September is my absolute favourite month. It is the end of the Summer hols and the beginning of ‘back-to-school season’ is a great time for self-evaluation and reflection which, if the need and desire is great enough, can lead to a change of mind, motivation and thus new, progressive behaviours.
September is the start of my new year, the beginning of a new academic year where I put my ‘house in order’ by clearing out the old – office, house, friendships which have run their course, a change to my health and lifestyle and much more. It’s a time where I have a burst of inspiration and energy to take on new projects and learn something of value.
Unlike January, which in the Northern Hemisphere, is cold, dark and quite depressive with its lack of sunlight, not to mention the bingey Christmas excesses, September marks the end of a long Summer, where we’ve packed so much in (because of the longer daylight hours) and we’re most probably bbq’d out! The good thing is, we often enjoy the phenomenon known as an Indian Summer, a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather which we’ve been experiencing more here in the UK which makes it easier for us to make change because it’s warm, comfortable and the air is charged with renewal and possibility where we have an urge to be and do something different.
For most of us, this change is usually around our physical health, centred around taking more exercise or making much needed changes to our diet, e.g. Stoptober – quitting smoking in September, Go Sober for October – not drinking alcohol during October. Whilst this is a wonderful thing to do to give your body a break for a whole month (not to mention raising funds for worthwhile causes), we usually feel that we’re so deprived that when we do recommence, we binge all over again thus negating the good effects.
But, is our health just physical? well no, it is not just the absence of illness, it’s the presence of joy, vitality, fun, as well as a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives, so in this regard, we can consider our health to be physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Louise Hay, one of the greatest women to grace our Earth, an Angel who led by example and was instrumental in bringing to our attention the New Age revolution of Self-Help, passed away in her sleep a couple of days ago leaving a legacy that encourages us to make change, a change, no matter how small, because truly, only YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE. You can’t change somebody else, but you can change yourself.
“Think thoughts that make you happy. Do things that make you feel good. Be with people who make you feel good. Eat things that make your body feel good. Go at a pace that makes you feel good.”
― Louise L. Hay, You Can Heal Your Life
I’m travelling much of September, up home to South Shields to spend time with my Mam and taking her to see Neil Sedaka, a belated Birthday present. I shall be going to Tuscany for a few days to celebrate my Silver Wedding Anniversary with my lovely Husband Miles and at the end of the month, I shall be travelling with my friends and colleagues to Barcelona to attend a conference based on gut-health research and new innovations in nutritional boosters – an intrinsic part of my work to help you feel good inside and out.
Although September is a time of renewal and focus, in truth, each day is brimming with possibility.
What changes will you be making this September, what one act of self-care will you implement?
Until next time, wishing you happy, cosy, Autumnul love-filled days.
Last month I wrote on how it really was not a good idea to do a body cleanse or detox during the Winter months as it was too harsh for the body. Well now, we’re waking up from our slumber, there’s light at the end of that long Winter tunnel and now we can Spring forward to lighter, brighter days. And man do we need an internal SPRING CLEAN?!!
This month, I want to talk about this thing called the Human Microbiome, which really is just a posh word for the super organisms that live on us, and in this instance, inside of us, particularly our gut.
By definition, the Microbiome is a sort of min-ecosystem, a little housing estate made up of communities of different types of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, parasites and worms, all of which call our bodies ‘home’.
What do we mean by the ‘gut’?
The gut is a collection of organs, running from the mouth to the bowels, with help from the stomach, liver, pancreas and gallbladder along the way. All of these structures work together to extract the greatest amount of nutrition from whatever we choose to eat.
Your internal ecology has everything to do with your health and whilst the gut is smart and complex, it is also very vulnerable. Lifestyle factors directly impact your gut barrier and can lead to leaky gut (think tea bag with perforations, when you pull it apart, it splits, it’s fragile), including eating certain foods, drinking too much alcohol, not eating foods rich in fibre, rubbish quality sleep and unhappy, ‘out of balance’ hormones such as cortisol, insulin and melatonin. The gut wall is made up of only a single layer of tiny cells, which allow in nutrients and water while keeping out bacteria, large proteins, and other toxins. You can think of the gut wall as the bouncer of the club of your body, giving access only to those worthy of entry while blocking the entrance to the bad guys. But you must remember that the bouncer is more vulnerable than you may realise; he’s an easy target for attack in greater numbers.
