The Microscopic Army in Your Gut
If you experience digestive symptoms such as constipation, reflux, indigestion, bloating and gas, frequent colds and flus, yeast infections or urinary tract infections or even headaches, you may be feeling the effects of imbalances within your gut microbiome. Describing the trillions of bacteria, yeasts and other microorganisms that colonise your digestive tract; these mini soldiers support health and wellness by regulating your digestive processes, bowel function and immune health. They also affect our body’s ability to lose weight. Restoring balance in the microbiome can help you get on top of your health again!
Goals are like a roadmap to success – they show you where you want to be, help you plan your way there, and show you when you are off track. Before you embark on any weight loss program choose SMART goals. These are goals which are:
have a Timeframe.
How to Reset Your Body to Lose Excess Weight
The start of a new year is a great time to reassess your health goals. Weight loss is always at the top of the list of New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately obesity and excess weight are occurring in epidemic proportions in western societies like Australia. Nearly two-thirds of Australian adults and over a quarter of children and adolescents were classified as overweight or obese in 2015.
Whilst a healthy diet, nutrients and herbs are a key part of managing stress it is important to consider lifestyle factors which may be contributing to your stress load. In this issue we explore recommendations to help you cope with the demands of daily life in our ever increasingly busy world.
We have two branches to our nervous system our “Fight or Flight” sympathetic branch which is mediated by adrenaline and cortisol from our adrenal glands and our “Rest and Digest” parasympathetic branch which is where we should be when we are consuming meals and winding down at night in preparation for sleep.
In our last newsletter we looked at key nutrients that can support our nervous system in times of stress. In this edition we explore these in more detail.
Remember, when we are under stress, our adrenal glands (which sit above our kidneys) secrete more of the stress hormones cortisol, adrenalin and noradrenalin. This increase in stress hormones requires even more nutrients than usual. This is because our body needs vitamins and minerals to produce these hormones and neurotransmitters (the brain’s messengers) required to adapt to the stress and bring the body back into balance.
Living in this day and age, stress is a normal part of modern life. I’m sure you have encountered some (if not all) of the following stresses on a daily/weekly basis:
Waking up to an alarm
Driving in traffic
Standing in queues
Running the kids to school and after school activities
Endless housework and home duties
Endless emails, phone calls or messages to respond to
Although many of us are leading longer lives for many the quality of life is less than optimal. In the past it was thought that good health was due to your “good genes”. However, recent research shows us there is more to a healthy body than what we inherited from our forefathers. Our environment and attitude play a very important part in how we age. Fortunately, there are many beneficial dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as supplements to add, which may assist us to achieve and maintain health, wellness and longevity.
As mentioned in our previous article, nutrient deficiencies are a contributing factor to the aging process. As a result, it is a good idea to take supplements to correct these deficiencies. Many people over the age of 40 are on some type of medication to improve mood or reduce anxiety and stress, lower cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar or reduce reflux and digestive symptoms. Unfortunately many of these medications also deplete key nutrients required for good health so it is a good idea to consult a qualified health practitioner like myself to evaluate your individual deficiencies and nutrient requirements.
Are You Waking Up Feeling Refreshed?
Staring at the ceiling at 2:30 am, unable to sleep, is usually low on people’s list of favourite pastimes. Affecting anyone at any age, insomnia (difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep) and or waking unrefreshed can be some people’s reality. Research shows that adults who get fewer than seven hours of sleep (whether for just one night or over the course of days, weeks, or months) experience daytime consequences such as irritability, fatigue, and poor memory.
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