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.

Remove

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.

Repair

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.

Restore

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

 

I have included links to the products that we recommend at Kerry’s Natural Health  Solutions.  As I mentioned it is vital to take great quality supplements that are food based and manufactured to the highest pharmaceutical grade standard and that is why we use and recommend the products below:NATURAL-BADGE

Probiotics : click here – a unique high potency formula of natural live bacteria

Digestive Enzymes : click here – a full spectrum enzyme supplement (from plant sources) that helps break down food in your stomach, making it easier to digest

Aloe Vera Juice : click here – In Ayurveda, Aloe Vera has many years of traditional use as a carrier to deliver other nutrients directly to where they’re needed

If you’re new to the idea of taking supplements, take our quick and easy on-line Lifestyle Quiz (click here)– with instant results, it will help you to decide which Products are right for you

 

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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