You may even be making positive changes, but need more help or would like more guidance. I’m here to help and support you.
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Stress, environmental toxins and the typical Western diet can deplete your gut health and have been linked to the development of chronic disease – hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, stress-related illnesses, anxiety, depression, fatigue, chronic pain, autoimmune conditions and trouble conceiving. Incorporating these tips to detox your body every day of your life is a very important and exciting step forward for your health.
What you plant in your garden is very important, but so is the soil, because unless that is healthy, your plants (microbiome) won’t grow! Our focus is now on repairing the leaky gut and we begin to heal and seal the gut wall and replenish the beneficial bacteria with the introduction of probiotics and healing foods. Detoxification begins with a special blend of herbal medicine and antioxidants to support the liver and kidneys and the release of toxins.
So why detox?
When we detox the body, not only are we supporting the natural detoxification pathways, we are also improving the function of our digestive system, reducing inflammation and alleviating chronic pain, restoring hormone balance (your liver is responsible for detoxifying your hormones) and even supporting your mental health naturally.
Now we have established the good gut bacteria, the final stage is all about nourishing, feeding and providing a harmonious home for them. Prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants and vitamins and minerals can support your microbiome, your eliminatory organs and your entire system.
Here are some signs that you may need a detox:
. Low immunity
. Weight plateau
. Disturbed sleep
. Hormonal Imbalance
. Nausea and bad breath
. Swelling and fluid retention
. Low energy and feeling ‘flat’
. Chronic pain and headaches
. Muscle and joint pain and swelling
. Food intolerances or sensitivities
. Autoimmune / Thyroid conditions
. Prolonged periods of stress and anxiety
. Irritated skin, rashes, eczema or acne
. Fatigue, brain fog and unable to concentrate
. Smoking, alcohol and coffee consumption
. Exposure to pollution, pesticides and chemicals
. Poor digestion, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea
. Diets high in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, processed and packaged foods
Your gut is just like a beautiful delicate garden and if we want optimal health we need to tend to this living eco-system regularly to keep it happy, healthy and in balance. Just like looking after a garden, your gut requires a good foundation for growth and regular weeding, seeding and feeding.
2. Seed – Killing it: Using anti-microbial herbs and foods such as garlic, onions, thyme, golden seal, wormwood, dandelion, andrographis, rhubarb and pau d’arco either in the diet or as a supplement. Most of these herbs are anti-parasitic, anti-infective and protect the liver.
An overgrowth of detrimental bacteria/ yeasts is called Candida albicans. It is a serious health condition as Candida can proliferate throughout your digestive system weakening your immunity, digestion, liver and bowel function and can lead to skin rashes. Candida (intestinal dysbiosis) is caused by an opportunistic microflora which over proliferates in the body when the conditions are right, such as an acidic, damp and sugary environment. There are approximately 150 species of yeast in and on the human body. The most prevalent type is Candida albicans. This usually innocuous single-cell fungus is an inhabitant of the mouth, intestines and vagina.
Natural remedies for Candida
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3. Feed: Reintroducing beneficial gut flora such as taking an Acidophilius supplement such as the Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus. Improve the immune system by eating large amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fish, bitter foods, lemon juice, vegetable juices: supplements such as echinacea, olive Leaf, Vitamin C, garlic. Restore or Reinoculate normal bacterial flora by taking Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria bifidus (usually taken twice daily with meals). Restore or Repair normal gastrointestinal membrane integrity and heal leaky gut syndrome with glutamine rich foods such as pawpaw, celery, spinach, dandelion greens, lettuce, parsley, Brussels sprouts and carrots.
This organism is usually kept under control by good bacteria that also make their home in the intestines, bowel and vagina. Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria bifidus are the predominant friendly flora that inhabit our bodies. Similar to the bacteria in yoghurt these bugs make acetic acid, lactic acid and bacteriocins to help regulate the intestinal pH, enhance immune system controls and help maintain gastrointestinal health. They are also known to inhibit overgrowth of Candida, help reduce food intolerance, provide important nutrients such as vitamins and lower cholesterol by preventing its absorption.
Next, plant seeds that will nourish you and enable you to continue to grow in a positive direction. What are you curious about? What direction do you want your future to flourish in? It’s important to take charge of your life and make choices about how your future could look. Seeds may be courses, books, new ways of moving or eating and new ways of approaching your life and your situation.
Have you noticed how sensitive you are to other people’s attitudes, words and beliefs? How you can be feeling okay and then a conversation with someone will leave you feeling drained and down in the dumps or you may see a Facebook post or an Instagram feed and it sends you off into a spin that takes days to recover from. We are all influenced by one another and sometimes this influence is not a positive uplifting one, but a draining one.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
Check out what the weeds or energy suckers are and yank them out or, at least, prune them back so you have more space. It doesn’t have to mean forever, just time to get yourself back on track and into a space where you are clear on who you are and what you need.
Tony Robbins talks about guarding your mind and being mindful of what you read, watch and do and whom you talk to. This may sound elitist but it also makes a lot of sense. It is important to surround yourself with people and experiences that nourish and nurture you. For me this is especially important when I’m feeling down or stressed- I have less inner resources to fend off negativity and can become easily overwhelmed by media, other people and experiences. I can easily lose my centre and sense of self and this can send my thoughts on a downward spiral.
Now, start to feed the new seeds that you have planted. Surround yourself with books, teachers and people that nourish, challenge and nurture you. Listen to inspirational speakers or podcasts online, read about people you are inspired by and keep challenging yourself to try out new experiences. Try meditation, yoga, tai chi or another mindfulness practices and commit to staying with it.
So, at times it’s important to have a mental, emotional clear out, a time when you evaluate what doesn’t nourish you and help you grow and you let it go, or take a break from it.