Being superwoman is a great ideal but often your health suffers. We're more mindless than ever, heavier than ever and stressed than ever.

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Fatigue can be caused by many different things and your diet may be one of them. Low iron and B12 can often result in feeling tired, fatigued and a lack of motivation. Plus the type of carbohydrates and quality of your diet may also be affecting your energy levels. Sleep and stress also play a role.

Firstly, losing weight is hard. Often weight gain doesn't just happen over night but doesn't occur gradually over a period of time. Often diets aren't the best way to go about losing weight as they promise huge weight loss in a short period of time. This is often unsustainable long-term resulting in even greater weigh gain than before. If you want to lose weight, slow and steady usually wins the race. Chat to Dietitian Bec about her sustainable & longterm strategies to lose weight & keep it off. 

An under active thyroid can reduce your metabolism. Symptoms include: Lethargy and fatigue, feeling cold (even on warm days), weight gain (out of the norm), depression, brain fog, puffiness of the face, air loss, dry skin, constipation, goitre (an enlarged thyroid). Note that many of these symptoms can occur as a result of other conditions. For example being constipated may be due to a sedentary lifestyle and not enough fluid. It's best to check with your doctor & ask for a blood test if concerned.

A diet with adequate folate, iron, B12 is essential when you are trying to fall pregnant. You may or may not need to adapt what you are currently eating to include the right types of foods. You can buy supplements that are excellent for providing you with what you require to increase your chances of falling pregnant. Additionally, sometimes weight loss or weight gain is needed to get your body ready for pregnancy. 

Hormones can affect whether or not we are hungry, our ability to store fat and our metabolism. Choosing a low GI diet is best as high GI foods can increase the blood glucose levels and result in too much insulin (a hormone) to be produced. High GI foods include (but not limited to) white bread, sugar, and fruit juice.

Probiotics can be helpful in those with food intolerances, skin conditions, and gut issues. However, it is important to get the right probiotic and support this with prebiotics. Prebiotics are the bacterias food. To choose the right probiotic, look at the number of strains, colony forming units and ensure the expiry date is still valid. Probiotics can also be found in fermented foods such as yoghurt, kefir, kombutcha and kimchi.

If you are intolerance to some foods, a low FODMAP diet can help reduce bloating. This isn't a longterm diet as it reduces fermentable sugars (carbohydrates) found in a range of foods. 

Short-bowel overgrowth is a condition whereby the bacteria in the large intestine starts to move into the small intestine. A combination of antibiotics followed by probiotics can help restore the proportion of good and bad bacteria.

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