The Nutrition Helpline

Home About Assessment Blog Let's Talk Login

Is Chronic Inflammation Behind Your Health Issues?

Apr 10, 2024

Living with persistent, unexplained health issues can be a frustrating and isolating experience. Whilst there can be many root causes, a common denominator is inflammation, which is the body's attempt to calm things down. Another way of looking at it is, there is no pain without inflammation. By pain, I mean physical pain, like back pain, hip pain, arthritis, migraine, even menstrual cramps, which are all underpinned by inflammation.

The trick is to identify and remove the inflammatory mediator. When it comes to diet, the main cause is sugar, closely followed by alcohol, and white carbs (bread, pasta, baked goods, and rice); this is not an exhaustive list, but you get the picture.

For example, if a client gets periodic migraines, I recommend keeping a food diary since inflammation is silent, and the symptoms may not show up for a day or two, making it hard to identify in the moment. A food diary, on the other hand, allows us to track things. If we notice a pattern, for example, if...

Continue Reading...

Are You Nutritionally Complete?

Mar 30, 2024

In today’s fast-paced world, the decline in the nutritional quality of our food has made the role of supplements more crucial than ever. This situation has led to what I like to refer to as a 'nutritional by-pass' - a way to ensure our bodies receive the essential nutrients they need to function optimally. Whether it's due to genetics, environmental factors, or the diminished nutrient content in our food from modern farming and processing, the need for this nutritional by-pass has never been more apparent.

Are Supplements Necessary for Healthy Eaters?

You might be surprised to learn that even the healthiest eaters among us are not immune to nutritional gaps. An extensive assessment of 21,000 healthy eaters found that not a single individual achieved the recommended levels of all basic nutrients for optimal health. This shortfall is largely due to the steady depletion of soil nutrients, premature harvesting, and the impact of pollution and chemical agents on our food.

Nutrition...

Continue Reading...

Why You Should Monitor Your Glucose Even If You Don't Have Diabetes

Oct 17, 2023

I often hear the question: "Why should I monitor my blood glucose?"

This is an excellent question because blood glucose monitoring is typically associated with conditions like diabetes. However, the significance of tracking your blood glucose goes far beyond diabetic concerns. It provides valuable insights into your diet, nutrition, sleep, and hormones.

Before we explore the reasons for monitoring blood glucose, let's set the stage. It's crucial to understand that a significant portion of the population is dealing with poor metabolic health. Public health data reveals a concerning decline in metabolic health over the past decade, with over 800 million people worldwide grappling with obesity. This decline in metabolic health is closely linked to an increased risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and is also associated with inflammation, fatty liver disease, PCOS in women, and insulin resistance.

The Main Issue

Our current healthcare system primarily...

Continue Reading...

The Role of Mitochondria in Cancer and Metabolic Health

Oct 11, 2023

In today's fast-paced world, it's essential to pay close attention to our health and well-being.  Whether you want to think about it or not, cancer affects everyone either directly, or indirectly.

We often hear about the impact of environmental and lifestyle factors on our overall health, but did you know that 90 to 95 percent of cancers are caused by these factors?

This includes exposure to chemicals, changes in farming practices, radiation from various sources, processed foods, and high sugar consumption.

In this blog post, we'll explore how these factors can lead to damage in a crucial component of our cells, the mitochondria.

These tiny powerhouses are responsible for producing energy, signaling cell growth, and even controlling cell death. Understanding the role of mitochondria is key to preventing and managing metabolic disorders.

The Role of Mitochondria in Cancer and Metabolic Health

Mitochondria are often overlooked, yet they are incredibly important. They make up...

Continue Reading...

The Link Between Nutrition, Metabolic Health, and Children's Mental Well-being

Oct 10, 2023

 In the fast-paced world we live in today, the health of our children's minds is as important as their physical well-being. As a parent or caregiver, you want to ensure your child not only grows strong but also thrives mentally. In this blog post, I explore the profound connection between nutrition, metabolic health, and your child's mental well-being. Discover how the foods they eat can shape their cognitive development, mood, and overall happiness.

Understanding Metabolic Health:

At its core, metabolic health refers to the body's ability to efficiently process nutrients, maintain stable blood sugar levels, and regulate hormones. These processes are critical for maintaining a balanced internal environment and supporting the health of the brain and nervous system.

Metabolic health affects your child's brain through several key mechanisms: 

The Impact of Blood Sugar Regulation

One critical aspect of metabolic health is blood sugar regulation. Stable blood sugar levels are...

Continue Reading...

