September 2017 NEWSLETTER
P.3: BCNH News
P.4: Infertility and a woman's journey to conception. By Justine Bold
P.6: What underlies 'unexplained fertility' in men. By Clare Casson
P.8: Hormonal Testing by Laura Stirling, Regenerus Laboratories
P.9: Food in Focus
P.11: Q&A with BCNH lecturer Tracey Randell
P.13: Graduate Corner with Heather Hargreaves
P.15: Food Intolerance Test by Joanne Jarvis
P.17: Time for Wellness. By Ben Brown
P.18: Considering a Career Change?
P.21: Webinar - Find out about BCNH courses
P.22: Quiz Answers and references
Welcome back to the latest issue of our bi-monthly newsletter, I hope you had a lovely summer!
This issue is jam-packed with fertility related articles to coincide with National Fertility Awareness Week (October 30 - November 5), which aims to raise awareness and change perception of fertility issues. So, read on to hear about what three of our graduates have been doing to help women and men overcome their fertility issues and conceive.
In addition to fertility related topics, BCNH graduate Heather Hargreaves talks about what she has been up to in a school in Abu Dhabi, and after taking a food intolerance test over the summer, I had my results interpreted by Cambridge Nutritional Sciences with surprising results!
I hope you enjoy this issue. We will be back in December ...
It has been a busy few months for BCNH, although most of us did manage to take a short break over the summer. We are delighted to confirm that our Level 4 modules and 50% of our Level 5 modules were re-accredited for a further three years by the University of Greenwich in June, prior to the summer break. Since then we have been busy working on the re-accreditation documents for the remaining Level 5 modules and all Level 6 modules. These modules are up for re-accreditation in November, after which we will be delighted to have a break from accreditation paperwork! Our 12 year relationship with the University means that all our students can be reassured that they are getting degree-level teaching and the best Nutritional Therapy education, whether they are Diploma or BSc students.
As always, the start of the academic year has been a busy one. Year 1 students have begun their journey into the digestive system and are beginning to familiarise themselves with one another and the course requirements.
Year 2 students are taking a more detailed look at core nutritional therapy principles, including macronutrients, micronutrients, phytochemicals and therapeutic foods. Their challenge this term will be to apply this knowledge by developing a menu plan for a client with a complex health condition. Tracey Randell, our graduate and guest lecturer, will be ably guiding them through the pitfalls of menu planning and sharing her clinical expertise in this area. Click here to read our latest Q&A session with her.
For Year 3, students will be building on the knowledge gained in previous years to consider the impact of nutrition through the life cycle. This module includes a detailed look at fertility and preconceptual care, so I am hoping they will all benefit from this edition of our newsletter!
Last but not least, we have our Year 4 students who are embarking on the final leg of their studies with us. For them, this will be a challenging and yet hugely rewarding year where they finally get to see how much of a difference they can make to people's lives. If you haven't already done so, I recommend you read the interview with Sego Elliott, a recent graduate, in the June edition of our newsletter where she talks about her experience of Year 4 and passes on advice to students about to start Year 4 Clinical Training. We wish all our students the very best for the forthcoming year and cannot wait to see them grow and develop in both skills and confidence. We are also delighted to welcome two new tutors to the team here at BCNH. Donna Harvey (left) and Sheila MacDonald both hold a BCNH Diploma in Nutrition & Health and have impressed us with their technical knowledge and ability through the years. As such, we couldn't let them go and have snapped them up for the positions of Year 1 and Year 2 Academic Tutors respectively. We look forward to working with them and are sure our students will find them an enormous support.
I had the idea to develop a book for professionals about infertility, exploring nutrition as a therapy and the evidence base behind other complementary approaches, as a result of my own infertility. After graduating from BCNH and practicing for about five years my partner and I decided to try for a baby. Encountering problems, I bought many of the consumer books that outlined dietary approaches but none really evaluated evidence.
Over three years, we tried dietary improvement, reducing alcohol consumption and many supplements to no avail and I encountered comments such as it would be ’simple if we ate more protein or took zinc and folic acid,’ for example. The comments made me think that there was little awareness of the causes of infertility, but also of the emotional impact it can have. So, I decided that this was an important area to also explore in the book.
