The Three Key Aspects to Overcoming Gut Issues

I’ve been thinking lately about the gut healing journey. I’ve been thinking about my own experience, the experiences my clients have been having, and the experiences I’m sure that many of you are having.

From what I can tell, there are three pivotal moments in the journey to overcoming gut issues.

Firstly - you start gathering information. You might get the information from a professional, friend or family member, or you jump on Google and find out everything you can about your situation. You gather information about diet, lifestyle, different symptoms and what they mean, gut healing supplements and all the rest of it. You could probably write a book you’ve gathered so much information!

Once you have all this information, you can start experimenting with different things and testing out what works for you. This is where you start to get some insights. The insights might be positive, and you find something that works, or they might be negative, and you keep finding things that don’t work. Either way, your understanding starts to increase. However, what often happens is that you keep hitting a dead end or reach a plateau, which is very frustrating. Many people get stuck here.

The final point of the gut healing journey is when you are able to develop intuition around what’s happening in your body and why, and what your body needs from you to be able to heal.

It took me a long time to get to this point. For me, as Mrs Independent, I wanted to do everything on my own, and I thought that because I had studied then I didn’t need help. But we simply can’t see all aspects of what’s going on unless we have someone to help us reach those crucial moments of insight. We really need someone to look from the outside in to get those breakthrough moments that eventually lead us to being able to intuitively feel out what’s going on, and what we need to do about it.

So wherever you are on your journey, know that there is always a brighter future awaiting you. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help - we are here on this planet together to help each other, and you deserve to create the freedom and happiness you need to be able to have the experiences you really want from life.

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The Quickest Way to Transform Your Gut Health

Often, we can get stuck in a rut with our gut symptoms because we aren’t doing the thing we know we need to (or stop doing).

We’ve all got things going on, and when our gut symptoms aren’t life threatening I think we can often just put up with it. Or, we find excuses not to take action (time, money etc). But, the quickest way to transform your gut health is really to take action in the area that your brain keeps directing you to.

Maybe you’re continually eating something you know doesn’t agree with you but it’s just easier in a time management sense to eat that way, maybe you eat even when you are not hungry and then feel sick later, maybe you know you should go to the doctor about an issue but don’t.

Then, we might feel guilty, beat ourselves up and perhaps also question why we can’t stop or start something which often leads to harsh self-talk. And because life is so busy, things will keep going on and suddenly it’s been three months and you haven’t taken action on the thing you know you should. And so the cycle continues.

So how do we break the cycle?

Everything we do comes from a belief that we have about ourselves or about life. Most of the time we don’t even know what those beliefs are. The important thing though, is to work out where you aren’t taking the aligned action, and why.

Here are some journal prompts for you:

What is one thing I am doing, or not doing, that I know I should?

What is preventing me from taking the action I know is right?

If these challenges didn’t exist, what would I do?

What support will I get to help me take this step?

Then take action straight away, no matter how small, otherwise this will remain an activity with no real outcome.

This exercise brings awareness to the areas of your health you need to tend to, and how you can move forward in this area. You can create new cycles by breaking the old one, which will help you to be more kind to yourself, listen to your intuition and stay motivated to look after yourself in the way you really want to.

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How to Transform Gut Confusion into Clarity

So you want to improve your gut health, and you’ve started down that path.  Fantastic!

Let say, for example, you’re trying out some dietary changes which have been recommended to you.  You implement most of them, and things are going really well!  You’ve got more energy, your symptoms have settled down and you’re feeling good.  But then one day you wake up and feel awful, have an upset stomach, maybe you feel nauseous and exhausted.

How frustrating to have started to see improvements and then have a huge setback like this.  It can feel like things will never get better, so why bother trying? 

Let’s explore this a bit further.

The gut is very sensitive to food, emotions and environment, and the reality is that things will be up and down.  It’s important not to view these setbacks as failures or disasters, because that is not what they are. 

