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Featured Expert: Hannah Richards healing the inside of you

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Hannah Richards is a Metabolic typing advisor and does functional diagnostic nutrition at

Move Three Sixty

in NW London which she co-owns with Claud Sarjeant.  Hannah is a great friend and colleague of mine and I asked her a few questions about how she gains so much success with all the clients I send to her for nutritional purposes.  If you would like to work on another part of your healing and recovery as well as optimising your general health for life then this article is a great read for you.  

KT:  What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN)?

HR:  FDN is all about finding the root cause of a person's symptoms by testing saliva, urine, blood and stool to determine where the root issue lies and then fixing it.  The treatment is bespoke to each individual.  I am also a metabolic typing advisor so I help people discover what foods in what ratios are right for their individual make up. 

KT:  How does what you do differ from regular nutritionist? 

HR:  With normal nutrition people tend to get treated with an allopathic approach - a this for that system.  You'll often find nutritionists treat the symptoms.  With FDN I find the root that is causing the symptoms and this can be highly individual for each person.  Every disease will inhabit itself very differently in a person.  We all oxidise food at different rates, we have different strengths and weaknesses in our autonomic nervous system, we have different acid/alkaline levels and different fat production.  So I look at all these systems and the disease it comes with to find a solution that gets the person back to optimal health.  

KT:  What do you specialise in? 

HR:  Gastrointestinal rehabilitation.  All disease starts in the gut so that is where I look first. Clients will come with symptoms such as weight gain, disturbed sleep, skin conditions, constipation but nearly all of my clients have got digestive issues - so I look to kill off parasites, restore balance in the gut and repair the mucosal gut lining.

KT:  What role does nutrition play in general health? 

HR:  The first foundational principle of survival is hydration but the second is most definitely food.  Most people poison themselves with the food that they eat. Food should be a medicine - you should be curing things with food.  It is the most preventable measure that people have to cure their own health.  If you get the right nutrition then you reverse disease.  

KT:  What is the right nutrition?

HR:  Everyone is different.  Your right nutrition is based on genetic history, cultural history, your autonomic nervous system and your ability to break food down.  If you have good digestive capabilities and strong stomach acid you'll do well on fat and protein and burn it off.  If you don't have good stomach acid and don't have a gall bladder then eating fat and protein is not going to be for you.  You can be healthy eating a lot of carbs and healthy eating a lot of protein - you have to find the right fuel for your body.

KT:  Why can't I just exercise? 

HR:  Exercise is a stress to the body.  If you don't have enough energy to exercise then over exercising will cause the body to stress out and you might see weight gain.  Find the right exercise to do for you.  If the body is very stressed out then parasympathetic forms of exercise such as swimming and stretching would be better.  If the body has the capacity to exercise then run and do your weights.  Exercise is a science one size doesn't fit all.  Make sure you are assessed and have your stress levels determined so you know what exercise will serve you.

KT:  How does nutrition affect recovery from back pain and injury?

HR:  The right nutrition can help your healing and recovery of damaged and inflamed tissues at a cellular level.  If you are not getting the right nutrients how can your body heal from injury?  It is an integral part of injury and back pain recovery.

KT:  What is the most common nutrition pattern you see? 

HR:  In terms of pathologies the most common are the H pylori parasite and yeast overgrowths. In terms of symptoms, Eating less and gaining weight.  Most clients that I see think exercise alone will make them lose weight and they do not know what is in their food or where it comes from. 

KT:  When working with you what are the most common outcomes of your work?

HR:  Success!  Weight loss totally achievable once everything else clears up.  Underlying symptoms like parasite, adrenal fatigue, infection once cleared then weight loss is achieved.  Lose weight, better sleep, stop waking up in the middle of the night, look younger, have more energy, eat a more varied diet, look and feel younger and slimmer and all their digestive symptoms will all go - constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, gas.   

KT:  What are your absolute no-nos? 

HR:  Soy, gluten, dairy only if it doesn't suit you.  Sugar is as addictive as crack cocaine.  Sugar is one of the major causes of cancer and destroys every single cell in the body at the cellular level.  It's the world's biggest problem.  

KT:  Can you offer some general advice that someone can implement immediately?

