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Mature man resting after jogging. In a systemic review exercising was shown to favourably influence prostate health, particularly symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Prostate health: nutrition and lifestyle interventions

Almost all men will develop some prostate enlargement as they age therefore prostate health is an increasingly important concern. Benign prostate enlargement (BPE), also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate1 which may develop gradually over a number of years. It is the most common urological condition among men.

While surgery and medication are treatment options for BPH, there are also nutritional and lifestyle changes that can be made to help promote better prostate health in general and manage symptoms of BPH. Other conditions that can affect the prostate include cancer and prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland) although BPH will be the focus of this blog.

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Women's hands holding a bowl of coloutful healthy food. Eating a blanced diet rich in fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, fish and healthy fats is associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson's Disease and slower disease progression.

Navigating Parkinson’s Disease – a conversation about a more natural approach

This week’s blog comes from guest writer Max Tomlinson N.D, naturopath and functional naturopathic nutritionist and Parkinson’s Disease expert.

My personal clinical journey with Parkinson’s disease started seven years ago when my sister was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD). Such a devastating diagnosis for a 51-year-old woman in her prime – she was senior vice-president of a major global music company and enjoying her life to the full.

I am an Australian trained naturopath, with 38 years of clinical experience. I immediately turned my practice around, initially with the sole focus of stabilising my sister and then optimising her neurological function so that she could return to living with passion and joy.

I specialised in Parkinson’s, creating a very successful Parkinson’s Clinic for patients across the globe. The journey has been intense, but we have won, and my sister is thriving.

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Nourishing skin from within

We are all familiar with the saying ‘beauty comes from within’ and when it comes to our skin this couldn’t be more true. Healthy skin starts with optimal nutrition and with the skin being the largest organ, it has a great need for nourishment.

It is also the organ where signs of ageing, stress, and poor nutrition are perhaps most noticeable. A range of nutrients are needed for skin health which collectively nourish, feed, repair, provide structure and enrich the skin from the inside out and in this week’s blog we take a look at some of these important nutrients. We will also explore some of the factors that can negatively impact on our skin and some key principles to be mindful of.

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Atopic eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is an inflammatory condition that affects people of all ages. Image of young black women moisterising her face.

Atopic eczema: causes, triggers and natural treatments

Atopic eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that can affect people of all ages, although most commonly presents in early childhood. It is one of the most common chronic skin diseases, thought to affect up to one-fifth of the population1 and its prevalence is rising, particularly in developed and fast-growing countries.

Our latest blog looks at the underlying causes of this condition, what factors can trigger it and the natural treatments, including nutritional and lifestyle approaches, that may help.

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Getting enough vitamin d to support your immunity is important: father and son fishing with fishing net in river in the autumn sunlight.

Vitamin D and immunity – a review of recent research

Vitamin D plays a critical role in protecting humans from invasive pathogens, reducing the risk of autoimmunity and maintaining optimal health – while low vitamin D levels leave an individual susceptible to infections and developing autoimmunity. This systematic review released last month takes an in depth look into the evidence around vitamin D’s mechanisms and effects on enhancing both innate and acquired immunity – and in this week’s blog we take a closer look at some of the most recent research examining vitamin D’s role in supporting immunity.

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Happy, healthy family of three, in autumn woodland.

Foundations of health part one: probiotics

More than 2000 years ago, Hippocrates suggested that all disease begins in the gut, and modern medicine continues to demonstrate that, very often, this is indeed the case. The gut has many functions central to health including digestion, absorption, immunity, detoxification and elimination. However, many factors of modern living such as stress, poor diet, excess alcohol, illness and antibiotic use, can adversely affect gut health.

Probiotics are live microorganisms that help to keep the digestive system healthy by ameliorating the growth of harmful gut microbes and boosting the number and diversity of beneficial gut microbes. An imbalance of gut microflora may play a key role in the development of some gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders.

Replenishing gut microflora with a multi-strain probiotic supplement offers a simple and effective way to support the gut, and therefore overall health and wellbeing.

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