Many of the features ascribed to feeling well, or good, are directly determined, or at least strongly influenced, by what flows through our veins. Whether it be glucose to provide energy, or hormones to determine mood, how we experience life is largely as a result of the complex array of chemicals in our bloodstream. Our chemical levels can be managed directly by medication or by optimising the body’s ability to balance itself through diet and lifestyle.

One of the important things about stress is that many different things can add up and sneak up on you. These include poor diet, too much coffee, too much sugar, health problems, allergies, overwork, not enough exercise, not enough sleep. Add a life changing event, like family death or divorce to this, and one may well end up feeling incapable of coping, feeling burnt o

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often a diagnosis of exclusion and treatment is conventionally directed to manage symptoms as opposed to getting to the root cause.

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Sleep disorders have been implicated as risk factors in a number of health problems. Sleep deprivation, whether due to a reduced quantity of sleep or a disturbed quality of sleep, affects a variety of essential functions and hormone balances, and contributes to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. It affects general mental functioning, in particular, daytime alertness, memory functions, and decreased learning ability.

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The medical profession has underestimated the role that vitamin B12 plays in our general wellbeing. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause symptoms such as tiredness, light-headedness, rapid heartbeat and breathing, memory impairment, irritability, mood swings, pale skin, sore tongue, easy bruising or bleeding, including bleeding gums, stomach upset and weight loss, diarrhoea or constipation.

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Controlling your weight is an important component of your health. It is not always easy to loose weight and many factors, including hormonal imbalances influences weight gain. We now know that weight gain and fat storage is highly individual it is possible to address metabolic pathways and risk factors through a simple blood test.

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