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FEEL GOOD

Spring is on its way, Summer has to be my favourite season but Spring comes a very close second and this is because to me it is all about new beginnings, I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions I set my intentions in the Spring, and for me this is all about Spring Cleaning not just our homes, but our lives – a time to reflect, and a good time to think about minimizing our toxic exposure and actively taking steps to detoxify our bodies.

Today, I want to share a few quick tips on how to reduce your toxic burden:

  1. Eat whole, real foods, especially cruciferous veggies like broccoli, bok choy and kale to increase your body’s ability to detoxify. Choose foods that are high in antioxidants like dark, green leafy veggies and berries and add in garlic and onions which will also help your body to detox.
  2. Avoid plastics 100%: Plastics leach toxins and chemicals into your food and water.  Use stainless steel water bottles and glass containers to store leftovers. Instead of buying water in plastic bottles, install a filter at home.
  3. Detox your cleaning: use natural and simple products. Vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean your kitchen, adding in essential oils such organic defence  to protect from harmful bacteria.  Think about your skin care products, did you know that 90% of products used in the in skincare industry come from the petroleum industry…………….. they strip your skin of essential moisture and ultimately add to the ageing process.  Find out how you can purify, fortify and protect your skin, repair the healthy function of your skin with botanicals
  4. Stop eating mercury: Choose organic fruits and vegetables to minimize environmental toxin exposure.  Mercury it toxic to your central nervous system and is a neurotoxin.  Toxins in your food and environment also contribute to weight gain and weight loss resistance.
  5. Exercise and sweat: Exercising and sweating help rid your body of toxins, so keep dancing.
  6. Take high-quality supplements to support detoxification including zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin B complex, as well as special glutathione-boosting compounds such as antioxidants and improve digestive function to rid your body of the toxins
  7. Get chelated: Nutritional therapy with heavy metal chelators can lower mercury, lead, arsenic, and other toxic metals. You’ll want to work closely with a Clinical Nutritional Therapist if you suspect heavy metals are an issue.  Our Pure 21 Programme is a great start to detoxifying heavy metals.
  8. Address toxicity in your home. Use diffusers with essential oils rather than toxic air fresheners and if you suspect mould consult an expert to remove these safely.
  9. Toxic feelings: these can build up from low self-confidence, frustration with goals you haven’t pursued or total discontent in your career path? At Kerry’s Natural health Solutions we help you with changes to your diet and lifestyle but it doesn’t stop there we believe in a holistic approach and we help you find strategies for greater happiness, motivation and success.

I hope these detox tips help you Spring Clean life for yourself and your family. Combining a whole-foods diet with healthy lifestyle choices and a less toxic environment will start your journey to vibrant, long-lasting wellness.  If you want to ditch the toxicity of unhappiness and make your life what you really want it to be contact us to find out how we can help!

How to Cyber-Influence – Even When You Disagree

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How to Cyber-Influence – Even When You Disagree

By Bob Burg and John David Mann

Social media allows us great opportunities to connect with others. It creates the context for democratizing influence, giving voice to individuals on a mass basis.

It’s exciting just to consider the good that can be accomplished as various (and yes, opposing) political and other viewpoints can be communicated intelligently, respectfully, and persuasively, and without the filter of the usual authority figures. Imagine the potential for mutual understanding!

Unfortunately cyberspace these days is filled with vitriolic, insulting “exchanges” between people who in person my be kind and thoughtful, yet who online express opinions and defend views in ways that do nothing but repel.

While viciously and brutally attacking others may elicit a shot of dopamine that provides an instantaneous high, it doesn’t lead to lasting rewards. Assuming one’s personal values include kindness and respect, you just can’t feel sustainably good when that short-term high comes about viciously through attacking others.

Have You Seen This Person Anywhere?

We’ve noticed an interesting correlation in many attack-style tweets and posts: those with the strongest opinions and most insulting comments often seem to be the least informed regarding the issue they are discussing.

In a way, this makes sense. The more people allow their emotions to control their actions, the less room there is to involve logic and thoughtfulness.

Our guess is that those who have the most emotionally charged opinions likely obtain their information only from sources they already agree with.

