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Leaky Gut

Have you heard of Leaky Gut? It sounds gross, but it’s a real thing. The medical term is Increased Intestinal Permeability. In short, it means that there are little holes in your gut. Substances that are normally not allowed through, like toxins, bacteria or undigested foods, are now entering the blood stream and causing inflammation inside your body

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As hippocrates said “All disease starts in the gut” more and more studies have shown that Leaky Gut is the root cause of allergies, thyroid issues, skin problems, mental diseases, weight gain and many many more. Read more here.

Dr Axe seems to be the leading man when it comes to Leaky Gut. His book is called “Eat Dirt”. It is really fascinating. If what he says is true, then virtually every disease can be prevented and even reversed by healing the gut! In his book he also explains how to heal your gut, which is basically to remove the toxins that wreak havoc, replace them with healing foods, repair with supplements and rebalance with probiotics and lifestyle change. Please read more here.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Bloating
  • Food sensitivities
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Skin issues
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight gain

If you suffer from one of these, I urge you to look into your gut. Most people have leaky gut and don’t even know it.

If you find out you do suffer from Leaky Gut I would advise you to seek treatment with your normal physician or find someone who knows more about it. Studies on Leaky Gut are very recent so not all physicians may be up to date, so don’t be surprised if your doctor has never heard of it.

If you want more information please comment below or email me and I will try to help you out as best as I can. I am not here to diagnose or worry you! I just want you to be informed and know that most ailments can be fixed by fixing the gut. Most of us don’t even know we have “ailments” because we have been living with them forever and have never known a different way.

Listen to your body and trust yourself! You know your body and mind best!

Dr. Axe created a small quiz to test if you suffer from Leaky Gut. Click here to download the quiz. It is a yes or no questionnaire and if you answered yes to more than 4 questions you are at a high risk to have leaky gut. You can then go on and take this quiz to find out which type you have. Dr Axe then provides you with a program you can follow to fix it.

Want to know more about Gut Health? I am hosting a Workshop  on Gut Health delivered to you by Clare Marie Pilates & Wellness.   For more information please click here.

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5 Surprising Facts About Your Gut

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We have all heard about our gut and the microbes living inside us. Here are 5 facts that you may not know about your gut:

  1. Your body has more microbes than human cells

Bacteria are everywhere!! There are more bacteria on your hand than there are people in the world! But before you rush off to wash you hands – not that that would do any good – know that most bacteria are good for us. After 1000s of years of evolution we have found a way to co-exist. The bacteria that reside in your gut cannot live without us and we cannot live without them. It is estimated that there are 100 trillion bacteria residing in your large intestine. That is 10 times more than human cells. Think about it, we have 10 times more bacterial DNA than human DNA. Hopefully this makes you realize how important it is to keep them as friends and not as enemies.

2. Bacteria can be good and bad for you

You are probably aware that germs can make you sick. What you may not know is that many bacteria are very important to keep you healthy and to help you fight off infection. The bacteria in our gut can either be our friends and protect us from harm or our enemies that make us sick. Whether or not we are healthy highly depends on the type of bacteria that reside in our gut.

Your gut can only hold a specific number of bacteria and everyone is fighting to get a spot in your gut. However, the bacteria need to eat, so it is important what you feed them. If you feed the bad bacteria, they will become strong and take up residence in your gut, but if you feed the good bacteria, they will become stronger and take up the place of the bad ones. I’ll let you guess which ones eat at your local farmers market and which ones eat at McDonald’s.

3. Diversity is important

To give your gut the best chance for good health it is important that there are many different types of bacteria in your gut. Having many different species of bacteria in your gut will act as a buffer against collapse. If one species disappear then there are still others present to avoid total collapse. However, imagine if you only have a few different species, then when one disappears there are more chances for bad ones to take up residence and to dominate.

