Friday, July 22, 2016
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Anyone with anxiety knows how easy it is to get an upset stomach but did you know that other symptoms like joint pain, food allergies and low energy can be affected by your gut health too?
Your gut lining works as a barrier that keeps big particles like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested food out of your blood system. When the lining is inflamed the wall of your intestine becomes more permeable and these particles are then able to pass through. This is known as leaky gut syndrome or increased intestinal permeability. And it’s this toxic waste that can lead to an immune reaction which then causes inflammation throughout your system and can result in bloating, food sensitivity, thyroid problems, fatigue, joint pain, headaches, skin issues and weight gain.
Chronic stress is undoubtedly a factor in this condition though antibiotics, a poor diet, toxin overload and a bacterial imbalance all contribute as well.
The problem is that if left unchecked leaky gut syndrome can lead to very serious health problems including diabetes, arthritis, IBS, psoriasis, depression and could even be the cause of anxiety itself.
How to Heal Leaky Gut
1. First you need to eliminate foods that can cause or aggravate the condition. This includes gluten, cow’s milk and all GMO foods that tend to be high in the lectins that are the greatest problem. Sugar must also be eliminated as this feeds the growth of yeast, candida and the bad bacteria that are causing most of the damage.
2. Add foods like kefir and fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut to your diet, these will help to build up the good bacteria that your gut needs for healing. Coconut products are especially good too as the fats are more easily absorbed with little strain on your liver. They also contain lauric acid which is antiviral and anti fungal. Sprouted seed such as chia, flax and hemp also support the growth of beneficial bacteria though if you have severe leaky gut you may need to start with lightly steamed vegetable and fruit to get your fibre. Anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fats from bass fed beef and wild caught fish are also good additions.
3. Take these supplements daily to speed the healing.
- A good quality probiotic which contains at least 50 billion units of probiotics. Probiotics crowd out the bad bacteria and allow the gut lining to heal.
- Digestive enzymes to ensure your food is fully digested which will decrease the chance of large food particles and proteins from damaging your gut wall. (Take one or two before each meal)
- L-Glutamine which is an essential amino acid that is anti-inflammatory and repairs and protects cell walls acting as a repellant to irritants. (Take 2-5 grams twice daily)
- Licorice root helps balance cortisol levels and improves acid production also maintains the mucosal lining of the stomach and intestines. This is especially recommended if your leaky gut is caused by emotional stress. (Take 500mg twice daily)
- Quercetin improves the gut barrier by sealing the gut wall and also helps to reduce histamine which is common in food allergies. It has recently been shown to be effective in healing ulcerative colitis. (Take 500mg three time a day with meals)
4. Learn how to destress. Use EFT to reduce your general anxiety levels. Learn to meditate. Journal daily (write at least 10 things every day you are grateful for). Schedule fun activities. Spend time helping others.
With these simple steps you will be able to heal your gut and improve your mood and health in a very short time. Once you no longer feel sore spots when you touch your stomach you can try introducing back foods that you were sensitive to though do be careful and make sure your gut is completely healed before trying this to avoid a setback.
Diet can have a huge effect on the way you are feeling.
If you have days that seem worse for no apparent reason take a look at what you ate the day before.
When I am stressed I find wheat upsets me, I get really livery and nauseous. And dairy definitely used to make me feel anxious and trigger a panic attack if I was feeling fragile. I can feel palpitations very soon after eating anything with dairy in it, let alone plain cheese, yoghurt or milk on its own, so check ingredients lists too.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you are allergic to the food. When the whole system is on hyperalert the digestion is not working fully, adrenaline keeps a large part of the blood supply in the muscles, ready to run, so light frequent meals is the answer when you are under stress. An overfull stomach is also not pleasant to an anxious person, but then you already know that.
Often if you cut out a food altogether for as little as three months your sensitivity to it is gone though I figure that if anything is that hard on the system it’s probably not good at the best of times so I avoid wheat now and cow’s milk products too.
An easy way to see if food is affecting you is to check your pulse before and after eating.
The Pulse Test
This is a quick and easy way to isolate potential problem foods for you.
Take your pulse before you eat, as a base reading. Sit down for a few minutes to let it settle then using your index and middle fingers, not your thumb, resting lightly on your pulse point on your wrist, count your heart rate for a full minute, note it down.
