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Learn all about the top nutrients to help minimise the symptoms of menopause, assist with it and also maintain healthy bones.

Key nutrient are important to consider if you are going through the menopause. Whichever menopausal symptoms you experience, the change in the balance of your hormones is the cause. A well-balanced diet is essential because it helps the body adjust to the hormone changes.

Symptoms of the menopause can include any of the following;
  • Tiredness
  • Depression
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flushes
  • Bladder weakness
  • Dehydrated skin
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain

There are a plethora of nutrients that help minimise the symptoms and even assist the passage of menopause and also help you maintain healthy bones.

Here a few major ones that you can consider:

B Vitamins

B Vitamins are known as the “stress vitamins”.  This is because symptoms of B-vitamin deficiency include tension, irritability, poor concentration and anxiety.

Fatigue – a common symptom of menopause – makes women feel deeply exhausted even though they haven’t done much physical activity throughout the day. B Vitamins help reduce the amount of stress on the adrenal glands, which are required to produce oestrogen during the menopause. They can be useful if you are suffering from reduced energy levels. It is important to take a complex and a formulation that you can absorb with no nasty fillers.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential to the manufacture of collagen. Collagen provides skin its elasticity. It helps prevent and treat vaginal dryness, a painful condition which develops when the vagina loses some of its ‘stretch’. Vitamin C can be easy to miss out on if you are watching your weight and possibly on a keto or restricted diet.

Vitamin D

This vitamin plays a very important role in the prevention of breast cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. We don’t get it naturally from food in sufficient amounts so the sun or a supplement is required. Again, you really need to ensure you take a balanced amount along with other key nutrients and select the active form, Vitamin D3.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is also helpful for vaginal dryness and has been proven to help reduce hot flushes. It can dampen the immune system which can be beneficial for some ladies as a short term assistant for hormonal balance.

Iron

Iron is required to help your red blood cells transport oxygen to the rest of the body. Men store more iron compared to women and the loss of blood each month during menstruation means that women require more iron than men. A deficiency of iron will result in anaemia, which makes you feel sluggish and tired all the time. It is really important to have a blood test to check your iron and ferritin levels as you do not want to take a supplement and potential cause iron toxicity.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Symptoms of a deficiency in Omega 3 fatty acids can include dry skin, lifeless hair, cracked nails, fatigue, depression, dry eyes, aching joints, and breast pain. Omega 3 supplements have been shown to reduce the frequency of hot flushes and improve depressive symptoms in menopausal women.

Magnesium

Magnesium plays a vital role in 300 different enzymatic functions. It is essential in maintaining optimum bone health, which is increasingly important during the menopause.  Known as “nature’s tranquiliser”, magnesium supplementation assists mood and anxiety. Picking the correct formulation for your symptoms is critical for success.

Calcium

Calcium is needed by the body to maintain bones, teeth, nails and hair. It is also required for healthy heart rhythm and blood pressure. To minimise the symptoms of menopause and maintain healthy bone mass, make sure to supply your body with these nutrients throughout the day. Dairy foods have become increasingly common to be eliminated from the diet of women for various reasons which can unfortunately leave ladies in deficit. Kale, spinach and tofu, are some examples of calcium rich non-dairy foods.

These nuggets are just a few simple suggestions. Dietary and lifestyle changes are integral in the stages of menopause. If you wish to explore this further Gillian Killiner is a dietary expert and lifestyle coach. She has helped thousands of women over her 22 years as a Dietitian. She would be delighted to help you…

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121 Dietitian by 121dietitian - 1M ago
Here, Gillian Killiner, Director And Principal Dietitian At 121 Dietitian discusses common reasons why people lose weight and shares her top tips for gaining weight.

I am 22 years in the health business and the most popular misconception I face is that all I do is advise people on weight loss!

This couldn’t be further from the truth. My unique role as a Dietitian is first and foremost about increasing nutrients and ensuring health is optimal from top-to-toe. This involves fixing; cellular function, gut health, mental health, checking genetics, bloods etc.

One area that gets very little press however is how to gain weight.

There are lots of reasons why people lose weight such as a poor appetite, nausea, difficulty eating, eating disorders, surgery, illness or a traumatic event. Extra good quality nutrition and extra energy are important to help gain weight along with addressing lifestyle issues that may be connected.

