One of my keen areas of interest is bone health or more specifically the thin bone disease known as osteoporosis.
It is an area of consistent research interest and the influence of diet, nutrition and vitamins is gaining a lot of press. We have come a long way from the idea that bone strength is all about calcium but the message is slow to leak through to the conventional medical community and general public alike. Personally, I feel that many people view bone as a hard, inert and brittle substance similar to the skeleton that use to hang in the corner of the school biology lab. In reality, living bone is a very different. Our skeleton is a highly active metabolic tissue and undergoes a regular process of renewal known as ‘bone turnover’. This process changes with age and is influences by many lifestyle factors.
I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to an article written by Kate Miller on the subject of bone and joint health; thanks to Natural Product News, you can read the final article here A Growing Problem. By Kate Miller, Natural Product News July/August 2016.
When considering digestive health its interesting to note that for as long as medical writings have been in existence the concept of ‘health starting in the colon’ has always been around. We know that a healthy bowel (colon) is essential for a healthy body but we do expose our gut to a daily barrage of potentially damaging toxins and harmful organisms. In a way, its testament to the effectiveness of gut and its immune system that we are all not ill on a daily basis but we all could do a lot to help this system along and reduce some of the detoxification burden. Its worth considering that an over-burdened intestinal tract is often the trigger for a flare of IBS which in turn can have wider implications on the healthy functioning of the immune system and any background inflammatory conditions that may co-exist. Bowel ‘toxicity’ can be related to poorly digested foods that decay in the colon. This process inevitably aggravates the delicate balance of bowel microbes and can shift the digestive process to one of breakdown too fermentation. Over time, the absorption of nutrients can be impaired and the overgrowth of opportunistic gut organisms such as Candida albicans can occur.
In order to help this process reverse and stimulate healthy digestion over the more unhealthy fermentation process digestive enzymes can be used with great effect. For example, when polysaccharides (the starchy or fibrous part of vegetables) enter the digestive system and are not correctly processed they arrive in the lower bowel (colon) where bacteria and other fermentation orientated organisms set about generating gas as an end product of their actions. Abdominal bloating, colicky cramps and upset bowel actions can be a direct result of this process. Using a specific enzyme that splits up the indigestible type of polysaccharide that is found in dietary fibre, for example, will help reduce the amount reaching the lower bowel and ease the IBS symptoms. These enzymes are known as hemicellulase and cellulase. What makes the story interesting is the fact that the human gut does not make any cellulase which is the reason why cellulose (plant fiber) based foods, although being ‘healthy’ do not digest well in some people. However, certain bacteria within the human bowel actually produce the enzyme known as hemicellulase. Bowel toxicity is a common environmental change that can damage these bacteria to a point where the enzyme is almost absent within the bowel. This, along with other digestive issues can be viewed as another contributing factor causing an aggravation of IBS symptoms.
In addition to the fiber splitting enzymes another specialist ingredient, also an enzyme, can help prevent the inevitable Candida overgrowth that accompanies a toxic colon. Known as chitosanase, the enzyme specifically breaks down chitin, a key structural component that forms the cell wall of fungi and years including Candida. By punching holes in the cell wall chitosanase and other enzymes may effectively digest and eliminate these organisms. Enzyme actions can also go further than the digestive process by beneficially influencing the inflammatory reaction that can occur within the body. A protein splitting enzyme called Peptizyme SP (serratia peptidase) can exert a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that not only eases digestive inflammation but can ease the inflammation related to arthritis and even some skin inflammations such as acne and rosacea.
Supporting enzymes also play an important part in overall digestive efficiency. Adequate levels of fat splitting enzymes (lipase) are required to help process even the small amount of fat found in the leanest of meats. If you are a vegetarian the oils found in nuts and dressings (eg olive) may be healthier options but still require lipase to digest them effectively. Proteins commonly accompany fats in a meal so the need for proteases (protein splitting enzymes) along with sugar splitting enzymes (amylase) is important in a balanced enzyme supplement.
