What is lifestyle medicine?
The 6 pillars of lifestyle medicine
A Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) diet can reverse type 2 diabetes, treat obesity & hormonal symptoms. It can improve sperm quality and fertility
Fish meat has been found to have microparticles of different plastics that are implicated in cancer & hormonal disruption
Dairy contains hormones that have been implicated in insulin resistance, hormonal disorders and described as a risk factor for various cancers
Mass farming is responsible for every pandemic in history
Exercise can reduce depression symptoms by 50% and breast cancer by 20%
Chronic stress can lead to reduced fertility and poor physical & mental health
Close relationships make you happier and healthier
What is lifestyle medicine?
Research has shown that everyday lifestyle habits impact our DNA via epigenetic mechanisms, which can increase our risk of diseases & cancer as well as reduce our life expectancy.
Based upon 30 years of medical research, the evidence is clear; 70% of non communicable diseases can be prevented by lifestyle changes.
Those changes include eating a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances (smoking, alcohol and drugs) and positive social connection.
If Brits were aware that they could take control of their own health, preventing, treating and reversing diseases from diabetes to fertility issues, how much healthier would the UK society be?
Lifestyle medicine is the future of the healthcare. Let's start the wellness revolution together now
Epigenetics & gut microbiome
The gut microbiome is the genetic code of all the bacteria, fungi and viruses that live in your gut. The latest research shows links between the gut microbiome and immunity, weight, mood and more. Epigenetics is the study of how lifestyle and environment affect the way your genes work.
Using Next Generation Sequencing, our epigenetic and gut microbiome tests give you insight into how your lifestyle & gut health may be affecting you and how our treatments can improve your health.
We will help improve your gut microbiome & epigenetics with the ultimate goal of optimising your physical & mental health and maximising your chances of a healthy and successful pregnancy if you are trying to conceive.
What is a WFPB diet?
A WFPB diet includes eating “food as grown”, includes vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds. It aims to reduce or remove processed foods, animal meat and their products such as dairy and eggs from the diet. Plant-based dietary patterns that approximate the WFPB diet include the Mediterranean, Nordic, flexitarian and vegetarian diets.
A growing body of research has highlighted the benefits of a wholefood, plant-based diet for many conditions ranging from obesity & metabolic disease to mental health and cancer.
At The Lifestyle Code Clinic, we offer nutritional advice for general health optimisation & disease risk reduction as well as for many conditions including metabolic syndrome, gastrointestinal disorders, recurrent miscarriages & fertility.
Stress affects our mental & physical health including our ability to fight infections. Here at The Lifestyle Code Clinic, we offer mindfulness consultations for a range of conditions including anxiety, depression, recurrent miscarriages & fertility.
How does stress affect your body?
The two stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, are secreted in response to perceived danger. This helps you survive but if they are continuously produced, they have a detrimental effect on your health and fertility. Your brain thinks you are in a stressful situation constantly and so puts many body functions on safe mode, including your ability to fall pregnant. Research has demonstrated that stress can affect the brain and either delay or prevent ovulation. It has also been seen to affect sperm count and motility. Feeling actively relaxed is vital when trying to fall pregnant.
Mindfulness for Mental Health
Research has shown that mindfulness is a powerful tool that you can use to reduce mental health symptoms as well as prevent relapse. Mindfulness is about paying attention to things we usually miss in daily life. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings. This helps us understand them better and so feel less overwhelmed by them.
At The Lifestyle Code Clinic, we firmly believe in the importance of physical activity and exercise for our health. Cardiorespiratory fitness is extremely important for our physical health and longevity. Regular exercise improves our mental health, physical strength as well as our immunity. It improves sperm health and our overall ability to conceive. It is recommended that women stay active during and after pregnancy to improve stamina during labour, improve postnatal recovery and reduce the risk of postnatal depression.
Studies have shown that moderate exercise decreases the risk of having a miscarriage, improves ovulation and reduces insulin resistance which can occur with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Women with high body fat percentage benefit from undertaking moderate exercise to help improve their chances of falling pregnant successfully as well as reduce their risk of other conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.