It may seem wrong but it is important to eat healthy choices when needing to gain weight as processed high sugar poor quality foods affect health negatively. When gaining weight it is essential to add muscle and replenish healthy levels of fat around the body, while not gaining unhealthy fat around the abdomen and organs.

My top seven tips for gaining weight are as follows:
  1. If appetite is small have small, frequent meals and snacks during the day. Try to eat or drink something every few hours. Three meals and three snacks is a good pattern to follow.
  2. Add small amounts of olive oil/cream/cheese to your food. This is an easy way to increase the energy in your diet while volumes do not increase by much.
  3. Choose high energy from protein foods at both meals and snacks.
  4. Make every mouthful count! Don’t fill up on low energy foods like water, tea, coffee, ‘diet’ food and drinks or plain fruits and vegetables. Follow the ideas below to increase the energy and protein content of some common low energy foods.
  5. Choose full cream dairy products and use high energy milk. To make high energy milk, add one–two tbsp skim milk powder to every 250mls of full cream milk.
  6. If nausea is a problem:
  • Cold foods and drinks may be better than hot as hot foods often have a stronger smell.
  • Avoid eating late at night if nausea is notable in the morning.
  • Don’t let your stomach get too full or empty as this will increase nausea.
  • Eat and drink slowly– If the smell of cooked foods puts you off try to avoid kitchen smells until you are feeling better.

7. Avoid taking a large amount of fluid when eating a meal and snack. Drinking 20 minutes after is better.

8. Ask someone else to assist you where possible so you are not wasting the energy and weight you are trying to build.

Adding high energy and protein foods (such as cream, cheese and margarine) to your meals really does make a big difference! The examples below show just how many calories/ kilojoules (KJ) you can add to a typical meal. This is an easy way to increase energy without having to eat lots of extra food!

Whether you need help with weight loss, weight gain or understanding your dietary needs, get in touch with Gillian today. Call: 07717392306 or email: info@121dietitian.com

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Suffering from a major depressive disorder and gastrointestinal issues, which included a range of symptoms, patient Pat was housebound. Here, Pat shares how thanks to 121 Dietitian’s expert guidance, her health has drastically improved.
“My road to recovery began on January 2019 after years of chronic health problems, some of which included major depressive disorder and a malfunctioning bowel of an inability to evacuate normally, therefore having to resort to mechanical means to empty my bowel daily. I was also diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Disease and Metabolic Syndrome. I am 59 years old.
Having done extensive research into my gastrointestinal issues and undergone many tests, investigations, and commenced on a plethora of prescribed medications over the years I discovered Dietitian Gillian Killiner at www.121dietitian.com. I was so impressed with her online portfolio that I decided to contact her and she agreed to come to see me mid-January 2019 for a home assessment, which was great as I rarely left the house.
To say that I was impressed is an understatement as Gillian blew me away with her extensive knowledge and experience of the workings of the human anatomy and physiology.
Having told Gillian my medical history of depression, abdominal obesity, bowel problems with associated persistent nausea, dry mouth, repeated fungal infections and abdominal pain and discomfort and poor sleeping pattern, she listened attentively and compassionately to my myriad of issues. She grasped every word that I spoke with a sincere understanding and knowledge surpassed by all professionals with whom I had come in contact over the years. Her plan of action for me was personalised and tailored specifically to my problems.
My individualised care plan was put into action and included, not a diet as such, but a healthy lifestyle food plan and high-end specific supplements following the results of a series of blood tests.
I met with Gillian again mid-March 2019 at my home and was excited to relate to her the changes she made to my quality of life. Gone are the nausea, dry mouth and fungal infections as well as the abdominal pain and discomfort. My bowels are functioning somewhat better and I’ve managed to scale back on some of my prescribed medications. My mood has markedly improved and I have a better quality of sleep. I’m also 14lbs lighter and continuing to lose weight at a healthy pace.
To summarise I have to say that during all my years of contact with the different healthcare providers (of which before retirement I was one of them) I can say without doubt that Gillian’s extensive expertise on nutrition and general health is worthy of note and I have the utmost confidence in her abilities and talents to help people vastly improve their quality of life.
Gillian’s professional, courteous, warm and affable nature affords her the highest recommendation in her chosen field of wide-ranging nutritional, health and well-being aspects of the individual.”
– Pat Morgan
If you feel you could benefit from the expertise of a dietitian, get in touch today. Email info@121dietitian.com or call Gillian on: 07717392306.

