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The invisible universe

Imagine if there were an organ in your body that weighed as much as your brain, that affected your health, your weight, and even your behaviour. Wouldn’t you want to know more about it? There is such an organ — the collection of microbes in and on your body, your human microbiome. Watch this quick video : click here

Thousands of years ago Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.”

My colleagues and I are seeing more and more clients who are experiencing some form of digestive distress, and that number is rising every year.  In my experience this is caused mostly by lifestyle and stress.

Why is this important, because your gut contains up to 85% of your immune system!  So when stress affects your gut, it affects your immune system.

One of the most important parts of our health right now as we face COVID 19 IS our immune system! I believe that we are going to have to learn to live with COVID19, flu has been around for 500 years and we have learned to live with this and I think the same applies with COVID19 and the best way to do this is heal our gut, boost our immune system and elevate our health

Modern science has now proven Hippocrates was right – healing the gut is absolutely crucial to healing health issues, we now know that supporting gut health in general is one of the most powerful things you can do for your overall health.

The problem is, most people ignore digestive issues until they are really out of control and disrupting their lives, I speak from experience as this happened to me and these symptoms should not be ignored becasue they are one of the first signs of a weak immune system.

So I am inviting you to a FREE webinar to discover what you can do to strengthen your gut and immune system.  This information can be applied immediately and best of all you can watch from the comfort of your own home!  No traffic 😉

I look forward to sharing this powerful information with you.  Click here to access the FREE webinar today.

If you would like to find out more about accessing our PURE21 to Reset, Rebalance and Rebuild your Microbiome starting in October 2021 then please do contact me

Feeling Forever Fatigued

FEELING FOREVER FATIGUED-1

As Published on Watchfit as a Featured Expert

The reasons why you are always tired could simply be lack of sleep! However, lack of sleep may be the symptom but there are many underlying causes to lack of sleep and general fatigue.

When the body is under stress of any kind, psychological, emotional, physical this can impact the overall function and health of the body and as the body likes to be in balance (homeostasis), it will always try and achieve this balance but may need extra resources, if it does not get these resources in the form of rest, good quality food and supplements we end up fatigued as the body cannot cope.

I believe that we should have sustainable energy throughout the day, ready at the start of the day and feeling energised throughout the day, if you are unable to get out of bed, the snooze button is your favourite button and you rely on coffee to get you through the afternoon slump then please continue reading, this is for you………

The reasons you could be suffering from fatigue are as follows:

  • Toxicity in the body leads to low energy and exhaustion among other symptoms
  • Caffeine leads to insomnia and anxiety
  • Food intolerances lead to nutritional deficiencies that lead to fatigue
  • Sleep debt – getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep a night
  • Stress = raised cortisol levels which leads to fatigue
  • Lifestyle
  • Exposure to environmental toxins and pollution
  • Prolonged stress due to financial hardship, bad relationships or work environment, and other conditions that entail feelings of helplessness
  • Negative thinking and emotional trauma
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor diet and lack of exercise

On the other hand diet and lifestyle are the basis of all of these, if your diet is poor, you are constantly under stress of one form or another, not getting 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night, the body will be wearing down and not getting the chance for repair which leads to fatigue. When the body simply cannot keep up with the tremendous amount of daily stress we end up with adrenal fatigue, this is where the adrenal glands become overloaded and ineffective. If you don’t address the underlying cause and this goes on for a period of time you may end up with chronic fatigue and then you will have a much longer road to recovery.

The 3 Steps to Solving Fatigue

Without stating the obvious, the treatment involves reducing stress on your body and mind, eliminating toxins and nourishing the body.

Diet and lifestyle are a huge factor and there are a number of foods that you should include, equally there are foods that need to be avoided and you should always do what you can to avoid toxins and chemicals in your environment.

