Niamh Burke is a Nutritionist practicing in Galway. I met Niamh at the Bill Walsh training course in Dublin last November. Niamh studied art before she trained as a Nutritionist. You can tell from her beautiful style and presentation of her food photography. Niamh loves teaching, cooking and sharing her love of real food and healing the body naturally. I enjoy watching Niamh share her great content with the world.
Niamh focuses primarily on Hormonal issues. Within the hormonal picture, a common issue Niamh treats is constipation which is often overlooked in terms of importance for our overall health. Constipation can have many root causes depending on the individual. Some of the factors causing constipation include the following:
Stress. Stress is carried in our bowel which can impact on its function. Think blogged pipes due to blocked emotion.
Lack of fluids. The colon is the organ that registers dehydration.
An accident to the body that requires treatment to realign the body. An osteopath is a good place to start if this may be the cause of your constipation.
Low thyroid function can create constipation. Low thyroid function is extremely common with woman due to lack of iodine in the diet and high stressed lifestyles that deplete adrenal function. Healthy adrenals are the foundation of a healthy thyroid.
Food intolerances can be a factor. Exploring an elimination diet is a great place to start to investigate what foods you may be intolerant to. Elimination diet is helpful to cut out foods for 2 weeks then reintroduce one at time for 3 days to assess reactions in your food diary.
Fibre feed the good gut bacteria. Lack of good gut bacteria can lead to constipation.
Support the liver to eliminate toxins. A sluggish liver can impact your bowel function leading to constipation.
Magnesium relaxes, calcium contracts – may need magnesium if you have constipation.
Nutrition helps to find the root cause as the cause is different depending on a unique individual.
Niamh’s top 3 tips for health:
1) Eat your vegetables. Eat a rainbow of colours. Cruciferous vegetables help to detox your liver, for example; Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Kale.
2) Good quality grass-fed meat from free range animals
3) If you’re not happy with your health, get support. Reach out to who you feel can support your wellness journey.
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