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Here, Gillian Killiner, Director and Principal Dietitian at 121 Dietitian shares her advice on using your private health insurance to cover the cost of the services of a dietitian.

Most UK residents are entitled to free healthcare from the NHS, however more and more of us are adding the additional cost of private healthcare insurance to our already stretched outgoings or have this included as a work perk. In the event of anything going wrong you have the peace of mind that you can get the treatment you need in a reasonable length of time.

As with all insurance there are different levels of care and clauses on how much and often you can claim. So it is really important to know these details when purchasing.

The ins and outs of private health insurance

I think private health insurance companies offer wonderful extras to incentivise staying healthy and avoiding ill health. This is all very impressive and I am delighted to see people using these. It is however under the surface when you are looking for advice from a Dietitian that the disappointment occurs.

I wear several hats as a Dietitian. I have the knowledge and tools to prevent ill health, I can also, when required, diagnose and treat ill health in relation to a plethora of nutritional issues or assist in optimising health when part of a long term illness or acute injury.

Patients are referred to me with one or multiple different health issues and with a thorough assessment I know I can treat them with the programmes that I provide. The problem arises in relation to the insurance fee to cover the treatment.

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Receiving a thorough assessment

Dietitians do not operate like Doctors in terms of assessment and advice. Doctors on average see a patient for up to 20 minutes and within this time they have assessed the patient, written a summary letter for any further tests/scans or onward referrals and included a review appointment if required. The end.

Dietitians require a full and detailed history of health, diet and lifestyle before they discuss the details as to the illness in relation to dietary changes and then provide verbal nutritional advice for that individual. An initial appointment usually lasts 1 hour. My patients, as with many Dietitians, have their programme written up for them in a detailed multi-page document with additional advice which can include recipes, shopping lists, blood test requirements, supplements to take etc. A write up on average can be 2-3 hours. A review appointment is necessary to ensure the patient has been successful in following the advice, taking supplements and checking blood results. Further verbal and follow-up written advice is then required after the review appointment.

The frustrations with health insurance

So why am I frustrated?! Health insurance companies are all about keeping the patient in tip top health – track your weight, track your steps, reduce your costs……but clearly they haven’t joined up the dots when you need expert nutritional advice.

Payment allowed for individuals attending Dietitians is not reflective of all the background work provided and it creates a shadow of negativity around the patient journey. It is very hard to explain to someone that they are not fully covered for the programme they are most certainly requiring to get better and optimise health longer term and know they need.

I appreciate what some of you may be thinking – why not cut down your information to match the costs offered? Sadly I have tried this and it does not work, the fees just barely cover the first 1 hour appointment, let alone fees for office staff, rental etc.

I have trained and educated myself daily for many hours in addition to the work I do and over the past 22 years I have accumulated the knowledge to fix people from cellular level up. I don’t charge much as my passion is for helping fix others.

This is surely a win-win for the health insurance companies????

It is obvious that the insurance company will still be receiving the yearly insurance fee but the individual, if following the specialist advice correctly, will not require repeat hospital or doctor consults as possibly needed and thus keep profits healthy!

I would even go as far to say a Dietitian can assist in highlighting and preventing further illness that may be lurking for a future episode of health insurance spend. I think they are missing a trick!!

Just saying this guy got it right and this was around 310 BC!!!

If you are interested in seeing a Dietitian and have private health insurance, do check the cover they offer and question why if not enough to pay for a full programme. The more they become aware of this the hope they will see the benefits.

If You Wish To Discuss This Further, Please Do Not Hesitate To Contact Us:
  • Email: info@121dietitian.com
  • Tel: 07717392306
  • Follow us on Facebook here

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At 121 Dietitian, we firmly believe that small steps can always be taken to greatly improve our health. Looking at the key areas of mental health, kids’ health and weight loss, here we share our top health tips for 2019….

