How is your Gut?

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Over the festive season many people “over-indulge”, typically, eating too much and eating more of the “wrong” foods, as well as drinking too much as well. January comes and with it people have resolutions, goals or intentions to lose weight, get fit and go to the gym. But have you considered this question when thinking about your wellbeing: “how is your gut?” This may seem like a strange question, but having a balanced gut can avoid certain issues and even address current problems you may be experiencing.

Our gut is a long hollow tube running through our body, from mouth to anus. It has many names including gastrointestinal tract and digestive tract. The gut may sound like a simple part of the body, simply needed to eat and pass waste, but it is a lot more complicated and significant than this. “Our digestive system is the body equivalent of an oil refinery. It processes raw material to produce fuel that powers every cell in our body and keeps oil of other system running”

 

Here’s how it works in a nutshell:

  1. The gut receives the food and other substances and its job is to digest this into small molecules that then are absorbed and transported into the blood stream to nourish the body.
  2. It destroys germs or makes condition difficult for germs to survive; therefore protects our body
  3. It disposes of waste such as indigestible parts of food, toxins and waste products of normal bodily processes and excreting them in stool

 

Digestion uses up lots of energy in the process of breaking down food. Our digestive system is also supported by 3 other organs, liver, pancreas and gallbladder.

In 400bc Hippocrates wrote that a bad digestion the root of all evils. He was on to something… 80% of our immune system resides in the gut; so you can see that the gut is not insignificant.

Unfortunately, not everyone takes care of their gut in the way it deserves and illness related to digestive system are rising fast, such as; constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and bloating. Other type of problems varies from eczema, psoriasis, depression, lack of energy and the list goes on. Food intolerances are also commonplace and on the rise too! All of these health issues are affected and sometimes even caused by imbalance in the gut.

It is true that common sense steps are probably needed; do not eat in excess, eat the recommended intake of fibres, drink alcohol in moderation; avoid processed food high in sugar; exercise regularly and minimise stress. Due to our biochemistry and uniqueness, not necessarily the so labelled “good food” has a beneficial effect on everyone. Through kinesiology, I can test whether particular “innocent” foods are detrimental to your well-being.

Additionally, evidence shows that gut functioning can affect our emotional health and vice versa too. The emotional nature of our digestive system is noted by expressions such as “gut feelings”, “butterflies in the stomach” or simply feeling “gutted”. You can read what I’ve written about the gut and mental health here.

Good digestion promotes good feelings, calmness, optimism, vitality, energy and a clear mind. Bad digestion causes indigestion, bloating, heartburn, pain, discomfort, tiredness, feeling down, foggy mindedness/cannot think straight and more.

So whatever the time of year, I would encourage you to consider: “how is my gut?”

As a Diplomate Kinesiologist, I have trained in nutritional therapy as well as going to the root of the problem. So if you are experiencing health issues be it gut based or emotional or otherwise, or you simply feel energetically out of balance, do get in touch to find out how kinesiology can help.

 

 

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Be Kind and Positive and Reap the Benefits

We hear from multiple sources about the importance of self-care. According to different forums “self care is the actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.

Self-care seems to be the “trend” of 2018 and some people are using this term as a sweeping statement to cover hot-baths, beauty routines and indulgent meals. But we need to think about what self-care means to us personally, as individuals. We are biologically different so our needs also differ but self-care starts with a personal and conscious choice of wanting to live a more balanced and healthy life.

Big changes are not achieved overnight, but from one day to the other – it takes time and commitment, but you can be assured that big changes can happen and are achieved with small steps every day. For example, self-care may be about making time to keeping your body moving so your small step one day maybe deciding to walk up the stairs instead of taking a lift.

In my clinic I have noticed that almost everyone is willing to implement changes in their diet, physical activities, taking supplements or switching off the WiFi at night. However, if self-care means taking some time to meditate and I ask them to take time to sit, allowing themselves just to do nothing, I almost always receive this answer: “I do not know how to do that.”

