1. Cut caffeine. Completely. Anyone who suffers from insomnia shouldn't be having any at all. It will keep you awake, not to mention making you more anxious. Decaf coffee still contains theobromine, a stimulating chemical, so it is still detrimental to good sleep.
I run a general clinic, with patients ranging in age from 3 weeks to 87 years, and conditions varying from bronchiectasis to arthritis, stress, eczema, IBS, fatigue and menstrual problems.
You don't need a diagnosis from your doctor to come and see me, but any test results you have may help in unravelling your health story.
The importance of emptying your bowels fully every day cannot be underestimated. Put simply, faecal matter is waste the body has ear-marked for excretion either because it is of no use to the body or because it contains toxins the body does not want.
I see an awful lot of people of all ages who suffer from recurrent infections - be it chest infections or coughs and colds that just won't go away. Building immunity is something that naturopathic medicine does extremely well. It is about strengthening the immune system so it can fight back itself - a permanent fix, rather than just killing off the pathogen and waiting for the next infection.
I use herbal medicine for this - strengthening the areas that need it with specific herbs, for instance the lungs or upper respiratory tract, as well as building up the immune system itself.
"I haven't been ill at all... you're a genius, Sara" Alison Critchlow, Leicestershire
I prescribe herbal medicine specific to each individual and their symptoms and support the body through the menopause. Herbal medicine and the menopause are made for each other - in my experience they work so well.
"I can't even remember my last hot flush... it's wonderful" Sue Ford, Leamington Spa
Probiotic is a word that is bandied around quite commonly these days, and we know it's something that's supposed to be good for us, but what is a probiotic, do we really need them and what is the best way to get them?