Case Studies

Case Study: Headaches & Nausea

A 35-year-old male presented with headaches, sensitivity to strong smells and occasional unexplained nausea.

He had been experiencing these symptoms for the last 5-6 years with increasing severity over time. His sensitivity to strong smells was severe enough that he had asked his partner not to wear perfume around him. He had recently reduced fatty foods, as he had ascertained that high-fat meals seemed to exacerbate his nausea. The patient also consumed 2-4 beers every night for relaxation.

Treatment

The patient’s overall symptoms implied sub-optimum hepatic function, due to a suspected inability to efficiently breakdown and eliminate chemical compounds from alcohol, food and the surrounding environment.

As such, the patient was prescribed a compound mixture of 1500mg of Taurine (to assist with breaking down of fats and reduce the impact of oxidative damage caused by chemicals) and 200mg of Magnesium (to further support the nervous system) daily.

The patient was also advised to significantly reduce his alcohol intake, with at least 4 ‘beer-free’ days a week, replacing the habit with an evening walk.

After 3 weeks of treatment, the patient noticed a complete alleviation of sensitivity to smells and nausea, and his headaches had reduced significantly, although were still present.

Although he had reduced the amount of alcohol consumed overall, he was still drinking beer every night, due to difficulty in breaking the habit.

Future treatment goals for this patient would therefore include additional liver support, toxicity testing, further assistance in alcohol reduction, and continued nervous system support.

Outcome

Taurine is a well-established nutrient for enhancing bile production. To emulsify fats, bile acids must first be conjugated to either glycine or taurine. Therefore taurine supplementation results in an increased digestive capacity, especially of dietary fats, supporting detoxification. (See following page for further information.)

Taurine also supports the hepatic system by reducing the oxidative damage caused by various harmful compounds.

Magnesium works to increase cerebral arterial vasoconstriction, as well as increase cortical brain flow to the various regions of the brain.

Furthermore, the presence of Taurine can result in increased intracellular availability of Magnesium, due to effects of Taurine on transportation of electrolyte minerals.

S QLD / N NSW Area Manager

Jessica Morland

Jess is a qualified Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine. She believes that there is no one size fits all approach and is passionate about educating, inspiring and supporting clients and practitioners with a customised approach to healthcare. Specialties include preconception, pregnancy, post-natal and infant care. 

Jess is excited to build relationships, educate and share her knowledge with both retail and practitioners in South Queensland and Northern NSW.

Lauren Matich, BHSc (Nat.)

Lauren Matich

BHSc (Nat.)

Lauren is an NHAA accredited Clinical Naturopath with a Bachelor of Health Science. She is incredibly passionate about natural health and educating clients on the foundational importance of nutrition, lifestyle and stress management and believes complimenting these building blocks with nutraceutical support and functional testing often holds the key to optimal health and vitality. Lauren looks forward to supporting practitioners and clients in these key areas.

Specialties include supporting thyroid health, digestive disorders and mental health.