Tag Archives: Immune Boosting

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

Revitalize Your Morning Routine

Shared from : http://ieblog.synergyworldwide.com/2020/04/revitalize-your-morning-routine.html

The way you start your morning impacts the quality of your day. If you start out feeling stressed and anxious rather than rejuvenated, it may be a sign that you need to update your morning routine. Finding a routine that works for you can provide the boost you need to conquer the day ahead.

Follow these quick tips to make the most out of your mornings:

A Healthy Breakfast

Eating breakfast is part of many people’s morning routines. If you love to start your day with a meal, start it off right – with a good and healthy breakfast. For a perfectly balanced, easy and delicious breakfast try our SLMsmart Meal Replacement or Biome Shake. Keep in mind that each person has different caloric and general needs. It is essential that you customize your routine and foods to suit your needs. This will help you stick to your routine and reach your goals.


Start the Day with Exercise

First things first. Before beginning your morning exercise routine, rev up with ProArgi-9+ or e9. And remember, you don’t have to go for a 5-mile run every morning to boost your energy levels. Starting the morning with 20 minutes of yoga is all your body needs to re-energize upon waking from a good night’s sleep. Yoga is especially beneficial because it gets your heart rate up while simultaneously improving your flexibility, posture, balance, muscle tone, and endurance. Yoga is accessible to everyone, and with various levels of difficulty, everyone can find a yoga routine that works for them.

Read or Write

Before you begin with your daily tasks, sit down for a few minutes and write your thoughts and goals in a journal. Journal writing can help unload some of your stresses and ease your mind. Writing for just 10 minutes in the morning can help you focus on yourself, create self-awareness, and give you the opportunity to think about how you can best capitalize on your day.

If you don’t feel like writing, take a few minutes to read a few pages of a good book. Immerse yourself in the words of others and enjoy this peaceful time alone to jump-start your brain before you start your day.

Follow a Schedule

Following a morning schedule can help you maintain organization and focus. Perhaps you start with a quick yoga session, then take a shower and get ready, followed by a healthy breakfast. The important thing about a routine isn’t necessarily the order in which you do things, but rather defining and keeping that order to streamline your mornings and start the day with productive habits.

Support Your Most Vital Muscle

Like all muscles, your heart has to be trained in order to maintain its strength and conditioning….. a few minutes of cardio each day can be a huge help to your hearts overall health.

Whether it’s a quick run in the morning, half an hour on the stationary bike, or a leisurely walk around the neighborhood,.

A strong heart helps to boosts your cardiovascular system, allowing your body utilize oxygen more efficiently, and lower the risk for heart disease. It even allows the heart to better repair itself when damaged. There are four basic components to fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility. Cardiovascular endurance is vital because it directly coincides with how effectively you can increase the other fitness elements.

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mental HEALTH & gut HEALTH : the connection

Thursday 10th of October was Mental Health Day, but in fact everyday should be Mental health Day because our mental health is just as important as our physical health.  Did you know that problems with mental health are one of the primary causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. 

The primary method of treatment for depression is serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), however they are not effective in all individuals, success rates are only about one in three and it is not a long term solution.

Enter…… the gut.  Hopefully,  it comes as no surprise that there is a connection between the gut and the brain but you might be less familiar with the scientific studies which are now showing that inflammation is the major driving factor of depression and this inflammation starts in the gut.  Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis all of these and many other illnesses are linked to inflammation in the body and they all have neurological consequences.  The vagus nerve connects the brain with several parts of the gut, including the stomach, pancreas and intestines – making the gut a very influential path to the brain and when things go wrong, this is a channel for feelings of depression and anxiety.

The balance of the gut microbiome is central to our internal ecosystem impacting our digestion, our immune system and our brain health just to name a few functions in the body that are impacted.  When there is an imbalance this can bring about even more inflammation in the brain….. so with dysregulation of the microbiome and subsequent inflammation as a clear driving factor to depressive symptoms, healing the gut to managing these symptoms has become crucial.

