‘Paradoxical’ Reactions: Explaining Bad Responses to Benzodiazepines, Valerian, 5-HTP, Magnesium and the rest

  The problem with paradoxical reactions is twofold. Not only do you have to contend with the experience itself – a confusing and unexpected crescendo of anxiety and insomnia from an item that was meant to calm you down – then there is the search for the reason as to why this happened. This search […]

GABA supplements: why this ‘natural cure’ for anxiety and poor sleep is a bad idea

  Anxiety and poor sleep are some of the most common issues reported by individuals that seek out my services. While there can be many underlying reasons for these issues, I have seen an increase in the number of people asking me about GABA or who come to me with this item already in their […]

Bad Reactions to Licorice Root: The Three Types

A herb used medicinally for milennia, Licorice remains the go-to herb to support the adrenal glands. Unlike adrenal extracts and adaptogenic herbs, Licorice boosts flagging cortisol levels without stimulating the adrenals in any way, making it ideal to boost energy during the day without ruining sleep at night. Licorice Root contains glycerrhizinic acid. The active […]

Taking DHEA: Q&As

DHEA is the most abundant steroid hormone in the human body. It plays a role in many organ systems and can have huge impacts on mood, mental cognition and sleep quality. Interest in DHEA spiked in the early 90s, when researchers found that serum levels would reliably drop in line with age; there was widespread […]

Common Hormonal Imbalances: The ‘Top Six’ That I See

As explained <a href=” http://http://www.blueprintfitness.co.uk/meat-saturated-fat-and-steroid-hormones/”>here</a>, steroid hormones are involved in everything we do and have startling effects on our vitality, sleep patterns, mental health and libido. As far as systems go, you’ll struggle to find something in your body that is more vital than your steroid hormones. If they are balanced, you are likely to […]

Why are My Thighs So Big? Estrogen Dominance, Weight Gain and the ‘Pear Shape’

Coined from the Greek term ‘to egg on’, hormones have always played a central role in how we feel and how we respond to the world around us. Although a number of hormones can affect our physical appearance, excess estrogen stands out as the only hormonal imbalance that can be seen from a distance. In […]

How Can You Heal if You Aren’t Dealing With the Basic Four?

What prompted me to write this article was a pattern that I saw last week. On a single day, I saw an individual who had been diagnosed with Meniers disease. And then another one who had been diagnosed with Wegener’s Vasculitis. And then another one experiencing recurring Urethritis. Now although their symptoms varied, all of […]

Meat, Saturated Fat and Steroid Hormones

When people think of steroids, they often think of failed drug tests and controversial allegations surrounding Olympic athletes. However, they are thinking of a specific sub-group of steroids, those we call anabolic androgenic steroids, which can be used to enhance muscle mass and increase recovery times. The reality is that we have more that 50 […]

Serotonin 101: Why 5-HTP Does not Work for You

The link between serotonin and depression has long been established and the most common anti-depressant drugs work through boosting serotonin levels. However, these Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are also notorious for causing a wide range of side effects, which include increased risk of suicide, apathy and sexual dyfunction. Therefore, with rates of depression rising […]

Phosphatidyl Serine, Memory and Cortisol: A Primer

We are all consuming Phosphatidyl Serine each day, with average values in the Western diet reaching around 130mg. 50% of the body’s stores of this phospholipid are found in the brain, demonstrating how important this nutrient is to neural function. Both in neural cells and elsewhere, phosphatidyl serine makes up between 7-10% of the lipid […]