Coming into New Year’s as we make our final hurrah to 2018 we find ourselves reflecting and planning for 2019.
What will your goals be for the next twelve months?
More fun, more money, more time to do the things for you, more energy, more sleep? It may something you want less of. Less stress, less time working, less hassles, less aches and pains, less weight?
I am so excited for 2019 and sharing with you information so that you may gain ‘more of’ or ‘less of’ with my series of “Let’s Talk”. A series of informal interactive talks that will allow insight to various areas of health.
The first will be about Thyroid Bloods, what to ask for, what they mean and how to interpret the results. Details for date to be released in January. You may call/text me on my number below to register your interest.
As always my Naturopathic practice can assist your various health issues, including mood, sleep, hormones, stress and gut issues. If you are seeking weight loss or general well being, the Metabolic Balance® Programme is a fabulous way of obtaining so many health goals just by eating real food. Contact me for more details.
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Feeling fatigued, pale, inside of bottom eyelids pale? You may be lacking Iron
Iron is needed to make the red blood cell to carry oxygen around the body. Not enough Iron, not enough red blood cells.
Iron is naturally lower in the blood in the afternoon, so you may feel a bit tired.
Iron deficiency can be cause by direct blood loss via menses, pregnancy and abnormal bleeding. Inside the digestive system – stomach by ulcers, NSAIDS, intestines by hookworm, and large bowel by tumors, ulcerative colitis and haemorrhoids. You may not be having enough iron in your diet or unable to absorb it.
Carries the iron around the body.
It can be raised when the body is looking for Iron in cases of iron deficiency, Oestrogens, OCP, pregnancy, hypothyodism, B12 or folate deficiency or acute liver disease.
It’s reduced with chronic inflammatory and liver disease, malabsorption, malignancy, renal disease, thyrotoxicosis, steroid therapy and haemochromatosis
Should be 10-50%. The closer to 50% you are the better.
This is your Iron stores and should be at 100. It also is affected by inflammation. High levels might be caused from inflammation in iron rich tissues like the liver, gut, spleen and lymph system, so an investigation with a C-Reactive Protein (CRP) test is a good way to check that out.
High levels maybe from Iron overload like genetic haemochromatosis or fatty liver, alcohol, liver disease, malignancy, renal failure, thyroiditis, anorexia or blood infusion.
Low levels maybe from the same as low levels of Iron as they are draining the Iron stores.
Think of Iron in the blood as spending your cash and Transferrin as your cash card, so when you run out of cash you have it and always needing Ferritin as money in the bank with a balance of $100.
Pathocize (exercise for your pathology)
Ensuring you have good levels of Iron, check for anyone with haemochromatosis in your family. This can be masked while still having your menses and is revealed during menopause.
Iron is found in these foods http://www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/resource/iron
|Food||Serving size||Iron content|
|Kidney beans||1 cup||3.1mg|
|Green lentils||1 cup||3.0mg|
|Cashew nuts||30g (20 nuts)||1.5mg|
|Raw spinach||1 cup||1.2mg|
|Dried apricot||30g (5 dried apricots)||0.93mg|
|Cooked brown rice||140g (1 cup)||0.7mg|
- eat foods high in vitamin C with foods that contain iron
- cook your plant foods to improve the amount of available iron
- avoid having tea, coffee or calcium during or directly after having a source of iron
There are a couple of different markers that indicate inflammation in the body.
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
This is non-specific, which means that there is some chronic inflammation in the body, just what or where is an unknown. Basically the blood is shaken up and allowed to sit and it time that is measured as to how long the red blood cell sediment takes to settle. The longer it takes, the more inflammation there is. As this is not a specific measurement reasons can be varied from bacterial infections, to collagen or vascular disease, cancers and lymphoma.
CRP C-Reactive Protein
Good to find acute illness as it rises quickly 4-8 hours after any tissue damage. It becomes it’s highest at 24-72 hours and returns to normal after 2-3 days.
It depends on the result level as to interpret the results. It could be something like an upper respiratory infection, sinusitis, pneumonia, appendicitis or post operative sepsis.
While there are similarities, there are significant differences of ESR to CRP and CRP maybe low when ESR is raised in certain illness.
Basically you want both of these to be 0 because you don’t want any inflammation in the body.
Is your storage of Iron stores and should be at 100. It also is affected by inflammation and may be seen high in Iron rich tissues like the liver, Gut, spleen and lymph system.
Pathocize (exercise for your pathology)
Identify cause of inflammation and address illness
If a specific dis-ease is unknown and there is general inflammation it maybe dietary.
• If you do nothing else, stop eating gluten
• Remove all grains from your diet
• Reduce or cut out dairy
• Eat fresh vegetables daily
• Have fresh fruit – 1 or 2 pieces daily (make one a older variety apple)
• Consume good quality proteins and vary these during the day
• Make sure your bowels are open and you are ‘moving’ everyday
• Drink purified water and lots of it generally 35ml per kg of weight
• Breathe, get outdoors and take in some lovely fresh oxygen
• Exercise, walking, swimming, yoga, if you don’t move it, you lose it
• Stress reduction, taking time out for you, meditation
• Sleep, put in good sleep routine practices
• Supplement with anti-inflammatories like Tumeric, Fish Oil and use Probiotics
This section of Pathology is found in the Haematology below the Haemoglobin section.