We were initially told our infertility was down to a male factor (poor sperm quality) but aged 41, I had a laparoscopy and was diagnosed with endometriosis. This affects around two million women in the UK (Adamson et al, 2010) and is one of the leading causes of female infertility. From a nutritional point of view, it is interesting there are associations between coeliac disease (CD) and endometriosis (Stephansson et al, 2011) and that many women with endometriosis suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms. There are few studies on dietary therapy in female health conditions, however a study undertaken in Italy in 2012 (Marziali et al, 2012) reported
infertility and a woman's journey to conception
By Justine Bold , Dip BCNH, NTCC, CNHC
Justine is a BCNH graduate and now a Senior Lecturer on nutrition postgraduate programmes at the University of Worcester, where she has worked for over nine years. She has research interests in allergies, sulphites, gluten, coeliac disease, non coeliac gluten sensitivity and the nutritional management of infertility and female health problems. She has written academic journal articles, pieces for the consumer press, research reports and co-edited a book entitled Integrated approaches to infertility, IVF and recurrent miscarriage published in 2016. She is going to talk about why she decided to work on this publication...
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that the pain reduced after a year on a gluten free diet (GFD). After being diagnosed, I tried a GFD and did get pregnant naturally, but sadly had a miscarriage.
Later after another IVF failure and miscarriage, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APLS) which is also known as Hughes syndrome. This causes problems with implantation and is linked to miscarriage (Miscarriage Association n.d.), still birth and pre-term birth (Loi and Tan, 2006). APLS is common in patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and also sometimes seen in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, but can also exist on its own without other conditions (Derksen et al, 2004). I also found out I had sub-clinical hypothroidism and elevated numbers of natural killer cells which seemed to be attacking embryos both of which can be linked to pregnancy loss. Normally in the early stages of pregnancy women’s immune activity is down regulated to allow implantation but it seems this can go awry. Reproductive immunology is an emerging area of research and still controversial, but it proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle in my own case and I was prescribed steroids in order to suppress my immune system, anticoagulant drugs to tackle APLS and I was eventually also prescribed thryroxine.
Timely medical diagnosis is key for women because egg quality reduces with age, and nutritional therapy practitioners must remember this is especially important for women in their late thirties as studies show embryos from women above the age of 40 have increased DNA fragmentation (Ziebe et al, 2001) so compromising embryo quality and developmental potential. In summary, my own complex female infertility case required appropriate diagnosis and an integrated approach with medical treatment and personalised nutritional support. I remained on a gluten free diet until I got pregnant (when morning sickness drove me to toast), and used natural immune modulators such as Vitamin D, turmeric, lactoferrin and cordyceps and other supplements such as CoQ10, essential fats, zinc and folic acid and B12. I am very happy to say I became a mum to twin boys and I have used what I have learnt to inform the book that was published in 2016, which I hope will help inform practitioners working with infertility.
Recent reports in the press have highlighted a general decline in sperm quality across the western world over recent decades. Male infertility is a growing problem, and even some men with apparently healthy sperm – normal morphology, motility and concentration - seem unable to father children. This may be because conventional parameters take no account of any damage to sperm DNA (‘DNA fragmentation’), although the extent of DNA fragmentation correlates negatively with standard sperm parameters (Irvine et al, 2000). Sperm lack the cellular structures necessary to repair DNA (Venkatesh et al, 2009) and extensive damage may introduce mutations associated with poor fertilization capacity, deficient embryo development, repeated miscarriage and birth defects in offspring (Bungum et al, 2007; Meseguer et al, 2008; Seli et al, 2004; Zini et al, 2008, Lewis et al, 2013). It is estimated that a significant proportion of men whose infertility is hitherto ‘unexplained’ have a cause attributed after sperm DNA testing (Bungum et al, 2007). Simon et al, (2013) found that in 80% of 239 couples with erJ��d�o
By Clare Casson, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Dip BCNH, mBANT, CNHC
Clare is a BCNH graduate who specialises in fertility and infertility, and has worked with literally thousands of men and women, helping them to prepare for natural conception and assisted fertility by adopting the right lifestyle and nutrition. Her practice is at the leading holistic fertility clinic - the Zita West Clinic – where she works alongside a team of medical experts who have seen for themselves the benefits of a nutritional approach for their patients. She contributed the chapter on male infertility in Justine Bold's book; Integrated Approaches in Infertility, IVF and recurrent miscarriage . This article is based on a section from that chapter.
