Danielle Shine and I went to The London Clinic of Nutrition which is a health clinic specialising in treating conditions such as autoimmunity, lyme disease, cancer, hormone health, thyroid and digestive disorders using a 3 pillar approach of Nutritional Therapy, Naturopathy and Functional Medicine.
First I had a consultation with Oliver live on camera, discussing my symptoms and lifestyle. From this and teamed with the results of my tests Oliver's team were able to provide advice and recommendations.
The clinic provides an explanation of how your dietary and lifestyle habits may be contributing to your symptoms, a bespoke dietary and lifestyle program and a personalised dietary supplement and/or herbal medicine programme.
I did a stool test and a food intolerance test prior to my consultation with Oliver. Alongside the results we discussed gut health, leaky gut, the microbiome, the large and the small intestine and how to combat SIBO.
The root cause of any health complaint is specific to the individual and based on multiple factors such as genetics, diet, lifestyle, toxicity exposure and psychological and physical stress. The clinic conducts functional testing which is highly comprehensive - unlike conventional tests you will receive at your GP; Not only is functional testing effective in the treatment of health complaints, but it can also be used to prevent disease. Virtually every complex chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in functionality, which if detected early can be resolved before more serious symptoms occur.
I had an immune boosting infusion which contained a cocktail of vitamins and minerals including a high dose Vitamin C and Glutathione which are vital for immune health and detoxification.
Intravenous nutrient therapy works by allowing your body to absorb 100% of the vitamins, as opposed to only 10% with oral supplements, and can leave you feeling great for weeks.
Studies have shown nutritional IVs to help with a number of conditions including asthma, acute migraines, fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections and will improve your overall health and wellbeing.
It is best to work with a functional medicine practitioner to get to the underlying cause of your health concern or symptom. As Nutritional Therapists we work under the functional medicine principles by looking at the whole body and addressing the imbalances with diet, nutrition, lifestyle, herbs and supplements to optimise health and even reverse disease.
This is key when trying to solve health problem, in particular if you are suffering from digestive dysfunction and food intolerances. Following a simple elimination diet for 28 days where you cut out the key allergens such as: gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, and corn and noting improvements in your health, wellbeing and symptoms. You then may be able to slowly reintroduce these foods again. You can find more information on this here on their blog: https://londonclinicofnutrition.co.uk/nutrition-articles/how-to-do-an-elimination-diet/
Did you know: Approximately 90% of serotonin (the happy chemical) is produced by cells in the gut? Many people with poor digestive function will also have high stress load and the gut-brain axis plays a key role with this. Your intestinal distress can be either the cause or the product of anxiety and stress. Reduce and manage stress by practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation or writing a gratitude journal. Just taking 10 minutes per day can have a huge benefit.
Take a good quality probiotic alongside a digestive enzyme can be really useful for your digestive health. Making sure to include a wide variety of foods, including prebiotic foods such as chicory, onions, garlic, bananas, oats and asparagus - these will feed the gut bacteria - and probiotic foods such as miso, sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir - contain live bacteria that repopulate and add to the friendly bacteria in your gut.
If you suffer with bloating you might find it useful to space your meals with at least 3 - 5 hours between each sitting. When the body is fasted, the muscles in the small intestine produce a periodic wave of forward motion called the migrating motor complex. This action prevents stasis of intestinal contents which can reduce bloating and bacterial overgrowth. This could also help if you are suffering from constipation.
If you would like to book a complimentary 15 minute consultation with a qualified nutritional therapist you can contact the clinic below:
Telephone: 020 3332 0030
Email: [email protected]ion.co.uk
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