While this is natural, that doesn’t make it productive — not for the tweeting-posting person, for the one with whom they are exchanging hurled invectives, or for society as a whole.

The Path of Influence

We offer two suggestions:

  • Understand that tact is not the same thing as compromise. We can always speak tactfully and respectfully to others without compromising our own values. In other words, yes, you can disagree and even attack an issue without personally attacking the other person.
  • If you’re going to express your opinion, first learn more about the issue. Actually make a study of the issue from the opposing side’s point of view. This was one of Abraham Lincoln’s persuasion secrets, and today it’s easier to do than ever. Watch, read, and listen to the media outlets that have the opposing views to yours, watching not to scowl and point out their flaws but to genuinely understand their point of view.

As the saying goes, “You don’t truly understand an issue until you can argue both sides.” Please don’t misinterpret this: we’re not suggesting you agree with them. We’re saying you’ll come away with a much better understanding—and communicate your own viewpoint much more effectively.

By all means, let’s continue to communicate, to have our opinions and express them. But let’s do it based on mutual respect. And that begins with us.

Bob Burg and John David Mann are coauthors of The Go-Giver Influencer. Legendary business coach Marshall Goldsmith says, “This may be the most important Go-Giver book yet—and in today’s polarized world, it could not be more timely.” Download the first two chapters at bit.ly/GGInfluencer.

WHAT SUPP?

I truly believe that your body is worthy of good care, that the body can heal itself if you give it the opportunity to do so.  Over the last 7 years as a Clinical Nutritionist, and Sports and Exercise Nutritionist some of the biggest challenges I come across both for client’s and other practitioners is the use of supplements.   Nothing gets people jumpier than a box of frogs than when you mentions supplements …………..

As a clinical nutritionist, I get asked about supplements all the time. Do we really need to supplement? Can’t we get everything we need from our food? If we do need to supplement, what are the best supplements? And there are so many options   … how can you know what’s right for you and your clients?  I also see a lot of scaremongering and misinformation out on the internet and social media.  So I am going to answer two questions……………..

  • Do you really need to Supplement?
  • Are you 100% certain your supplements are Safe?

So the first question – Do you REALLY need to supplement

I am a BIG believer in getting as many of your nutrients a day through real, whole food –  The most bio-available nutrients are those found in nature’s best multi-vitamin: a diverse, nutrient-dense real food diet, homemade and from local organic sources.

This is a goal for everyone to strive for.  If you’re not eating a diverse nutrient-dense diet, prepared from raw local and organic sources, then there’s a good chance that you need a boost from supplements.

And sadly, even if you ARE eating this way, you probably still need extra support. It’s part of modern life – we’re not outside enough to get sufficient vitamin D, if you live in the Northern hemisphere chances are that even if you are outside you are still not getting enough Vitamin D.  We are now so focused on cleanliness and anti-bacterial wipes, soaps you name it we are not playing and working in the dirt to get soil-based probiotics, add soil depletion, modern farming methods, lifestyles full of chronic stress, and massive toxic exposure to the list, and even if you’re eating the best organic diet, there’s a good chance your body still needs the extra resources.

So the short answer is yes: we all need to supplement.  How much and to what extent depends on your lifestyle, your diet and what’s currently going on in your body.

  1. Soil depletion has reduced the nutrient content of our food supply
  2. Hybrid crops provide lower-nutrient food
  3. Modern fertilizers do not supply enough trace elements
  4. Modern use of chemical pesticides and herbicides all over the world make food somewhat toxic, and damage soil microorganisms. Both of these also reduce the nutrition of the crops.
  5. Long-distance transportation of many foods diminishes their nutritional content.
  6. Food processing often drastically reduces the nutrient content of common foods such as wheat flour, rice, dairy products and others.
  7. Pasteurization and homogenization of dairy products drastically reduces the bioavailability nutrients
  8. Food additives often further deplete nutrients.
  9. Weak digestion and poor eating habits impair the absorption of nutrients.
  10. Stressful and hurried lifestyles impair digestion and use up more nutrients
  11. Chronic and acute infections and other illnesses most people have also depletes nutrients and increases nutritional needs.
  12. Almost all babies are born with congenital mineral and other deficiencies
  13. The increased use of vaccines and medical drugs can drastically deplete a person’s nutrition.
  14. Toxic chemicals and toxic metals in the air, water and elsewhere also deplete nutrients and increase the need for nutrition to combat them.
  15. Some medical procedures also drastically deplete nutrients.
  16. Special life situations require extra nutrition: babies, children, the elderly athletes, anyone who is ill, particularly those with a chronic illness, pregnant and lactating women, anyone who uses alcohol, refined sugar or recreational drugs, anyone following a vegetarian or other restricted diet for any reason such as weight loss or anything else, anyone under extra stress due to financial issues, a difficult job or marriage, or for any other reason.

