Be Proactive – Not Reactive : A common Cause of Bloating

A common cause of Bloating is a ‘Leaky Gut’

The gut has many functions that it perfoms:

  • It is repsonsible for digesting our food
  • Part of the diegetsion process is breaking down and absorbing tiny food particles to be converted into energy
  • Vitamins and minerals are absorbed through the gut lining into the blood stream
  • It helps to detoxify the body
  • The gut contains antibodies that act as the first line of defense against infections

So lets explore what happens with ‘Leaky Gut’ ………………..the lining of the gut becomes damaged and ends up looking like an old jersey with holes in it as oposed to a new jersey where all the stitches are tight and close together, when these holes become larger bacteria, toxins and food leak into the body and this creates inflammation and damage and disrupts the optimal functioning of the system.

The large food particles are foreign to the body’s defense system, so the immune system goes on alert and attacks them, resulting in the production of antibodies against once harmless foods and this then leads to food sensitivities, and following on from this essential minerals and vitamins are not broken down and absorbed into the body causing furhter issues and weakening the immune system, as the body is not receiving the nutrients it needs and we can end up with vitamin and more detrimental mineral deficiencies.

The next step is that the gut is inflamed, it si not able to break down and absorb food and nutrients properly and this leads to FATIGUE and BLOATING. The bodies detox pathways are compromised, which results in chemical sensitivities and the liver becomes overburdened as it finds it difficult to handle everyday chemicals and toxins and the body is not able to ward of bacteria, viruses, yeast and parasites……… and so the cyle goes and it turns into a vicious circle.

The increased toxic load on the body has the effect of making the nervous and immune systems hypersensitive and this could lead to autoimmune problems.

 So what causes a leaky gut?

There are many factors that can increase the permeability of the intestinal wall such as processed foods, alcohol and caffeine, prescription medication especially antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication, over the counter medication, antacids, food additives, refined carbohydrates (suagr and flour) and stress.

The symptoms of leaky gut are many and varied and include: abdominal pain, heartburn, insomnia, bloating, anxiety, gluten intolerance, malnutrition, muscle cramps and pains, poor exercise tolerance and food allergies. In fact all those that are symptoms of IBS.

In my next post, I will be sharing some ideas on how you find relief.

But if you don’t want to wait  and you are suffering from bloating, you feel that you have tried everything, you feel that whatever you eat or don’t eat still causes your bloatin, you are sturggling and looking for answers then I would like to offer you a  “Beat the Bloat” Breakthrough Sessions to help start addressing this issue. There are ONLY 5 slots available and the “doors close” next Wednesday 29th July to grad your FREE  “Beat the Bloat” Breakthrough Sessions.  If you want to grab the chance of having this FREE consultation with me book now: email my lovely assistant Riley: vpriley@btinternet.com.  I only have space for a limited number and I anticipate this will fill up quickly so please act quickly if you think this would help you.
During this 1-to-1 session, we’ll work together to…

Create a crystal clear vision for the ideal life you’ll be living when you have your symptoms under control.

Identify hidden challenges and obstacles that may be getting in the way of you identifying your trigger foods so that you can start to address them.

You’ll leave the session with a renewed belief that you can finally get your symptoms under control.

 

To claim your special “Beat the Bloat Breakthrough Session” today, just click here : vpriley@btinternet.com

(Please allow up to 45 minutes for this Breakthrough session.)

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The gut: food allergies, skin conditions, and mental health

The gut needs good bacteria to to be a barrier, neutralize toxins and metabolize vitamins – our intestine is naturally porous, and we depend on our friendly bacteria to form a barrier to prevent large proteins (like gluten (from wheat and grains) and casein/lactose (from dairy)) and toxins from going through the gut wall and into the bloodstream. Once these particles enter the bllod stream it cuases a reactiion and inflammtion within the body. The role of the gut flora is to neutralize, metabolize, and further break down our food and transport vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients across the gut wall.