Many people tend to feel guilty if they take time off away from their daily routines and activities. I believe this guilt is the result of living in a fast pasting and demanding society. Unfortunately our society does not teach us that health cannot be achieved with healthy diet and exercise alone. We are bombarded with messages that tell us to eat certain foods and exercise a certain way, but even if we follow all of this we can still be unwell and imbalanced.

It is essential that we learn to stop, sit down and allow ourselves to get in touch with our soul. At the start it is one of the most difficult exercises to do – we are almost scared to listen to our needs in case we find something we do not like about ourselves. However, as I always tell my clients, it is the most empowering moment in our life. There is nothing to be scared of because we all have faults as well as amazing gifts within us. Yes, from a personal experience it is hard to sit with pain, fears, anxiety but the reward is beyond recognition.

Until we acknowledge that the body and mind and soul are one it will be very difficult to live a balanced and healthy life. Caring about our wellbeing – be it physical, mental and spiritual self-care, is actually self-responsibility, for ourselves but also to those that love us.

Self-love and being self-caring is not indulgent but a sign of strength. If you want to take the step to live a more balanced life, but feel overwhelmed with how to start, please get in touch and find out how I can help you along this journey.

 

Can Skin Conditions be Treated with Kinesiology?

This week is National Eczema Week and this prompted me to write about how kinesiology can help skin conditions like eczema.

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Anyone who has suffered with eczema, psoriasis or any other skin disease knows how problematic and painful issues with the skin can be. Cases range from mild to full-blown debilitating skin irritation.

For those who don’t know, eczema is a common skin condition that causes dry and flaky inflamed patches of skin that are very itchy and sore. The dry patches can split and bleed and need to be continually lubricated.

Eczema is also known as dermatitis. This skin condition, like many others, can come and go with bouts of flare-ups and remissions only for the eczema to resurface again. It can occur anywhere but usually affects the arms, inner elbows, backs of the knees, or the head – face and scalp.

Many people go to their GP with this skin condition and may even be referred to a specialist dermatologist. Conventional medicine recommends that the person avoid allergens or irritants and prescribes a variety of chemical emollients, creams and ointments to soothe the skin. If the skin is infected too, in some cases the skin may be treated with antibiotics. These routes can work for a time, but often they are unsuccessful and eczema can resurface later on again only for the person suffering to embark upon treatment again.

When looking at eczema as a Kinesiologist first of all I look at the liver function and see if there is any toxicity. I would also look at the digestive system for food intolerances and poor nutrient absorption and whether exposure to substances is causing an abnormal reaction from the immune system. For example is there a cosmetic or product the client is coming into contact with? I can also see if stress may also play a part in the reaction.

The root cause of eczema in babies can sometimes be traced back to breast milk and where the skin irritation is caused by food intolerance we would look at the diet and eliminate the food that may be causing the reaction.

In children suffering with eczema, as with adults, I would be testing for any other type of chemical or toxins present in the body caused by exposure.

I am trained to look at the different aspect of body in order to find the root cause of the problem to then take the appropriate steps needed to correct the imbalance.

One of my clients, let’s call her Natalie, was suffering with a bad case of eczema. When working with Natalie, I was able to identify that different layers were causing eczema in this young woman.

Liver cleansing was the first step taken and subsequent diet adjustment. During the treatment emotional components and geopathic stress showed up too. Taking the situation in steps, we managed to identify the real root cause of the energy blockage in the property and that was cleared. Immediately there was a sense of relief though it did not clear completely but strengthened and rebalanced the lady to a point that she was strong physically to address the emotional component.

For Natalie, it was a particularly strenuous journey but one that had a positive result with success.

As with Natalie’s case, rarely, if ever, there is one single solution to clear eczema. But, by working on the different layers causing the reaction means that symptom not only improves but also will correct itself for the long term and then clear forever!

