NOUR THE NATUROPATH

Melanie  Jane met Dr. Nour many years ago at a market in Dubai and they hit it off right away as they both have a passion for Holistic Healing and natural products.

Nour will be now be featuring her exclusive articles on our website and answering any questions you may have about Naturopathy

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Meet Dr. Nour

Dr. Nour Abulughod is an Australian Doctor of Naturopathy, a graduate of the Australian College of Natural Medicine (Melbourne, Australia) and a member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).

Nour has special interest in women's and children’s health and has gained further academic studies in the field of natural fertility. Her natural fertility domain includes assisting couples with natural methods of contraception, planning pregnancy, optimizing natural fertility and dealing with infertility and sub-fertility.

Nour ‘s approach entails taking a full case history of her patients in an effort to thoroughly understand the underlying causes of a given disease and assessing each and every patient as an individual. She ran her own practice in Australia, Melbourne and she consulted patients on various health issues including allergies, digestive complaints, weight loss, PCOS and skin conditions.

Nour is academically qualified in taking a holistic approach and treating her patients with scientifically based nutritional and herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle modifications.

She is also a contributor in health magazines in Australia and the UAE with health related articles related to women and children’s health. She regularly runs seminars in schools and nurseries around Dubai and has inspired many mothers into taking more responsibility in feeding their children and adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Special expertise and services

  • Digestive complaints

  • ADHD

  • PCOS

  • Eczema

  • Diabetes (Type2)

  • Fertility

  • Weight loss

 

 

READ DR. NOUR'S FIRST ARTICLE FOR MELANIE JANE BELOW

 

Gut health and children with learning and behavioural difficulties. Is there a link?

"ALL DISEASES BEGIN IN THE GUT"

Hippocrates, 460-370 BC

Research has shown a strong link between the health of your gut and your brain.  

People with altered bowel flora (good bacteria) are more likely to have learning and behavioural difficulties. There is strong data that indicates that the gut microbiota communicates with the central nervous system (CNS) through lots of different pathways - and thereby influences brain function and behaviour.

Some factors which may have an impact on the gut flora include

  • Food allergies or sensitivities including gluten, dairy, salicylates etc

  • Sugar

  • Artificial sweeteners, food additives and colouring

  • Genetically modified foods

  • High refined processed foods

  • Antibiotic overuse

It is also very common to see these children present with digestive problems like constipation, diarrhoea, malabsorption, flatulence and bloating.

Other roles for the gut flora is to inhibit pathogens, enhance the gastrointestinal tract motility and function and to digest proteins, ferment carbohydrates, break down lipids and fibre. An altered gut flora makes it difficult for these to be broken down hence the digestive problems.

The role of food on our children’s health has a huge impact on the way they act and feel and as parents we should never underestimate the importance of nutrition. Our body’s have the innate ability to heal and prevent disease with the right approach to diet and lifestyle.

Thus, the emerging evidence of microbiota -gut- brain connection suggests that improving good bacteria may be key therapy in addressing learning and behavioural difficulties.

By Nour Abulughod. Naturopathic Doctor, N.D.

BHSc (Nat), ANTA, Australia, Dubai

Did you know?

An average person has around one and a half kilos of bacteria living predominantly in their gut. That is equivalent to the size of a human brain!

Our gut contains 500 million neurons, produces 50% dopamine and 90% serotonin. It’s no wonder that our gut could affect learning, memory, concentration, attention, behaviour and mood only to name a few!  

In fact it appears that the child's digestive system holds the key to the child's mental development.

Good bacteria in the healthy gut will not only ensure appropriate absorption of nutrients from food but also actively synthesise various nutrients including, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 and various amino acids.

Deficiencies of these nutrients can have an impact on the brain function and lead to poor coordination, impaired cognition, fatigue, increased irritability and anxiety.

Despite adequate nutrition most children presenting with learning and behavioural difficulties, have multiple nutritional deficiencies due to gut flora damage.

 

Q&A with Dr. Nour

Lemonade

A |

Lemon juice alone is quiet acidic however mixed with water it is neither acidic nor alkaline.

 

In fact, just the same as raw organic apple cider vinegar, it can reduce acid reflux.

 

A good way to start your day is to squeeze the juice from half a lemon into warm water and add a tsp of raw honey.

Q |

I read recently that drinking lemon water on an empty stomach increases acidity & is harmful is that true?

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