9/10 of my clients are now fully committed to healing their gut and join our 21 Day Purify Programme, if you would like to find our more click here to register for our next FREE webinar and further information.  You can also get a copy of my book here.  I look forward to connecting with you or I encourage you to get started on your journey to Life-Long Health it’s never too late!

Hormonal Health

MAGNESIUM to Rebalance Your Hormones

Magnesium is key for liver detoxification, thyroid function, estrogen balance, insulin sensitivity and production of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.

The signs of low magnesium: Aches and pains, cramps, insomnia, constipation, PMS, breast lumps, low energy levels.  Magnesium is essential for over 500 processes in the body.  Follow the links below for more info:

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DAILYS D’s and VITAL B’s for Hormone Health

Vitamin Bs are critical for liver detoxification, we need them for hormone metabolism and excretion of the excess and toxic.   Vitamin B is also responsible for mental health (B1), thyroid function (B2), for depression (B3), adrenal health (B5) and energy (B12).  More and more people are deficient in vitamin D and low levels have been linked to auto immune conditions, depression, hair loss, bone health and even certain cancers.

You need to make sure your vitamin D is combined with K which aids D absorption.

I get my Daily D’s and Vital B’s from a supplement that contains not only these but other essential vitamins such as Vitamin C, and Vitamin K.  These essential vitamins play a vital role in supporting the body’s overall performance, normal functioning of the nervous and immune systems, reducing fatigue and contributing to normal psychological function, normal red blood cell formation and homocysteine metabolism. Vitamin K has a set of its own benefits, playing a key part in maintaining normal bones.  The combination of ingredients in ProArgi-9+ was meticulously formulated to support exceptional health. This product is pure, potent and formulated to help you live life optimized.

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ESSENTIAL FATS for Hormone Health

Fish oil omega 3’s help to reduce systemic inflammation.  An inflamed cell is not a healthy cell so it is essential to reduce inflammation in the body.  Omega 3’s can help with hot flashes, postmenopausal depression, thyroid function and adrenal deficiency. Essential fatty acids also contribute to normal heart function but can only be obtained through diet.

The source of Omega-3 I use comes from cold water fish which is one of the richest sources of naturally occurring EPA and DHA unsaturated fats and is obtained in a sustainable manner certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.  With a smooth lemon flavour the matrix gel is the fastest and easiest way to obtain these essential nutrients.

I have taken the best quality Omega 3’s that I had access to in the past as I know that they are essential and we have to get them through our diet but I can’t honestly say I noticed a big difference but within 3 – 4 days of taking the Gel Matrix Omega 3’s I noticed a difference in my mood, my energy levels and my skin.

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I hope these tips help you with hormone balance for you and any other women in your life, friends and/or family.  As always combining a whole-foods diet with healthy lifestyle choices, a less toxic environment and the right supplementation will start your journey to vibrant, long-lasting wellness.  If you are looking to make changes to your health, no matter where you are starting from then contact us to find out how we can help and how you can get a discount on of the supplements mentioned above.

 

To Detox / Cleanse or not…..

Detox and cleansing is thrown around a lot at this time of the year, in relation to clean living and eating so should you cleanse, is it healthy and do they work?  Cleansing has been part of cultural rituals in some areas of the world for thousands of years.  All cultures have the same concepts, the aim is to stimulate the body’s natural detoxification pathways as well as ‘cleansing the soul’.

Traditionally a detox period comes with the change of the seasons and the promise of a new you, a new beginning and perhaps a new journey.  It can aid with weight loss, glowing skin, renewed energy and a renewed zest for life.   It does depends on the detox or cleanse but there is truth in this promise.