If you suffer with a skin condition and would like to find out if Kinesiology can help then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Crystals, you and Energy

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Crystals are formed through a mixture of minerals that form under the Earth’s crust with a combination of gases, hot molten rock and water. It can take thousands of years for crystals to form. They are a perfect indicator of telling the story of the Earth and how it has evolved over the centuries. Looking at the atomic structure of crystals, we can see that the atoms and ions are arranged in an orderly manner, making crystals the most perfect form of matter in the universe.

Crystals have been used by humans and can be dated back to the Ice Age. It is believed that Quartz was used to create heat. More recently, Quartz has been used to produce power in watches and other electronic equipment.

Different civilisations across the globe and throughout history have used crystals as part of their daily lives. The Egyptians used Lapis Lazuli stones in their jewellery and crushed and made these precious stones into a paste for their make-up. The Mayan civilization made blades out of Black Obsidian. Black Obsidian is volcanic glass formed from lava which has rapidly cooled down. These are believed to have been used in crafting and for ceremonial processes amongst other things.

The Law of Resonance is similar to the Law of Attraction. It works on the belief that you will attract into your life and energy field, that which resonates with the vibrational frequency you are projecting. With crystals being an orderly matter, if you combine there is energetic frequency an area with an area of your life or within your own energetic field that is in disarray, the perfect form of the crystal will vibrate to bring order and alignment to the given area.

Think of crystals similar to having a prescription. Sometimes the prescription needed is only for a few weeks, at other times it is ongoing and over a period of years. Crystals work the same way. Your core crystal may be something that you always have with you for protection or upliftment. On the other hand, you may need a crystal for a few weeks to help you with motivation or for a other specific purpose. Our needs and different areas of our lives are constantly changing and evolving. In this sense the crystals that you may have been drawn to 6 months ago may differ to what you are resonating with. It all depends on the current energy that you are projecting in your life.

Chakra Balance and Crystal Healing

At The Sage Son, our focus with regards to working with crystals is through connection to the Chakras. The 7 main Chakras govern different parts of the body. They are the connection in which our spiritual energy interacts with our physical body and emotional wellbeing. Our chakras are invisible energy centres and at The Sage Son, we often imagine that each chakra looks like mini spinning vortex of energy, (imagine what a tornado looks like!) but laying horizontal through each energy centre of the body.

The energy centres contain what is our highest and densest point of energy. It is from these centres that we exchange energy within the world around us, physically, emotionally and spiritually. They are the portals in which we give and receive energy.

Day to day, it is possible and likely that our Chakras will go in and out of balance, dependent on what interactions we have during the day and how we feel with regards to our mood. It is important and necessary for us to practice moments of self-care throughout the day. More challenging imbalance or issues can occur if we find that we are in a repeated cycle that may not be beneficial for our wellbeing. It may be as simple as not getting sufficient sleep each night to something more complex such as a trauma from childhood that needs to be healed and released.

In a Chakra Balance and Crystal Healing session, a crystal pendulum would first be used on each of your chakras, to discover the flow of your Chakra and to also bring it into balance. Once this has been done, crystals would be placed on each Chakra. A had would then be placed on top of the crystals and your Chakra to activate and connect the energy of the crystal. Once this has been completed on all the Chakras, crystal points are placed around the body to release any unwanted energy and to also bring in positive vibrations from the universe.

While the crystal healing is being done, Sonya is constantly reading the energy intuitively so that she can discuss with you what has come up at the end of the session.

A Chakra Balance and Crystal Healing session is very calming and relaxing. If you feel as if there is something more to everyday life or you feel that spirituality is calling to you, this is a beneficial treatment to have to guide you onto your soul path and journey of self-healing and discovery.

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Sonya Robertson is an Accredited Chakra Balance and Crystal Healing Practitioner. She ran the Arcade Crystal Shop in Chingford for a year and is currently running and facilitating her new online Spiritual Development programme, 7 Moons 7 Chakras. Sonya works intuitively with crystals and will always lay her hand on exactly what is right for the client’s needs. If you have ever had a crystal reading with Sonya live on Facebook, you will know she has an uncanny knack to get your crystal prescription spot on!

https://www.thesageson.com/

Emotion, the Body and Wellbeing

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I have spoken before about the mind and body link: we are a spirit, which is separated from the body. The spirit communicates with the mind. The mind communicates with the physical brain. The brain communicates with the body. So it is clear that everything is connected and can impact each element of us, particularly our physical, mental and spiritual health.

