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.

 

 

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.

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

 

 

Supplements? I’m getting everything I need from my diet…

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No one can deny that what we put into our body matters and most people are in agreement that what we eat affects our health. Our body is designed to heal itself but if we have nutritional voids in our diet, our bodies are unable to repair themselves and stay healthy. Addressing nutritional deficiencies affects our whole well-being – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

In the modern society, it has become difficult to get the right nutrients completely from food due to a combination of various factors including busy life and modern diet that includes a lot of processed food.

The right balance of nutrients in our food can help us enjoy life more and get sick less. Toxins and environmental pollutions have contributed in the depletion of our soil and it cannot produce the right amount of mineral and vitamins that our bodies need to stay strong.

The body needs vitamin and minerals, omega fatty acids and of course water is essential to avoid dehydration too. But, have you considered that each person’s body has a different need in terms of nutrition too?

I see clients that have experienced improved concentration, less mood swings and more happiness simply by reducing sugar from their diet. There are clients who were told by their doctors that they suffered with IBS turned up that what they needed was detoxing either form parasites or metal toxicity.

Personal stories, where you live, the type of life you lead has an impact on our system and it should be addressed individually.

Take, Amy, for example. Amy is a young student that for years has been suffering from IBS, at least that were the symptoms and her GP substantiated the diagnosis. She was about to go to university in a different town and was scared. She didn’t know what to do as nothing seemed to improve this “IBS” and so she sought alternative help. Her IBS symptoms went by cleansing the parasites and increasing her Vitamin C level.

I always emphasise to my clients the importance of well-sourced quality supplements as well as good balanced diet.

There are so many supplements you can buy over the counter in the supermarket or in high street chains and pharmacies, but all to often what you pay for is what you get. The cheaper vitamins and supplements have very little of the goodness in them and are full of binders, powders and fillers.

Good quality supplements can be a big cost on a family’s budget and it can feel like an unnecessary expense. But remember, just because we cannot quantify the savings in future and potential health costs, it doesn’t mean it isn’t important and a good investment in yourself and well-being.

Our bodies require a variety of other nutritional elements to remain in balance. Nutrition is just one of the elements that affects the balance in our bodies and energies.

Kinesiology can identify deficiencies and imbalances in the body including nutritional deficiencies. When addressed, balance can be restored and you are able to live a healthier and happier life.

If you would like to find out more about how I can help you, please get in touch.