They mean that either something you are doing is not working, or you might be under stress and your body has reacted to it.

Or, perhaps it was out of your control and it might have been something that you ate which was prepared by someone else.  It might have even been something in the water.  There’s so many reasons that we can have flare ups.

The point is, we need to keep these things in perspective. 

Just like there are ups and downs in life, so too there will be ups and downs in gut healing. 

There will be some trial and error to find what works for you.  So this is where it’s really important for you to feel empowered to intuitively sense what feels right.

A professional will help you uncover what is most likely causing your symptoms and guide you through the healing process. 

You can use this guidance to apply what you are learning, but at the end of the day it’s YOUR body, and you will need to take care of it going forwards. So it’s your inner connection with yourself that matters the most.

If you can honour the process, regularly tune in and get curious about flare ups, rather than frustrated, you’ll gain much greater insight into what your body is really trying to tell you. 

You’ll also be much more gentle on yourself which accelerates the healing process. 

The next time you have a flare up or set back, I encourage you to actually ask your body what happened. Meditate or do whatever you need to do to deepen inwards, ask the question and then listen deeply for the answer. The answer might come with words, feelings or just a sense of knowing. Keep an open mind and you might just be surprised.

Regularly tune in and sense what feels true for you. This will allow you to continue on into the future with the knowledge of how to best look after your own individual body and listen to it. 

This is how you get long-term improvements, and it’s what gut healing is really all about.

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The Reality of Gut Issues

Let’s face it - gut issues are messy (figuratively and literally), and things can be very up and down.

Perhaps you’ve had a few good days and are feeling awesome, but then suddenly your stomach is terrible and you’re exhausted.

Sometimes you might know what caused it, but if you don’t, then naturally you might be feeling confused and frustrated. Maybe even a bit depressed or anxious.

This creates a disconnect in the body and makes it difficult to move forwards.

When you’re having a bad day, the best things you can do is reach out for support. Whether that’s a friend, family member, your wellness practitioner or even a support group that you’re part of, it’s so important to remember that you’re not alone.

It’s also helpful to keep a journal and at the end of each day, write down what went well. Then on a bad day, you can look back at all the wins you’ve had and focus on those.

The power of the mind is amazing - when you focus on the things you want, you’ll attract more of this in life.

Another powerful thing to do is to get a clear vision on what you do want your digestion and life to look like.

Ask yourself ‘if I had a magic wand, how would I change things?’

Get clear on this, and then set yourself small weekly goals to move you towards that vision. This will help keep you motivated on those tough days.

You should also have a look at what’s happening in your life right now. What have you eaten lately? Are things hectic at work? Are there family problems? Do you feel repressed or frustrated with a particular situation? Are you using a new washing liquid or face wash?

These are all things that contribute to the state of your gut health. Examining these areas will help you get some insight into why things might be difficult for you at the moment.

Awareness inspires action.

The most important thing to remember is that there are going to be ebbs and flows with gut healing. There will be good days and bad, just like there are good days and bad in life. As I once heard ‘resistance to the flow creates stress. Going with the flow generates effortless power’.

How can you accept the bad, along with the good, and go with the flow of life more?


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When ‘Nothing’ Is Wrong

Do you feel like your digestive symptoms are just going to have to be a part of life forever?

Maybe you’ve been to several specialists or medical professionals but you haven’t been able to find an answer for what is happening. You might have even had procedures done which haven’t revealed anything. You’ve probably had other tests too but the results don’t show that there is anything wrong.

But there IS something wrong, because you’re still feeling unwell and are getting digestive symptoms.

You might at this point be thinking that you are ‘that’ person. You’re the one with the health issues that no one seems to be able to work out. So of course, you start to look for answers on your own.

I get it - I have always felt like this person.

I saw many different GP’s over several years before testing for coeliac disease was even thought of. Then after the diagnosis and cutting out gluten, I was still having symptoms. I did the low FODMAP diet and saw a couple of practitioners, but I didn’t feel like I connected with them so I went ahead and did things on my own.