As discussed earlier, one of the foods to avoid is Caffeine, apart from interfering with sleep, it can add to your toxic overload. Sugar & sweeteners, try to avoid sugar as much as possible and be aware that it can be added to all sort of foods even ones you least expect such as savoury tinned or bottled sauces. Processed foods, they have many preservatives and fillers that are hard to digest and wear out your body’s energy and digestion cycle.

We are looking to have as nutrient dense as possible:

  • Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc.)
  • Organic Chicken and beef
  • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
  • Seeds, such as pumpkin, chia, and flax
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt; with
  • good fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, organic butter or ghee.

Contact me for my healing diet cheat sheet for more food suggestions.

Supplements: Another big key is taking the right supplements. I always recommend eating the right foods to heal your body. However, due to soil depletion (from over-farmed and unhealthy farming practices), many of our fruits and vegetables do not have the same amount of nutrition that they did even 50 years ago. So, certain nutrients are beneficial. I always recommend taking food based natural and organic supplements which could greatly improve your symptoms of fatigue. I always recommend a bespoke Supplement plan designed for you individually, please discuss your supplement needs with an expert and don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help with this. As a valued reader I am happy to give you a FREE supplement consultation.

Stress Reduction: Last but not least you need to Pay attention to your body!

  1. Sleep 8-10 hours a night
  2. Keep to a regular sleep cycle – ideally, in bed before 10pm
  3. Laugh and do something fun every single day
  4. Eat nutrient dense REAL foods, reduce sugar and caffeine
  5. Exercise (do something you enjoy, even walking can help)
  6. Avoid negative people and self talk
  7. Take time for yourself – to do something relaxing (yoga, meditation, bath)

Diet, supplements and your environment are essential when dealing with fatigue and your environment is possibly the most important. So, be kind to yourself! Try to be around people who will support you and are mostly positive, stay positive and avoid saying negative things about yourself and others.

To find out more about stress relief and how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, connect with me by clicking here and we can start straightaway.

Do Detox Diets actually Work?

Do Detox Diets workas published on Watchfit

Most people want to enjoy better health, people are living longer and want to look younger and enjoy their life to the full despite their age and for this they require energy.

Energy comes from our cells, these are little powerhouses in the body and there are over 75 trillion, working together to produce the living breathing you.

The recipe for healthy cells

  1. Oxygen
  2. Nutrients
  3. The ability to detoxify

It makes sense that in order to increase our overall health, maintain our optimal weight and assist in reversing or preventing aging and disease we must maximize the functioning and efficiency of each of the cells in our body but giving it the right nutrients and one of the easiest and most efficient ways to positively impact your health is through the food choices you make.

Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function of the body, and some argue that because of this there is no need to detoxify.

However, we now live in a very toxic world, our bodies are being bombarded with toxins from processed and packaged foods, the water we drink, the skincare we use that is full of chemicals and toxins, our household cleaners and the air we breathe – most people are exposed to between 150 – 500 toxins before we leave the house everyday from toiletries and makeup. So we really need to support, improve and optimize the function of our body’s own detoxification systems.

The food we eat can add to the toxic overload as processed and packaged foods have additives, chemicals and preservatives – junk food, trans fats, the wrong salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine all add to the daily toxic burden. Not only do we need to reduce the amount of toxins that we put in and on our bodies, we need to support our body’s detoxification pathways at the same time and this is where a detox diet can be helpful.

Benefits of A Detox Diet:

  • Feel Great
  • Increase Your Energy
  • Have More Mental Clarity
  • Sleep Better
  • Have Regular Bowel Movement
  • Have More Flexibility
  • Enjoy Clearer, Softer Skin
  • Have Less Aches And Pains

DETOX DIETS

Detox Diets can be dangerous and can be as faddy as all the other well known diets out there, while you do need give your digestion a rest, it is not necessary to do some weird and wonderful juice fast with weird and wonderful drinks and half starving yourself.

Celebrities do tend to promote all kinds of eating regimes and crazy nutritional ideas, many of which may work in the short term, but inevitably are not nutritionally balanced or support our overall health in the long term.