Mental health

If you want instant improvements a few simple suggestions include:

  • Stay well hydrated: fluids, notably water and not caffeinated drinks allow the brain and body to function. If dehydrated you will become sluggish and metabolism slows down adding to a depressed state.
  • Avoid processed meals and snacks: Artificial, chemical laden foods will cause your body to build insulin resistance over time. High fructose syrups and sugars affect metabolism and cause low level inflammation, affecting Vitamin A and D levels, magnesium, copper and iron to name a few. This downward spiral negatively affects mental health and causes additional chronic illness.
  • Get adequate sleep: This is essential for brain health. Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Sleep allows the brain to shrink and eliminate toxins that can build up and lead to Alzheimer’s. It also allows to repair and consolidation of memories.
Kids’ health

Nutrition and lifestyles are ever changing as kids grow. Peer pressure, advertising and increasing independence all contribute to choices made. To optimise growth, development and good mental stability, we recommend the following:

  • Encourage your kids to eat all together and most importantly with an adult – the more the merrier! A meal with family and friends allows a relaxed, enjoyable experience. It encourages children to eat more variety and not scoff!
  • Each week or month try a new healthy food, especially with vegetables and fruits. Make it fun, research the food chosen and rate different recipes.
  • When eating, turn the gadgets, phones and TV off. This will reduce the risk of mindless eating and thus obesity.
  • If your kids are eating many unhealthy snacks, try to reduce these over time. Use tasty protein/fat alternatives like nut butters, avocados, cheeses, eggs, seeds, greek yoghurt topped with a little natural sugars such as dark chocolate or berries, plenty of vegetables including peppers, celery, carrots, cucumber and make flaxseed wraps or oat buns.
Weight loss
  • Do not get caught up in kcal counting! The quality of your food is vital for providing satiety and happiness, better than any sugarless, fatless, processed biscuit.
  • Make sure you are not battling with a hormonal or nutritional imbalance. These can thwart your best efforts and really damage your confidence.
  • Always chew your food well and take time to enjoy what you eat. Getting the enzymes in your mouth involved will assist metabolism and send the correct signals from the gut to the brain to indicate fullness.
  • Avoid low fat/sugar processed foods where possible.
  • Eat a rainbow at each meal for nutrient density.
  • Alcohol provides liquid energy so be careful of how much you consume. It can negatively affect your weight loss goals.

If you have any concerns about how to get healthier please get in touch. We are experts in nutrition and able to assist you with all health issues. To book an appointment, click here

Information checked & correct on 12th December 2018.

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It’s estimated that 25% of the world’s population has “Syndrome X.” Sounds like a spy code and sadly it can be as deadly if not dealt with, as Syndrome X is the underlying factor for a whole lot of common health problems we see every day at our clinic.

In a nutshell, Syndrome X is a cluster of simple abnormalities leading to hypoglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, and glucose intolerance followed by reduced insulin sensitivity, further leading to hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, and T2 Diabetes.

What’s going on?

Insulin resistance is a condition where your body produces insulin but doesn’t use it properly.  Insulin (a hormone secreted by the pancreas) helps your body use glucose for energy.

When you’re healthy, your digestive system breaks your food down into glucose, which is absorbed into the bloodstream and travels throughout your body. As your blood glucose level rises after eating, the pancreas releases insulin to help your cells take in and use the glucose. This is a normal process and all settles pretty quickly until the next time.

But when someone is insulin resistant, the cells in their muscle, fat, and liver don’t respond like they should to insulin – they “lock the door” and won’t let the glucose in. As a result, their body needs MORE insulin to help glucose enter their cells. This increases stress on the pancreas which is trying to keep up with this increased demand for insulin, but eventually the pancreas fails. The excess glucose then builds up in your bloodstream, and you are on route to Type II diabetes.

The hidden dangers of Syndrome X (insulin resistance)

People with Syndrome X are at a greater risk for developing these medical problems as well:

* High blood pressure
* Elevated LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides
* Coronary artery disease
* Heart attack
* Obesity

How it happens

Insulin resistance is largely due to eating a daily diet of refined carbohydrates (sugars, white flour, white rice, pasta, bread, cake, biscuits and all products made with them – there are thousands of them you would never realise). This over time takes its toll on your body.

Also important and needs more research is the role of genetics as well as a deficiency in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. We all know about eating too many refined carbohydrates don’t we but do you know about Omega -3?

Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are found at every level of your body. They’re a major part of your cell membranes where they help control cell signalling, immune responses, inflammation and other metabolic functions – including the production and release of insulin.

EPA and DHA are important building blocks of nearly every organ and organ system and play a crucial role in your health. Your body depends on having the appropriate balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids. Having an imbalance leads to inflammation, sickness and disease.

An estimated 6 out of 10 in western societies have far too much Omega-6 and are seriously low in Omega-3 because our typical diet of convenient processed foods and lots of processed meat is heavy in Omega-6 fatty acids.