Add up the numbers in these groups and you have most of the population!  So now you are convinced you need to supplement the next question is :

Are your Supplements Safe…….. Not all supplements are created equal.

I strongly encourage you to do your homework here. If you’re going to invest in supplements, for goodness sakes don’t scrip and save and buy the cheapest you can find.  Here’s a sobering fact: supplement companies are not regulated with the same kind of rigor by the FDA as pharmaceuticals.  This means there is no required quality control testing from pill to pill, or bottle to bottle. It also means you’re often getting loads of fillers and binders, sometimes accounting for as much as 40% of the supplement itself!  Which is what you are getting if you are buying cheap supplements – in this case do yourself a favour don’t waste your money!

The supplements I recommend to clients are “beyond organic” (due to the tests thev do), natural and plant based pharmaceutical grade supplements, regulated by the FDA with the same rigor as their pharmaceuticals. For example, this means that a maximum of 2% of the content can be fillers or binding agents. Testing is done on raw material as well as on the finished product and – most companies only batch test but the supplements we use are tested pill by pill and bottle by bottle

I have done a lot of research and will only ever use and recommend products in which I have the utmost confidence.  If you want to know more about the supplements I use don’t hesitate to contact me, but this is what you need to be looking out for:

  1. Most store bought supplements are loaded with binders, fillers, thickening agents and other things you don’t want to be putting in your body – remember the rule about food – it should be natural, organic etc this applies to your supplements as well
  2. Many companies with very little experience are trying to market dietary supplements
  3. Over 85% of supplements are made by third party manufacturers
  4. Most companies are not in charge of their own quality – the same as your food – if you make everything from scratch you are in charge you know what is in your food – so why buy supplements when in reality you have no idea what is in them?
  5. Does the company have third Party cGMP Certification.
  6. Potency, Purity, Safety – are the correct actives present in the optimum synergistic amounts? Does it contain the correct ingredients, are you 100% certain the product is not contaminated and safe when ingested?
  7. Highest potency is not always the best, optimum potency is the key
  8. are you 100% that all the label claims can be met
  9. Are the raw materials used pure – free of contaminants such as insects, insect fragments, animal or insect excreta, rocks, sticks, dirt, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead
  10. Free of cross contamination
  11. Do they test to parts per trillion – that is one dropper drop in three Olympic size swimming pools

Can you confidently, hand on heart answer all of these questions about the supplements you are taking and / or recommending?  If not get these questions answered.  Yes, nutraceuticals (pharmaceutical grade supplements) cost more than store bought brands but you will get the results you need.  Your health is the most important thing in the world DO NOT compromise that by taking poor quality supplements.

The World Obesity Federation show the UK is spending more than £14 billion annually treating illness caused by excess weight – such as heart disease, diabetes and liver disease.  Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death.  23 years ago 1 in 50 children had autism now it is 1 in 10 and estimated to rise to 1 in 2.  Our life expectancy at birth is 81 years of age, yet health expectancy is 71, which means that the majority of people are living the last 10 years of their life in ill health from a preventable illness.

The simplest and most effective way to increase nutrient intake, help the body to heal itself and to and reduce health care costs is through supplementation.  Once you examine the facts, the question is no longer “why supplement?” but rather “why wouldn’t you supplement?”   I truly believe that ssupplements can be used by everyone to protect against disease, eliminate deficiencies, prevent future illness, balance the body chemistry and ensure Elite Health in the long term – it’s your insurance policy.  You insure your home, your car, your pets why won’t you  insure the most precious things you own – your body and your health.

