How Naturopathy Can Help With Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Mar 11, 2019

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is considered to be the most common liver problem in the western world with 20-30% of the population affected, the vast majority undiagnosed.

NAFLD usually manifests in adults in their 40’s and 50’s. However due to the increase in obesity in teenagers and children, they are also developing NAFLD. It usually displays no symptoms in the initial stages, but as the disease progress, individuals report the following signs and symptoms:

  • Fatigue/depression
  • Discomfort in the upper right abdomen, just below the pectoral area.
  • Metabolic syndrome/Insulin resistance/Type 2 Diabetes/High Cholesterol
  • Dark/thickened skin around the neck, elbows, knees and knuckles (a sign of insulin resistance)

Essentially a vicious cycle is set up. Free fatty acids get deposited in the liver, making it ‘fatty’. As the liver gets fatty, insulin resistance increases and the function of the liver is damaged. This then makes the liver accumulate more fat…and so the cycle causes further liver disruption.

A fatty liver leads to the following processes becoming ‘below par’:

  • Metabolism of carbohydrates and conversion of sugars to fat.
  • Protein metabolism being below par can lead to disruption of the blood’s ability to clot
  • Fat metabolism being below par can lead to high cholesterol/triglycerides and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Bile is produced by the liver to get rid of excess fat. NAFLD disrupts this process, making the liver more fatty.
  • The liver produces male and female hormones such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, so hormones are imbalanced if liver function deteriorates.

A Naturopathic approach to reducing the signs and symptoms of NAFLD would be to encourage beneficial dietary and lifestyle changes, regulate blood glucose, improve liver function, reduce liver inflammation and improve digestive processes. EASY!

Do you, or a member of your family, or a friend have a recent diagnosis of NAFLD? Or do you worry that YOU have the signs and symptoms of the disease?

If you’d like to follow a Naturopathic path to improving your liver function then call Anita on 07757 540 436 or email her at to book a 1hr Naturopathy appointment. Anita practices from the clinic Feelgood Balham in South London, but also sees clients outside of South London and Internationally via Whatsapp Video or telephone and posts herbs/supplements to clients.

Spring's Sudden Daylight Savings Changes Can Negatively Impact Health

Aug 27, 2018

Australians are getting excited about increasing daylight with the Spring Equinox approaching on 21st September. ‘Winter Blues’ or Seasonal Affective Disorder was first identified and studied in the 1980’s and is widely recognised as a Mental Disorder that begins in Winter and spontaneously improves in Spring. Hence many people perceive the imminent approach of Spring of psychological and physical benefit, which it is! However, increasing evidence shows that the days immediately after the clocks change in Spring can have negative repercussions on your health.

A paper in the March 2013 American Journal of Cardiology showed that moving the clocks forward in Spring by 1 hour caused a modest increase in Myocardial Infarction's for a few days. However, the greatest spike occurred on the Sunday after the clocks change on the Saturday night. Conversely, other data suggests that when the clocks go back in autumn and the population has 1 hour more sleep, that for a few days after the clocks change, public health improves!

In an article in the January 2001 edition of ‘Sleep Medicine’, Jason Varughese and Richard Allen studied 21 years of data from fatal car accidents in America. Their analysis demonstrated that during the Monday after the clocks change for daylight savings in Spring, there is an increase in car accidents.

So, what can you do to reduce the effects of this forced jet-lag on you? Here are a few simple things that you can do when Daylight Savings suddenly changes:

  • Take the Australian Bush Flower Essences ‘Sundew’ and ‘Jacaranda’. Ironically Jacaranda’s beautiful lilac flowers appear in the Spring as a sign of their benefit for the shift in our body clocks! Jacaranda can shift you from being scattered, changeable and dithering to being centered, quick-thinking and decisive. Sundew can move you from having a lack of focus and daydreaming to having more attention to detail and being focussed in the present.
  • Continue to go to bed at the usual ‘Winter Time’ for a few days after the clocks change in Spring, to let your sleep slowly adjust, especially if you have a heart condition.
  • Allow more time for travel to work in the morning immediately after the clocks go forward one hour in Spring, as the rest of the Australian population adjusts to 1 hour less sleep.