Did things improve? Yes, they did. Was my gut health where it should be? Definitely not.

Once I started studying I understood all this far better and was able to get ahead more. But our perspective of ourselves is different to others. We might not pick up on things or make connections that others do. And there is always someone with more experience who is able to give you advice that you just would not have thought of on your own.

I finally accepted that I needed help, and sought it out. And guess what… it helped!

The point of me telling you this story is to show that there are always others out there who can help. Even if you feel like you’ve tried every kind of practitioner and had every sort of investigation - there’s always someone with a new perspective and new information.

It’s far better to get answers and see improvements than continuing to struggle on your own.

Ask questions in support groups, stalk social media and blogs of experts in the field until you find someone you connect with. There is a practitioner for everyone, and you’ll find yours.


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Self Care for Gut Health - It's Not Always Easy

Preventative health and self care are two things that definitely fall behind when we’ve got lots going on.

With all the craziness and juggling of life’s demands, our own health often falls behind. It tends to go way down the priority list, and only becomes a priority when things go wrong.

I am certainly guilty of this, which is why I got into such a state a few years ago. You would think I leaned from that, but I have to make a really conscious effort to pay attention to self care and schedule dedicated time in for it.

When I say preventative health and self care, they are really the same thing. Self care isn’t necessarily having nice long bath and going to yoga retreats (although these are very nice). Self care is eating a healthy diet, moving each day, making time for daily breath work, watching the negative self talk and resting when we need to.

So how is this relevant to gut health?

Digestive symptoms aren’t often life threatening, until things progress. They otherwise can become a part of life, and we don’t even realise how tired we are or how much they are affecting us, because we get used to it. We get used to having to stay on a restricted diet, skipping meals or missing out on exercise. This can all feel low priority compared to everything else that is happening in life.

However, these symptoms are warning signs. They will not get better by ignoring them, and in fact things will usually only get worse.

There is always going to be things happening - it’s life. But what if one day you had to be hospitalised because of your gut? Or what if things became so bad, you were missing out on days of work? Who would look after things then?

Things may not get to this point of course. However, the other part of this is your current quality of life.

Imagine if you were able to feel joy in eating again, instead of being nervous? If you weren’t scared to leave the house because of your stomach, if you weren’t weighed down by bloating and pain, or if you had enough energy to charge through the day? How would that change things, for you and your loved ones?

Investing your energy into improving your gut health might seem unfeasible with everything else that’s going on. However, if you delay it, there can be consequences, and you also have this hanging over your head all the time.

By improving your gut health, you will get more time back because you’ll have more energy and be more productive. You won’t be wasting hours worrying about what to eat or researching new ideas. Your overall health improves and life becomes easier.

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Coeliac Disease - A Gluten Free Diet Isn't Enough

This post is about a topic very close to my heart - coeliac disease.

What I’ve found over the course of my journey with this condition is that, while knowledge has greatly improved, there are still many misunderstandings.

From speaking to others with coeliac disease, a common theme seems to be that when they are diagnosed, they are simply told to follow a strict gluten free diet and directed to some resources. It is often up to them to do their own research and work things out on their own. I was lucky to have quite a good specialist who told me that I had to stop eating gluten so that I didn’t die. That certainly made me see the seriousness of it!

However, there were so many things I didn’t understand, and I don’t think that these things are communicated well enough. While eating a strict gluten free diet and being strict with cross-contamination will greatly improve symptoms and is non-negotiable, there are other things that also need to be done.

If a gluten free diet was enough, why are people with coeliac disease still often tired and getting irritable bowel type symptoms? Why are things still so up and down? This is very confusing for someone who is dealing with this.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition where gluten causes the body to attack its own cells in the small intestine, causing issues with absorption. Over-stimulation of the immune system also has consequences - you can develop other allergies, contract infections or even develop another autoimmune condition. As 80% of the immune system is in the gut, gut health must be specifically addressed along with the gluten free diet. I’ll go into this a bit more.