what underlies 'unexplained fertility' in men?
unexplained or idiopathic infertility, the male partner had high sperm DNA damage. A DNA fragmentation rate of under 15% sperm was seen in the sperm of fertile men, but at 25% plus, it significantly reduced the chance of pregnancy, even with some forms of fertility treatment (Simon et al, 2013). DNA fragmentation testing remains largely experimental: there is a limited evidence base both for the benefits of testing and for therapies to correct an abnormal test result (Bungum, 2012). Nevertheless, the clinical usefulness of sperm DNA assessment using the available tests is becoming more widely accepted (Lewis et al, 2013). A key issue to be resolved is the need to develop standardized tests and protocols that could lead to universally accepted clinical thresholds (Gonzalez-Marin et al, 2012). Common methods for investigating DNA fragmentation include: the sperm chromatin structure assay (SCSA), the TdT (terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase)-mediated dUDP nick-end labelling (TUNEL) and Comet assays and the sperm chromatin dispersion test (SCD) also known as the Halo test (Lewis et al, 2013). Sperm DNA damage is believed to be caused by oxidative stress caused by a relative lack of antioxidants in relation to damaging free radicals (Meseguer etl al, 2008, Gonzalez-Marin et al, 2012, Venkatesh et al, 2009). Appropriate therapies therefore are to remove sources of oxidative stress, such as toxic exposures (e.g. pollution, pesticide residues in food, industrial solvents); increase sources of antioxidants in the diet – primarily fresh vegetables, salads and fruits; and use of antioxidant supplements such as vitamin C, vitamin E and co-enzyme Q10. However, there is no clear guidance in the literature on the most effective supplements or doses: there is a clear need for additional research into this area (Abad et al, 2013). Adequately powered robust trials of individual and combinations of antioxidants are needed to guide clinical practice (Ross et al, 2010).
I often see clients who are either preparing for pregnancy or are having difficulties trying to conceive and I use hormone testing to limit guess-work and get a clear understanding of the ‘dance’ of their hormones. I have used a number of different tests over the years, but I am increasingly reliant on the wealth of information I get from using the DUTCH test – Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones – available from Regenerus Laboratories. There are several versions available: the DUTCH Cycle ‘Mapping’ is collected throughout the month in order to map the rhythm of progesterone and oestrogen throughout the cycle; the DUTCH Complete is a one day test, collected on days 19-21 of a ‘regular’ 28 day cycle, and gives information on the luteal phase hormones, how they’re metabolised, adrenal output, melatonin, and a marker of oxidative stress (8OHdG). What sets this test apart from other tests is the sheer volume of information I can use for fertility.
Finally, the complicated ‘dance’ of our sex hormones is significantly impacted by our reaction to stress and by our negative lifestyle choices. Looking at stress hormone patterns may give me an idea of whether there is a thyroid problem that needs investigating which may be implicated in infertility, or whether other stressors need to be looked at with regards to inflammation, insulin resistance or, even, infection.
The body is remarkably complex and nothing amazes me more than the dance of the
female hormones. By looking at the ‘big’ picture of all the different hormones in the DUTCH test, we get a roadmap of what’s going where. Using dietary, supplement and lifestyle changes, we can then specifically target various hormones and enzymes that can help to balance hormones and hopefully result in a healthy pregnancy. It’s always better to test, not guess.
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"The dance of the female hormones"
By Laura Stirling, Dip BCNH.
Laura graduated from BCNH and now works for Regenerus Laboratories with 10 years experience in supporting functional laboratory diagnostics. Laura has a thorough understanding of the clinical utility of testing and is able to support practitioners with their choice of testing and with the application of test results. She lectures at nutritional colleges to assist in practitioner training and runs a successful nutritional practice in London. Her special interests include digestive health, stress and hormones. She is going to talk about a test she uses to look at hormonal sufficiency in relation to fertility.