The studies prove it

Many studies have been performed that show when animals are fed a diet high in Omega-6 oils, they become insulin resistant and obese. But when the animals were given Omega-3 their metabolism became normal – even when they continued to eat lots of Omega-6 fats.

What you can do

To avoid being a Syndrome X statistic, it’s essential to ensure that you follow a suitable dietary intake for your health, take exercise, lose weight if required and ensure you are aware of not elevating your blood sugars and creating insulin resistance.

It is important your body has essential Omega-3 fatty acids and consciously avoid foods high in omega 6. You may require several supplements initially to ensure you are nutritionally optimal to allow your body to heal itself. Picking the correct supplement to your needs is crucial to get right.

It can be a minefield and so if you have any concerns with: blood pressure, cholesterol and lipid levels, weight gain, excess weight around your abdomen, blood sugar control issues… do get in touch.

121 Dietitian are the experts assisting you in turning the clock back on inflammatory health concerns. Nutritional programmes are completely created to suit you. They take into account your food likes and dislikes, your activity levels, your abilities to cook, if you have a family to include, if you travel with your job, your health parameters, your blood tests, body composition and much more….

Get in touch today to book an appointment! Call Gillian on: 07717392306 or email: info@121dietitian.com.

The most worrying fact:

Even if you don’t have any of the associated health issues as mentioned at present in your body, it can still be showing normal while you have problems starting 10-15 years in advance.

The body can store up problems and this is a certainty if you are eating incorrectly and slowly gaining weight. Don’t get to the stage where your body and bloods are showing ill health. A simple health and diet assessment is all it takes.

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One of the most commonly asked questions we hear at 121 Dietitian is “What supplements should I be taking?” With this in mind, Director and Principal Dietitian Gillian Killiner discusses the topic of supplements and who should be taking what.

It might surprise you to learn that the term ‘dietary supplement’ actually applies to a wide group, including; vitamins, herbs, enzymes, amino acids, minerals, protein drinks, sport aids, weight loss pills, anti aging tonics etc.

According to a report in Optimum Nutrition Magazine, the nutritional supplement market in the UK in 2016 was valued at £431 million and this is expected to double in the next 5 years.

People in the U.K. take dietary supplements for a variety of different reasons. Athletes and bodybuilders may take supplements to gain performance improvements and to bulk up. Others take supplements to get protein and vitamins into their diets as part of an overall focus on a healthier lifestyle.

Pregnant and lactating women may take dietary supplements to provide enough nutrients to support their growing babies. Children from ages six months to five years may be given supplements to make certain that they are getting enough vitamins while they are growing. The government recommends that children in this age group are given supplements of vitamins A, C and D.

People also take dietary supplements to help lose weight, while older adults take supplements to help to maintain their health as they age.

This sounds and is, for the main part, acceptable. When supplements are advised and taken correctly, they can enhance an individual’s health and thus improve life outcomes and I am all for this when following an expert’s advice. However, this needs to be after a full health assessment.

What is most worrying is that I find frequently in my clinical practice individuals taking supplements for several years or maybe longer and they really have no idea the quality of the supplement they are taking (often cheap shop brand) the quantity of the ingredient dose they are taking and the risks associated with this or on the reverse that they might not be absorbing the ingredients at all.

Sadly, I have had several patients who have significant liver damage as a direct result of high dose supplementation taken for an extended period of time.

Truth be told, I am a supplement nerd and I am meticulous in sourcing the correct supplements for each individual based on their; health, lifestyle, age, sex, metabolic status and most importantly, blood test results.

The supplements that I select are chosen because they have:
  • No nasty chemicals which can often trigger additional issues with gut/skin health.
  • Selected for optimal dosage and from natural sources so the body can absorb them easily.
  • Purest for no toxicity.
  • Dose administered to assist their optimal absorption.
  • If using several supplements they are introduced over time to monitor for any reactions.

During the time a patient is with me, bloods and symptoms are monitored to ensure health is assisted and the supplements taken for the correct time frame at the correct dose.

So where does that leave you?

For those of you that do supplement:
  • Do remember you can’t expect supplements to take care of a bad diet or lifestyle – research has proven this to be more harmful.
  • If you take supplements please do consider there are positives and negatives to these and be aware that they could be unnecessary, toxic or just making expensive urine!
  • Don’t mix food supplements and medicines.
  • Some food supplements can interact with medicines. So if you are taking any medication, seek advice from either a GP or dietitian.