Do you want to boost the health and productivity of your Employees in order to reduce absenteeism and boost morale? Anita has 20+ years Banking experience and with nearly 10 years experience as a Naturopathic Physician, Anita has the knowledge and experience to run workshops and seminars to improve your Employee’s Health and Wellbeing. Give her a call on +447757 540 436 to discuss how she can tailor seminars to meet your requirements, or email her at Her website is

Spring Your Goals Into Reality with Flower Essences

Sep 11, 2017

it is now Spring in the Southern Hemisphere, and fertility is all around. Birds are singing, trees are blossoming and the clarity of the Spring sunlight is awakening everyone from their Winter hibernation.

Spring is the perfect time to get clear on your goals and to make them become a reality. And guess what? Help and support is there via Flower Essences to help you ‘Spring into Action!’.

Dr Edward Bach (pronounced ‘Batch’) is known as the Father of Flower Essences. A Bacteriologist, who had his research published in The Lancet, he was also a lover of nature and an intuitive. He loved nature and his country walks led to him being entranced by key flowers. He would meditate and get information from the flowers as to their benefits/properties.

Do you lack clarity as regards your Career? Do you have lots of ideas as to what you would like to do, but there isn’t a specific path that is leaping out at you? Wild Oat is the flower essence to give you clear career direction.

Are you a procrastinator? Good at writing your goals on paper, telling your friends/family what you wish to achieve, but tend to lack the drive and motivation to take practical steps? Wild Rose is great for getting you off the sofa and pounding the pavements to achieve your goals.

Do you feel overwhelmed when you think of all the steps you need to take to get to where you need to be in your Career/personal life? Does it feel too hard? Like there are too many obstacles? Too many details to sort out? Elm is a great flower essence for when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Sometimes we can be distracted from our ‘To Do List’ by our minds. We may lack focus, find our minds are daydreaming, not in the present moment. It is only by being focussed in the ‘Now’ that we can act on achieving our goals. Clematis is a great flower essence for bringing us back to the present moment and helping increase our focus.

Flower essences are a great tool for helping us to achieve our goals! They do not interact with pharmaceutical medicines, are good for kids as well as pregnant women.

Anita Chakraburtty is a registered Naturopath and available for SKYPE consults. She has treated many conditions over the years including infertility, anxiety & depression, thyroid issues, high blood pressure, auto-immune conditions, adult acne etc. She can be contacted via email and is available on Twitter @AChakraburtty.

How Naturopathy can Boost your Mood and Give you a Fresh Start in 2017

Jan 25, 2017

Most people want to get healthy in the New Year after their Xmas excesses. However, it can be hard if you are sad at being back to work after your holidays etc. You may feel you are taking two steps forward and one step back! So, what quick and easy solutions can you implement to boost your mood, so you stick to your health goals in 2017?

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Natural Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia

Jun 23, 2016

Dementia is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. There are many types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, fronto temporal dementia and dementia with Lewy Bodies. Dementia is more common after the age of 65. There are currently 342,800 Australians living with Dementia. On a weekly basis there are more than 1,800 new cases of Alzheimer’s in Australia. This is expected to rise to 7,400 per week by 2050.

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How Naturopathy Can Help with Fertility

Jun 23, 2016

Infertility is a growing problem and many couples turn to IVF. However, the success rates are generally 30% at best, which means 70% of couples will go through an emotional and physical rollercoaster, and still remain childless.

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The Effect of Processing Methods on the Glycaemic Index of Oats

Jun 02, 2016

Oats are sold in a variety of forms in supermarkets and health food shops, including steel-cut oats, rolled oats, quick-cook oats and instant oats. Whilst wholegrains do reduce blood sugar spikes, the way oats are manufactured does alter its effect on blood sugar. Some oats are better than others!

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