FOOD IN FOCUS - PUMPKIN SEEDS
Roasted Pumpkin Seed Hummus
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Pumpkin Breakfast Bites
By Debbie Chapman
Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto
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Autumn is here which means Halloween and pumpkin season is approaching. But, instead of discarding the pumpkin seeds when cooking with this sweet, orange vegetable this season, try and incorporate them into your cooking because they have a number of fertility boosting benefits. Not only are they bursting with zinc which is essential for hormonal regulation, egg production, as well as being a cofactor for many enzymes to ensure the reproductive system is functioning properly. But, they are also full of omega 3 essential fatty acids which have been shown to improve the quality of sperm and regulate reproductive health.
Pumpkin Seed & Sage Butternut Squash
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What is the major cause of female infertility in developed countries?
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d) Folic acid deficiency
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Extreme exercise can have negative effects on the menstrual cycle and on sperm quality and quantity
Which of the following is associated with miscarriage, stillbirth and a longer time to conception?
a) High saturated fat intake
b) High calorie intake
c) High caffeine intake
d) Lack of sleep
Alcohol consumption is associated with sperm damage, which may be partially reversible upon alcohol consumption discontinuation.
Zinc supplementation appears to have a positive effect on sperm characteristics in sub fertile men.
1. What or who inspired you to become a nutritional therapist?
I became an NT almost by accident. I was a slim teenager but gained weight when I started to work in a travel agency, after leaving school. Very simply, I got into bad habits and ate freely of the multitude of cookies and cakes that always seemed to be in the office. I had never had a weight issue previously, but within a year I had gained 2 stone. Over the course of the next 10 years I yo-yo dieted and out of sheer desperation, I began an ITEC in nutrition at night school in an effort to sort my own diet out once and for all. Nutrition enthralled me and so I began to look for more intensive training to further my education and found myself at a BCNH open day one very rainy Saturday. On that day I met Breda and explained my story to her, she offered me a place on the BCNH course and that began my nutrition career! Initially though, it was only my intention to sort out my own health (and weight) as I had a successul career, but fate once again intervened and the combination of a misguided career move in the travel industry and a very supportive husband gave me the push I needed to embark on a new career as a NT!
2. Have you always been interested in food, health and wellbeing?
I have always loved to cook (and eat) and firmly believe that food is a pleasure. I now know that food can also be medicine or poison depending on your choices.
3. What does a typical week usually look like for you?
A typical week comprises of 3 in person clinics (2 in central London) and one in Maidenhead where I see 4-5 patients back-to-back. I also have some virtual consultations via Skype. I try to set aside one whole day where I see no patients so I can do follow up, research, admin or even get to the gym. For the past year, I have been working collaboratively with two BCNH-trained nutritional therapists who joined me to work at IBS Clinics. So each week, Julie, Paula and myself catch up on Skype and we discusses cases and I provide whatever guidance, encouragement or knowledge they need.
4. What is your area of expertise and why did you decide to specialise in this?
My area of expertise found me. I have a history of IBS and my mum has suffered with ulcerative colitis and so gut health was alway an are of interest for me. Having graduated from BCNH and more recently IFM (I am an IFM certified practitioner) I understand just how important optimal gut health is, and agree with Hippocrates when he said “death begins in the colon!"
BCNH lecturer Tracey Randell, Dip BCNH MCNHC, talks about what inspired her to become a nutritional therapist and her love of food!
"Death begins in the colon"
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5. What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career to date?
I would say that I have faced 2 big challenges so far, the first was getting started initially. It was a shock to go from being employed and giving up a 28 year career in Travel for what seemed to be an uncertain future as a NT. Whilst I was married, my pride would not let me accept financial help from my husband and so I put myself under a lot of pressure to pay my way as quickly as possible. My second biggest challenge is now as my business has grown significantly and I am continuously striving to find ways to be time efficient, to enhance my patients experience and scale up the business. I have found that achieving a good work/life balance is very difficult and I will be focusing on this over the next few months.
