Andropause – causes, symptoms & supportive interventions

The menopause has long been understood by the medical community, characterised by a relatively sudden drop in oestrogen production leading to significant symptoms in many women. Although the onset is far less sudden, men can have a similar experience with a, generally more gradual, drop in testosterone, which is often called the andropause or late onset hypogonadism (LOH). This reduction in testosterone can have a significant effect on quality of life, wellbeing and health in general.

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The increase in popularity of vegan diets

The number of people choosing a vegan lifestyle has increased significantly in recent years. Research published in 2016 showed over half a million people in Britain are vegans, an increase of 360% in the last decade1. Last year research commissioned by the Vegan Society found that over one fifth of respondents would consider becoming vegan2.

Having made the decision to follow a very natural diet of healthy vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and wholegrains, vegans frequently eat foods wonderfully rich in a whole host of natural nutrients such as the phytonutrients, fibre, folate, magnesium, potassium and vitamins C and E.

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In the news – health and nutrition research

In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:

  • Poor maternal vitamin D linked to increased childhood obesity
  • A revolution in microbiome analysis? Novel method offers ‘true’ quantitative analysis of gut bacteria
  • Coenzyme Q deficiency linked to pre-diabetes, finds study.
  • Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia
  • Skipping sleep lowers the body’s protective antioxidant levels and induces epigenetic changes

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Improving Thyroid Hormone Conversion

According to the British Thyroid Foundation, 1 in 20 people in the UK suffer from thyroid disorders.

However, Thyroid UK believes that the incidence is much higher due to undiagnosed hypothyroidism.  This blog discusses how thyroid hormone conversion can become compromised and examine some of the causes that lead to low active thyroid levels.  Finally, we will offer some solutions to help improve thyroid hormone conversion.

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Gut flora – the gatekeeper of your health?

Your gut microbiota sits at the centre of a complex web of cables that connect all systems in the body, including your nervous system (and your brain as part of it), your immune system, your cardiovascular system, and even your skin. Indeed, it is now a well known fact that the health of your gut has a huge impact on your overall health and well-being.

In this week’s blog, nutrition practitioner Miguel Toribio-Mateas provides an introduction to the role of your gut flora in health and disease. Miguel is currently looking at the relationship between gut flora and cognitive decline as part of his doctoral research at Middlesex University.  This blog is part 1 of a series of 3.

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“A herb from the sea” – the health benefits of Kelp

The health benefits of marine algae and seaweeds have long been understood by Eastern medicine, and their inclusion in Eastern diets has been associated with a reduced incidence of certain chronic diseases. Kelp, which includes a variety of seaweeds, is often referred to as “a herb from the sea” and is found across the oceans of the world. A specific form of brown kelp, a member of the Fucaceae  family, is Ascophyllum nodosum which is found in the North Atlantic. Recently the properties and therapeutic benefits of this particular species of kelp have become more understood.

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