to lose some weight may want to get in touch with us here at Heather Mountney Nutrition. We offer tailored weight management programmes to help people lose the pounds, with a full consultation, body composition test, diet plan and review, and help with motivation each time you come to visit us.

You can either opt to have a one-off assessment or to participate in the 12-week programme that we have on offer. This Food for Life scheme allows us to track what progress is being made, so get in touch today if you think you need some help.

The Symptoms Of IBS

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Nottingham residents concerned they may have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) should check over their symptoms to see how many they match and if they’re still worried, they should make an appointment with both their GP and a nutritional therapist to see what lifestyle changes can be made to help manage the condition.

Symptoms include changes in bowel habits such as constipation or diarrhoea, bloating and swelling of the stomach, abdominal pain and cramping, wind and the urgent need to go to the loo. Some people find that their symptoms are triggered after they’ve had something to eat or drink.

While these are the main symptoms, you may also experience backache, lethargy, a feeling of sickness, incontinence or bladder issues like needing to go to the loo at night time.

If you show signs of any of these, make sure you book an appointment with your GP to discuss how you’ve been feeling.

While the exact cause of IBS is as yet unknown, it’s thought that it’s related to gut sensitivity and problems with digestion. Some foods and drinks can trigger the onset of symptoms, including fried food, fizzy drinks, caffeine and alcohol.

It might be wise to start a food diary to monitor what you’ve been eating and when you’ve had flare-ups so you can work out whether it is something you’re eating or drinking that’s causing the problems.

Talk to your qualified nutritionist to work out what the best diet for you is. They’ll be able to advise you on all sorts of matters to really help you make a positive change for the better.

Do you suffer from digestive problems?

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Constipation, diarrohea, bloating, belching, stomach pain, heart burn. A number of these symptomss or even just one of them suffered regularly, can suggest that you have some digestive disorder.

If so try answering this questionnaire and let me know .

Answer: 0 never, 1 mildly ( monthly), 2 moderately (weekly), 3 severe (daily) or yes or no
Belching or gas within one hour after eating
Heartburn or acid reflux
Bloating within one hour of eating
Vegan diet
Bad breath
Loss of taste or smell
Sweat has strong odour
Stomach upset by taking vitamins
Sense of excess fullness after meals
Feel like skipping breakfast
Feel better if don’t eat
Sleepy after meals
Finger nails chip, peel or break
Anaemia unresponsive to iron
Stomach pains or cramps
Diarrohea after meals
Black tarry coloured stools
Undigested food in stools
Food allergies
Abdominal bloating couple hours after eating
Specific foods make you tired or bloated
Pulse speeds up after eating
Airborne allergies
Experience hives
Sinus congestion stuffy head
Crave bread or starchy carbs
Alternating constipation and diarrohea
Crohns disease
Wheat or grain sensitivity
Dairy sensitivity
Are there food you could not give up
Asthma, sinus infections, stuffy nose
Bizarre vivid dreams, nightmares
Use over the counter medications
Feel spacey or unreal
Anus itches
Coated tongue
Feel worse in mouldy or musty places
Taken antibiotics for an extended period
Fungus or yeast infections
Ring worm, athletes foot, nail fungus
Yeast symptoms increase with sugar, starch or alcohol
Stools hard to pass
History of stomach infections or parasites
Constipation less than three days, then rabbit droppings Serotonin deficiency use Griffonia dont have B6
Constipation more than three days, then large stool Dopamine deficiency use Mucona pruriens
Really good start for those who can’t decide.
Less than one bowel movement per day
Stools have corners or edges are flat or ribboned shaped
Stools are not well formed or loose
Irritable bowel or mucus colitis
Blood in stool
Mucus in stool
Excessive foul smelling lower bowel gas
Bad breath or strong body odours
Painful to press along outer sides of thighs
Cramping in lower abdominal region
Dark circles under eyes

Pain between shoulder blades
Stomach upset by greasy food
Greasy shiny stools
Sea, car, plane motion sickness
History of morning sickness
Light or clay coloured stools
Gallbladder attacks
Gallbladder removed
Bitter taste in mouth especially after meals
Become sick if were to drink wine
Easily intoxicated if you were to drink wine
Easily hungover
Alcohol per week
Recovering alcoholic
History of drug or alcohol abuse
History of hepatitis
Long term use of prescriptions drugs
Sensitive to chemicals
Sensitive to tobacco smoke
Sensitive to petrol fumes
Haemorrhoids or varicose veins
Sensitive to nutrasweet/aspartame
Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia

London Gastronomic Delight Day

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Another fabulous day learning about how to cook for people with digestive disorders, with dysbiosis and with inflammatory bowel disease conditions.

It will be a great event 21st July. I am driving down. See you at 10 am.

Digestion supporting soup?..gluten free

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This is a gluten free collagen providing soup that helps to support the gut.

Easy to make and great to taste.

Ginger Chicken Soup

3cms ginger
Bunch coriander leaves
300mg bean sprouts
1 onion
1 red chilli
2 garlic cloves
4shittake mushrooms
Lime juice
Spring onions

1 organic chicken
3litres of water
3cms fresh root ginger
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
2tbls fish sauce.

Put chicken in large pan and cover with water. Add ginger pepper orns and onion and bring to boil, then cook for 1 hour.

Remove chicken and remove meat. Place bones back in the stock and simmer for further hour. Strain and reserve stock, discard the vegetables and bones. Cool the stock then skim off the fat.

When you want to the soup bring stock to boil, add fish sauce, peel and grate ginger, add in shredded chicken, beansprouts or spinach, mushrooms and spring onions. Heat through for 2/3 mins and add some lime juice and corriander leaves.

Gluten Free Advice?..missing link

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Do you sometimes wonder what is going on? Do you sometimes suffer physical and emotional symptoms that can’t easily be attributed to anything in particular. Well maybe this is the missing link….
Gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance (coeliac disease) cases are on the increase. Or maybe we are just more adept at identifying cases. Consumption of gluten, found in common foods such as bread, cakes, pasta and oats can cause myriad symptoms that can be confused with many other conditions such as IBS. To be sure of your diagnosis it is best to have a blood test and possibly further investigative tests to confirm. However, if you suffer from symptoms such as abdominal bloating, wind, headaches, fatigue, reactions, such as hives and general malaise, you might like to try one of the following diets.

Specific carbohydrate diet. SCD This is based on the premise that the simpler the carbohydrate, ie monosacharides such as glucose, fructose, galactose, the easier it is for the body to digest and thus the less likely you are to suffer a reaction. This is because the gut is less likely to feed off the more complex sacharides such as polysacharides ie most starches and thus feed harmful bacteria and yeast. Resulting in fewer intestinal reactions.

The FODMAP diet works on this principle too, but is slightly more complex as is the GAPs diet.

If you would like to know more about any of these diets please contact me for a diet sheet, which explains the principles of each.

Come back soon….

The Beauty and the Beetle Eater

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A beautiful english rose is the epitome of loveliness, strength and virility, but when she is broken by the whizzened black beetle eater, she may become weak and vulnerable.  She must stay as strong as possible and fight her corner. The black beetle eater is ultimately very ugly and undiscerning and uses a parasitic  host to (human) to do her damage.  The beetle eater can be overcome by the strength and courage of the rose and it is she who wins in the end. Rumi

Oh what a terrible shame. Oh what a terrible waste. It seems the black beetle eater is still with her prey, how dirty and old the poor thing now looks. Surely her host has the strength to move on.