As coeliac disease is a malabsorptive disorder, you have been absorbing very little nutrition from your food up until the time of your diagnosis.

How old were you when you were diagnosed?

All those years, your body has not been getting what it needs from food. These stores take time to replenish and supplementation is almost always needed, at least in the beginning.

On top of this, it means that you have poor digestive function, and this doesn’t go away. You’ll have to be conscious of this and work on improving digestion by mindful eating, stimulating stomach juices with things like lemon water or bitters (such as rocket leaves) and considering using digestive enzymes.

Inflammation and dysbiosis (an imbalance in gut bacteria causing harmful effects) as a result of eating gluten can cause leaky gut, which is where the walls of the cell lining move apart instead of being tightly pressed together.

Toxins leak out and into the bloodstream which cause a myriad of problems. There will also usually be other food sensitivities while the gut is in this state. The leaky gut must be addressed through gut healing protocols, and part of this is removing other inflammatory foods until things calm down.

It’s also important to be aware of the concept of cross-reactivity. This is where the body doesn’t recognise the difference between gluten and non-gluten grains because they are so structurally similar. There’s more research coming out around this, but I have seen several incidences of coeliacs reacting to white rice or quinoa.

Personally, I wasn’t able to lift the brain fog until I limited my intake of rice, and I really notice it if I ever do eat rice or rice flour products now (because it’s very hard to always avoid rice!)

It’s so important to have a thorough understanding of coeliac disease to be able to heal from it. Knowledge is power - once you have clarity around what is going on then you are able to become more aware of what your symptoms might be caused by and this is how you learn to listen to your body. Your body is your greatest teacher and if you understand it, you’ll know how to give it what it needs.

While coeliac disease is a life-long condition and will always be something that you have to accommodate, going through this healing process will make things so much better overall.

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Gut Health: Information Overload

Are you a serial researcher?

We have endless information available to us now on the Internet. Particularly when it comes to nutrition, there’s been articles written on every topic you could imagine.

If you’re having digestive issues, or any health issue really, Google is probably the first place you are turning to. Perhaps you’ve been told you have IBS, and you’ve found information on doing a low FODMAP diet. Maybe you’re going to try going gluten free, vegan or paleo.

Here’s the trouble with doing this alone.

It may not work. You might spend hours upon hours doing all the research and getting organised, sticking to this new diet for weeks but not seeing any changes. OR you might be stuck in the elimination phase for far too long because whenever you reintroduce a food, your symptoms return.

Information on the Internet isn’t regulated, and everyone has their own opinion. People will often find something that works for them and rave about it, but just because it worked for them does not mean it will work for you.

We are all unique, especially when it comes to the gut.

Even if you do find good quality information from a reputable source, you are still having to do all of this alone, and you have SUCH a steep learning curve ahead of you.

Meanwhile, in doing all this research and trying new things, you’re missing out on what’s really important to you, whether that’s family time, friends, exercise, playing with your dog or whatever else you love doing.

So, yes, you could continue to keep going on your own, trying new things and hoping that it will work. There certainly is no shortage of information.

OR you could get this time back and hand over the leg work to a specialist in the area who already understand how gut healing works, the role of nutrition and the lifestyle factors that may be preventing you from moving forward with your health. Someone who will personally investigate your situation and give you recommendations based on their knowledge and on YOU as an individual.

This will accelerate your gut health, remove restrictions and give you back your highly valuable time.

Put those research skills to good use and find a gut health practitioner who resonates with you!

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The Impact of Stress on Digestion (and what to do about it)

Could your digestive symptoms be mostly due to stress, rather than food?

More and more research is coming out to demonstrate the impact of mental health on digestion, although this concept is not new.  The first official probiotic treatment for depression was implemented in 1910!

So how does this work?