Your body is like a finely tuned engine of a car – all the parts have to work in harmony to ensure you are in top gear. Too much or too little of anything and your won’t be firing on all cylinders!

If you wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact us:
  • Email: info@121dietitian.com
  • Tel: 07717392306
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121 Dietitian by 121dietitian - 3M ago
Here, Gillian Killiner, Director and Principal Dietitian at 121, discusses what a BDA Workplace Ready Dietitian can do for your business.

Focusing on the wellbeing of all your employees and workers, the BDA Work Ready programme is a Dietitian-led service that has been developed based on the latest evidence and health and wellbeing approaches in business.

It has four key themes:
  • Better business through positive leadership and commitment to health.
  • Keeping healthy people at work and increasing their productivity potential whilst there.
  • Working together to achieve a healthy weight for wellness.
  • Maintaining a healthy environment and culture within the workplace.

How it works

The work ready programme offers bespoke nutritional and wellness services tailored to employers’ needs. A ‘pick and mix’ approach affords businesses the opportunity to choose the level of support that they need as required with assurances that they are receiving a quality service, soundly based in scientific research and principles, provided by dietitians, specifically trained in workplace nutrition.

Workplace tools

As a trained Work Ready Dietitian, I will spend a day at your chosen worksite and develop a personalised report for your organisation.

This will include:

  • Developing insights on your objectives for a wellbeing programme.
  • Understanding the employee characteristics and the work environment.
  • Reviewing elements of workplace health promotion already offered or under development.
  • Meeting with the occupational health team or the person who looks after health and well-being of the employees.
  • Understanding and reviewing the facilities which are available in the workplace regarding food and drink provision.
  • Reviewing current policies which impact on wellbeing.

The report will include a roadmap of recommendations for your organisation to implement over an agreed timescale, which can be delivered by myself within your organisation.

This can include:

  • Workshops for staff
  • Health champion training
  • Employee needs assessments
  • Personalised nutritional advice for individuals
  • Review of food provision
  • Development of tailored materials
  • Integration of wellness into workplace direction.

Thankfully workplace health is starting to receive the attention it deserves.

To assist companies further, January 2019 saw the launch of a new collaborative health and well-being service. Gillian, alongside Physiologist Dr Johnathan Bloomfield and Specialist Physiotherapist Steven Redpath have joined forces to offer their expertise to the workplace with bespoke packages and programmes. This can travel to the workplace, online or in their Fit for Life Clinic.

Download the app to see more:

Or if you wish to find out more about any of the above please contact us on:

Tel: 07717392306

Email: info@121dietitian.com

Or via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

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With the topic of antibiotics once again brought to our attention, here, Director and Principal Dietitian, Gillian Killiner shares her advice on improving your health and therefore ultimately the need for antibiotics.

The media has repeated the call for people to act to avoid antibiotic resistance, and this got me thinking. Antibiotics are required for ill health, so if we can all avoid getting ill then no antibiotics are required! Obviously, I am not that green, and this is never going to happen, but I do feel that a high percentage of antibiotics used in the past have been requested by people unnecessarily and the knock on effect have resulted in a negative impact on health.

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) website has the following advice:
  • Everyone can take some simple actions.
  • Do not use antibiotics to treat viral infections, such as influenza, the common cold, a runny nose or a sore throat. Ask your doctor for other ways to feel better.
  • Use antibiotics only when a doctor prescribes them.
  • When you are prescribed antibiotics, take the full prescription even if you are feeling better. Ensure that members of your family do the same.
  • Never share antibiotics with others or use leftover prescriptions.
  • Remember, each time you take an antibiotic when it is not necessary, the effectiveness of the antibiotic decreases and it might not work the next time you really need it.

As a Dietitian I treat people each day to assist their health and well-being. I ensure they are optimal with their diet and lifestyle to boost their immune system and avoid ill health.

Avoid taking health risks eg: eating a diet of processed foods, excess alcohol, smoking, poor sleep hygiene is vital to avoid unnecessary antibiotic use.

Eating a variety of nutrient rich foods everyday makes a real difference. In addition, getting good sleep, drinking sufficient fluids and enjoying some exercise layers up the protection to illness.

There will always be a time when we may need an antibiotic this could be for a wound infection or surgical procedure. Save yourself for unexpected events like this and do your very best to avoid antibiotic resistance.

If you need help with creating an anti antibiotic plan please let us know and we can assist you. Email: info@121dietitian.com or call: 07717392306 for more information.

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