How to enjoy your favourite foods without extreme gut issues.

If you're like me and you struggle with gut issues, then you know how frustrating it can be to limit yourself from eating the foods you love. But with a little bit of planning and forethought, you can enjoy your favourite meals without suffering later. 

 For me, it started with pizza in my early teens. I used to love nothing more than a big slice of cheese pizza, but even the thought of eating it made my stomach blow up like a balloon. 

After years of struggling with bloating, gas and extreme pain right after eating my favourite foods, I found a solution that worked for me, and now I want to share it with you!

Pay attention to your body and how it reacts to different foods. 
There are certain foods that may trigger your symptoms more than others. For me, gluten and dairy were a big no-no. Cheese was one of the worst offenders when it came to giving me tummy troubles, so I tried to limit my consumption of it. Spicy foods were also tough on my stomach, so I would make sure to order milder dishes when dining out. 

Don't eat too much at one time. 
When we overeat, our stomachs have a harder time digesting everything we consume. This can lead to bloating, gas and pain. So instead of stuffing yourself at mealtime, try eating smaller portions more frequently throughout the day. You'll still get to enjoy the foods you love without making your stomach work overtime. 

There are several natural remedies that can help alleviate stomach distress. 
For example, ginger has long been used as a natural remedy for nausea and vomiting. You can take ginger in pill form or brew it into tea. Chamomile tea is also thought to be helpful in relieving stomach upset. 
You can also look into a natural and gentle detox tea; here is one that I love. Another option is pre & pro-biotics, which are live bacteria that are good for gut health. Probiotics are available in supplement form or can be found in fermented foods like yogurt and kimchi. Start with small amounts of probiotics and increase gradually as tolerated. 
I use these pre & probiotics because they are soil-derived and are heat and acid resistant.

Be mindful of how you're preparing your food. 
Some cooking methods are better for gut health than others. For example, grilled or baked meats are usually easier on the stomach than fried foods. And fruits and vegetables that are cooked or steamed are usually easier to digest than raw fruits and veggies. 

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy your favourite foods without having to worry about tummy troubles later. Pay attention to your body's reaction to different foods, watch portion sizes and be mindful of how you're preparing your meals, and you'll be able to indulge in all your favourites without pain!

P.S. Here are some ways I can help you achieve a more balanced life. 
1. Here is my Free Guide - 6 Ways To Support Your Gut Health
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How to enjoy your favourite foods without extreme gut issues.

Unhealthy Guts: 5 Causes You May Not Know About

Most people think of gut health as being about food and digestion. And while that's certainly part of it, there's a lot more to it than that. Your gut health is actually a reflection of the overall state of your health. So, if you're dealing with an unhealthy gut, this could be caused by many things—many of which may surprise you. Here are five common causes of an unhealthy gut:

1. A Poor Diet
This one may seem obvious, but it's worth mentioning because it's such a common cause of gut issues. If you're eating a lot of processed foods, sugary snacks, and refined carbs, your gut health is going to suffer. These types of foods are hard to digest and can lead to inflammation, bloating, and other digestive problems. On the other hand, a diet rich in whole foods, healthy fats, and fibre is easy to digest and helps promote a healthy gut microbiome. 

2. Stress
Stress can take a toll on your entire body—including your gut. When you're stressed out, your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol. This can lead to inflammation throughout your body—including in your digestive tract. In addition, stress can also worsen other underlying health conditions—such as anxiety and depression—which can also contribute to gut problems. 

3. Lack of Sleep
Just like with stress, Lack of sleep can also lead to increased cortisol levels in your body. This can again result in inflammation and digestive problems. In addition, sleep deprivation can also negatively affect your immune system—leaving you more vulnerable to infections and illnesses that could further damage your gut health. 

4. Certain Medications
Certain medications—such as antibiotics and NSAIDs—can cause damage to the beneficial bacteria in your gut microbiome. This can lead to dysbiosis—an imbalance between good and bad bacteria in the gut—which can result in inflammation, bloating, and other digestive issues. 

5. Untreated Gut Infections
If you have an infection in your gut—such as H pylori or C difficile —it can lead to inflammation and other digestive problems. These infections need to be treated with antibiotics in order to clear them up but after you will need to restore balance to the gut microbiome by taking a pre & probiotic. 

As you can see, there are a lot of things that can cause an unhealthy gut. From stress and lack of sleep to certain medications and untreated infections, many different factors can contribute to an unhealthy gut microbiome. The good news is that there are also many things you can do to promote a healthy gut—such as eating a nutritious diet, managing stress levels, getting enough sleep, and taking a high quality of pre & probiotics, digestive enzymes or other supplements specifically designed for gut health. If you suspect you may have an underlying infection or other condition affecting your gut health, be sure to chat with your health practitioner so you can get the help you need!

P.S. Here are some ways I can help you achieve a more balanced life. 
1. Here is my Free Guide - 6 Ways To Support Your Gut Health
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Most people think of gut health as being about food and digestion.

6 Reasons Why Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Have you ever been in a tense or difficult situation when you suddenly burst into a fit of giggles? Or feel a release or rejuvenated after watching a side-splittingly funny movie?

It turns out there’s some scientific veracity behind the old age “laughter is the best medicine.”

Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles,says Dr. Gulshan Sethi, head of cardiothoracic surgery at the Tucson Medical Center and faculty at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

Perhaps that’s why Deepak Chopra says the healthiest response to life is laughter.

Studies have found that laughter can have healing properties; and it’s contagious. Here are six reasons why you should start laughing today.

Laughter is Contagious

The discovery of mirror neurons—what causes you to smile when someone smiles at you—gives credence to the belief that laughter is contagious.