White blood cells are your immune defence system. If any results are raised it means some sort of invasion – bacterial, viral, parasites or auto immune responses. There are 5 types to take a look at.
Neutrophils (think bacterial)
Neutropenia is having too little of these white blood cells. That opens you up to bacterial infections. It also maybe because you have just fought off a bacterial or viral attack.
Low neutrophils may be B12 or folate deficiency, hypertension, thyrotoxicosis or malignancy. Some drugs also lower these immune cells including chemotherapy.
Neutrophils may also become high (Neutrophilia). This can be a current bacterial infection, or virus like Chicken pox, a recent injury or burn, heart attack or surgery. Malignancy, smoking and vigorous exercise and some drugs like steroids, epinephrine, heparin and cytokines can raise neutrophils.
Lymphocytes (think viral)
Stress commonly causes low Lymphocytes (Lymphopenia), other causes may be kidney failure, AIDS, drugs or some sort of immunosuppressive therapy.
A high amount of Lymphocytes (Lymphocytosis) may reflect an infection by a virus like epstein barr virus (EBV), hepatitis, herpes and whooping cough. It may also be from smoking, some anti-depressant drugs like SSRI’s and hormone gland diseases like hyperthyroidism and addison’s disease.
Monocytes (think detective)
Are the largest of the White Blood Cells. They are in force when there is bacterial, parasite and Rickettsial infections. Will show high in inflammatory disorders like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and chronic skin conditions like Psoriasis.
Eosinophils (think allergy & parasites)
These are mainly seen as a result of drug reactions, allergy or parasitic infestations of the gut like hookworm, eczema and psoriasis.
Basophils (think allergy & parasites as well)
Not as common as Eosinophils. High levels may indicate allergic or inflammatory reactions from drugs or food sensitivities, ulcerative colitis or hormonal issues like hypothyroidism and oestrogen supplementation.
Pathocize (exercise for your pathology)
Look after your immune system with Zinc and Vitamin C
Look after your gut function with pre and probiotics
Note what is going on with your gut – do you need to do a parasite cleanse?
If you are having allergy type reactions you may need to look at what exposures you are having to histamines. You may need to support the histamine pathways with B3, B12 and folate.
This downloadable PDF from Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance is a great reference for histamine foods.
What is your cholesterol like?
As the major fat going through the arteries it is super important to keep this within range. Risks of having high cholesterol are a heart and blood vessel disease. Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the blood vessel walls so they can no longer contract), vascular thrombosis (a blood clot in the vein going back to the heart) or stroke (where there’s a blood clot or blood vessel bursts in the brain) are diseases of the blood vessels.
LDL Low Density Lipoprotein
LDL usually makes up about 80% of total cholesterol in a normal person. Having high cholesterol is seen as a risk marker for heart and blood vessel disease. Two main reasons are that a family member has it (hereditary) and diet high in saturated fat. It is lucky you can change the later within weeks.
Having a low thyroid function, drinking too much alcohol or a disease of the liver or kidneys can be a reason for high cholesterol. Also some drugs like steroids, clyclosporin can cause raised LDL levels.
HDL High Density Lipoprotein
I always remember this as the good cholesterol because it has a higher amount (density) of protein. Because of this it doesn’t have much room to carry cholesterol as it returns to the liver. But the LDL Low Density Lipoprotein has a smaller protein amount and more room to carry cholesterol. This is often called the ‘bad’ cholesterol and it takes fat into the tissues.
Tri (meaning 3) gly (for glycerol) is the framework on which the fat is stored. These are made from the fats and carbohydrates that you eat. They are either used up for energy or stored in the body in fat cells.
If you have on going high triglycerides it is useful to check out the other blood results too.
Reasons for high triglycerides can be that it is in the family and also that you are overweight. Not having much physical activity, diabetes, enjoying a lot of fats and carbohydrates in your food and drinking too much alcohol can all cause high Triglycerides. There maybe some other reasons like Hypothyroidism, liver, kidney and pancreatic disease. Pregnancy can also cause raised triglycerides.
Finally the Cardio Vascular Risk
This compares the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) with the “good’ (HDL) cholesterol to give an estimate of your cardio vascular risk. It is a ratio from fats going to the tissues and the fats back to the liver.
Pathocise (exercise for your pathology)
Your doctor may recommend drugs like Statins, Beta-Blockers or ACE inhibitors. Oestrogens and Selective estrogen receptor modulators like Tamoxifen, Thyroid hormones with neomycin (can result in a 25% fall in cholesterol)
Ideally get onto the right diet and remove trans-fatty acids. These are high in deep fried/fast foods. Fill yourself with better options:
Saturated fats – are solid at room temperature, like butter and coconut oil, animal fats like lard or tallow.
Good sources of polyunsaturated fats – these stay liquid at room temperature like wild-caught fish, pasture-raised meats and eggs.
Here is a guide from https://coconutsandkettlebells.com/good-fats-vs-toxic-fats/
You may also need to take some CoQ10/Ubiquinol, particularly if you are taking Statins or Beta Blockers.
Keeping the bowels open with good amounts of fibre and stabilising your glucose levels can help.