The first 1000 days of a life from conception until roughly a child’s second birthday, is the brains window of opportunity to establish the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neuro-development across the lifespan. Yet too frequently in developed countries, nutrition is not prioritized as being the major attendant, causing what we term malnutrition during gestation and in early childhood. The future foundations for health and neuro-development potential are weakened and this is becoming a major concern in the modern era. Where once malnutrition was due to poverty, humans are faced with the negative effects of overnutrition in the form of obesity and poor nutrition due to inbalanced diets or diets based on artificial ingredients including formula feeds and processed convenience foods.
NAFLD is recognized as a major health burden and has become one of the most common causes of liver disease worldwide. Excessive fat deposition in the liver is seen in about thirty percent of the adult general population and now seen in young children. The prevalence over the last two decades has grown proportionally with the rise in obesity, sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy dietary patterns, and metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, hyperlipidemia and hypertension). (1,2) Continue reading →
The two most common underlying causes of eating disorders, fatigue and depression include neurotransmitter dysfunction and HPA axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) dysfunction. Neurotransmitter dysfunction leads to obsessive compulsive actions, forcing people into a downward spiral of food restriction and depression.” Continue reading →
Removing gluten, dairy especially casein and soy have been not proved the claim that diet cures or causes autism disorder – the term covering a range of developmental problems including autism, Asperger’s syndrome and atypical autism. Anecdotes from caregivers and clinicians, as well as some studies show certain diets can be of benefit to improving behaviour, focus and digestive health, while others show no benefit at all.
Your immune status is the front line of defence to help protect your body from bacteria and invaders. It can virtually impact all other systems in the body as you can imagine when any environment is under attack, every system is called to arms. Continue reading →
Asthma is a big problem and seems to affect more people in the western world. As with autism spectrum disorders, asthma is not an issue in communities where diet and life style has changed little! Continue reading →
Restoring gastro-intestinal flora and function is not always cut and dried. There are some good places to start and probiotics are usually part of this, however sometimes the bacteria in the probiotic is not actually beneficial due to an over-abundance of it already present. This tends to be the Lactobacillus strain which is likely to indicate a high level of D- lactate appearing in a urine or stool sample. Sometimes bacteria in your gut also fail to process histamine and lead to a probiotic intolerance. Continue reading →