Here at The Natural Store we have many wonderful staff members with a wide range of expertise on healthy eating and healthy living. We spoke to Rosie Gallagher, who works in the Falmouth store, and is in her final year of a 3 year nutrition diploma. Rosie shares some of her professional insights into gut health, and other ways to stay healthy in today’s world.
Interviewer: Firstly could you say a bit about who you are and what you do?
Rosie: My name is Rosie Gallagher, I work at The Natural Store in Falmouth, and I’m studying naturopathic nutrition with The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM).
Interviewer: Can you talk about the course you are doing?
Rosie: It’s a 3 year diploma which can lead straight on to an Ma. Naturopathy is designed to help people prevent illnesses and diseases by making small adjustments in diet and lifestyle. It’s preventative health rather than just trying to cure the symptoms, as traditional allopathic medicine does.
Interviewer: So you try and look at the body as a whole?
Rosie: Yes. Even though we are studying nutrition, we will look at the impact stress has on your life, your lifestyle, and exercise. It all comes in to it.
Interviewer: What areas of nutrition are you particularly interested in?
Rosie: For me gut health is particularly important because it has had a big impact on my own life. I had a lot of digestive issues as a child, which would leave me feeling very sick and tired. I was lucky that my mum was open to trying different things. We tried naturopathy and it had a very positive effect on my gut health and general health. It’s an on-going journey for me, but healing my gut especially has had a huge impact on the way I see life now.
Interviewer: Can you say a bit more about gut health and what effect it can have on our lives?
Rosie: The problem is that a lot of foods we eat today are very abrasive to the gut. The gut lining is actually very thin. Things like gluten and sugar especially can cause inflammation in the gut, which stops nutrients and vitamins being assimilated into the system. Another problem is the overuse of antibiotics which leaves an almost sterile environment in the gut. This can play out in the form of headaches, low level mal-absorption, IBS and other symptoms.
Interviewer: What can we do to try and keep the gut healthy?
Rosie: Try to avoid sugar and gluten as much as possible. From all our student clinics, I’m yet to see one person walk out and not be told to go gluten free. Apart from that, eating lots of anti-inflammatory food, fresh vegetables, good fats and proteins is the best thing to do. Probiotics can help as well, but if you are eating healthily, they aren’t necessarily something you need to take supplements for.
Interviewer: What are you looking to do after you finish your diploma?
Rosie: Set up my own practice. I would also like to do something with agricultural awareness, reconnecting us with the planet. I think we have lost touch with the origin of our food, and I think that is one of the reasons we eat unconsciously.
For more information or to set up an appointment, you can contact Rosie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can find her at The Natural Store in Falmouth.