The gut has its own nervous system, the enteric nervous system, and it communicates with the brain via the vagus nerve.  The vagus nerve is the longest nerve stemming from the brain, and this nerve is connected to several parts of the gut.

The function of the vagus nerve extends far beyond the gut, but this is what I’ll focus on for this article.

The vagus nerve promotes contractions to move food through the GI tract and stimulates secretion of gastric juices to digest food. It also stimulates appetite and regulates mood.

When you are stressed, anxious or depressed, this puts the body into sympathetic nervous system dominance - the ‘flight or fight’ response. This response essentially shuts off the vagus nerve from carrying out it’s normal role in digestion.

So how do we care for this vagus nerve to improve digestion?

The answer is to relax! This allows the body to activate the parasympathetic arm of the nervous system, also called the ‘rest and digest’ state. Obviously this is ideal for when you are eating, but more importantly, it allows the vagus nerve to properly regulate appetite, stimulate GI tract contractions and release gastric juices to break down the food.

Relaxing is far easier said than done, but if you eat from a more relaxed place it stimulates the vagus nerve and improves digestion, which reduces bloating, pain, gas, reflux and stomach upsets.

Here are some ways to relax and improve your digestion:

  • Mindful eating - focus on the food, bring it to the forefront of your mind to signal to the brain that we are eating now. Avoid technology and other distractions during meals

  • Sing! Yes, really - it’s such a stress reliever. Bonus points if you dance too. Put on some music and dance around the kitchen in the mornings, no one has to know ;)

  • Smile and laugh as much as possible. How can you find the joy in the little things? Or maybe you can get some laughs out of hilarious memes, I certainly do!

  • Do some nice breath-based activities like yoga, qi gong or meditation, and bring awareness to the way you breathe generally. Deep belly breathing is the fastest way to relive stress.

  • Acupuncture can also be really helpful to get healthy energy flowing, and improve digestion.

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The Impact of Poor Digestion on Your Energy

Is your energy zapped? Your digestion might be to blame.

Fatigue and digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome commonly go hand-in-hand. In fact, any digestive issues will generally bring on fatigue.

Feeling tired and drained makes life difficult. These sorts of things can happen:

  • Coffee might perk you up but it doesn’t last

  • You are doing everything you need to, but with less enthusiasm or even struggling

  • You feel unmotivated, irritable and less switched

  • You lose productivity and miss out on exercising

  • Then if you are anything like me, you also beat yourself up over this

This state is linked to your gut health

As you heal the gut and learn which foods your body loves, a surge of energy follows. As your energy increases, you feel more motivated to keep going. You have the energy to work, run the household, exercise and even socialise in the same day.

Start by improving your digestion.

Chewing thoroughly, eating small meals frequently, avoiding water with meals and focusing on what you are eating will all help your digestive system to break down the food properly.

Then become aware of what you are eating and when your symptoms come on. Keeping a diet/symptom diary for a week is the most effective way to do this.

If you go one step further and incorporate a daily stress management practice, your energy will soar.

When the nervous system is constantly in a state of stimulation your body is running on stress hormones. You feel wired, anxious or wound up - but the body cannot maintain this state forever and so you crash. Maintaining a calm, sedated nervous system most of the time (except when there is an urgent situation obviously!) is key to more energy and productivity.

Keeping a gratitude journal, meditating or starting a yoga or qi gong practice are all wonderful ways to reduce the stress and calm the nervous system. Even just taking deep breaths regularly and having a nice wind-down routine at night will help, as it all adds up.

Looking after the diet and the emotions improves your digestive condition and in turn, your energy.


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FODMAPs explained

The most effective diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) management is the low FODMAP diet. However, it is important to use this diet as intended - to allow the gut to heal and establish any food triggers. Over time, foods need to be reintroduced so that you are not following a restrictive diet long-term.

What Are FODMAPs?

FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols.  These are a group of short-chain carbohydrates that are commonly poorly absorbed.  Poorly absorbed food remains in the digestive system for longer periods and can cause symptoms like bloating, cramping, gas, diarrhoea or constipation.   FODMAPs also draw water into the intestines, which can cause diarrhoea in some people.

 Some examples of foods that contain FODMAPs are:

  •  Oligosaccharides - grains, vegetables and legumes

  • Disaccharides - milk (lactose)

  • Monosaccharaides - fruit (fructose)

  • Polyols - artificial sweeteners (sorbitol)

FODMAPs also contain fibres which are very beneficial for your gut health.

Hang on - why do so many people have issues with them then? Why indeed…

Many people have issues with absorption. This can be due to leaky gut, inflammation, malabsorption disorders, insufficient digestive enzymes or low stomach acid (you need the acid to break down the food). Stress is also a large contributor.

All of these things are unfortunately very common.

While the low FODMAP diet is very helpful, it’s not intended to be long-term

Long-term restrictive diets not only place limitations on where you can eat and what you can do, they can also cause deficiencies because of the way they cut out major food groups.

You have to continually watch what you are eating and your stomach remains sensitive. It causes anxiety around meal times and you always have to do extra research before eating out anywhere.

The low FODMAP diet would ideally allow space for the gut to heal so that foods can be re-introduced. If you are not able to bring any foods back in or haven’t seen relief despite being on this diet for quite some time, perhaps your issue is not in fact with the sugar component of food. There are other fibres and naturally produced chemicals in foods which people can be sensitive to.

If this is you, I would suggest exploring other options, as if you haven’t seen improvements then your problem lies elsewhere.

When you correct the problem at its source, absorption will improve and more foods can be tolerated.

Uncover the cause and you can end dietary restrictions as you will understand which specific foods are the issue instead of having to blanket out all of them. Your stomach won’t be so sensitive and you will have more freedom, energy and enjoyment in life.


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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Let me outline a common scenario.

You have been getting random diarrhoea, chronic constipation or both, and seem to always have an upset stomach. You have been told that you probably have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and maybe you have also been told to follow a low FODMAP diet.

Were you told why you have IBS? Have any further investigations been done? Have you been given a long-term management plan to overcome it?

IBS means that you have a collection of certain symptoms in the absence of a known anatomical reason

This does not help you to move forward!

There is still something wrong.

Some potential causes could be food sensitivity, dysbiosis (overgrowth of unfavourable gut bacteria), inflammation, parasites, low stomach acid, insufficient digestive enzymes, stress… the list goes on.

There is always a cause, and this must be corrected for you to be able to heal the gut and overcome your symptoms.

When we don’t know what is wrong, we feel confused and unsure where to start. Often this leads us to do nothing because our brain doesn’t know what to do.

Or you might be on the other end where you have been following a restrictive diet for months but are still getting symptoms, or you are still sensitive to many foods.

Whatever the case, more investigations are needed.

Specific functional testing might be called for, but a thorough case history taken by a professional who understands gut health can also uncover many possible causes.

There’s always more to the picture when it comes to the gut. It’s also about what is going on in your life, and what was happening when the issues started. This could be something physical - for example maybe you had food poisoning on holiday - or it could be emotional too.

The gut and the brain are connected via the vegus nerve. This is the longest nerve stemming from the brain, and it is connected to several parts of the gut. The gut feels whatever the brain does, and vice versa.

The bottom line is that if you haven’t found a solution, don’t give up. There are always further questions that can be asked or investigations that can be done to work out what is really going on.


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The Secret Step to Overcome Bloating

Bloating is a very common complaint in society, with most people experiencing it at some point. For a lot of us, it happens every day no matter what we do or what we eat. There may also be pain that comes with it.

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Bloating can make us feel like we have to always wear baggy clothes or like we don’t want to go swimming, even if we enjoy it. It is particularly hard in summer when it is so hot.

