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Endometriosis affects roughly 5% -10 % of women in reproductive years. It is a medical condition in women in which endometrial like cells appear and flourish in areas outside the uterine cavity, commonly on the ovaries. These endometrial cells are under the influence of menstrual hormonal changes and respond similarly as do those cells found inside the uterus.


Heavy & painful menstrual cramps, lower back and pelvis pain, pain during or after sex, Intestinal pain, painful bowel movements, spot bleeding between periods, infertility & fatigue


The time which menstruation ceases.

The process occurs in three stages and can last 6 around 7 years

  1. Pre-menopause – starts around 45-50 when hormonal changes start to occur and cycles and symptoms start to be experienced
  2. Menopause – around 50-52. Actual cessation of periods
  3. Post-menopause – from 55 onwards. When no more periods occur.


80% have hot flushes and night sweats, 25% have lethargy, lack of concentration, irritability, aggressiveness, depression, mood swings or anxiety and memory problems. Other symptoms include weight gain, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, increased frequency of urination, decreasing muscular strength and joint-related aches and pains.


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine disorders affecting approximately 5%-10% of women of reproductive age and one of the leading causes of infertility. It is characterised by multiple small cysts on the ovaries.


The principal features are obesity, irregular menstruation, acne, and excessive amounts or effects of androgenic (masculinizing) hormones.  While the causes are unknown, insulin resistance, diabetes and obesity are all strongly correlated with PCOS.


Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms related to a woman's menstrual cycle. These symptoms are usually predictable and occur regularly during the ten days prior to menses and symptoms may vanish either shortly before or after the start of menstrual flow


Pain, cramps, bloating, anxiety and mood swings, food cravings, fatigue and dizziness, depression, crying, forgetfulness, insomnia, fluid retention, weight gain, breast tenderness.


Unfortunately infertility is on the rise in the UK. At least 25 percent of couples planning a baby will have trouble conceiving, men’s sperm count is down by 50%, and more women than ever are being diagnosed with hormonal disorders such as PCOS, Endometriosis. 30 % of couples are told they have unexplained infertility with no answers. With couples now leaving it to their late 30’s to try and have their first baby, many women then identify infertility problems and this doesn’t leave them a long time frame before they reach 40 when their hormonal imbalances change, decreasing their infertility even further. Backing this up with you need to have been registered with the NHS in trying to have a baby for 3 years before they will consider treatment such as IVF, many couples are now turning to more natural treatments to help them conceive before they reach 40.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the fatty myelin sheaths around the axons the brain and spinal cord are damaged by one’s own immune system, leading to demyelination and scarring.  This then affects the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other. Disease onset usually occurs in young adults, and it is more common in females. There is no known cure for MS.


Almost any neurological symptom can appear with the disease and often progresses to physical and congestive disability. They can include difficulty walking, muscle spasms, numbness or pins and needles, impaired vision, tremor (shakes), clumsiness, slurred speech, poor memory, bladder and bowel problems including constipation and difficulty swallowing

Rheumatoid Arthritis

About 1% of the population is affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). It is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally attacks the joints producing an inflammatory synovitis that often progresses to destruction of the particular cartilage and ankylosis of the joints. It can also produce inflammation of the lungs, pericardium, pleura and sclera. Although the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, autoimmunity plays a pivotal role in its chronicity and progression.


Joint pain & swelling and can be tender to the touch. Red and puffy hands, firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms (rheumatoid nodules); other symptoms can include fatigue, fever, weight loss and morning stiffness that may last for hours


Autism is a disorder of neural development characterised by impaired social interaction and communication by restricted and repetitive behaviour. These signs all begin before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize.  


Impaired social interaction, verbal communication problems, learning difficulties and behaviour problems

Allergies/ intolerance

It is estimated that 50% of the UK population have food intolerance’s and about 4% have allergies. Many people are confused by food allergies and food intolerances; however, they are both two completely different reactions to foods


Allergies have immediate reaction creating a immune response which causes symptoms such as tightening of the airways, swelling of the lips, coughing, wheezing or a runny nose, red itchy eyes, unfortunately the suffer will be permanently affected by the allergen

Intolerances do not involve an immune system response or the release of Histamine; however the food has an adverse affect on the body, which can appear up to five days of indigestion. The symptoms can be as follows – Headaches, fatigue, weight gain, digestive troubles, depression/mood swings, sinus problems, skin disorders and arthritis.

Food intolerance can be rectified, therefore it is important to question and answer why you’re having such a reaction to these foods.


Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer's motor skills such as speech, and other functions due to the insufficient formation and action of dopamine,


It is characterized by muscle rigidity, tremor, a slowing of physical movement, loss of physical movement, speech impediment.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS is a common disorder suffered by 1 in 5 people in the UK and affects more women than men. It is a functional bowel disorder. IBS may begin after an infection or a stressful life event, or onset of maturity without any other medical indicators


Characterised with chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating and alteration of bowel habits in the absence of any detectable organic cause. Patients suffer from diarrhoea or constipation, or they may alternate.

Crohn’s Disease & Colitis

Both are an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing inflammation of the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from anus to mouth. 


It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhoea (which may contain blood), vomiting or weight loss. But may also cause complications outside of the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis and inflammation of the eye and other disease can occur such as osteoporosis due to nutritional malnutrition.