When the gut wall develops tiny holes in it, it’s as if the bouncer has left the door unattended plus opened several other entrances, allowing bad guys to flood in and wreak havoc. Considering that the gut wall is only a thin layer of cells, it’s easy to imagine how toxins often sneak past it and find their way in to the rest of your body. This is exactly what happens when you have a leaky gut: unwanted toxins crash your party, trash your immune system, and the body shuts down with inflammation. As a result, you get fat, cranky, tired, and bloated. The scientific name for leaky gut syndrome is intestinal hyper-permeability.
What are the signs of unhealthy digestion?
• Acid reflux
• Throat and nose issues (clearing throat, runny nose, etc.)
• Inflammation anywhere in the body
• Skin disorders anywhere on the body
• Negative reactions to food, particularly food sensitivities, intolerances
• Loose stools or constipation
• Weight gain and inability to lose fat
• Lack of energy
• ‘Brain Fog’, poor concentration, memory loss
Our bodies rely on proper enzymes and healthy microbes to work with pathogenic bacteria and to produce anti-bacterial cultures in order to strengthen the intestinal walls and to support our immune system.
When in harmonious balance, these microbes helpfully aid our digestion, make vitamins and other nutrients, break down dietary toxins, strengthen the body’s internal barrier against the contents of gut, prevent overgrowth of bacteria which can make us unwell, and can even influence our immune system and mood (Butel, 2014). But when out of balance, these microbes can also have the potential to wreak health havoc, too.
Today we are challenged on many fronts: lifestyle and diet, deficient intestinal flora, stress, toxic chemicals in our food/water/environment, consumption of alcohol, and frequent use of antibiotics all deplete our healthy supply of beneficial enzymes and bacteria. This allows disease to take hold beginning with yeast strains. Supplementing with friendly bacteria help keep harmful bacteria from multiplying in our intestines.
Poor digestion will eventually cause our health to break down with all sorts of illnesses. For example:
– Autoimmune disorders – Fibromyalgia, ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, etc.
– All digestive disorders, commonly categorised as I.B.S. inc. Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
– Food and general allergies
– Chronic viral infections
– Hepatitis / Liver cirrhosis and biliary disease
– Mental illness – Depression and all variants
– Brain disorders inc. Alzheimer’s
– Clinical infections
– And more…
The trend of mental illness is particularly disturbing and related to enzyme deficiencies.
I therefore now see the ‘gut’ not only as an organ system, but as an ecosystem too.
So what’s the solution?
I have written a very comprehensive booklet which outlines The Pure21 Gut Microbiome Rehab Programme and includes what the Microbiome is, how it gets destroyed and what can be done to heal the gut. Take some time to read the booklet and see where you fit into it, i.e. whether you can recognise your own health issues as part of it – click the link – http://bit.ly/2mPTE6G
Pure21 is a 21 day programme which follows a protein and phytonutrient rich eating plan. It provides a simple way to choose quality food to promote achieving your health goals by focusing on servings of real food and not calories. Ensuring you eating the right number of servings each day will ensure your blood sugars stay balanced. The programme itself will provide the platform for reversing years of old habits, symptoms that you have lived with that you consider ‘normal’ and congestive illnesses that are very debilitating; it will help you to repair and heal your gut on the pathway to optimal health. The programme will provide you with the education and understanding to take actionable, achievable and sustainable steps to look, feel and move better leading to greater health and wellbeing – emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.
The list of health benefits is not exhaustive and includes:
Natural weight loss as the body’s hormones coming back into balance
Greater emotional resilience and lighter mood
Greater function in digestion with the body able to absorb and utilise nutrients
Ease in movement with aches, pains and inflammation considerably diminished, if not completely eradicated
And so much more…
If you have any questions and / or you feel this is right for you and you would like to take part into the special introductory Pure21 Gut Microbiome Rehab Programme which starts after Easter on 18 April, please get in touch. If you know of anyone else who would benefit from the programme, then please forward it on.
You will find a link below to a short video on the Microbiome as well as quality assurance on the natural, organic neutraceuticals* that are used during the programme.
*A neutraceutical is any product derived from food sources with extra health benefits in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foods. This is in direct contrast to synthetic nutritional boosters available on the market that are not food-based and are made up of inferior quality ingredients and fillers which are not absorbed by the body and are therefore directly eliminated during the excretory process. –
To find out whether The Pure21 Gut Microbiome Rehab Programmemay be right for you, click this link – http://bit.ly/2mPTE6G