It is now widely acknowledged that a large percentage of our illnesses are stress-related – stress has been implicated as a major factor for heart conditions, depression and rheumatoid arthritis and more. Of course it is important to know and address what causes the stress in our lives. You can see my blog post all about stress here

Much of the stress in our lives is actually as a result of unresolved emotional issues. Even if we are not aware of these unresolved emotions; they release stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline that can have a detrimental affect on our body.

Emotions can and do get trapped in the cells of our body – they can take many years to reveal.

We experience emotions with every activity we undertake. It can be the response to a particular situation such as fear if we are involved in an accident or extreme joy for an achievement. Sometimes, seemingly insignificant incidents may have caused a subconscious response that we might not even aware of.

Did you know that both conscious and subconscious memories could be linked the emotional response to events in our life? At time we are aware of what trigger an emotion for example, a song on the radio that we associate with a particular event. Other times a sudden sense of depression is triggered, for which there is no clear conscious trigger – usually because there is in-fact a subconscious trigger linked to a past event.

Our bodies are not machines that can just keep on going through long periods of stresses without any affect. It is often not until we stop that the body can then be given the space and time to show its imbalance through symptoms, which we need to listen to.

I always say “the body has the answer” and when I treat a client, I look at all aspects of a person – including the emotional aspects. When I am able to identify emotional blockages often the client knows what emotional stressor is affecting him/her, particularly it a present situation that their body is responding to. Other times are past emotions or traumas or at time they may be unsure what it could be. Lately, I found myself helping client clearing emotions that are present from when they were carried in the womb! Or there have been occasions where we have found it is an emotion that it has carried down through generations in the bloodline.

I have even found that the person is carrying emotions that are not actually their own but maybe of a partner, a parent and/or a siblings.

It is very difficult to determine the full impact of unresolved emotions. There is so much to discover. But when they are identified balance can be regained.

For me, it is a privilege to help my clients understand how much a particular emotion has impacted them, whether consciously or subconsciously, and it is highly rewarding for them experiencing the feeling after the emotions have been addressed and taken to conscious mind and dealt with.

If you believe you may have unresolved emotions impacting your wellbeing or if you are suffering with physical symptoms and are unable to gain relief please do get in touch to find out how Kinesiology can help you.

Gut Health and How it Affects Physical and Mental Health

The 29th May is World Digestive Health Day and I wanted to take the opportunity to talk to you about gut health. As a Kinesiologist I use muscle testing to understand what is going on in your body and your meridian system. My work encompasses principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and other techniques that support physical and emotional healing and getting your body in balance. This includes looking at nutrition and gut health.

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Have you considered the expression “you are what you eat”? Or more appropriately we could say, you are what you digest.

Until recently doctors didn’t understand the link between the gut and the brain and they treated them as two completely unrelated parts of the body. Neuroscience has moved on and various news reported in the mainstream press have shown the scientific proof that the gut and the brain are in-fact very linked. Many doctors now refer to the gut as the “second brain”.

The new evidence reveals that there is a direct communication between gut microbiome (the microorganisms in a particular environment) and brain. The microbiome has direct communication to the brain and they constantly exchange messages. The highway between gut and brain is called the Vagus nerve – it is the longest cranial nerve running from head to stomach and it has the widest distribution area of all nerves in the body. This nerve connects the body in a way that means what affects our gut will affect our brain. If you are not eating the “right” foods, or indeed not getting all you need from your food [see my post on supplements here] then it stands to follow that this will not only affect your gut, but your brain too.