HR:  Hydration - drink water. People are so dehydrated - kidney stones.  Easiest thing to fix your health by drinking 2 litres of water per day.  Generations of people who were not brought up drinking water.  We water flowers so they grow - we need to water the body so it grows otherwise it just shrivels up.  So many diseases can be prevented by hydration.  

So there you have it - Hannah Richards has spoken. I cannot more highly recommend Hannah for any and all nutrition, weight gain and gut related issues.  To find out more about what Hannah does visit her website

movethreesixty.com

.  You can contact her at 

hannah@movethreesixty.com

 or call the clinic on 

0207 624 4194

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5 sources of stress that make your pain worse

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stress ball

In my

1st newsletter

where I shared the link to

Kelly McGonigal's Ted Talk

on How stress can be your friend I promised I would also share the other 5 unsuspecting sources of stress that may be compromising your health.  Although is true that your conscious perception of stressful situations can transform the outcome, there is little you can do about forms of stress you do not know about.  

Did you know that stress can come from foods, hormone imbalance, electromagnetic sources, too little or too much exercise, and temperature changes?  And did you know that all these sources of stress can contribute to a relapse of your injury, pain or discomfort?

Stress build up throughout the day

I'll use an example of how stress can build up without you even knowing.  You wake up to an alarm after a restless nights sleep. You force off your tiredness with a coffee and rush out the house because you are late.  You leave the house without a coat and it's too late to go back to get one now - you'll be cold all day.  When you get to work the computers are down  The You won't finish that proposal for a client today, you'll lose the contract and your bonus!  You have a makeshift late lunch and more coffee to stay awake.  You decide to shake off your stress by going for a run even though your back hurts and when you get home, you order a take-out and you can't wait to get the kids in bed so you can 'unwind' with a few glasses of wine before you fall asleep on the sofa in front of the TV.  Sound familiar?

Many stressors one response

What if I told you that everything in the above example stresses your body?  Think of your body having a threshold - a tolerance for all the stressful things we put it through.  What if I told you that repeating this over and over would create a build up of stress that might result in a seemingly 'random' injury or illness?  It does.  The body only has one response to stress.  It does not matter if the stressor comes from a food that you are unknowingly intolerant to or over exposure to the sun.  The body's response is to shut down so it can heal.  Repeated abuse of these systems results in tiredness, compromised immunity and suppression of healing and recovery.  This leads to discomfort, pain, injury, illness and disease.

How to combat these sources of stress...

In this blog i'll give an overview of how to combat these unsuspecting sources of stress so you can begin to change your mindset on how to deal with your discomfort, pain, injury and or illness.  As each of these subjects are pretty hefty on their own I'll be sharing information in more depth over the coming weeks.

1.  Nutrition

Eat from the earth.  Refrain from eating any foods that are packaged, processed and tampered with.  Reduce stimulants like coffee to the minimum to prevent stressing out your adrenals.  Be aware of your alcohol intake

2.  Hormonal/Adrenal

Sleep enough and rest properly.  Sleeping and rest are not the same thing!  Sleep 8 an average of 8 hours in a blacked out room in silence.  Maintain balance between work and life.  Acknowledge that you are not superman/woman and that rest is as important as action.

3.  Electromagnetic

Get enough sunlight for vitamin D but not too much - hardly a problem in the English winter months!  Eliminate all electronics from your bedroom and switch off lights at the mains.

4.  Exercise

Definitely exercise but make sure you are not overdoing it.  If you are injured seek professional help to recover effectively.  Strike a balance between healing restorative exercise like tai chi and hatha yoga and more energising forms of exercise like hitting the gym or running.

5.  Make stress your friend

If you haven't watched this video on how to make stress your friend I highly recommend it.  Kelly McGonigal says it better than I ever could.

How to make stress your friend

6.  Thermal 

This seems rather obvious but pay attention to your body temperature. Anything that keeps you too hot, burns you or adversely keeps you too cold is a stressor.  Make sure you are temperate in all situations - at home, work and when you sleep.

Lastly, this is a huge topic and I'll be covering smaller chunks in finer detail as the weeks go on so you can begin to make changes that will result in a healthier, happier pain free life!  If you have questions please email me.  

Information sourced from Paul Chek's How to Eat Move and Be Healthy book, CHEK Institute, USA.