- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Weight management
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Depression and anxiety
- Coeliac disease
- Diabetes and prediabetes
- Management of cancer and cancer treatments side effect
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and FODMAPs
IBS though not a life threatening condition can make you feel miserable, vulnerable and disabled. In fact it is a major cause of absenteeism.
Symptoms can include all or a few of the following
Abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation, tiredness, bloating, wind, acid reflux, nausea, headaches, fogginess, depression…
For the past ten years or so, the FODMAP diet has become one of the main lines of therapy for IBS and brought symptoms relief to thousands of people with over 75% success and giving sufferers their life back. Whilst there is a lot of information out there on FODMAPS, following a diet without the support of an expert can deprive you of essential nutrients which can cause imbalances and further health problems.
Here at Nourish ALL we will do a thorough assessment of your medical history, nutritional status and diet. We will support you in freeing you from symptoms but ensuring you have all the vitamins and minerals your body needs and help you use less medication like acid reflux and classic ibs meds.
At Nourish ALL, we understand that every person is different when it comes to weight loss. We help you find strategies that suit you best to lose weight in a safe way. We listen to your concerns and help you find the solutions that work best for you.
Our ultimate aim is to support you in finding a healthy lifestyle that you can adopt enabling you to lose weight and keep it off permanently.
How does it work?
We do a thorough assessment of your diet, medical history and body composition.
We analyse the food diaries you provide us with, this can include a computerised analysis too.
We support you make the changes that suit you and your lifestyle best.
We review your progress. This can be weekly or bimonthly. You can also email us 24hrs/7
Some clients request a menu plan. This can be provided but experience has shown this is not sustainable. We can give you the tools to create simple, nutritious and delicious meals that you can enjoy daily and anchor healthy habits that last for you and your family.
Heart health: high cholesterol or other blood lipids and high blood pressure.
As a nation we are exposed to an abundance of high calorie processed foods which can be very high in bad fats and sugars. These have contributed to an increase in weight and subsequent health problems.
Simple changes can make a massive difference in terms of rectifying blood lipids abnormalities such as high cholesterol and triglycerides and thus avoiding big problems like heart attacks and stokes.
Inflammatory bowel disease
People suffering from Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis disease need a good dietetic support during relapse and remission. This is to avoid malnutrition and ensure a good nutrition to improve health and wellbeing.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
PMS can affect a woman for as long as two weeks a month. Which means half of a woman’s life whilst menstruating. Symptoms can range from bad cramps, bloating to mood swings, depression and anxiety.
Dietary changes and supplementation can make a big difference in the quality of life and symptom management.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Unfortunately more and more women and especially teenagers are being diagnosed with PCOS. The condition is characterised by irregular periods, abnormal hormones levels including high insulin. The consequences can be similar to a metabolic disorder such as high blood pressure and cholesterol and insulin resistance and weight gain. Dietetic advice can improve symptoms and prevent the side effects of the condition. Fortunately we know that stabilising blood sugar levels and avoiding spikes along with a healthy diet and exercise have a very positive effect in the control of the condition.
Though skin conditions appear to be external including acne which appears to be an inflammation of the skin and many people will target it externally, much of the root cause is internal, linked to the gut and can be linked to the diet.
We have very good results at treating teenagers who were willing to follow the dietary advice.
Fatigue and lethargy
Our body needs the right nutrients to function properly. Inflammation, unbalanced hormones or gut bacteria, nutrients deficiencies due to not eating the right foods or malabsorption and lack of movement can all contribute to us feeling very tired.
At NourishAll we do a holistic assessment to identify the causes of exhaustion in our patients and work with them to restore good energy levels and a better fitness.
Depression and anxiety
More is known now about the effect of our diet on mental health. The interactions of the brain with the gut; also known as the gut brain axis is very much on the limelight and there is more research emerging about how our gut communicates with our brain. Following the right diet can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety and restore a feeling of happiness, calmness and grounding.
If you have been diagnosed with coeliac disease (allergy to gluten, a protein in wheat, barley, rye and oat), it is very important that you see a dietitian to help you eat a healthy and balanced diet whilst avoiding gluten containing foods and products. Eating these will continue damaging gut lining and result in poor absorption of vital nutrients like iron, calcium… and consequently leads to anaemia (iron deficiency), osteoporosis (fragile bones)…
We will help you identify natural gluten free foods and how to use them in recipes that appeal to you. Supplements can also be used to restore the health of your gut that has been previously damaged by gluten, hence improving your nutritional status and health.
Diabetes and prediabetes
Diabetes occurs when the sugar (glucose) in the blood becomes higher than it should be, this is because of a lack or absence or inefficiency of the insulin hormone.
What is prediabetes? When glucose blood test is between 7.8 to 11.0 mmol/L.
The most common reason why someone can become prediabetic and diabetic (type2) is being overweight (especially have fat around the middle. Losing weight can stop the progression to diabetes and even reverse in some cases type 2 diabetes. A study has shown that 64% of participants who have lost 10Kg or more could stop their medication and were in remission after two years.
Unlike most other diseases diabetes is initially painless, silent so some people might not realise they have the disease or might underestimate the consequences of not managing it properly once they know they are prediabetic or have diabetes. A good management of diabetes is indicated by HbA1c test, (a test that indicates the average blood sugar (glucose) over the past 2-3 months) of 48mmol/mol (6.5%) or less.
Type 1 diabetics use insulin on a daily basis. The dose of insulin needed will be set with the help of a diabetes nurse but the patient has to make adjustments depending on their starchy foods (carbohydrates) intake.
It can be quite tricky to work out the insulin needed for your carbohydrates intake we can help you with this.
Care of the elderly: We do work with nursing homes’ catering department to help improve meeting nutrition related CQC criteria. Also we see residents individually and older people in their own homes. Good nutrition can make a massive difference, and is crucial in keeping our loved ones independent and away from hospitals.
Management of cancer and cancer treatments side effects
Cancer and cancer treatment often leaves patients without an appetite and without energy to think, prepare or shop for food. This means that weight loss is common. Research shows that patients who maintain a good weight and nutritional status have a much better recovery and a quality of life.
A part from appetite and energy levels, chemotherapy and radiotherapy can have a range of side effects compromising eating and drinking such as mouth ulcers, nausea and vomiting, change in taste buds, diarrhoea and food intolerances.
We can help you find foods and meals that you can tolerate and give you tips and strategies to keep a normal weight and a good nutritional status.