It feels as if the term self-care is banded around as often as gut health! What exactly is self-care, and why should we be doing it? Read on for more information and suggestions for how to bring self-care into your daily routine.
I have practised yoga on and off for over 20 years and without question, I notice feeling clearer and more balanced after class. Yoga has a rather lengthy history so it’s fair to say that it has stood the test of time. Dedicated yogi’s claim that it can improve your flexibility, protect your spine, increase your strength, prevent cartilage and joint breakdown and sharpen the mind-body connection.
What exactly is it that happens to the brain when you practice and why does it have such a profound effect on so many people?
Has anyone ever had the gall to say to you “relax, it’s all in your head” when your stress levels are reaching an all time high on the Richter scale? Yes. Me too.
“You just need to relax, get some sleep. It’ll look better tomorrow.” Another classic.
Not wanting to sound passive aggressive, but I don’t think this advice has ever helped me to feel better about or manage my stress levels.
In 1998 Bruce Lipton stated that 95% of all diseases are as a result of stress-related issues. Which leads me to question;
Is all stress bad?
I hadn’t really considered that the food I eat or liquid I drink could be causing stress. To me, the concept of stress was an external pressure from society, usually in the form of work.
It’s not until I became unwell and started researching natural methods for healing the body, did I encounter the concept of biochemical stress. Of course, once the connection between mind and body is made and the idea that food can be a form of medicine or toxicity e.g. allergy or sensitivity, it makes sense.
There are many of us who would like to change some aspect of our lives. It might be to add more spontaneity to your life, new job, be more creative, lose some weight or simply to hit the snooze button less often. Historically when trying to make a positive change in my life, the first few weeks go swimmingly well. Then…..not so much.
I recently coached a client who has a fear of meditation. She worries that she will struggle to find time for it, she might not be doing it right, she’ll get distracted by worrying thoughts or won’t be able to sit crossed-legged with her eyes closed.
It got me thinking, that maybe “the fear of not doing it right” is a barrier to doing it at all.
If this is you, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
This delicious root veg may look all gnarled and dirty but it offers a real powerhouse of wonderful and essential nutrients. There is nothing simple about beetroot.
Here are a few of its mighty attributes to encourage you to include more beetroot in your diet.
This chutney is so delicious that you can eat it at any time of year. Whenever I taste it though, it reminds me of mince pies and all things festive. Maybe it’s the cinnamon-ginger combo. I love it!
The wonderful thing about lacto-fermented fruit chutneys is that they only need a few days’ fermenting. Why not give it a try?
Did you know that the bacteria in your body outnumbers its cells 10 to 1? It’s true! Most of them live in your gut.
I am passionate about gut health. It just makes sense to me that the organisms in our bodies are there to keep us healthy and that a chronic imbalance would cause problems. The difficulty seems to be knowing what to eat to achieve that optimal balance.