Nutrition

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Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.
— Hippocrates

Nutrition plays a major role in health and wellbeing. Eating a balanced diet is crucial in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many people feel tired, sluggish, want to lose those extra inches or pounds, or may suffer with headaches, skin rashes, constipation or IBS related symptoms.

Many of the ailments and symptoms we suffer with may be lessened if we correct our nutrition. After all, ‘Our Health is our Wealth’.

What takes place in the consultation?

A full medical history is taken and a break down of the types of foods eaten are noted and suggestions on improving diet, health and lifestyle are given.

A review appointment is usually arranged in order to measure the improvements.

What is Food Intolerance?

What is the difference between allergy and intolerance?

A food intolerance can occur when the body has difficulty digesting certain foods. When this occurs over time, large food particles (proteins) may enter the bloodstream and this can cause inflammation.

When foods and drinks are digested, the proteins within them are broken down into smaller fragments for easy absorption into the body. Larger fragments can pass through without breaking down, and sometimes the body reacts by attacking them using antibodies called Immunoglobulin G’s (IgG).

A food-specific IgG reaction should not be confused with food allergies, nor other types of food intolerances, which Lorisian do not test for. These include:

  • Enzyme deficiencies e.g. lactose (milk sugar) intolerance

  • Coeliac disease; requiring lifelong avoidance of gluten

  • Chemical sensitivities e.g. histamine, tyramine, sulphites etc

Food intolerance can cause a wide range of disruptive symptoms such as digestive problems, eczema, migraines and headaches, fatigue, depression and low mood, joint pains and sinusitis.

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It is always recommended that any concerns are discussed with a doctor first, before taking a food intolerance test. This is to fully investigate the potential causes which may include investigations for coeliac disease and/or lactose intolerance and provide the medical follow up required. It is a fact of life, however, that in many cases there is no medical explanation for symptoms such as these.

For example, research has shown that medically unexplained symptoms or ‘functional symptoms’ where doctors can’t find a problem with the body that might be the cause, account for up to a fifth of all GP consultations in the UK. These include symptoms such as tiredness, chronic fatigue (ME), depression, anxiety, IBS, fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines, skin rashes and joint pains, runny nose and sinusitis.

Many people with these problems will be given the all clear by their doctor and strongly suspect that food is the root cause of their problems. So what options do they have?

  • Do nothing

  • Choose to remove foods from their diet by second guessing

  • Seek support from a dietician or nutritional therapist and try an elimination diet and challenge method; a method which can be long and laborious (it is difficult to determine the exact combination of relevant trigger foods using this method)

  • Take a food intolerance test to identify their food triggers and fast-track their elimination diet

Iridology

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“Iridology is the study of the ‘Iris’ of the eye – the exposed nerve endings which make up the coloured part of the eye, each of which are connected to the brain.”

Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists

Why is Iridology useful?

Iridology is a non-intrusive, painless method of being able to detect constitutional strengths and weaknesses within the body.

An Iridologist can determine many factors when studying the iris of the eye. We look at the Iris as a ‘map’. The eye is not only a ‘window to the soul’ but also a ‘window to the body’ itself.

It allows you to measure the efficiency of eliminative systems and organs of the body.

It enables you to check levels of inflammation and congestion within the body.

What takes place in the consultation?

  • A full medical history is taken

  • Pictures are taken of the iris using specialised equipment, i.e. an Iriscope

  • A report is written up based on the findings in the iris and the medical history

  • A review appointment is then arranged

  • At the next appointment the findings are discussed

  • An aftercare plan is then given based on the medical history and the iris findings

  • Some people like time lines-usually 6 weeks to work with and then a further review appointment can be set up

  • The first consultation usually lasts approximately 1 hour 20 minutes and the review appointments usually last 45 minutes.

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