6. What is your favourite lecture to present to BCNH students and why?
I deliver 2 lectures to BCNH students: menu planning and also a seminar on gut health. I love both lectures equally, menu planning because it focuses on food and how to choose and tweak a diet to suit an individual's personal circumstances. Tailoring a diet to a patient is a real skill and if done well will deliver good health to the patient (and the patient's family) for years to follow but done poorly can be a source of confusion and result in poor compliance and bewilderment! The gut lecture is also fun because in prepping for the lecture I get to immerse myself in the latest microbiome research and during the seminar I talk about my own experiences with patients. I give very honest case histories where I show what I have learned from my successes but also my failures with patients!
7. What does your typical day on a plate look like?
At the moment I am fascinated by fasting and so several days each week I follow a pattern of either time restricted feeding (TRF) (where I eat all my daily calories within an 8 hour window) or I might be doing a 24 hour fast. On a TRF day my first meal is at noon and would typically comprise of a home-made vegetable soup made from courgettes, tomatoes, broccoli and onions which are home-grown and combined with either lentils/beans and spices. I might eat this with oat cake or GF bread. At present I am obsessed with incorporating vegetables into cakes (courgette, blackberry & lemon muffins – delicious!) and so I might have a slice of cake or a muffin with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Dinner is often after 8pm and is typically a turkey stir-fry, chicken and roasted vegetables or vegetable curry.
8. What would your one piece of advice be for budding NT students?
Hang in there! The BCNH course is intense but the knowledge you will gain will stand you in good stead. Start practicing as soon as you can and be confident that you can have a successful career in NT, there is a real demand for your skills within the general public.
By Joanne Jarvis
In Abu Dhabi, nutritional therapists are few and far between so I was surprised to find that BCNH graduate Heather Hargreaves was also living here up until recently. When we met up over a cup of coffee, she told me about her involvement with the promotion of healthy eating in schools, which was particularly refreshing, bearing in mind that diabetes is on the increase here. Furthermore, working in a school here myself, I also see first-hand the difficulties parents can face providing their children with a nutritious lunch box. But, before Heather reveals more about her work, here is a little bit more about her...
"I had the great fortune this past year to try something new with my nutritional training," Heather said. "A volunteer role promoting healthy eating at The British International School in Abu Dhabi. During a welcome coffee morning, I met an enthusiastic group of parents and spotted a sign-up sheet for the ‘Healthy Eating’ committee – and my purpose was born! We met up regularly to brainstorm ideas for inspiring, motivating and making healthy food a priority at the school. Over the coming months, we forged new relationships with the school catering management team and asked for parents views on the catered food; what obstacles they faced with providing nutritious lunches and what they saw as the priorities for improving their child’s eating experience at school. What we found overwhelmingly was that most parents are keen to hear about
Heather received her BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Health from the University of Greenwich in 2013 and her Diploma in Nutritional Therapy with merit from BCNH in 2014. As a self-employed RNT, she now sees clients in Hertfordshire at the Natural Therapy Rooms and Royston Complimentary Health Centre and specialises in digestive health, autoimmunity and thyroid/adrenal support. She has given bespoke nutritional talks focusing on autoimmunity, digestive health and blood sugar balance. You can contact Heather via Facebook, Twitter @Newfoundnutrition, LinkedIn or email firstname.lastname@example.org
important dietary nutrients for their child’s healthy growth and most recognise that tapping into their child’s unique motivation for choosing healthy foods is the way forward to empower them. Whether a teen, motivated to eat for healthy appearance and clear skin or a young athlete beating their best time, it’s about identifying the most motivating factor for them.
"Several months of planning culminated into a fun Healthy Eating Workshop. The morning event was kicked off with a summary of parent survey findings to clarify our mission statement; remove the sugary options, make the cafeteria more health-inspiring, champion the balanced plate in the cafeteria and promote healthy food across all school community events.
"We followed with a discussion of the ideal macronutrient ratio featuring Alliance for Natural Health’s Food4Health and Food4Kids posters. Parents then broke off into small groups to choose from a beautiful array of vegetables and fruit that we sourced from the downtown vegetable souk and then set about creating fun food sculptures – the most fun part of the event! We judged the sculptures for prizes and organic box provider, Integrated Green Resources, presented a vegetable box to the winning team.
"Their fun creations were later displayed in the cafeteria and the leftover fruit and vegetables became break time snacks for the primary classes. We also featured a ‘tasty’ station including fruit salads, chickpea salsa, turmeric tea, breads, quiches and smoothies. It was a wonderful hands-on experience for all and brought home to me how creative we can be in our field of health promotion through nutrition."
