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Antibiotics and looking after your gut

Your gut microbiome is super important to overall health and is the first topic in this new video series called "One Thing I Know".  Your gastrointestinal microbiota ("gut microbiome') consists of trillions of bacteria that reside in the digestive tract.  They are imperative for effective digestive function and also for immunity.  At any point your gut microbiome are either increasing or decreasing overall inflammation in your your body.  Inflammation is the natural response of the body to fight infection and disease but when it becomes disregulated chronic illness can result. I am constantly updating my knowledge by reading books and listening to podcasts and taking courses.  A big part of my whole reason for doing what I do is to help people to be better able to improve and maintain their own wellbeing so therefore I love to be able to share new things that I learn. I recently listened to an episode of the Low Top Life podcast (which I HIGHLY recommend) where Alexx was interviewing one of the world's most pre-eminent specialists in the microbiota, Dr Jason Hawrelak.  The chat covers some of the other microbiota that are important to consider including the nasal microbiome and the vaginal microbiome, but something that really leapt out at me was the bit about how to best manage the gut micobiome when we have to take a course of antibiotics. If

5 Suggestions for Eating your way to better Intuition

The overactive logical brain (the modern brain) means that many of us find it hard to access and listen to our intuition. But it is there, in every one of us, deep within the external cortex, our ancient, intuitive brain lies just waiting for us to tap into its wisdom! For you, my modern human reader it seemed like a good idea to offer some practical ways to get this part of your mind really firing again. What could be simpler than eating things, and in ways that help these super powers to work better?! Watch the video or read the full Blog, published by Sivana East and you will discover: the relationship between gut health and intuition foods that improve intuition things to avoid consuming the best times to eat to activate your intuitive abilities how sleep and intuition are interlinked Feel free to contact me if you'd like any further information.

The Sweetness in Life

This Blog was written for one of the most sugar-filled times of year - Easter (2018)! That particular Easter marked the anniversary of me quitting sugar and I want to share with you the science behind our relationship with sugar, especially as a continuation of my earlier video on the gut-microbiome (check out the Gut-Brain Connection). Yes, you guessed it, the bacteria in your gut could have a lot to do with your relationship with sugar! Around Easter 2017 I did a webinar on the Wild Diet (a type of paleo diet) and watched That Sugar Film and realized that I needed to make a change and significantly reduce my sugar intake (which was a lot lower than many people to start with!)  If you want to read all about that process then please check out That Sugar Blog. World Health Organisation guideline on sugar More than 3 years ago now the World Health Organisation put out a new guideline recommending that people reduce their intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake, with less than 5% (roughly 25 grams) being even more highly recommended as beneficial to health. So what are ‘free’ sugars?  This term refers to any sugars that have been removed from their naturally occurring source, and are not consumed as a part of a whole food.  Free sugars therefore include any sugars added to