If we do not having enough good gut bacteria, the presence of bad ‘opportunistic’ bacteria creates further problems by releasing toxins into the bloodstream, which affect the body in a number of ways such as gas, bloating, pain, headaches, brain fog etc.

We have “bad” bacteria in our system as it does have a role to play but we can wipe out the good bacteria with medication and antibiotics and this allows the bad bacteria to establish colonies because there aren’t enough good bacteria to crowd them out.

The gut also has our ‘second brain’ in it, there is actually neural tissue in the gut that helps regulate the emotions. When the gut is not healthy, anxiety, depression, and other moods aren’t kept in check.

Allergies and other chronic health conditions such as inflammation and skin issues are primarily from either undigested particles going through a ‘leaky gut’ and then the body reacting to the ‘foreign’ materials, or a response the body has to the chemicals emitted by the pathogenic bacteria that have colonized in the gut.

Do you have Cheerleaders…….

Over the last few months I had been trying to implement several changes in my practice, and I admit I have been struggling with this, you may wonder what this has to do with having IBS or any illness but I will get to the point………..from feedback from my clients over the years, I know that implementing changes in what they eat and their lifestyle has been a challenge, so although these are slightly different areas, the problem and the solution are the same for any challenge or change we need to make, whether this is work related or health related. I was reminded about the whole idea of trying to change too many things at once, becoming overwhelmed and failing to implement the changes, and one of the major reasons we fail to implement changes is due to lack of support and accountability. Often we may either know what to do or we have an idea of what needs to be done, but we still don’t do it because we will do it “tomorrow” and you all know what tomorrow never comes.

I like to change things overnight – but in some cases this doesn’t work in creating long term success, we can get overwhelmed and 9 times out of 10 give up as it becomes too difficult or you start failing on one change and think “oh well it doesn’t matter, if I can’t get that one thing right why bother with the rest” – does this sound familiar?

So why do we struggle?
Most of us try to make changes alone and you may end up faltering because of one slip up, there is no one to support you and cheer you on and then you may end failing as mentioned earlier we tell ourselves, that it is too hard and talk ourselves out of it, we convince ourselves that it was never going to work so we can justify our actions and feel better about it – I know you are all smiling it’s human nature we have all done this possibly many, many times over. I know I have!

So how can you make changes successfully? Join a group, find your cheerleaders, jump on over to my facebook page and/or subscribe to my newsletters where I offer support for my community, take the first step -in finding your “cheerleaders”

After struggling for a few months on my own, trying to make the changes I needed to make, I decided to find my cheerleaders, so I signed up and paid for a four day course that helped me define the changes I needed to make and I have ongoing personal support and in a week I have made some changes that I have been needing to make for months and the funny thing is I tell my clients this all the time…….. you need support, find a support network. I now call these people cheerleaders: (*warning: these may or may not be the people closest to you…….). These are the people who will support you through your lifestyle changes, the ones who will talk you out of rather than into eating the things that may not be healthy or helpful to you by reminding you of your goal. Do you find that in most instances everyone says “one biscuit wouldn’t hurt” or “one cup of coffee won’t make any difference” – these people bless them are not your cheerleaders. Most often they are the people who are the closest to us and it is not that they want us to fail, but if we are successful at making changes it means they may have to look at their habits and lifestyle and make changes and that may be uncomfortable for them.

In my personal experience and the experience with my clients I find the best ways to do this is through a group that will offer you support, it gives you the motivation to succeed and make successful changes. Because of this I offer “cheerleading” to all my clients. Mostly, they know they can do it, but sometimes they just need the support to know that someone else knows they can do it too.

Getting support, understanding and feedback from people who may have been in the situation you are in or still are and finding their way through it and allowing you to help others, is essentail on yoru healing journey – in my experience you will always get support from others, you just need to ask, share your experience and help others in a postive way on their health journey and this in turn will help you.

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Accessing the Power of Gratitude by Kerry Madgwick

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list?

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

  • Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
  •  Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
  • Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
  • Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
  • When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
  • Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.

 

 

 

 

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