“First of all, we would normally only advise you to do one of these tests if you have symptoms, however, in this case it is still worth following especially as you’re a student practitioner and want to see how these things work. What can be interesting as well is that although a lot of practitioners and students are surprised that they have any results, given they have no symptoms, they often find they noticed improvements in their health after following the test results.So, for example, some may find that their energy levels increase as a result of following the elimination diet. The test results do not diagnose anything, they simply highlight that you have raised IgG antibodies to certain foods. Research suggests that these antibodies, as they trigger the complement system, which in turn triggers inflammation, that by removing these foods a person may see improvements in their symptoms. As a practitioner, if a client has a lot of positive results this highlights a need for specific digestive support and this would include supplements and dietary guidance. The focus would be on helping to support leaky gut.
"The gut is the gateway to the body, but why are no symptoms coming up in your case? Well when food antibodies are able to enter the body due to leaky gut, the immune
By Joanne Jarvis
I have always considered myself to be real foodie. I can’t say there is much that I don't like and I am always excited to try new things - even holidays revolve around food. Furthermore, I have never watched what I have eaten in terms of allergenic foods because I have always believed that my body has been able to cope with what I consume, having never really shown any symptoms. But, that is until now, because this summer I did a FoodPrint 120 test through Cambridge Nutritional Sciences, which told a different story... I had wanted to do the test which detects food-specific IgG antibodies for some time because not only did I want to find out what I could be potentially doing as a nutritional therapist in the future, but also because I was curious about if I was sensitive to any foods, whilst also being convinced it would be minimal. However, I was surprisingly wrong. The results showed that there were a number of foods that were elevated including milk, eggs, yeast and almonds – all of which I enjoy on a regular basis. Nicky Ester, the lead nutritionist at CNS kindly interpreted my results for me. This is what she had to say:
FOOD INTOLERANCE TESTING
system will still be working to remove them from circulation. It is when the capacity to do this reaches a tipping point and all the antibodies are no longer mopped up by macrophages that symptoms such as bloating and diarrhoea can occur. Even though you may not have symptoms, as a practitioner it can be interesting to still do the test to see if you notice any improvements.
We recommend you remove elevated foods from your diet and rotate borderline foods (eat 2-3 times a week) for a period of 3 months. During this time you would also be recommended to support the digestive system through diet and supplementation. On reducing the foods, you would start with the lowest number and if symptoms are still present you would check you hadn't been knowingly eating it before avoiding it for a bit longer. In this case of milk, you may also want to check that you are not lactose intolerant which is a different test entirely.
"You mentioned that you don't eat plums or mustard seeds but they are still elevated. Often people are eating these foods without being aware they are added as an ingredient in their food. In addition to this, it can be a cross-reaction which is occurring, where the antibody recognises not only the food antigen, but also other antigens which have a very similar protein structure. This is because some foods and pollen have identical molecules or identical parts of molecules. In your case for example, birch tree pollen is known for cross reacting with plums and almonds which are both elevated in your case."
JJ: When I received the results I was very surprised and then quickly thought ‘how am I going to cope without these foods for three months!’, particularly as I love dairy so much. But, once I had time to digest the information I thought if I’m going to be a nutritional therapist in the future, I have to 'practice what I preach’ and since then, I have vowed to listen to my body more. One thing that I am partial to is the occasional latte if I’m out, but more often than not I have noticed an elevated level of sensitivity in my stomach. I thought this was a result of the caffeine but looking back, I think this could be a result of the milk. Furthermore, in March this year I had to take a course of antibiotics and despite taking probiotics immediately after, both Nicky and I believe this could have played a role in disrupting my gut. As a result, I have gone straight back on to the probiotics as one of the first steps to restore my gut. I am also using dairy alternatives such as oat milk and coconut spread instead of butter.
Wish me luck and I will let you know how I get on in December’s issue!
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The first clinical study of the herb Boswellia serrata for irritable bowel syndrome has found that it was as good at providing quick symptom relief as pharmaceutical drugs, with fewer side-effects.