Candida is the overgrowth of the yeast named Candida Albicans. Normally the yeast lives in healthy balance with other bacteria and yeasts in the body; however, certain condition can cause it to multiply ultimately damaging the gut lining thus weakening the immune system. This stubborn yeast can then release toxins into our blood system which then can cause a wide variety of symptoms


Recurrent thrush, vaginitis and cystitis, diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence, rectal itching, headaches, depression, mood swings and anxiety, Bloating/gas and indigestion, slow metabolism , lethargy and ‘foggy head’ , poor memory, Fatigue, muscle/joints aches and pains , acne, PMS,  food intolerance and food and environmental sensitivities allergies, under active thyroid, blood sugar imbalance (Hypoglycaemia), hyperactivity, fungal infection such as athletes foot , bad breath or coated tongue, & frequent colds and infections


Hypothyroidism is the insufficient production of thyroid hormones and is very common, in fact between 10 – 25% of people suffer but go undiagnosed due to GP tests not being sensitive enough to pick up mild forms of this illness which can still drastically affect many people’s lives.


Fatigue, feeling the cold particularly cold hands and feet, hoarse voice (women) dry skin, muscle and joint weakness, constipation, weight gain, depression, poor memory,  thinning hair and brittle nails, fertility problems & heavy or irregular periods


Depression is characterised by a prolonged low mood which affects the ability to do normal day to day activities.1 in 4 people within the UK will suffer from some sort of clinical depression during their lifetime. The causes of depression are many and include psychological factors as well as biochemical factors in which nutrition can play a key part.


Feelings of sadness, crying spells, insomnia, poor appetite, feeling of self hurt, lack of motivation, feeling of low self esteem, poor social skills.


Osteoporosis affects 1 in 3 post menopausal women over the age of 50 however also can affect men. It is a disease of the bone that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bone micro architecture is disrupted, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone is altered. You are more prone if you have hormonal disorders and other chronic disease and many medications particularly steroids can increase your risk factor for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can be prevented and progression of the disease can be controlled with lifestyle changes. 


This disease starts in the early thirties; however most people do not know that they are suffering from osteoporosis, until at a later age they have the unfortunate experience of breaking a hip or wrist due to a minor fall.  When the bones are significantly thinned (low in bone mass) even a simple cough or sneeze could cause a fracture of a rib

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Also know as post viral fatigue or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), this illness is said to affect over 250,000 people in the UK. It is defined as persistent fatigue unrelated to exertion and not substantially relieved by rest, and accompanied by the presence of other specific symptoms for a minimum of six months. The cause of CFS is currently unknown and therefore no cure in the orthodox medical world.


Fatigue is the most common symptom , but also comprised with other symptoms such as muscle and joint pain, sore throat, foggy head, cognitive difficulties  mental and physical exhaustion, hypersensitivity, depression, poor immune response, cardiac and respiratory problems

Skin problems

Skin is one of our elimination organs, and often is skin disorders such as acne or eczema are reflected by other internal issues or imbalances and the toxic overload within the body.


Eczema is a disease in a form of dermatitis or inflammation; include skin redness & swelling, itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.

Psoriasis is a chronic non-infectious disease causing red, scaly patches to appear on the skin.

Acne- Acne vulgaris is characterized by areas of skin with multiple non-inflammatory follicular papules or comedones and by inflammatory papules, pustules and nodules.


Cardiovascular problems

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD's) are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels and include: coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease deep vein thrombosis


Often, there are no symptoms of these underlying diseases of the blood vessels however markers to look out for are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, raised blood glucose, inflammation markers and being overweight, which can all increase your risk.

Weight Loss

Want to lose weight the healthy way? Fed up of yo-yo diets where you starve yourself and lose weight then put it back on and more!!!

If you want not only to lose the pounds and you also want better cellular health, have higher energy levels, re-adjust how your body metabolises fat, increase mental function, sleep better and feel happier then please read on.

Weight loss is not just about losing weight, it’s about re-training the way your body thinks in the way it processes food. For many people they may put on weight very easily even if they are eating less calories than their body needs to do day to day activities, so why is this?

Stress is a big factor. We have 2 types of stress, externally stress (emotional) and internal stress (over worked body system’s). These stress responses produce hormones which then changes the way your body views food and stores it straight as fat around the middle.

This is one of the reasons why yo-yo diets don’t work as the body will view starving as a stress which then turns your body into a fat storing machine as it wants a reservoir of food stored as its not sure when you are next going to eat. It’s a basic survival mode and in the long run you have now done more harm than good as you have changed the way your body deals with food.  This is why you end up putting on more weight than before you started the diet.

Don’t despair at Alternative Living we use first line therapy to help you achieve the weight loss and more importantly the weight stays off, whilst seeing an overall improvement to your health and wellbeing! First line therapy is a therapeutic lifestyle change programme; it includes diet, exercise, nutritional supplements and stress management.

  • Has been demonstrated to be safe and extremely effective
  • Provide an easy – to – follow meal plan based on glycemic index and support booklet
  • Supports healthy energy production
  • Promotes fat loss – not muscle loss
  • Supports healthy insulin and blood sugar balance
  • Uses a delicious powdered food proven to increase muscle and decrease body fat
  • Full support and professional monitoring and tracking to ensure success.
  • Helps to promote health now and reduce risk of serious health problems later
  • Diagnostic tests may be carried out to investigate internal stress issues , such as adrenal stress index, food intolerance testing, Candida test are some of the few

* Please note that any diagnostic testing that may be needed will be an additional cost.


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