on theThe number one reason why you shouldn’t eat on the go is because of the effect it has on your digestion, the second reason is that it may lead to weight gain….. Many scientific studies have explored the benefits of eating more slowly and chewing food longer and this is difficult to do if you are eating on the go.

Eating on the go does not allow you to relax and eat mindfully and therefore can cause stress in the body and affect the way your digestions works.[bctt tweet=”Eating on the go causes stress on the digeston”]

Amongst many other states, the body has two states where it is either in “fight or flight” or “rest and digest”. These states work opposite to each other like a see-saw, so similar to a see saw where you can only be either up or down, not up and down at the same time you can only be in “fight or flight” or “rest and digest” now you may be wondering why and how this relates to eating on the go…… when we eat on the go we are in “fight or flight” mode, simply because you are on the go, you are moving and do things so the body is prepared for movement and is not in a state of “rest and digest”, we need to be in a state of “rest and digest” in order for the body to break down or food properly, so we can absorb and utilise the nutrients.

Digestion under Stress – Eating on the Go

Our digestion is controlled by the enteric nervous system; this is composed of hundreds of millions of nerves that communicate with our central nervous system. As mentioned stress activated the “fight or flight” response and our gut is especially vulnerable to the presence of any form of stress. Digestion can shut down because the central nervous shuts down the flow of blood to the digestive system and this affects the contractions of the digestive muscles (gut motility), decreases gastric secretions, and increase mucosal permeability. This all means that the food that we are eating is not being properly broken down and digested and this can lead to issues such as gas, bloating, belching and acid reflux and worst case scenario if you are always eating on the go this can lead to inflammation of the gastrointestinal system.

So it is important to eat mindfully and with no interruptions to induce the state of “rest and digest” allowing your food to be broken down and absorbed properly and for you to process that you have eaten a meal otherwise as you can see below this can lead to weight gain.

Eating on the go may also lead to weight gain

A new study published in the Journal of Health Psychology has found that people who eat on the go may increase their food intake later in the day which leads to weigh gain. This may be because we are distracted which disrupts our ability to process the impact eating has on our hunger.

Eating on the Go Affects our chewing: The benefits of chewing

Most people chew and swallow their food without thinking about it, and this is more common with people who eat on the go, when eating on the go you are probably wolfing down your food and not chewing enough. What happens is by not chewing enough you shortchange your nutrition, because digestion actually begins in your mouth, the chewing process is an important part of the digestion as this makes it easier for you intestines to absorb nutrients from food particles

Chewing has many benefits:

  • Signaling: Chewing sends signals to your body to get ready for digestion; it starts the secretion of hormones, and prepares the body for secretion of hydrochloric acid, enzymes and bicarbonate are essential for good digestion
  • Saliva: Your saliva contains digestive enzymes which are necessary for the first phase of digestion;
  • Bacteria: Chewing discourages food-borne bacteria from entering your gut on plus-sized food particles. An overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria in your gut may lead to gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, and other digestive problems

So be mindful when you eat [bctt tweet=”Be mindful when you eat”]slow down, chew more and savour your food, this will benefit your body, mind and spirit and only eat on the go is you absolutely have to.

How Does Drinking Too Much Coffee Affect Your Health?

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Coffee dependency

In the UK people consume 70 million cups of coffee a day. Most of us understand that caffeine is habit-forming but we may not understand the affects it has on our health, and one of the reasons why caffeine is so hard to give up is that we may develop a strong dependency on it for a number of physiological, psychological and emotional reasons.

– Physiological: Caffeine has measurable physical effects in the body, increasing our pulse, heart rate and respiration.
– Psychological: We love to share the caffeine ritual with friends.
– Emotional: We look forward to the times of day when we consume caffeine as treasured, oasis-like moments.

Many of us develop deep-seated habits specific to our caffeine consumption: Some people drink coffee to wake up in the morning or right before an important meeting, others have a caffeinated drink after lunch because they think it keeps them awake.


Over time, we find that our response to caffeine changes so that, ultimately, we aren’t in charge anymore – the body needs caffeine to feel “normal” or have energy. When we try to ignore the desire for caffeine, we find ourselves experiencing withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are often uncomfortable enough to cause some to surrender to caffeine dependency.