Boswellia serrata gum resin has a long history of traditional and medical use as an anti-inflammatory herb and has previously been shown to reduce disease activity in people with inflammatory bowel disease . Beyond anti-inflammatory effects, Boswellia may also influence gastrointestinal motility  and relieve pain .
A new study examined the effects of Boswellia in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for the first time . In the study, Bowsellia extract (250 mg per day, providing 25% boswellic acids) was compared to drug therapy with the antispasmodics hyoscine butylbromide or papaverine hydrochloride + A. belladonna over a 4-week treatment period.
Boswellia extract was as effective as the medications for symptoms such as abdominal pain, altered bowel movements, and cramps but also resulted in less need for medical attention and lower incidence of side effects.
If you want to try Boswellia, a typical dose is 100 to 200 mg once daily of a high-potency extract providing 30% 3-O-Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBBA), or approximately 300 mg three times daily of a standard extract providing 65% boswellic acids.
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Boswellia for irritable bowel syndrome
By Benjamin Brown, ND - Naturopath, BCNH Lecturer, Science Writer and Speaker
1. Why Nutritional Therapy? Have you always been interested in food, health and wellbeing?
Yes, I have been very much into health & fitness, primarily weight training and I follow a very strict nutritional lifestyle. This course might allow me to change career paths on the long term.
2. How do you plan your day/week in order to make sure that you fit in time for family, work and studies (and fun of course)?
I currently run a nature touring company and my tours are usually booked well in advanced, sometimes even more than a year beforehand, which allows me to plan and structure all my commitments, even within fairly short-notice.
3. What are your plans for the future? How would you like to use your new qualification?
My goal is to successfully complete the BCNH BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Therapy and eventually practice NT either freelance or in a clinic. I am convinced I can help members of my community, friends and family realise their nutritional goals and assist them in overcoming nutritionally linked illnesses
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4. What does a typical day of a distance student look like?
In my case, fitting in my study time was not an issue, as given the nature of my current profession, I knew in advance which days I had free to study. However, even on work days, I still managed to dedicate a few hours to recapping my previous module instead of commencing a new one, which I felt helped me digest all the information I had previously learnt. I usually preferred commencing new modules during non-working days, where I would spend approx. 6-8 hours going through lectures and notes. It pretty much meant studying all summer!
5. What is the biggest challenge you have faced when studying for the SFC?
It was just a mental thing. Given the fact I signed up very late for the course, (late May) and was aware I only had one chance to sit the exam (August), I wondered at times if I had ventured on to a task which might require more time and preparation, but once I knew the structure and contents of the course, I knew I could plan and spread the entire course over the coming period of months. I knew beforehand I would have approx 3 weeks spare to revise the whole course before sitting the exam. Definitely a risk, but was pretty confident I could achieve it.
6. What is your favourite lecture so far and why?
I actually enjoyed the whole course, but particularly enjoyed the organic chemistry modules as I felt it was more directly relevant to my nutrition knowledge.
7. What is the most rewarding thing about the course?
Being able to make sense out of areas which were slightly more foreign to me like inorganic chemistry and realising its relevance to nutrition.
8. What would your one piece of advice be for budding SFC students?
I would strongly advise budding students to structure the course and spend plenty of time on each module. Spend a lot of time trying to understand the concepts of each module, not only by listening to lectures, but by making your own hand-written notes and filling out study flash-cards with key points. This proved invaluable to me. I felt if I could mentally remember and answer those key points, it would go a long way in helping me make sense out of the whole course, and thankfully it worked a treat in conjunction with the online quizzes and mock exams. Doing this will give you a lot of confidence come exam day! I would also like to point out the great help given to me by BCNH admin staff and lecturers, always quick and eager to assist you with any questions or doubts. This was invaluable to me and a real credit to the establishment.
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1. High caffeine
3. Delayed age for wanting to conceive
When under the age of 30, a woman’s chances of conceiving may be as high 71%; when over 36, it may only be 41%.
Pesticides can affect the fertility of both men and women, as they mimic natural hormones, inhibit normal hormone activity, and affect normal function of the hormonal system.
Avocados contain higher amounts of several nutrients such as fibre, monounsaturated fats, and fat-soluble antioxidants, which have all been linked to improved conception.
7. Being either overweight or underweight
8. Vitamin E
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