What we are looking at is removing and reducing the foods that the body treats as toxic and replacing these foods with wholesome REAL organic foods which are as nutritionally supportive as possible. As mentioned we live in a chemical age, many of us are suffering from the effects of poor dietary and lifestyle choices

Eight signals your liver is telling you that you need to detox

Did you know that besides your heart, your liver is probably the hardest working organ in your body?

Eight signs your liver is telling you it needs help:

  1. abdominal bloating
  2. excessive abdominal fat; pot belly; or a roll around the upper abdomen
  3. trouble digesting fatty foods
  4. acid reflux/heartburn
  5. dark circles under the eyes
  6. overheating of the body & excessive perspiration
  7. acne/rosacea or itchy, blotchy skin
  8. unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight even with calorie restriction

These are signs you need to take action and follow a detox as well as alter your diet and lifestyle. Detoxing helps our bodies cope with the onslaught of toxins and stress which are an unavoidable part of modern day life.

How Do You Do A Detox?

A detox program has to address both internal and external toxins. Not only do we need to deal with the toxins we eat, drink, breathe and put on our bodies, it is just as important to address the internal toxicity created by the body as it performs its normal everyday functions.

A comprehensive detox program must supply the appropriate nutrients to do this

– and should include nutrients specifically to support the two most important detoxification organ systems, the liver and the gastro-intestinal tract. It is essential to have a programmes that is based on sage, effective, all natural herbs and nutrients and work with your body’s own detoxification and elimination pathways

  1. Remove the Number of Toxins Going In
  2. Assist the Body’s natural Capacity to Neutralize and Eliminate the Toxins
  3. a) Support Gastro-Intestinal Function
  4. b) Support Liver Function

There is a lot of research documenting the detox diet’s role in health, weight loss and disease. There is even a scientific term for chemicals and substances that are foreign to the body and come from the external environment – xenobiotics.

Health experts recommend that we should do a whole body cleanse at least 3 if not 4 times a year – at the change of the season, spring summer autumn, post Christmas and then an additional time in the year if you are going on holiday or for a special occasion just to refresh the system and improve vitality.

 

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How Does Drinking Too Much Coffee Affect Your Health?

How Does Drinking tooAs published on WatchFit

Coffee dependency

In the UK people consume 70 million cups of coffee a day. Most of us understand that caffeine is habit-forming but we may not understand the affects it has on our health, and one of the reasons why caffeine is so hard to give up is that we may develop a strong dependency on it for a number of physiological, psychological and emotional reasons.

– Physiological: Caffeine has measurable physical effects in the body, increasing our pulse, heart rate and respiration.
– Psychological: We love to share the caffeine ritual with friends.
– Emotional: We look forward to the times of day when we consume caffeine as treasured, oasis-like moments.

Many of us develop deep-seated habits specific to our caffeine consumption: Some people drink coffee to wake up in the morning or right before an important meeting, others have a caffeinated drink after lunch because they think it keeps them awake.

Addiction

Over time, we find that our response to caffeine changes so that, ultimately, we aren’t in charge anymore – the body needs caffeine to feel “normal” or have energy. When we try to ignore the desire for caffeine, we find ourselves experiencing withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are often uncomfortable enough to cause some to surrender to caffeine dependency.

In fact drinking coffee has become so addictive that some people can’t get through the day without downing several cups in the morning, noon and night. It has even evolved into a social drink, with consumers spending generously on sugar-loaded concoctions from numerous chains of coffee shops that have become giant brands.

Coffee and toxins

Drinking coffee daily can compound toxins in your body. This toxic exposure and overload can increase your risk of insomnia, stroke and Heart Disease.

Unless you drink organic coffee, it is very likely that the plants and beans have been exposed to pesticides that contribute to several cancers and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee is also known to disrupt absorption of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body to function properly.

The caffeine doesn’t have any nutritional value either and has been linked to diabetes. In pregnant women, it increases the risk of having a miscarriage or a low birth weight baby.

