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How stress rewires the brain

It’s 2017. Who isn’t exposed to some kind of stress or another, either continuously or just “part time”?

This week’s blog discusses common causes of stress and how it can ‘rewire the brain’. The article is written by expert practitioner Miguel Toribio-Mateas, who will speaking at our next Cytoplan Practitioner Education Event on 7th October. You can find out more about the event via this link.



Jobs, finances, relationships, even pets. I love my two Labrador boys to pieces. They do give me a huge amount of pleasure when they behave, but they can also stress me out, for example, when they decide to start barking at the postman in the middle of a work phone call.

Another type of stress I see a lot of is anxiety about one’s own health. Being stressed about a condition you’re suffering from and anxious about getting better can be all consuming and unfortunately a growing number of people I see in clinic have fallen into that vicious circle.

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Chronic fatigue syndrome is linked to high levels of inflammatory molecules – new study

A study published last month showed that chronic fatigue syndrome is an inflammatory disease – researchers were able to show a difference in the levels of 17 different immune system proteins (13 of which were pro-inflammatory) between people with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy controls; the concentrations of these proteins in the blood correlated with the disease severity. They say the findings provide a solid basis for a diagnostic test.

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Benign prostate hyperplasia is on the increase – what is it and how may polyphenols help?

Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is the most common urological condition among elderly men, beginning around the age of 30 and reaching a prevalence of up to 90% in men in their 80s. It is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate which may develop gradually over a number of years. The gradual increase in size may be symptom free until it has enlarged sufficiently to press on the urethra and impede the flow of urine. Symptoms of increased urinary frequency, urgency, night-time urination, difficult and slow urination may be experienced as a result; they may be mild through to severe, impacting quality of life.

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Nutritional Support for Parkinson’s Disease

According to the NHS website, it is estimated that around 1 in 500 people are affected by Parkinson’s disease, which means approximately 127,000 people in the UK live with the condition.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder in which the initial pathology leads to the degeneration of neurons in the substantia nigra, an area of the brain that produces the neurotransmitter dopamine, a critical signalling molecule involved in the control of movement and emotional response. In this week’s blog, we look at nutritional support for Parkinson’s Disease.

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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 to be in the news, four items comprising:

  • Extra-virgin olive oil preserves memory, protects brain against Alzheimer’s
  • Alzheimer’s linked to poor sleep patterns in new study
  • Good nutrition, physical training and mental exercises can reverse physical frailty in the elderly
  • Brain-impaired elderly subjects appear to most benefit from cocoa flavanols: Review

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The importance of nutrition for children’s health

With the summer holidays now just around the corner it can be a great time for kids to be active outdoors. However with pressure of the school year and exams over, as they begin to relax, they can feel worn out and be prone to picking up infections particularly if travelling abroad.

This blog offers some ways in which you can help boost their energy levels and immunity as well as supporting cognitive function so they can have a fun filled, enjoyable summer and go back to school feeling refreshed and ready to learn again.

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