The company I use don’t guess they test, it is one of the reasons I am with them.  They conduct over 600 tests and can guarantee the Purity, Potency and Safety of every single supplement that leaves their facility.  Would you like to find out more, find out how you can access a FREE no obligation webinar to get more information and start leaving a legacy of health today.  Contact us today for more information

How Stressed Are you?

Some amount of stress is healthy, but excessive stress, left untreated, can lead to anxiety and illness.  Too much stress makes you at best ineffective, and at worst physically ill.

Stress affects everyone but it is all about how we deal with the stress and how prepared we are.  Acute (sudden or short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems go on high alert and these stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation.  However, most of us face repeated stressful situations that if not dealt with put a strain on the body that contributes to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences.  90% of all ill health has a stress/ emotional component to it.

WHAT STRESS DOES TO YOUR BODY

HEAD: mood swings, anger, depression, irritability, anxiety, lack of energy, swings in appetite, concentration problems, sleep issues, headaches, mental health issues, anxiety disorders and panic attacks

SKIN: Skin problems such as acne, hives, rosacea

JOINTS AND MUSCLES: Aches and pains, tension, lowered bone density

HEART: Increased blood pressure, higher cholesterol, increased heart beat

STOMACH: stomach cramps, acid reflux, nausea, bloating, digestive issues, diarrhoea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM: lower sperm count (men), increased pain during periods (women)

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Reduced ability to fight and recover from illness

 

Stress is immensely harmful to your health because your body reacts to it in the same way that it would react if you came upon a lion in the wild.  The reaction is not always to the same degree but there is no question that your sympathetic nervous system increases its output whenever you feel anxious, tense, frustrated, or angry (In other words, whenever you feel stressed).

The process of learning to control stress is life-long. Overcoming stress will not only contribute to better health, but it will also increase your resilience and your ability to succeed.  It is important to consider that no single method is always successful and that a combination of approaches is generally most effective

Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes are essential : enhance your overall health and stress resistance by getting regular exercise, eating a diet rich in a variety of organic vegetables particularly leafy greens, and avoiding alcohol and  caffeine.   Cut out sugar : Stressed spelled backwards is desserts and take a plant based natural magnesium supplement – remember that all supplements are not created equal!  Find out more about my go to magnesium supplement : Bodyprime.  This is the only magnesium supplement I use and recommend to all my clients and of all the supplements they use this is the one they order month in and month out.  It’s known in my clinic as the miracle mineral.  The benefits of magnesium for anxiety and stress are substantial, yet up to 75% of us are deficient.  You can read more about magnesium here and here

The best way to manage your stress in the short and long term is to learn coping strategies that you can use daily. Download my FREE 5 Simple and Easy Ways to Reduce Stress and you can start practicing these tips right away. Try one or two until you find a few that work for you. I recommend you practice these techniques until they become habits you can turn to when you feel stress.  Follow the link to get access to the FREE 5 Simple and Easy Ways to Reduce Stress : http://bit.ly/2Cr4ZW9

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.

Set Your Intentions for 2018!

Most people are saying “I hope it’s a good year” but if you set your intentions now you will set yourself up to have a great year!

We all have the ability to create our own reality, and the start of a new year is an excellent time to manifest.

The first secret to manifesting is deciding what you want. “What do YOU really want? What do YOU want out of this life?” The biggest block to people creating and manifesting is the fact that they do not know what they want.

Write it down, use a pen and paper as this helps your creativity flow : Include the material things that you would like, as well as virtues that you would like to acquire in order to become the best version of you in the next 12 months.

The best way to manifest is to manifest in Theta, if you don’t manifest in Theta you may have resistance / blocks that need clearing.  For example:  if you really want something but don’t think you deserve it or are worthy of having it you won’t be able to manifest this until you clear the feelings of not being worthy or deserving.

Contact us for your FREE Theta manifesting Meditation