Unlocking the Potential of Pregnenolone: Your Guide to this Hormone Superstar

Sep 06, 2023

Pregnenolone: the unsung hero of your hormonal orchestra, yet many are still in the dark about its significance. Today, we're here to shed light on this crucial steroid hormone, exploring its origins, its role as a hormonal maestro, and the incredible benefits it brings to the table.

Pregnenolone: A Hormonal Trailblazer

This hormone, derived from cholesterol, is a natural creation of the adrenal gland. It plays a pivotal role as a precursor to a host of essential steroid hormones, including testosterone, progesterone, cortisol, estrogen, and more. But wait, there's more to this versatile compound: pregnenolone doubles as a neurosteroid, rapidly firing up neurons for enhanced communication.

The Balancing Act: Pregnenolone and Hormonal Harmony

Maintaining an optimal pregnenolone balance in your body is crucial for ensuring that your other hormones stay in tune. When pregnenolone levels dip, a hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on your daily life. Symptoms of low pregnenolone include...

Continue Reading...

Progesterone and Sleep… Are You Getting Enough?

Sep 02, 2023

In this blog post, we'll delve into the intricate connection between low progesterone, insulin, adrenaline, and sleep disturbances.

Hormones play a crucial role in maintaining our overall health and well-being. Among these, progesterone is often overlooked, yet its impact on various bodily functions is significant. Low progesterone levels can lead to a cascade of health issues, one of which is the overproduction of insulin, resulting in hypoglycemia. This, in turn, triggers an outpouring of adrenaline to restore blood sugar levels, affecting sleep quality.

Understanding Progesterone and Its Role

Progesterone is a hormone primarily associated with the female reproductive system. It plays a vital role in regulating the menstrual cycle, supporting pregnancy, and maintaining overall hormonal balance. However, its influence extends far beyond reproduction. Progesterone also affects metabolism, mood, and sleep patterns.

Low Progesterone Levels and Hypoglycemia

When progesterone levels are...

Continue Reading...

15 Signs of Insulin Resistance and How to Reverse It: A Comprehensive Guide

Aug 28, 2023

Are you struggling with weight loss, feeling unusually thirsty, or dealing with erratic hunger pangs? These could be indicators of a common but often undiagnosed condition: insulin resistance. In this blog post, we'll delve into what insulin resistance is, its signs and symptoms, and most importantly, how you can reverse it to regain control over your health and well-being.

Understanding Insulin Resistance

Insulin is a vital hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels in our bodies. When we consume carbohydrates, they are broken down into glucose, causing blood sugar levels to rise. In response, the pancreas releases insulin, which helps transport the glucose to cells for energy or storage. However, in the case of insulin resistance, the body's cells become less responsive to insulin's actions. This leads to persistently high blood sugar levels and increased insulin secretion.

Signs and Symptoms of Insulin Resistance

1. Abdominal Fat: Carrying excess weight around the...

Continue Reading...

The Impact of Alcohol on Belly Fat

Aug 21, 2023

The Dilemma of Wine

For those committed too low carb, keto diet and intermittent fasting, struggling to shed that stubborn belly fat can be incredibly frustrating. In this blog post we're focusing on a significant factor that could be impeding your progress – alcohol, specifically wine. Despite following healthy eating habits and adopting rigorous routines, many individuals find themselves unable to lose excess belly fat due to their alcohol consumption. Although the concept of pure alcohol not being a carbohydrate might suggest its keto-friendly nature, this perspective overlooks its complex impact on the body.

The Liver's Role and Alcohol's Effects

Central to understanding the issue is the liver. Hepatocytes, the liver cells, treat alcohol as a toxin, initiating processes to eliminate it from the body. Unfortunately, this detoxification process inflicts harm on these cells, leading to injuries, trauma, and the accumulation of fat. Consequently, the liver becomes fatty and...

Continue Reading...

The Carbohydrate Conundrum

Aug 21, 2023

Many of us embark on diets with the primary goal of shedding pounds, often under the assumption that weight loss equates to improved health. However, it's time to confront a fascinating aspect of our bodies' intricate mechanisms. Contrary to popular belief, gaining weight, specifically in response to carbohydrate consumption, isn't necessarily a negative outcome. In fact, it can be a sign of your body's intelligent defense mechanism at work.

When we consume carbohydrates, our bodies convert them into glucose, which enters the bloodstream and provides energy to cells. However, excessive and rapid consumption of carbohydrates, especially refined ones, can lead to elevated blood sugar levels. In response, the body releases insulin to shuttle glucose into cells for energy or storage.

Here's where the "getting fat" part comes into play: When you consistently consume an abundance of carbohydrates and don't experience weight gain, it might seem like a blessing, but it's important to...

Continue Reading...
1 2 3 4
Close

50% Complete

45% of people have undetected food intolerances, find out if you might be of them.