In fact drinking coffee has become so addictive that some people can’t get through the day without downing several cups in the morning, noon and night. It has even evolved into a social drink, with consumers spending generously on sugar-loaded concoctions from numerous chains of coffee shops that have become giant brands.

Coffee and toxins

Drinking coffee daily can compound toxins in your body. This toxic exposure and overload can increase your risk of insomnia, stroke and Heart Disease.

Unless you drink organic coffee, it is very likely that the plants and beans have been exposed to pesticides that contribute to several cancers and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee is also known to disrupt absorption of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body to function properly.

The caffeine doesn’t have any nutritional value either and has been linked to diabetes. In pregnant women, it increases the risk of having a miscarriage or a low birth weight baby.

Health hazards

– Heart disease
– High cholesterol levels
– Fluid loss in your body
– Rheumatoid Arthritis
– Stroke
– Damaged blood vessels
– Insomnia
– Anxiety symptoms

– Liver: caffeine is a drug-like substance and the liver immediately sets about clearing it from the system
– Brain: caffeine has some potent psychoactive effects that make it habit-forming, if you’ve been consuming a lot of caffeine every day, you’ll notice unpleasant symptoms as you reduce your intake.

On average, it takes the body about 5–8 hours to eliminate caffeine, and your caffeine intake can impact your liver function. If you are continuously drinking caffeine the body is continually trying to get rid of (detox) the caffeine putting your liver under strain as it has over 500 other tasks to perform and will begin to be overburdened.

Simple and effective ways to cut back or eliminate caffeine

– Time your quit date to coincide with a vacation, so you won’t fall under any peer-pressure

– Enjoy a massage or other treatment as a reward rather than caffeine

– Provide nutritional support — include good quality protein and good fats to keep cravings to a minimum.

– Drink at least 2-3 litres of pure water – water is the ultimate thirst-quenching, health-promoting drink.

– Go for a walk and listen to your favourite music – find ways to reduce stress – this will also ease symptoms of withdrawal. Consider acupuncture, gentle exercise and meditation.

For most people, it’s probably a lot easier and less painful to detox from caffeine a little at a time. Start the day with hot water and lemon rather than caffeine and if you need to have coffee ensure that you have it before 12 noon and then continue to reduce this over a few days. If your goal is total abstinence for health reasons you may decide to quit right away or taper off and then give up coffee altogether.

Common symptoms of caffeine “withdrawal”

Here are some common symptoms of withdrawal to be aware of:

– Headaches (A throbbing, pressure-type headache is the most common symptom of both “overdose” and withdrawal.)
– Fatigue
– Sluggishness
– Daytime drowsiness
– Inability to focus
– Irritability
– Depression
– Anxiety
– Reduced sense of well-being

You may notice these symptoms as your system adjusts to lower levels of caffeine, but most symptoms should disappear after a week without caffeine. You can also supplement with extra vitamin C and as mentioned above take regular breaks, enjoy a walk, and get to bed on time.

There’s more…

Note: For some people, the love affair with caffeine is complicated by its presence in many over-the-counter and prescription drugs, or by close associations with other habits like nicotine. In these cases, I would recommend a supported natural and herbal detox – remove the caffeine and add in more support

This is because it is your liver that breaks caffeine down so you can eliminate it from your body. I recommend you speak to a Nutritional Therapist about this and specific supplements that can support the liver as it goes through the detox process.

Detoxifying process

These include:
Natural and supported detox
vitamin C (also helps with withdrawal symptoms and supports adrenal function)
-B vitamins
-trace minerals
-amino acids (may also help balance energy levels)
-milk thistle

You can greatly reduce stress on your liver by eliminating foods and drinks that are likely to contain toxins or allergens, and make sure to eat enough protein. An alkaline diet is good for your health for many reasons it provides the mineral salts and antioxidants that help during detoxification.

One of the best tips for cutting down on caffeine is to drink a big glass of pure water or a cup of warm water with half a freshly squeezed lemon immediately upon waking, before you take in any caffeine. That helps quench simple thirst. Then eat your breakfast as soon as possible, making sure it includes clean protein.

Stay on top

If you’re worried you might lose your edge if you quit caffeine, consider this: your body and mind are not designed to be ‘switched on’ all day, every day. Your body works best when you respect its natural rhythm, there are times for energetic activity and time for rest and relaxation.

The periods of rest and relaxation allow the body to detoxify and repair, so respect these natural rhythms and reduce your dependency on caffeine. This also ensures you reduce the damaging impact it may be having on your health.