Then take your pulse reading three times after your meal. At half an hour, an hour and an hour and a half. Make sure you sit down again for a few minutes to let your heart rate settle and count your heart beats again, noting the number down.
If there is a variation of more than 16 beats then you have probably eaten something that you are sensitive to.
Important: This test will not work if you are on beta-blockers and it is essential to count for a full minute and not just 15 seconds and multiply the result.
If cow’s milk shows up as a problem for you try switching to goat’s cheese and yogurt which is often perfectly ok with people. It’s a good alternative to try before switching to soya which some find a problem too. If I have too much soya I find it affects my sleeping patterns though for me that is more about the menopause than anxiety.
Chocolate also affects me in the same way. I wake on the hour every hour after the smallest amount which is extremely annoying. Luckily I don’t mind carob and after a while of not eating chocolate it tastes quite good, particularly the flavoured bars.
Spelt flour is a good alternative to wheat and I now make my own bread, routinely. There are many spelt products available if you don’t fancy baking and plenty of Free From ranges at the supermarkets so you don’t need to go without biscuits or cakes. Ryvita makes a nice change too sometimes and there are plenty of flavours to choose from for variety.
Porridge, muesli and oatcakes are now staples around here. I love soaking home made muesli, oats and a few spoons of chopped dried fruit, in goat’s yogurt overnight, really delicious with a few blueberries on for breakfast and very nutritious so I start my day feeling positively virtuous.
First test for what may be affecting you then check out ways you can reduce your intake for a while by making small changes to your diet.
Remember, this does not mean you will have to cut out these foods forever. A short break will give your system a chance to settle down, grow stronger, give you some space to breath.
Be well, and please let me know how you get on.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I've been having a great time with coconut oil recently. I had a jar sitting in my cupboard for ages and had read about how someone had put a spoon in their porridge (oatmeal) every morning and had started to regain a better memory and as some days I wake up wondering what day it is I thought I'd give it a shot.
Well, after a couple of days I noticed a huge difference so started using it in my baking. Here's my simple flapjack recipe:
170 grams organic oats (whizzed up slightly)
25 grams coconut oil
25 grams non dairy spread
120 grams maple syrup (or honey)
Melt last three ingredients over a low heat then mix with oats. Press gently into a a tin and bake for 20-25 mins on 185 degrees. Cover with foil for first 20 if you don't want them too crispy, I like mine a bit chewy. You can add nuts and dried fruit, I like chopped dates sometimes. Take out and score then let cool before storing in airtight container.
Friday, July 19, 2013
One of the most difficult things to do in daily life will be to stop smoking. Just the idea of stopping can be very overwhelming to a lot of people. This may be due to a bad experience trying to give up before, seeing how difficult it is for others to stop or fear that you will become a different person without cigarettes. But, with a little helping hand from hypnotherapy you can gain mental strength and resistance against your cravings and stand a much greater chance of quitting.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
When the opposition in question is an adamant disease like cancer, our armoury should be packed with a healthy lifestyle and a diet including foods that double as anti-cancer agents. Look no further than Indian spices to add incredible flavor to your food and prevent cancer.
When actress Lisa Ray was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a relatively rare cancer of the bone marrow, all she said was, “I’ll beat cancer”. Carrying this spirit of defeating a disease often labelled ‘incurable’, we try to find out diet methods, especially in the selection of spices that can avert the multiplying of malignant cells in the body that gradually mature into insurmountable cancer cells.
Our grandmothers would in no time prepare us a glass of warm milk with saffron sprinkled on top when we went crying to her with bruise on our knee or wound on the elbow. The herbal turmeric paste soothed minor cuts and healed all skin rashes. These age-old kitchen tricks are little more than mere quick-fix tactics. Spices like turmeric and saffron are inherent with medicinal properties that, when incorporated to our diet from an early stage strengthens our bodies against invasion of toxins, bacteria and virus.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Recently Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton invited Dr. Dacher Keltner, UC Berkeley psychologist and executive member of the Greater Good Science Center, to speak about ways to create a more meaningful life centered around happiness.
His ideas around this new scientific research into social and emotional well-being, which he calls the “science of a meaningful life,” help individuals explore and apply tangible ways to being happy through strong social bonds and altruistic behavior. He presented research-backed evidence that our brains and nervous systems are wired for compassion and that it is fundamental to our happiness, health, and to developing strong communities around us.
