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What is Metabolic Health?

Good metabolic health is, simply put, the absence of metabolic diseases.

Today’s hectic lifestyle and poor nutrition often lead to poor metabolic health with dysregulated blood sugar levels that increase insulin production leading to inflammation*. Inflammation is one of the main drivers of all chronic disease with specific links to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, some cancers, alzheimers, arthritis, hormone imbalance, anxiety and autoimmune disease. Stress and insomnia can further increase inflammation and dysregulation of blood sugar levels.

In more technical terms, good metabolic health is indicated by balanced blood sugar levels, low triglyceride* levels, a good ratio of HDL/LDL*, a waist circumference <94 cm for men and <80cm for women and normal blood pressure.

A nourishing low carb diet combined with regular exercise, sleep and encouraging a healthy mindset can help to reduce inflammation levels within the body.

Combe Grove is passionate about supplementing the invaluable work the NHS is undertaking to address the many serious conditions resulting from the prevalence of metabolic imbalance. Therefore, we have constructed The Metabolic Health Retreat which has been developed by medical and nutritional experts and encompasses Combe Grove’s Five Roots of Metabolic Health

– Nutrition

– Movement

– Sleep

– Mindset

– Environment  

The Metabolic Health Retreat supports clients in identifying their unique areas for improvement to support good metabolic health.


Triglycerides – Triglycerides are a type of blood fat. Whilst they are essential for our health, high triglyceride levels can increase the risk of diseases such as heart disease.

HDL/LDLGood cholesterol is referred to as HDL whereas harmful cholesterol is referred to as LDL or non-HDL. A high triglyceride level combined with high LDL cholesterol or low HDL cholesterol can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Inflammation – a process where your body sends inflammatory response cells to fight off what it believes to be a danger. Inflammation can be either acute as a response to damage such as a cut lasting just a short period of time, or chronic when the body continues to send inflammatory response cells even when there is no outside danger. This can last for months or even years.