Rye is healthy, thanks to an interplay of microbes

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Eating rye comes with a variety of health benefits. A new study from the University of Eastern Finland now shows that both lactic acid bacteria and gut bacteria contribute to the health benefits of rye. Published in Microbiome, the study used a metabolomics approach to analyse metabolites found in food and the human body.

Rye sourdough used for the baking of rye bread is rich in lactic acid bacteria. In addition to fermenting the dough, these bacteria also modify bioactive compounds found in rye. They produce branched-chain amino acids and amino acid-containing small peptides, which are known to have an impact on insulin metabolism, among other things.

Many of the compounds found in rye are processed by gut bacteria before getting absorbed into the body. The study found that gut microbes and microbes found in sourdough produce compounds that are partially the same. However, gut microbes also produce derivatives of trimethylglycine, also known as betaine, contained in rye. An earlier study by the research group has shown that at least one of these derivatives reduces the need for oxygen in heart muscle cells, which may protect the heart from ischemia or possibly even enhance its performance. The findings can explain some of the health benefits of rye, including better blood sugar levels and a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases.

The study used metabolomics as the primary method to carry out an extensive analysis of metabolites found in food and the human body. The effects of gut microbes were studied in mice and in an in vitro gastrointestinal model, mimicking the function of the human gut. Using these two models, the researchers were able to eliminate naturally occurring differences in the gut microbiome between different individuals, making it easier to detect metabolites actually originating from rye.

Rye can be traced back to what is now known as present-day eastern Turkey, from where it has spread to many cuisines across the world. In Finland, for example, rye has been consumed for thousands of years, and it was recently selected as the country’s national food.

Although the health benefits of rye are long known, the underlying mechanisms are still poorly understood. For instance, the so-called Rye Factor refers to the lower insulin response caused by rye than, for example, wheat bread. Eating rye makes blood sugar levels fall slower, which leads to beneficial effects on the health – for a reason that remains unknown.

A significant factor contributing to the health benefits of rye are its bioactive compounds, or phytochemicals, which serve as antioxidants. In addition, gut microbes seem to play an important role in turning these compounds into a format that can be easily absorbed by the body, making it possible for them to have a greater effect.

“The major role played by gut microbes in human health has become more and more evident over the past decades, and this is why gut microbes should be taken very good care of. It’s a good idea to avoid unnecessary antibiotics and feed gut microbes with optimal food – such as rye,” Researcher Ville Koistinen from the University of Eastern Finland notes.

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2019 FHT Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

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The FHT is delighted to announce the finalists for its prestigious 2019 FHT Excellence Awards, which showcase how professional therapy practitioners and trainers are making a difference to those living and working in their local community.

This year’s FHT Excellence Awards finalists are:

 

FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year

Rebecca Ayres

Julie Crossman

Jackie Hamilton

Emi Howe

Lorraine Millard

Louise Summerscales

 

FHT Sports Therapist of the Year

Rebecca Ayres

Alexandra Fraser

Emily Pollington

 

FHT Beauty Therapist of the Year

Alison Day

Fiona Murphy

Joanna Taplin

 

FHT Student of the Year

Elle Bussey

Samantha Killian

Philip Norton

 

FHT Tutor of the Year

Katherine Creighton Crook

Marie Duggan

Carol Samuel

 

FHT Local Group Coordinator of the Year

Dee Kelsall

Carina Stinchcombe

Hazel Tudor

 

Christopher Byrne, FHT President, says: ‘Every year, without fail, the shortlisting process leaves our judges feeling truly humbled and privileged, as it gives us a unique insight into the amazing work our members are doing on a daily basis. Good luck to this year’s finalists and as always, keep up the excellent work. What you do matters.’

The winners of the 2019 FHT Excellence Awards will be announced at a special FHT Conference to be held at The King’s Fund, London, on Friday 29 November, where guests will be able to hear from leading experts in education, research and integrated healthcare (see fht.org.uk/conference  for more details). Tickets start from just £75 but spaces are limited – book now to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of early bird prices.

Five natural approaches to travel complaints

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FHT Vice President Mary Dalgleish recently shared her five favourite natural travel companions to keep you healthy with calm moment readers.

Mary talks about Sea-Bands for travel sickness and tummy trouble, neroli essential oil for anxiety, blends to repel mosquitoes, hydrosols to soothe the skin and lavender for jet lag.

Mary also shares important safety tips for essential oils and advises readers that they can find a qualified, insured and professional aromatherapist in their area at www.fht.org.uk

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New in the reading room

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In the reading room: Senior lecturer and therapist, Dr Fiona Holland, looks at what language used in marketing materials says about body image (First published in International Therapist, Issue 118, Autumn 2016.)

Fiona says, ‘I’ve spent many years researching body image, body shaming, body esteem and well-being and feel strongly that to be equitable and ethical, all professions should adopt a philosophy where everyone is equally welcomed and treated with respect regardless of age, gender, size, shape, health status, race, socioeconomic status, religious belief, ability and appearance.’