Our microbiome are completely unique to us and no one can have the same make-up as ours – similar to our unique fingerprints. Yet unlike a fingerprint, our microbiome can change and change fast – based on factors such as medication like antibiotics, lifestyle, diet and more. These changes to our microbiome will have knock on affect to our brain and our body.

It is emerged, for example, that significant stress can produce dysbiosis (this is a term for a microbial imbalance or maladaptation on or inside the body, such as an impaired microbiota – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysbiosis) in a very short period of time. Meaning, that the response to mood or emotion it will impact the balance of our microbioma.

There are studies that show autistic children have distinctly different microbiome compared to neurotypical children. Read more about this here.

Mainstream science is reporting what Eastern and alternative practices have believed for some time that beneficial bacteria in the gut may replace the need for antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. These new developments could mean some “depression and anxiety” is seen as symptoms and not illness.

I have seen clients suffering with low mood, depression and lack of self-esteem – the majority have seen great improvements after balancing the gut with different Kinesiology techniques as well as looking at their diet introducing probiotics, looking at food intolerances and lifestyle.

If you are keen to explore the gut and brain link, or simply want to find out more about how I can help you, do get in touch Barbara@equilibriumvitae.net

 

 

What is Stress and How can Kinesiology Help?

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Do you have trouble sleeping, have headaches or an irritable bowel? Are you low in energy and are you frequently catching colds and viruses? You could be stressed.

We have all heard the word “stress” and have probably even described ourselves as stressed at some point in our lives. Personally, I hear it from someone at least every week – from clients describing their symptoms to friends’ posts on social media. We are surrounded by stress – mothers explaining they are stressed out with the children, bosses complaining they are stressed at work, people distressed from a relationship or family life under stress.

The word itself, ‘stress’, carries negative connotations and there are many causes of stress. Everyone has different stress triggers but some typical major causes of stress can be bereavement, family break-ups and divorce, financial problems and illness or injury.

You might have a general idea of what you think stress is but a lot of people don’t realise the impact stress can have on our physical and mental health. Stress manifests differently in a lot of people and symptoms can range from constipation and bowel issues to general aches and pains. But beneath the surface chronic stress can be doing even more damage.

Under stress our body reacts as being under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode. Fight or flight is actually a response we have brought on by stress hormones, namely, cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine.

Adrenaline causes your heart to beat faster and raises blood pressure. Cortisol can interfere with the function of the inner lining of your blood vessels that can cause plaque build up in your arteries. This increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Norepinephrine is similar to adrenaline and increases blood pressure and blood glucose.

Chronic stress often results in high blood pressure and heart diseases as well as weight gain too, but this isn’t all. It interferes with your entire immune system so your body struggles to do the job of keeping you protected and healthy.

Chronic stress even causes epigenetic changes. For those you who haven’t heard of epigenetics, it is the ability of the DNA to change itself and how it is expressed, but that is for another blog post. Stress triggers systemic inflammation that is the culprit for various chronic diseases such as colitis.

The link between stress and detrimental events in the gut is well documented. Stress can affect your gut in numerous ways including:

  • Lessened nutrient absorption
  • Decreased oxygenation to your gut
  • Significant drop of blood flow to your digestive system – this in turn leads to a decreased metabolism

Scientists and researchers are finding out more about our bodies all the time and we now know that our gut and brain are in constant communication. More and more studies are being conducted and they are showing a strong link between gut and brain.

You may have noticed in the news that more emphasis and attention is being given to diet to treat depressive and mental health illnesses. This is in response to this new found evidence about the gut and brain link.

In this day and age we know that stress is unavoidable so we need to find ways to prevent it to become chronic.

As a Kinesiologist I look at:

  • Diet – certain types of food and alcohol can increase stress
  • Lifestyle – help clients to find ways to have me time without feeling guilty
  • Restoring the body’s alignment using multiple technique
  • Emotional stress release technique

These are just some of the areas I can look at to treat someone suffering with chronic stress. Most importantly, I start peeling off the layers to get to the root cause.

Please contact me at Barbara@equilibriumvitae.net if you want to discuss any particular issue.