The Right Exercise For You

For a lot of people the motto of no pain, no gain is synonymous with exercise. If they aren’t covered in sweat and feeling like they are about to collapse they feel they haven’t worked out hard enough. This is also common with people who are just starting to train. They go from no exercise in years to training three, four or five times a week, when they can barely walk up a flight of stairs they think have got the training intensity just right. People exercise for a variety of reasons, but if we are looking at it from a physiological perspective, exercise is about adaptation. Through … [Read more...]

Do you Suffer with Period Problems?

he majority of my female clients suffer with menstrual problems. Some of them have been on the pill for years (or decades) because their periods were previously so bad. Others suffer with symptoms like intolerable pain, erratic moods, nausea and debilitating headaches. Some are so bad that they have to take a couple of days off work nearly every month. The causes of problems around the menstrual cycle are many. I want to touch on the main ones and the symptoms associated in each case. If you are a woman, you will probably be able to relate to some… or possibly all. The liver The first … [Read more...]

Thyroid Function

While people are now living longer, chronic disease has become more of a problem. While some would put the prevalence of chronic disease down to our longevity I am not so sure. People seem to be suffering from chronic issues at a younger age. Drugs may be keeping us alive longer but this doesn’t necessarily mean that we are healthier. One of the theories for why we are seeing more chronic disease is to do with the thyroid. The thyroid is a gland that’s is located in the neck around the region of the Adam’s apple. It is part of your endocrine system. This is the system in your body that … [Read more...]

Don’t Detox Now

If you pick up any paper or magazine at the moment you are bound to read an article about detoxing. After the bingeing and excess of the festive season it is an easy sell. People feel like they have over indulged and now the guilt has set in. Well I want to buck the trend and tell you not to detox. January should be a month for many things, but detoxing is not one of them. Take a look outside. It is cold. Really cold. There is a good chance you can actually see snow. One of the best ways of staying warm at this time of year is food. Now most of the health magazines are telling you that you … [Read more...]

Protein for Breakfast

Getting a proper breakfast that includes protein is a fantastic start to your morning. While most people know the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day very few people follow it. In a rush to work people grab a piece of toast, a bowl of cereal or a piece fruit, normally washed down with a coffee. Unfortunately all of these choices are deficient in protein. So why is protein so important? Protein when broken down in the body converts into amino acids, of which there are 22. Most of the amino acids can be made in the body but nine are considered ‘essential’ amino acids. … [Read more...]