Digestive Health
Hormone Balance (including Thyroid, Adrenal and Sex Hormone Support)
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Healthy Weight


Our 40’s are the perfect time for us to focus on our health. Quite often, our bodies are shouting at us to look after ourselves, as it’s a time when niggling health issues can start to come to the fore!

Maybe you’re feeling fatigued, bloated and low, or you’ve noticed your waistline expanding even though you’re exercising and eating the same things.

Maybe your IBS symptoms are getting you down, or you’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and you’re not sure how to support your health.

Maybe you’re going through perimenopause and you’re experiencing mood swings, energy dips, sleepless nights and weight gain, as well as hot flushes. Maybe you are postmenopause and you’re still getting these symptoms.

By using a functional medicine approach, I can support you in finding the root cause and underlying imbalances contributing to your unique health concerns and symptoms. I recommend diet and lifestyle changes, laboratory testing and nutritional supplements where appropriate for you. Working with you at whatever level you need.

I have a key interest in female hormones, thyroid and adrenal health, digestive health and autoimmune conditions. And as a fellow ‘woman of a certain age’, this puts me in a unique position to help you make fundamental improvements to your health and wellbeing.

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🌻🌳🌲This weekend - get out into nature! 🌲🌳🌻

Being surrounded by nature reduces the stress hormone cortisol and makes us feel great! Whether that's in the woods, along a river, by the sea, or just in your garden!

I'd love to see your best getting into nature photos from the weekend! Do it for your waistlines 😁

Here's one of mine - wonderful heather up in the Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire. Just looking at this photos makes me take a deep, refreshing breath of air 😊
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MORE ON CORTISOL

On Tuesday we spoke about cortisol's role in releasing glucose into the blood stream.

What I would like to point out, is that this isn't so much about single eposides or short periods of stress. It's about chronic, insidious stress.

If we produce too much cortisol, over too much time, this has a knock-on effect on our other hormones too:

1. If cortisol is too high, then our ability to produce thyroid hormones is affected. Our thyroid hormones support our metabolism, so this can feed into weight gain.

Also, not enough cortisol can have a similar effect. This can happen if chronic, long term stress impacts on the messaging between our brain and adrenal glands. Our body is literally trying to slow us down on all fronts.

2. Cortisol also impacts on our ability to produce sex hormones, for example testosterone. Lower testosterone can lead to increased fat tissue, especially around the abdomen.

It's all a question of balance!
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