Pre-conceptual Care……It Matters!

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One of the many reasons for pre-conception detox is that it could help provide a ‘healthier environment’ in which to fall pregnant but also it may help to reduce morning sickness. Some suggest morning sickness is the body’s way of protecting the growing baby from potentially harmful toxins, particularly in the first trimester when the fetus is most vulnerable. Hormonal imbalance may also exacerbate morning sickness. No one has the definite answer as to why one person has morning sickness and the next person saiis through pregnancy without any issues. However Sarah can work with you before you fall pregnant in order to promote a healthier well-being, which in turn may help the process in falling pregnant. This could also help create a healthier environment in which your baby can grow.
Depending on lifestyle and overall level of health, Sarah generally suggests a 6 to 12 week pre-conception detox period, before attempting natural conception or any form of Assisted Reproduction. What does it mean by detox? It certainly does not mean you need to travel to a retreat or spend hundreds of pounds on many of the “cleansing kits” you may have seen on the market. In fact the more seamlessly you can incorporate cleansing or a healthier way of living into your daily, weekly, or monthly routine, the more likely it becomes a lifelong habit.
Taking steps toward gradually strengthening the organs of digestion and elimination before attempting a pre-conception detox is really important. Sarah believes that getting the digestion right, is important for steps towards good health, under any health circumstances. If we assault the organs of elimination (liver, bowel, kidneys) without strengthening them first, they may not be able to handle the heavy workload and we’ll end up doing more harm than good.
During a Nutritional Therapy consultation, Sarah will take a detailed case history to assess where there are areas of your health that need particular attention. Plus listen to your health aims and incorporate these into your programme. Functional testing may be suggested if it is felt necessary. In most cases Sarah does not need to see you weekly, her aim is to instead to give you the tools to start you on a journey to achieving your goals.
If you would like to know more about how Sarah could support you and/or your partner towards promoting fertility or any other health concerns you may have, please do get in touch.

The Stone Age Diet

Are you looking for a way to:

1. Gain more energy?

2. Control hypoglycaemia? (blood sugar regulation)

3. Lose weight?

4. Combat chronic illness and reduce inflammation?

5. Improve cardiovascular health?

6. Improve gastrointestinal health? (digestion)

You may have heard about The Paleo diet in the press or a friend who is eating this way?
If you have not heard about it yet….. the idea is that our genes and physiology evolved through the process of natural selection and are most adapted to be nourished with the food that we evolved around. Some of the foods that we started eating in large quantity since the beginning of the agricultural revolution about 10,000 years ago are completely alien to our genes and metabolisms and wreak havoc in our body, often causing what we call the metabolic syndrome or diseases of civilization. That includes obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, auto-immune diseases, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and a host of other conditions that were unknown to our ancestors.

The Paleo diet is not just another ‘diet’ or one that you follow for some time to achieve a specific goal. It is a lifestyle; a change in the way you eat and live.

Perhaps you find changing the way you are eating difficult? It does not have to be. Sarah can coach you and help you understand the benefits of Paleo eating.

Going Paleo does not mean you have to eat this way 100% of the time. Sarah can show you how to incorporate certain ways of eating Paleo into your lifestyle, without going the whole hog!

Milk Thistle – not just for the over-indulgers

So what springs to mind in most people when you mention milk thistle? Most would say it is a good hangover cure. Milk thistle was once cultivated for culinary use, being regarded as a highly versatile vegetable. These days it is primarily known for its restorative properties, particularly in relation to the liver. Two of its active constituents are thought to protect liver cells from toxins. Plus they can promote liver cell generation – which will help the organ make new cells to replace damaged ones.
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