Here are some numbers to relate to: The average American hosts about 1200 different species and the average American Indian living in the Amazonas in Venezuela hosts about 1600 different species. I am going to let you guess which one suffers from more lifestyle related diseases that originate in the gut.

4. Our microbiota is as unique to us as our fingerprints.

Your gut microbiota reacts to the world around and within you, and as a result, your microbiota is unique and distinct, like a fingerprint. Even identical twins that have identical DNA have a different microbiota. Siblings or children growing up very closely tend to have more similar microbiota. This is probably due to having a similar lifestyle and eating similar foods.

5. Our microbiota has the capacity to change over time

Our microbiota goes through a dynamic journey from birth, through childhood, to adulthood, old age and death. Our microbiota changes over time and is very closely related to what we eat, how we live and what we expose ourselves to. This means that by changing our microbiota, we can change our health.

Do you want to know more about our microbiota and why is it so important for our health? Then you are in luck. Wednesday 30th November I will be hosting a workshop on Gut Health, organized by Clare Marie Pilates & Wellness. For booking please email Clare and for more information please click here.

5 secrets to healthy living and weight loss

Did you know that being overweight or living unhealthily increases your risk of many lifestyle related diseases, like autoimmune diseases, cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, and obesity.

Did you know that there are things you can do that would really help you lose weight and hence decrease the risk of getting sick.

Here are 5 of them:

  1. Mindful eating.

Most of us eat too fast and do not really appreciate what we are eating. We often eat while doing something else like working on the computer or watching TV.

The pleasure in eating lies in slowing down! Chew your food and really taste it! Look at the food you’re eating, smell it and notice what you are thinking. Chew each bite at least 30 times and breathe! Turn off the phone, computer or TV. Really be present! Appreciate what you are nourishing your body with.

  1. hara hachi bu

This is a Japanese proverb that means “eat until you are 80% full”. This makes so much sense, as it takes the brain approximately 20 minutes to receive the signal from the stomach that it is full and it’s ok to stop eating. Most of us have lost our ability to listen to our bodies. It takes practice, but you can learn to listen to it again. Try to eat until you are 80% full. I promise you that your body does not need more!

  1. Drink more water

Did you know that your body is made up of between 60-75% water? It’s no surprise that how much you drink can affect your health. Too much water could result in mineral imbalances, while too little could cause dehydration, headaches, or fatigue.

Everywhere you read about water, there is a different recommendation for how much water to drink. Listen to your body and always have water with you! Start your day with water and keep drinking throughout the day. Drink less in the evenings to avoid toilet breaks during the night!

Find your own rhythm, but do drink more water!

  1. Distribute your food

Let’s say you need to eat about 100 units per day (don’t bother worrying about what a unit is or why we need 100, it is just an example). Think about distributing these units throughout the day.

If you used 30 on breakfast, 5 on a midmorning snack and then have a big lunch of 40 units, then you are only left with 25 units for afternoon snack and dinner. In other words, if you have a big lunch, then have a smaller dinner. If you want dessert then only have it once day. Don’t have it after lunch AND after dinner. Choose one and be happy about it. There is always tomorrow. It’s about finding a healthy balance.

  1. Limit your alcohol consumption

If you are going out and you want to drink alcohol, then be smart about it. Firstly, hydrate throughout the day so you don’t mess up your system too much in the evening. Then, eat lightly throughout the day, so you still have a few units to spare when drinking. Finally, choose your alcohol right. Wine has the fewest calories and you don’t need to drink too much before feeling it. Liquor is even better, but watch what you mix it with. Enjoy a gin without the tonic or rum without the coke. If you have to have beer, especially in football season, then have ONE! Enjoy it and then drink wine or liquor the rest of the evening.

I hope this makes sense. I promise you that if you follow these guidelines that you will feel better!

Weight loss doesn’t have to be hard! You need to be smart about it and take one step at a time! If you need more support or guidance, then book a free coaching session with me. Click here to book your session!

Please let me know if you have comments or questions.