Interview on UK Health Radio with Niki Gratrix

imageRecently, I completed an interview with Katherine Tate, The Food Teacher from UK Health Radio on the topic of fatigue.

I share my top tips for restoring energy, below is the summary of the interview and the link to listen to the interview on demand.

The human body encompasses the energetic body, physical body and mental body. All three of these affect energy levels and optimal health and an imbalance in any could cause fatigue. Common imbalances that may be related to low energy and fatigue include:

  1. Diet
  2. Amount of refreshing sleep
  3. Exercise (too much or not enough)
  4. Stress levels
  5. Emotional trauma from childhood, which is thought to affect 67% of adults and can affect biochemistry, personality, beliefs and behaviour increasing the risk of fatigue
  6. Quality of social relationships. Niki suggests people need to be as picky about who they hang out with as they are with their dirt

Optimal health is very personalised, therefore one model does not fit all. There are different signs and symptoms of energy reduction, which include:

  1. Chronic fatigue – un-refreshing sleep, crashes after mental or physical exertion
  2. Hormonal imbalances in women
  3. Depression – lack of motivation and apathy
  4. Adrenal fatigue – un-refreshing sleep, blood sugar control issues, headaches, memory loss, aches and pains

So with all these considerations Niki shares her top tips for restoring balance:

  1. Alter your lifestyle. Try to switch off at night to support a better quality nights sleep.
  2. Focus on diet. Avoid or reduce sugar, caffeine, processed/refined foods, overeating and also eating late. Particularly beneficial foods include vegetables, fruit, vegetable juices, eating a rainbow of foods, fibre and anti-inflammatory foods such as turmeric.
  3. Develop a re-charge ritual – total relaxation daily to re-programme your nervous system. By focusing on nervous system balance, this can support optimal digestive health, which can also support efficient detoxification and immunity.
  4. Retrain the brain to compensate for all the daily stresses.
  5. The impact of emotional trauma, such as abuse, neglect, mental health within a family, witnessing a death or being bullied can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, depression and diabetes. Niki explains that if the brain has been shifted into chronic stress since childhood, time doesn’t heal. The impact of the trauma needs to be reversed, the brain needs to be reset and some people may require professional help too.

To hear this interview in full visit: UK Health Radio

You may also be interested in ‘Finding the Roots of Chronic Fatigue’ an interview with leading expert Dr. Sarah Myhil

If you have an interest in a particular topic or comments about the show please email: info@thefoodteacher.co.uk

Take care for now!

To Your Health,

Niki

 

 

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