What are the links between gut health and hormone health?
The importance of the gut and its place as central to health has been known for hundreds of years, and today there is increasing evidence linking the health of the gut to a wide range of conditions. Poor gut health increases systemic inflammation which is one of the features of many chronic diseases including Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune diseases.
As you know, few people today have perfect digestion and gut health. In fact, digestive disorders are one of the most common complaints in people visiting their GP.
Hormones control most major bodily functions, from hunger to reproduction; they determine our energy levels and impact our mood. There are many links between gut health and hormone health. For example:
The gut, along with other tissues, converts thyroid hormone T4 to active T3.
Symptoms due to oestrogen dominance can be reduced by supporting the liver to biotransform oestrogen and the gut to eliminate it
Insulin signalling and insulin resistance are affected by the composition of the gut microbiota.
This seminar will explore the links between gut/liver function and hormone health and outline the 5-R programme for restoring optimal gastrointestinal function and hormonal health.
About Clare Daley
After graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter, Clare worked in environmental management for 10 years. Clare returned to study at the University of Worcester, and completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Therapy (with Distinction) in 2010.
Since qualifying, Clare has worked in clinic as a Nutritional Therapist, with clients suffering from a wide range of conditions including digestive issues, fibromyalgia, hormone imbalances and weight management. Clare joined Cytoplan in 2015 where she supports practitioner education and runs Cytoplan’s Brain Health Programme.
The immune system is a highly interactive a complex function of the human body. Intelligent in its workings, the immune system is constantly making decisions taking actions that protect its human home. When the immune system is irregular, we can see autoimmune conditions, allergies, and perhaps an inability to recover from virus or infection or a hyperactive reaction to inane, previously safe substances.
In this lecture, Sue Watkins will be explaining the nutrients like Beta-glucans that modulate this immune response, the reasons that immune defences can be lowered and how to reduce the severity of allergic reactions and allergies.
Clients that are suffering from Cancer, Lyme and Chronic Fatigue will often have a compromised immune system and very suppressed CD3, CD56 and CD57 levels. To improve the amount of natural killer cells in a client that needs to mount a stronger immune response, a blend of several approaches is often the most effective and it is this multifactorial approach that I will be explaining in my lecture. These protocols include the use of supplements, BioBran, fish peptides, Pro Knox, Far Infared, infusions, colonics, hyperbaric oxygen therapies and customised anti-oxidant blends. 2 CPD.
About Juliet Hayward
Juliet Hayward studied under Barbara Wren at the College of Natural Nutrition. She originally worked at the Nutri Centre as a nutritional therapist, where she set up a helpline for practitioners and customers, back in 2000. She now works in private practice, supporting patients suffering from Cancer, Lyme disease, Autism, ME, MS and other chronic diseases. She currently does consultancy work and lecturing for the specialist supplement company, The Really Healthy Company.
This lecture will cover three key aspects of functional testing – Gastrointestinal testing, Nutrient Status testing and Adrenal function / HPA axis assessment.
The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile is an innovative stool test, providing valuable insight into digestive performance, gut inflammation and the gut microbiome— areas affecting not only GI health, but overall health as well. This tests includes a very comprehensive assessment of the microbiome including PCR analysis for 24 commensal bacteria and six parasites.
THE ONE test (Optimal Nutritional Evaluation) includes both organic acids and amino acids to give an in depth assessment of the patient’s functional need for B vitamins, protein, antioxidants and some minerals. This test gives an insight into the patients energy production in the mitochondria as well as overview of bacterial and yeast dysbiosis and other markers around digestive function and oxidative stress.
There will be a brief overview of the Adrenal Stress Profile which is used to detect imbalances in the daily circadian secretions of the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA.
Imbalances in these hormones can indicate an inappropriate response that can negatively impact energy levels, emotions, and many other health complaints. These include anxiety, chronic inflammatory conditions, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, depression, migraines, headaches, recurrent infections, menstrual difficulties and infertility.
Kate Osborne MSc BSc DipBCNH: Kate received her Diploma in Nutritional Therapy from BCNH college, London in 2006 and her MSc in Person Centered Nutrition from CNELM, Wokingham in 2015. Kate has been running her own nutrition practice since 2009, focusing on hormonal health. Kate Osborne joined the Medical Education team at Genova Diagnostics in May 2016
What are the events leading up to the decisions for gut testing? Which tests are pertinent to the various conditions and what are the clinical aspects we need to consider when we get the results including dietary changes.
Two one hour webinars will cover Clinical Aspects by Sue McGarrigle and Gut Testing Profiles by Mark Howard
Sue McGarrigle is a clinical nutritionist and naturopath and has practised as a Clinical Nutritionist since 2001. As a lecturer to college and university students to Masters level, Sue has trained hundreds of healthcare and medical practitioners in many aspects of nutritional therapy. She writes as a regular contributor of specialist nutrition articles for magazines and newspapers. Her lectures offer a comprehensive approach to nutrition practice and practical naturopathic techniques.
Mark Howard the Managing Director from Biolab the London based medical referral laboratory which specialises in nutritional and environmental medicine will discuss their extensive range of profiles not only for assessing the health of the digestive tract but other effects of twenty first century lifestyles on our bodies.
Many practitioners feel intimidated when approached with a cancer client. Cancer is a health experience during which a well-trained practitioner can make a tremendous difference to the overall outcome for their client. Patricia Peat, founder of Cancer Options, has been working with cancer patients for over 20 years. In this 90 minute lecture, Patricia will outline the therapies and nutraceuticals that she has used successfully to bring relief for her clients. With this information, practitioners will gain the confidence they need to confidently approach experiences such as nausea, fatigue, weight loss and anxiety for clients experiencing cancer.
About Patricia Peat
In her 20 years as an oncology nurse, Cancer Options founder Patricia Peat saw thousands of cancer patients struggle with difficult emotions: shock, fear, anxiety, grief, trepidation, uncertainty.
But for many people, the worst feeling was of not being in control – of their treatment, their future, their health outcomes.
Also of not being listened to when they wanted to find ways to help themselves, “the sense of disempowerment was palpable”.
Patricia recognised that what people needed was access to quality, up-to-date information and research about all the latest and best approaches to the treatment and management of their illness so they could take charge of their cancer decisions – and reclaim their health choices for themselves.