Learn more about body image at the 2019 FHTConference

A senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Derby, Fiona supports students in modules and research projects that link with health and wellbeing. Fiona qualified as a massage therapist in 1997 and ran her own massage and wellbeing practice in the USA. Her research interests include behaviour change, body esteem, breast cancer and body image, and the benefits of wellbeing interventions on psychological health.

Fiona will give an overview of the impact of negative body image across different populations and outline the benefits of developing and maintaining body esteem. She will outline ways therapists can reinforce positive body image and esteem and will give delegates practical guidance in how to do this. Fiona will encourage delegates to consider creating a pro-esteem environment to benefit wellbeing and promote healthier self-talk and body-supportive behaviours.

Find out more and book your place

Jennifer Young & Beauty Despite Cancer joins forces with Cancer Research UK

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FHT Accredited course provider, Jennifer Young, has announced a pioneering collaboration between Cancer Research UK and Jennifer Young & Beauty Despite Cancer.

The Jennifer Young Skincare Collections are formulated to combat some of the side-effects of treatment for cancer, such as dry, sore, sensitive, flaking skin; chapped lips; and brittle nails. The products were created with the help of those affected by cancer and their healthcare teams.

On 30 August 2019 at the Cancer Research UK premium store in Marylebone, London, Jennifer and her team will be offering skin, nail and wellbeing advice, mini treatments and workshops, promoting rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. The event is not just for those currently undergoing cancer treatment, all are welcome to join one of the complimentary workshops, receive a free massage or call in for a chat.

Workshop Timetable

11:00 – 11:45 Mini manicures and hand massage

12:00 – 12:45 Nail workshop

13:00 – 13:45 Hand massage

14:15 – 15:00 Nail workshop

15:15 – 16:00 Head, neck and shoulder massage (through clothes)

In addition to free workshops, Jennifer Young & Beauty Despite Cancer is offering a free gift worth £20, exclusive to this event, with product purchases of £30 or over.

Jennifer is delighted to have opportunity to provide further support to the many already helped by Cancer Research UK.

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Jennifer says, ‘I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone in Marylebone in August. It is always an honour to help people regain some normality as they undergo or recover from cancer treatment. Women don’t stop being women when they are diagnosed but, often, their sensitive skin means that they are no longer able to enjoy their usual skincare products. We can help, not only by providing high quality, specialist skincare but by giving well-researched advice. We don’t only help ladies, I hope men, women and children call into the Cancer Research UK premium store in Marylebone on 30 August. We have something for everyone. After all, who doesn’t like a free bespoke massage and manicure?’

Cancer Research UK is the world’s largest cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Its vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. In addition to researching cures for cancer, Cancer Research UK is committed to improving the lives of those affected by cancer. One way the charity does this is via its range of cancer care products available to buy from the Cancer Research UK online shop.

Among a range of cancer care products including mastectomy underwear and swimwear, the online shop contains a carefully curated collection of Jennifer Young specialist skin, nail and lip care products, formulated to help those going through cancer treatment feel a little more comfortable and pampered.

FHT event shortlisted for Association Excellence Award

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We are delighted to announce that the FHT has been shortlisted as finalists for this year’s Association Excellence Awards.

Following a very successful 2018 FHT Conference in November, at the King’s Fund in London, we join five other finalists, all hoping to win the excellence award for Best New Association Conference or Event.

The 2018 FHT Conference was a fantastic opportunity for us bring together leading experts in research, education, and health and social care to discuss some of the many ways professional therapists can help to support the public and health professionals, and share successful models of integrated care.

Held at The King’s Fund, London, the conference featured talks by researchers, Professor Nicola Robinson and Dr Julie McCullough; therapists working in integrated care, Jennifer Young and Anita Mehrez; as well as two of social prescription’s pioneering GPs, Sir Sam Everington and Dr Michael Dixon.

We look forward to hosting a conference again this year, which will be taking place at The King’s Fund, London, on Friday 29 November.

The conference will once again bring together leading experts in research, education and healthcare to explore the future of integrated health and social care. We will also be announcing the winners of our annual FHT Excellence Awards on the day – shining a spotlight on the different ways therapies can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of others.

Learn how you can be part of the integrated healthcare revolution

 

Action for happiness hopes we have an altruistic August

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Action for Happiness hopes to spread selfless goodwill next month, with its ‘Altruistic August’ action calendar.

The movement publishes monthly calendars, offering daily affirmations on the theme of the respective month. ‘Altruistic August’ follows other recent calendars, including ‘Jump Back July’, ‘Joyful June’, ‘Meaningful May’ and ‘Active April’.

Suggestions for this month include the following:

  • Decide to be kind to others (and yourself) all this month.
  • Offer your seat, give way, or hold the door open for others.
  • Take a friend on a spontaneous adventure.
  • Try to bring a smile to as many people as possible today.
  • Sign up to be an organ donor or give blood.

Download the calendar