Monthly Archives: November 2017

BANT Interested to Note Medical News Today Article on General Adaptation Syndrome and Highlights its Link to Adrenal Fatigue

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) was interested to note the publication of a report describing General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) in Medical News Today, this morning (https://tinyurl.com/ycnbzhh5).  GAS is the physical manifestation of chronic and continued stress on the body. For many years, BANT nutrition practitioners have advised their clients on this topic, which is linked to adrenal fatigue.

Previously, doubt has been cast on the existence of the physiological effects of long lasting stressors, despite the phenomenon being first discussed by Hans Selye in 1936. Selye clearly described the body’s responses to stress in terms of both the general adaptation syndrome and the activation of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenocortical System (HPA). Modern day stressors which may cause GAS include: psychological, physical, social or the consumption of stimulants. Selye’s initial research was conducted on rats, however, a search this morning for academic studies relating to adrenal fatigue in humans, showed over 1,000 studies for 2017 alone, demonstrating how the health implications of this condition are now being taken seriously by the medical establishment.

GAS occurs in three distinct phases, (1) The Alarm Stage or ‘Fight or Flight’ (2) The Adaption or Resistance Stage and (3) The Exhaustion Stage.  The bodily resources, including key hormones, needed to sustain the body during each of these stages, has a cascade effect on other functions on the body and may cause unwanted symptoms including: a depressed immune system resulting in more frequent viral infections, an increased risk to Type 2 Diabetes and mental health issues, amongst others.

BANT nutrition practitioners have been working for many years to support their clients who have shown symptoms relating to adrenal fatigue, advising them on nutrients and lifestyle practices to support their health, based on a thorough assessment of case history and any functional test results. BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners take into account individuality that enables personalisation of dietary advice based on the most up-to-date research available. BANT Nutrition Practitioners will also suggest their client’s seek other stress relieving activities such as meditation and yoga.

As members of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council Accredited Register (AR, CNHC) BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners and other CNHC registrants, are the key workforce asset to harness 21st century lifestyle medicine to tackle the rising tide of stress related fatigue, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, dementia and other chronic diseases of ageing. A recent report by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Professional Standards Agency made a key recommendation that AR practitioners have the authority to make direct NHS referrals, in appropriate cases, to ease the administrative burden on GP surgeries.

To find a BANT practitioner, please click here: http://bant.org.uk/bant/jsp/practitionerSearch.faces

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

 Daniel O’Shaughnessy

Communications@bant.org.uk

Tel: +44 870 606 1284

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutritional therapist.

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. It is a progressive approach to health optimisation.  Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised by the Professional Standards Authority to be as competent as other traditional healthcare providers.  It has been recognised that they can make a difference by working together with healthcare providers as part of multidisciplinary teams under NHS commissioning.

Student Bulletin

The future looks bright with complimentary health practitioners gaining government recognition and we as students soon to join the ranks.  To help with the transition into practice checkout the social media webinar.  Also there’s an interesting video from Dr Rhonda Patrick and you may have noticed that we’re going monthly!

Nutritional Practitioners an Untapped Resource:

A public health report has suggested complimentary healthcare practitioners, such as nutritional therapist, could be better utilised to improve public health.  This could contribute to improved visibility amongst other healthcare professionals and the public!

The report recognised the untapped resource of accredited, Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) registered practitioner.  A requirement of practising as a BANT nutritional therapist is registration with CNHC.  The Professional Standards Authority (PSA), a government body that oversees the CNHC, and the Royal Society for Public health (RSPH) jointly published a report exploring ways complimentary healthcare professionals, including nutritional therapists, on accredited registers could contribute to promoting public health.  It was suggested that because practitioners build trust with their clients, coupled with the relatively long appointments, that they are well placed to promote healthy lifestyle practices and are currently an underutilised public health resource.  Read the full report here

Obviously, this is what we as future nutritional therapists will do and it’s great that a government body such as PSA and RSPH has recognised the contribution we could and do make.  Read the response of BANT chairman, Miguel Toribio Mateas here

Social Media Webinar:

Did you see the social media webinar with May Simpkin?  It was incredibly helpful for those thinking of launching a nutritional therapy business.  There were some insightful tips and tricks gleaned from her experiences.  In case you missed it, watch the recording here.