Health hazards

– Heart disease
– High cholesterol levels
– Fluid loss in your body
– Rheumatoid Arthritis
– Stroke
– Damaged blood vessels
– Insomnia
– Anxiety symptoms

– Liver: caffeine is a drug-like substance and the liver immediately sets about clearing it from the system
– Brain: caffeine has some potent psychoactive effects that make it habit-forming, if you’ve been consuming a lot of caffeine every day, you’ll notice unpleasant symptoms as you reduce your intake.

On average, it takes the body about 5–8 hours to eliminate caffeine, and your caffeine intake can impact your liver function. If you are continuously drinking caffeine the body is continually trying to get rid of (detox) the caffeine putting your liver under strain as it has over 500 other tasks to perform and will begin to be overburdened.

Simple and effective ways to cut back or eliminate caffeine

– Time your quit date to coincide with a vacation, so you won’t fall under any peer-pressure

– Enjoy a massage or other treatment as a reward rather than caffeine

– Provide nutritional support — include good quality protein and good fats to keep cravings to a minimum.

– Drink at least 2-3 litres of pure water – water is the ultimate thirst-quenching, health-promoting drink.

– Go for a walk and listen to your favourite music – find ways to reduce stress – this will also ease symptoms of withdrawal. Consider acupuncture, gentle exercise and meditation.

For most people, it’s probably a lot easier and less painful to detox from caffeine a little at a time. Start the day with hot water and lemon rather than caffeine and if you need to have coffee ensure that you have it before 12 noon and then continue to reduce this over a few days. If your goal is total abstinence for health reasons you may decide to quit right away or taper off and then give up coffee altogether.

Common symptoms of caffeine “withdrawal”

Here are some common symptoms of withdrawal to be aware of:

– Headaches (A throbbing, pressure-type headache is the most common symptom of both “overdose” and withdrawal.)
– Fatigue
– Sluggishness
– Daytime drowsiness
– Inability to focus
– Irritability
– Depression
– Anxiety
– Reduced sense of well-being

You may notice these symptoms as your system adjusts to lower levels of caffeine, but most symptoms should disappear after a week without caffeine. You can also supplement with extra vitamin C and as mentioned above take regular breaks, enjoy a walk, and get to bed on time.

There’s more…

Note: For some people, the love affair with caffeine is complicated by its presence in many over-the-counter and prescription drugs, or by close associations with other habits like nicotine. In these cases, I would recommend a supported natural and herbal detox – remove the caffeine and add in more support

This is because it is your liver that breaks caffeine down so you can eliminate it from your body. I recommend you speak to a Nutritional Therapist about this and specific supplements that can support the liver as it goes through the detox process.

Detoxifying process

These include:
Natural and supported detox
vitamin C (also helps with withdrawal symptoms and supports adrenal function)
magnesium
zinc
-B vitamins
-trace minerals
-amino acids (may also help balance energy levels)
-milk thistle

You can greatly reduce stress on your liver by eliminating foods and drinks that are likely to contain toxins or allergens, and make sure to eat enough protein. An alkaline diet is good for your health for many reasons it provides the mineral salts and antioxidants that help during detoxification.

One of the best tips for cutting down on caffeine is to drink a big glass of pure water or a cup of warm water with half a freshly squeezed lemon immediately upon waking, before you take in any caffeine. That helps quench simple thirst. Then eat your breakfast as soon as possible, making sure it includes clean protein.

Stay on top

If you’re worried you might lose your edge if you quit caffeine, consider this: your body and mind are not designed to be ‘switched on’ all day, every day. Your body works best when you respect its natural rhythm, there are times for energetic activity and time for rest and relaxation.

The periods of rest and relaxation allow the body to detoxify and repair, so respect these natural rhythms and reduce your dependency on caffeine. This also ensures you reduce the damaging impact it may be having on your health.

So be good to your body, improve y0ur health and cut the caffeine!