His talk inspired listeners to challenge themselves through his tips below, to increase the opportunities for kindness and thoughtfulness toward others in order to build a more meaningful life, while at the same time influencing the same for family, friends and beyond in the community at large.
Here are his talk's ten takeaways:
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Grape Seed Extract Targets and Kills Cancer Cells and Leaves Healthy Cells Unharmed
A study published this week in the journal Carcinogenesis shows that grape seed extract (GSE) kills squamous cell carcinoma cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
Grape seed extracts are industrial derivatives from whole grape seeds that have a great concentration of vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid and polyphenols.
Human case reports and results from laboratory and animal studies provide preliminary evidence that grape seed extract may prevent heart diseases such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. By limiting lipid oxdation, phenolics in grape seeds may reduce risk of heart disease, such as by inhibiting platelet aggregation and reducing inflammation.
It is estimated that 40 percent of American adults, or 50 million people, have metabolic syndrome. In a first human clinical trial, UC Davis cardiovascular researchers assessed the effect of grape seed extract on people with metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that increase the risk for heart disease, including high blood pressure, excess abdominal body weight, high blood cholesterol fats and high blood sugar. They found that taking 300 milligrams of grape seed extract also had reduced serum oxidized LDL cholesterol levels.
Nearly 12,000 people will die of head and neck cancer in the United States this year and worldwide cases will exceed half a million.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
There are two types of foods: acid-forming or alkaline-forming. The differences between the two are like night and day. Or, diseased and not diseased.
Your body is designed for your blood pH balance to be between 7.35-7.45. Too much acid in the blood causes imbalance and eventually, diseases. Whenever you eat something that is incomplete (not wholesome) and acidic, your body has to pull the nutrients out of your body’s minerals to try to neutralize the acidity.
For instance soda, which has one of the lowest pH levels, if consumed, your body will have to use its water to stabilize the acid. Your body is intelligent and will always try to work with whatever you give it. Unfortunately, it can only do this for so long.
How Your Blood’s pH Balance Relates to DiseasesLet’s take a look at arthritis. Or any other so-called disease ending with -itis. All itis means is inflammation. Arth means joint. Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints. We are trained to give these “diseases” exotic names and deem them to be incurable. But the truth is, WE give these “diseases” strength when we succumb to them and let them claim our lives.
What causes the inflammation that gives you “arthritis”? Too much acid in the blood. No acid, no inflammation. No inflammation, no “arthritis”. Isn’t life simple?
When your body is alkaline-based, you are in optimum health. This is why certain people that “look” healthy die or contract the same “diseases” that unhealthy people have. Because, even though they “look” good, they were probably consuming very acidic foods.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
12 Top Nutrients For A Healthy Heart
By Tony Isaacs - tbyil.com
The heart is our most important and most active muscle. In addition to the benefits for the heart of having a healthy active lifestyle and eating a healthy diets, there are several key herbs, minerals vitamins and other nutritional items which can provide great boosts for heart health.Here are 12 of the best:
1. Cayenne. Sometimes referred to as the “King of Herbs”, cayenne is one of the most powerful heart-healthy substances. It strengthens, stimulates, and tones the heart, balances circulation and blood pressure, and calms palpitations. Due to its fiery punch, you may want to start small and work your way up to larger amounts of powder or extract added to juice.
2. Hawthorn. Along with cayenne, hawthorn was one of famed herbalist Dr. Christopher’s favorite herbs for the heart. Hawthorn is rich in flavonoids that protect small capillary vessels from free-radical damage. It normalizes blood pressure, lowers cholesterol and fat deposits in the liver and aorta and helps conditions such as angina, arrhythmia, arteriosclerosis, blood clots, and hypertension. Though it may take months to realize hawthorn’s full benefits, often a dropper of hawthorn berry extract will settle irregular heartbeats in short order.
3. Magnesium. Magnesium helps prevent heart attacks, regulates high blood pressure and helps ease heart arrhythmia, in addition to having a great many other vital health benefits. Thanks to today’s SAD diet and mineral depleted soils, it is estimated that anywhere from 80 to 95 percent of us are deficient in magnesium.