Most enzyme preparations are considered safe to use but following the manufacturers instructions is important since potency and blends will change from brand to brand. Colon ClenZyme (from the Canadian manufacture Natural Factors) contains all the key enzyme ingredients mentioned above; hemicellulase, cellulase, chitosanase, Peptizyme SP along with amaylase, lipase and protease. The vegetarian capsules can be taken with meals or opened so that those who find swallowing capsules difficult can sprinkle the enzyme powder on their food. Adjusting the level of enzyme needed can be quite a personal thing. Starting off with 1 capsule with small-medium sized meals would be a start. This can be increased to 2 capsules if needed or if the meal is larger. Enzymes only have an action for that meal. Once they have passed through the digestive tract they are naturally broken down and eliminated, they do not accumulate over repeated use. Unless otherwise stated, enzyme supplements are suitable for daily and long term use.
Venue: The Book Shop at NutriCentre, Park Crescent, London
Theme: Fibromyalgia (Part 1 of a 2 part series)
Free entrance and simultaneous live webcast streaming via NutriCentre web site.
Part 1 of this talk will focus on reviewing some of the current thinking that surrounds fibromyalgia, it’s historical roots and potential causes. Focus will be given to the causes and management of poor sleep and pain that commonly accompanies this complex condition.
Part 2, to be held on 6th June, will develop the management plan to include a discussion on irritable bowel, interstitial cystitis, anxiety and depression.
Further details available at www.nutricentre.com
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- Bone Health Talk
For anyone interested in the Bone Health talk I gave this Wednesday in the Book Shop at NutriCentre in Park Crescent London I have attached a clickable image which takes you to the recorded webcast that went out live that night.
I have the slides in PDF format if anyone wants them.
May/June Issue of Functional Sports Nutrition
When we get injured we simply expect to heal up and get on with life… but have you ever considered what actually goes into the healing process or, for that matter, what you can eat to optimise it? Probably not I expect!
Healing is a complex process and relies on a key nutrients being present in adequate amounts for the process to yield a healthy result. Delayed or poorly healed injuries may be weaker or become the focus for chronic inflammation, irritation and persistent pain.
In the May/June issue of the magazine Functional Sports Nutrition Marcus Webb reviews the injury process and makes dietary suggestions and more specific nutritional recommendations that may give you the upper hand in injury strikes. Hadley Wood Healthcare’s Blog is grateful to the publishers of Functional Sports Nutrition for their permission to reproduce the article as a download: click here
Functional Sports Nutrition is available as a subscription magazine at www.fsnjournal.com
When injury bites; food affects the way we heal.
I am happy to announce yet another medical expert that has joined our growing expert panel. Dr Magdalena Cadet MD is a specilist in rheumatology and osteoporosis. She is double board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. At New York Hospital Queens, Dr. Cadet is implementing a new model of care; the “Improving Bone Health Initiative,” for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in women who are at risk for this bone disorder. I am please to say that she will be sharing her experience with fibromyalgia and osteoporosis with our news blog. The lessons gained in New York are very applicble for the UK and will fit well with our growing theme of holistic osteoporosis management.
Moving the focus to fibromyalgia, FM is a surprisingly common condition: it is estimated that between 2% and 4.5% of the UK population has FM, which translates to between 1.2 and 2.7 million people in the UK alone. However, this figure has never been accurately measured (it is based on international prevalence statistics, see below) and it may actually be higher. We discuss this complex problem in blog posts quite frequently but it became apparent that for some readers, especially non FM sufferers, these posts do expect a certain level of knowledge about the FM process. Dr Cadet’s first post will provide a brief overview of this complex syndrome from the medical perspective and will form a good starting point for developing future articles.
Read Dr Cadet’s article, Fibromyalgia, the basics, now.
Sources for international prevalence statistic
1) White KP, Harth M. Classification, epidemiology, and natural history of fibromyalgia. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2001 Aug;5(4):320-9
2) White KP, Speechley M, Harth M, Ostbye T. The London Fibromyalgia Epidemiology Study: comparing the demographic and clinical characteristics in 100 random community cases of fibromyalgia versus controls. J Rheumatol. 1999 Jul;26(7):1577-85.
3) Wolfe F, Ross K, Anderson J, Russell IJ, Hebert L. The prevalence and characteristics of fibromyalgia in the general population. Arthritis Rheum. 1995 Jan;38(1):19-28.
4) Mease P. Fibromyalgia syndrome: review of clinical presentation, pathogenesis, outcome measures, and treatment. J Rheumatol Suppl. 2005 Aug;75:6-21.
Dr Teitelbaum’s End Fatigue web pages
FibroAction (UK), a national charity that is raising FM awareness
Fibromyalgia Association (UK), a national charity that helps to provide information and support to sufferers and their families
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