So be good to your body, improve y0ur health and cut the caffeine!

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Toxins and Health

Did you know that women absorb an estimated five pounds of chemicals a year just from the makeup they use!

This toxicity adds to the toxic burden placed on our bodies and is one of the reasons at Kerry’s Natural Health Solutions that we recommend cleansing with the seasons. As we move from autumn into winter it is an ideal time to cleanse to prepare the body for winter, you know how you feel a little more sluggish in the winter, as the days get colder and darker A cleanse helps to boost your energy, put that spring in your step and keep you active and dancing all winter long, avoiding the dreaded winter weight gain!

We face numerous problems with toxins in our environment and it becomes very important that we support the body as it takes extra nutrients to help break down these toxins and eliminate them from the system, all the additional toxins we’re exposed to put an extra burden on the body’s nutrient reserves and when we are bundled up during the winter and not getting enough sunlight and fresh air there is an added burden on the body. 

There are two kinds of toxins the body has to eliminate:

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Is Bloating ruining your Life?

This is the most common thing I am asked about – bloating and what to do about it.  In an earlier post I gave you some of the reasons for bloating click here to read this information.

When we end up with excessive gas and bloating this is usually due to imbalances in our friendly bacteria and / or problems digesting certain foods.  When the foods are not broken down and digested properly this leads to issues with inflammation, leaky gut and fermentation of the food and leads to gas and bloating.  The solution that most people are given are usually “have more fibre” or “take probiotics”  done in the correct way with guidance these both can be helpful strategies, but they can sometimes temporarily make things worse.

Taking a good quality pro and pre biotic is essential to restore the good bacteria but this needs to be introduced and increased slowly and the right strains of bacteria must be included in the supplements – this is something I can’t stress enough – I have taken probiotics in the wrong doses and not realising they had additives and fillers that were making my bloating worse rather than helping me.  I will include details of the products I use at the end.

Bloating puts pressure on the stomach and can contribute to the development of a hiatal hernia.  When bloating is frequent the ileocecal valve can become swollen and inflamed and instead of remaining closed it remains open.  The purpose of this valve, is to prevent the backwards flow of waste from your large intestine into the small intestine and should be closed except for when waste needs to be disposed of from the small to the large intestine.

When dealing with any health issue, it is always important to get to the root of the problem, in order to reduce the symptoms or solve the problem. If you only address the symptoms and do not get to the root of the problem then you are simply “sticking a plaster on” and hoping for the best.  In order to get to the root of the problem two things are required:

You need to have an open mind and

You need to be a detective,

Below I have outlined the basic protocols and strategies recommend by most health professionals and these are the ones we use at Kerry’s Natural Health Solutions.

In order to get at the root of the symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome, to reduce the inflammation and restore the health of your gut wall, the first step you need to take is to remove the problem foods and then repair the gut wall with the right nutrients and restore the good bacteria.


The most common offenders are Gluten, dairy, and soy, but you might be surprised to learn even healthy foods like nuts, eggs, and the nightshade family of vegetables can also create food sensitivities. When you eat these foods frequently, they remain in your system, slip through your gut wall, and trigger inflammation and the symptoms we discussed before. Depending on how severely these foods affect you, it is best to completely eliminate them but you can test by rotating them if they don’t affect you too severely –  this is done for a period of time usually 3 – 12 weeks, and then you reintroduce them to your diet.

It is best to keep a food journal and be aware the gluten, eggs and soy hide in a number of places – gluten is in many processed foods, meats and can be in places you would least expect such as mustard and tomato sauce.  Eggs will be in most baked goods and in most salad dressings.  Soy can also hide in may places and soy products are becoming popular alternatives to dairy but this is not always you best option.


It is important to heal the gut wall so that proteins can’t slip through and wreak havoc. Curcumin, ginger and aloe are among the nutrients that help repair leaky gut syndrome. Other nutrients include

Ginger : a powerful anti-inflammatory that benefits in reducing gut inflammation

Digestive enzymes : enzymes help your food break down efficiently so it doesn’t irritate the gut lining , they also help  to remove pathogens, toxins, and other harmful substances that can harm the gut wall and trigger inflammation.


Probiotics : help reduce inflammation, repopulate beneficial bacteria, and strengthen your gut wall.


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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.

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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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