In biochemical terms Detoxification, defines the process by which harmful compounds, such as drugs or poisons, are converted to less toxic compounds in the body so they can excreted.  If you are thinking – why on earth would our body need to detoxify, what and where do these poisons come from.  Here’s a brief list:

  • Skin care and personal care items
  • Pesticides on our food
  • All medications including pain relief and oral contraceptive pill
  • Tap water
  • Plastics
  • Vaccinations
  • Heavy metals in our environment
  • Home fragrances
  • Exhaust fumes
  • Paint fumes, nail art, DIY material, toys, cleaning products

If you stop for a minute and list all of the chemicals that you come into contact with on a daily basis, the truth can be quite shocking.

The Environmental Working Group conducted a survey and concluded that on average women have an average exposure of up to 168 ingredients and that is just from the personal care products they use before they leave the house – face creams, soap, shampoo, perfumes, make-up etc and this is only the tip of the sword, the exposure continues via cleaning products around the home, fragrances, exhaust fumes, burnt and overcooked food, pesticides, plastic wrap and so it goes on. You can see how this list could easily slide up into the 100s and 1000s.

Considering all of these we are still functioning and this is because we have a very complex and fine-tuned system of detoxifying these poisons from our body – this is for the most part the role of the liver, but other organs such as skin, kidney, spleen and intestines are involved.

Our liver has a phenomenal capacity to convert the fat loving molecules into more water soluble metabolites which can be efficiently eliminated from the body.  We refer to this as phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 detoxification.  The catch is that the liver needs specific nutrients to help it to do this and to carry out these thousands of processes.   Some are provided through our food and some the body can manufacture itself.  Therefore, you always need to make sure that a detox or cleanse supports all three phases of detoxification and that you are eating real whole food along with your cleanse, otherwise you may end up more toxic than when you started.

Picture this you are living in an urban area, you have a stressful job and possibly a long commute, your food is less than ideal as you buy a pre-packaged ‘healthy’ options from the grocery store and wash it down with a glass of wine or two, if you are eating processed and packaged foods you are further increasing or decreasing certain enzyme activity which results in less effective detoxification, so as you can see your toxic load is already brimming, so where are all those essential nutrients going to come from so that your liver can clean up and get rid of the toxins?  Our liver adapts and learns to cut corners (it finds the way which requires the least amount of energy) and it will use up any reserves that you have left.  Add on years and possibly decades of the same and hopefully you will start to see how despite our liver’s ability to continuing doing its job, some support and nurturing would not go amiss!

Here are some signs and symptoms of a sluggish and/or struggling liver:

  • Poor and ‘foggy’ memory
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Hives, Itchy rashes, dermatitis and other skin conditions
  • Body odour
  • Bad breath Intolerance to alcohol
  • Intolerance to coffee
  • Difficulty losing weight or easy to gain weight
  • Fat around the middle
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Poor elimination e.g. constipation
  • Fatty stools and indigestion
  • Dark urine and stools
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low energy levels
  • Dizziness

The good news is, that the liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself if you give it the right support.

My main advice is:

  • Reduce stress : lifestyle and environmental as much as possible
  • Reduce your ‘toxic load’ through diet and lifestyle choices
  • Eat local and organic food where possible
  • Drink plenty of filtered water
  • Choose a clean, whole food organic diet
  • Remove refined and processed foods  and added sugars
  • Eat a nutrient-rich diet with plenty of fresh organic vegetables and the best quality meat and fish you can afford.
  • Practice mindfulness and Meditation and have a positive outlook

If you would like to take this a step further and join our next 21 Day Purify Programme which starts on 26th February then email us to join, this 21 Day Programme supports your digestion and detoxification pathways and boosts your metabolism, we will also send you information on our skincare which is a unique blend of natural plant extracts, antioxidants, enzymes and advanced probiotic technology work to protect the skin and program it to look and act healthier – your skin is your second detox organ so it is just as important to protect and support your skin.