Time Restricted Eating for Health:

You may have heard that restricting our eating window to 12 hours or less can have benefit to health such as reduced inflammation and insulin resistance.  In this detailed interview nutritional researcher Rhonda Patrick PhD talks to Dr. Satchidananda Panda of the Salk Institute on time restricted eating research that has been done and that is currently ongoing , watch it here

The exciting research study that is currently ongoing is called myCircadianClock which anyone can join.  Ideally, they are looking for people who don’t already follow a time restricted eating so they can assess a before and after pattern.  Although data from every participant will contribute to a bigger picture so be part of science and sign up here

… don’t go yet – if you have any recipes, reviews, book recommendations or comments , or there’s something you’d like to see, please send it to studentsocialmedia@bant.org.uk or post it on our LinkedIn page (BANT Student Network). Or don’t forget twitter (@BANTonline) and our Facebook account (BANT Members Group). We’d love to hear from you!

NOVEMBER BANT NEWS

Welcome to the November issue of BANT ENews, this month’s feature article focuses on an interview with our Chair, Miguel Toribio-Mateas about on the value of n, size of 1, trials in the practice of nutritional and lifestyle medicine. The PPC gives a reminder on data protection and confidentiality requirements and this month we include not one but two book reviews: Beat Chronic Disease by BANT member Fleur Brown and How to Prevent Burnout by BANT member, Susan Scott.

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BANT News November Goes Live

Welcome to the November issue of BANT ENews, this month’s feature article focuses on an interview with our Chair, Miguel Toribio-Mateas about on the value of n, size of 1, trials in the practice of nutritional and lifestyle medicine. The PPC gives a reminder on data protection and confidentiality requirements and this month we include not one but two book reviews: Beat Chronic Disease by BANT member Fleur Brown and How to Prevent Burnout by BANT member, Susan Scott. Access the BANT news here.

BANT Responds to the Guardian Article Regarding ‘Is Your Gut Microbiome the Key to Health and Happiness?”

A recent feature in The Guardian highlights the importance of gut health for a balanced mood and mental wellbeing. A link to the article can be found here: https://amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/nov/06/microbiome-gut-health-digestive-system-genes-happiness

Gut health, microbiota, microbiome, stool testing, are all favourite keywords in any BANT member’s vocabulary, and terms that functional nutrition practitioners have known for a very long time.

The feature highlights the key role that gut microbes play in mental health, and explores the concept of “psychobiotics”.  BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas, who is exploring the connection between gut microbiota in individuals with cognitive decline and the severity of their symptoms as part of his doctoral research at Middlesex university said: “I’m delighted to see growing interest in the gut-brain connection. BANT members have been using stool tests for years and this new research supports BANT nutrition practitioners who wish to help those who have issues other than just gastrointestinal.

The human microbe community (microbiome) plays a key role in our health and is vital for digestion, vitamin production and regulation of our immune system and even our mood and appetite. As a result, understanding how the bacteria living in your gut affects you and what you can do to increase its diversity is vital for wellbeing.

Unlike other nutrition based professions, BANT registered practitioners have functional testing as part of their core curriculum clinical training and are, therefore, ideally placed to assess stool tests results and provide individualised recommendations to optimise a client’s health.

To find a BANT registered practitioner click here: http://bant.org.uk/bant/jsp/practitionerSearch.faces

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

 Daniel O’Shaughnessy

Communications@bant.org.uk

Tel: +44 870 606 1284

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutritional therapist.

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. It is a progressive approach to health optimisation.  Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised by the Professional Standards Authority to be as competent as other traditional healthcare providers.  It has been recognised that they can make a difference by working together with healthcare providers as part of multidisciplinary teams under NHS commissioning.