When you’re feeling down, finding friends to laugh with can help your brain trigger its own laughter response and foster closeness, both of which contribute to your sense of well-being. Why do you think that sense of humour is such an important trait when looking for a partner? We like the feeling of shared laughter, and our body wants as much of this feeling as possible.

Laughter Reduces the Stress Response

When you laugh, there’s a contraction of muscles, which increases blood flow and oxygenation. This stimulates the heart and lungs and triggers the release of endorphins that help you to feel more relaxed both physically and emotionally.

Laughter Boosts Immunity

According to one study done at Indiana State School of nursing, mirthful laughter may increase natural killer cell levels, a type of white blood cell that attacks cancer cells.

Laughter Increases Resilience

Resilience is the ability to see failure as a natural progression to success rather than as a negative outcome. People who are resilient are happier and more successful.

The ability to acknowledge mistakes without becoming angry or frustrated plays an important role in developing resilience. Laughing at mistakes allows us to recognize that making errors is a part of being human.

Laughter Combats Depression

Studies support laughter as a great way to escape the downward spiral to depression. Being unhappy can become a pattern or mindset if we don’t step outside of ourselves occasionally. By being a witness to our situation rather than allowing ourselves to feel the victim, we can find the humour in it and see with fresh eyes. Even forced laughter releases a cocktail of hormones, neuropeptides, and dopamine that can start to improve your mood.

Laughter Relieves Pain

People who are laughing don’t experience less pain; however, they report being less bothered by the pain they do experience. It’s not about changing pain levels. The amount of pain remains the same, but your perceived pain levels reduce and your belief that you can cope increases. Laughter by itself isn’t the solution, but it can help a person overcome discomfort.

Quick Hacks to Bring More Laughter Into Your Life

  • Make humour a priority by reading a funny book, watching a comedy, or listening to your favourite comedian.
  • Share laughter with friends. Spend more time with people who have fun.
  • Remember that life is funny. The ability to laugh at yourself makes you attractive to others and can help relieve your own stress. Focus on finding the laughable moments in your day, and then tell a friend your funny story as a way to increase the power of laughter by sharing.
  • Know what isn’t funny. Laughing at the expense of others isn’t funny. Be discerning about your humour by laughing with—not at—people. 

P.S. Here are some ways I can help you achieve a more balanced life. 
1. Here is my Free Guide - 6 Ways To Support Your Gut Health
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Can I really do a healthy detox without going on strict detox diets?

Can I really do a healthy detox without going on strict detox diets?
Are you worried about the exposure to pollution in the air, in some of the products you use, and in the food you eat? 
When I started researching this years ago, I became more conscious and aware of what we exposed our bodies to because I always felt like something was off with me and my health and my kid's health. I always felt sluggish and low energy, had intense digestive issues, and it was hard to enjoy particular food; I also had difficulty getting to sleep and waking up and was always achy. 
Well, I learned that our body is like a sponge, absorbing the good AND the bad. 

But no worries, there’s no need for drastic, uncomfortable cleanse regimens. Just keep it clean daily.
I’m so excited that I have found this subtle yet effective herbal tea designed to cleanse and purify my body’s detox pathways. 
When you cleanse and purify, you feel lighter and eliminate toxins. 
You might even lose weight, which is a big bonus for me. 
Do you know anyone that would like to know about a product like that?

Here are my top 4 Reasons You Should do a Detox - as Mark Hyman, MD suggested.

1. You will feel better. When you detox, you wake up feeling vital, vibrant, alive, joyful, and full of energy. Even if you think you are overall relatively healthy but have symptoms of fatigue, brain fog, some achiness, digestive issues, and headaches, detox can help heal you quickly. Most of us don’t connect what we’re eating to how we feel.

2. You nix cravings. Sugar and flour are biologically addictive. The science behind it is clear and conclusive. Yet we blame overweight people for laziness, which leads to shame and guilt. I am here to tell you it’s not your fault. Your biology has been hijacked by the food industry. They have done a hostile takeover of your taste buds, brain chemistry, hormones, and metabolism. Sugar is the new nicotine. In fact, sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. If you are trying to use willpower to lose weight, you will fail. A detox allows you to unhook yourself from the addictive power of sugar, flour, and hyper-processed, hyper-palatable food-like substances.

3. You eliminate food sensitivitiesAn intelligently designed detox will also eliminate foods your body might be reacting to, causing inflammation and many other symptoms. The two most common and harmful food sensitivities are gluten and dairy. Many people do not realize that they have hidden food sensitivities. These are not true allergies, like a peanut or shellfish allergy that makes your tongue swell, closes off your throat, creates hives, and can kill you in minutes. These are more subtle reactions to everyday foods. 

4. You get a reboot! We all stray from living in a way that supports our health: too little sleep, too little exercise, too much bad food, too much stress, and not enough time for ourselves. The best way to reset your life is with a detox. Eat Simple, delicious foods. No toxins or drugs, by which I mean sugar, flour, processed foods, caffeine or alcohol. Self-nurturing practices: deep breathing, sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night, a little exercise, and self-love. 
All this works to get your body and mind back to their original factory settings—and quickly!

Cleanse your body. Cleanse your life.

P.S. Here are some ways I can help you achieve a more balanced life. 
1. Here is my Free Guide - 6 Ways To Support Your Gut Health
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The Power Of Words

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’
We could all learn something from this well-known Bible verse. Looking beyond the religious overtones, there is a message to be found in this for everyone. Everything begins with a word.

Words consist of vibration and sound. It is these vibrations that create

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