IS ORGANIC THE ONLY OPTION?

organic the only option

as published on Watchfit – Expert Contributor

If you are concerned about your health and toxic exposure then yes organic is the only option, although I would go beyond that and say that we are looking for produce from biodynamic sources.  For me personally organic is the only option,

A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows organic milk and meat contains around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic. The study is the largest systematic review of its kind and led by Newcastle University and an international team of experts (i).

Whilst the study has only looked at organic milk and meat, you can also read about the family who went organic for 21 days.  During the first week the Palmberg family ate a conventional diet and submitted urine samples of analysis.  The analysts found a number of insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators.   The family then switched to an organics only diet, including soaps and personal care items, for two weeks and during this phase they once again submitted urine samples.  The results were dramatic: The pesticide loads in the family members’ bodies dropped in ways that were observable after a single day. (ii)

Organic farming differs from conventional farming in the methods used to grow crops.  Conventional farming uses over 500 different types of chemicals where as Organic farming has about 25 approved chemicals that can be used.  Conventional famers apply chemical fertilizers to the soil to grow their crops, these chemical fertilisers destroy the minerals in the soil, which in turn reduces the mineral content of the crops grown, so not only are the contaminated with chemicals they lack nutrients.  They use insecticides to get rid of insects and disease and synthetic herbicides to control weed growth.  Conventionally grown food is often tainted with chemical residues that can be harmful to humans.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides and 30 percent of insecticides to be carcinogenic.  There may be some debate about this but my philosophy is “if in doubt, don’t” and when it comes to my health I want to make the best choices I can and reduce my toxic exposure.

Pesticides have many negative influences on our health, including neurotoxicity, disrupting hormones and suppressing our immune system.  It can also affect reproductive function and has been linked to miscarriages in women.

In contrast, organic farmers feed and build the soil with natural fertilizers, they use natural methods such as insect predators, barriers and companion planting to get rid of insects and prevent disease and they use crop rotation, tillage, hand weeding and mulches to control weeds.

Aside from pesticide contamination as mentioned conventional produce tends to have a lower nutritional content then organic produce, hopefully you will see that organic foods are the better option.  However, in some cases organic produce can be hard to obtain and for some people budget becomes an issue and in this case it is better to eat non-organic vegetables than no vegetables at all.  I would just advise scrubbing them and peeling them where possible, or removing the outer layers.  You can make up a simple vegetable wash of water and vinegar on a 1:1 ratio, I like to add Silver Shield to my vegetable wash.

You do also have the option to selectively buy organic produce, certain foods have higher or lower amounts of pesticides due to a number of factors.  The Environmental Working Group (EWG: www,ewg,org) regularly produces a list called the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen and this enables to identify which food to always buy organic and those that you don’t necessarily need to buy organic.  This is a quick reference to the list

CLEAN FIFTEEN: Lower in pesticide residue

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangoes
  10. Onions
  11. Papayas
  12. Pineapples
  13. Sweet corn – ensure this is not genetically modified
  14. Sweet peas
  15. Sweet potatoes

DIRTY DOZEN: Always buy organic

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Nectarines
  7. Peaches
  8. Potatoes
  9. Snap peas
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers

PLUS

  • Hot Peppers
  • Kale/Collard Greens

In the case of milk, it is best to avoid cow’s dairy for a number of reasons but if you do choose to stay with cow’s dairy then always buy the full fat organic version.  It is best to avoid all wheat/gluten grains whether they are organic or not – stick to organic gluten free grains such as rice and quinoa.

When it comes to personal care products, always read the labels, I only use and recommend organic products – 70% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream.  One of the main reasons for choosing organic produce is to minimise our exposure to chemicals, pesticides and toxins so if we are removing these from our diet we don’t want to be putting them back into our bodies via our skincare.

If you are ready to take action and want to find out more about choosing and living an organic lifestyle then connect with me by clicking here, and find out how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, and get you started on your wellness journey straightaway.

(i) http://www.soilassociation.org/whatisorganic/organicfood/organicnutrition

(ii) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/14/the-organic-effect_n_7244000.html