Our self-esteem can also take a hit and we might feel quite down on ourselves. This impacts our relationships because of the way we then talk to ourselves, and we may also be avoiding intimacy with our partner because of how self-conscious we feel.

If bloating doesn’t improve, we tend to retreat further down this path.

Check out my earlier blog post for some reasons for bloating and what to do about it.

If you follow some of the tips from my earlier post, there will be improvements in your bloating.

However, you are not likely to notice it if you continue to speak negatively to yourself.

When you greatly dislike your looks, you create an enormous amount of stress in the body.

This sets off the stress response and impairs digestion, contributing to bloating. You also suppress feel-good endorphins and other chemicals from being made in the body which perpetuates the cycle.

You can’t hate yourself into never being bloated! Making peace with your body is not often talked about, but it is almost the most important step to reducing bloating.

You will feel more confident, have more energy and freedom from the anxiety about dressing up in nice clothes or heading to the beach.

Your boost in self-esteem in turn improves your relationships with yourself and with others.

If you can do this, along with investigating the cause, your bloating will quickly and significantly recede.


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What Is Your Gut Trying To Tell You?

It’s a New Year and the air is full of News Years Resolutions, hopes and aspirations. Now is the perfect time to harness this energy and set your own health goals.

If you have been dealing with digestive issues for a while, particularly if you have tried several different things already, you might be wondering why this year should be any different.

Perhaps you are unsure where to start, or are confused by the amount of conflicting information out there.

As a result, your symptoms continue and you feel less convinced that things will ever change.

Digestive issues are really a sign that there is something wrong.

It could be something physically wrong in the body, the wrong diet, the wrong job, the wrong relationship or the wrong priorities.

We all have our own story and when our story is understood, the right path becomes much more clear.

This part is key and is equally important when working on healing the gut. Of course, you definitely also need someone who understands gut healing to take a proper case history, do some further investigations and structure a diet for you which develops over time. This is all essential. But if you’re hating yourself, or there is something in your life that is not right for you, then it often comes out in the gut.

I encourage you to look at all aspects of your life on your journey to good gut health.


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Why Diet Does Not Always Come First

The first step in the journey to healing from digestive issues is NOT always significant changes to the diet.

Let me explain.

You know that you have issues with your gut but you just don’t have time to deal with it. In between work, chores, kids, social life (haha), exercise or study commitments how can there possibly be time for anything else?

I get it. Life is so busy and there are more pressures and demands all the time. Your digestion might be playing up daily but when could you possibly have the time to go to appointments and make changes to the diet when you don’t even have time to breathe?

The First Step

First, we need to acknowledge that this is a really stressful time for you and explore your story. This means dedicating time to focus on yourself.

We often put the needs of others before our own. It is natural, because we care. But to be best placed to look after others, we must look after ourselves.

If you are feeling tired and sick all the time and mostly just trying to get through the day in between trips to the toilet, you are not in a good position to look after other people.

When you feel more calm, you are not so stressed about the pressure of time and this gives you breathing space.

The amount of things you have to do will not change, but your approach can, and this is the one thing that you can control. Your approach is where we need to start.

the next step

Next, we need to reduce the stress and help you to feel more calm about life.

The most effective way to do this is to show the nervous system that there is no danger (the nervous system interprets ‘stress’ as danger). A simple place to start is by breathing in deeply into the belly and out, making the exhale longer than the inhale.

Start by simply taking 10 deep breaths counting in for 5 and out for 7 before you get out of bed in the morning. Even better if you can do this sitting outside as sunlight gives serotonin a kickstart - improving your mood.

From there, you might like to start doing some more meditative practices like qi gong, tai chi, yin yoga or seated meditation.

But just start very small as it will grow.

In committing to this, you will feel more calm, balanced and in a better headspace to tackle your day.

Once you are able to create this space for yourself, making changes needed to look after your health doesn’t seem so stressful and we can move onto the next phase - the diet.


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