Fit-to-Live Health & Fitness Retreats use naturopathic medicine and the Neurological Integration System to help you optimise your health and fitness.

Whatever your aim: rehabilitate after injury or illness, weight loss, improve health and fight chronic illness, to get prepared for pregnancy, or simply to relax and re-charge.

Set in the beautiful Charente-Maritime countryside of western France, amongst forest, vineyards and sunflower fields, our aim is to enable everyone to have the knowledge and motivation to realise your full potential and perform to your best ability whether that be at work in an office environment, in your hobbies, as a parent or as an athlete.

In case of injury e.g. bruising, sprains, strains to any part of the body:

Remember PRICE

Protect from further injury - stop doing what you were doing!

Rest stay calm, lying down is usually best, wait for any spasm to subside

Ice apply anything cold for 10 minutes

Compression use a support bandage or cushions as needed.

Elevate an injured limb to reduce swelling.

Seek advice if necessary.

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Dairy can cause problems in two main ways.  Some people are intolerant to the sugar in milk - lactose intolerant, and some are intolerant to the proteins (usually casein).  It can be difficult in an adult to distinguish between the two.  Lactose intolerance tends to cause more gut symptoms and protein intolerance tends to cause more systemic symptoms including headaches and joint pains.  Lactose intolerance is stomach based - a lack of the lactase enzyme and protein intolerance is related to small intestine digestion and large intestine absorption.  Many people suffer from both problems, however the protein intolerance can improve if the gut lining is healthy and strong. Like all food intolerances, the only way to identify them is with an exclusion process and reintroduction.

Food Intolerances - the role of gluten and gliadin

Dairy intolerance

Leaky Gut and Gliadin

We talked a little on Friday about leaky gut problems, caused in many people by excess gluten in the diet.  There is a protein produced in the body called zonulin.  It is produced in response to excess bacteria in the small intestine, i.e.. when you have food poisoning or a gut infection like E coli or cholera, in order to allow your immune system better access to fight the infection.  However, one of the parts of gluten, gliadin, also causes zonulin release from the epithelial lining cells of your intestine and so increases the porosity and therefore ‘leakyness’ of your gut. Different people have varying susceptibility to the effects of this release, but all people are affected to some extent: Based on our results, we concluded that gliadin activates zonulin signaling irrespective of the genetic expression of autoimmunity, leading to increased intestinal permeability to macromolecules.  Drago S et al, Scand J Gastroenterol. 2006 Apr;41(4):408-19

People who suffer from Coeliac disease are also affected by this, but the major problem for them is that their gut lining is directly affected by the gluten which causes the destruction of the villi as we talked about the other day.)

Coeliacs and leaky gut

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