Nourish joins team at the Newquay Therapy Centre

NTC logoHow it is the last day of June I have no idea – where have the last couple of months gone? I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this (I even heard someone says it’s less than 6 months to Christmas now – as much as I love the festive season I definitely can’t get my head around that fact!).

Anyway, it’s been far too long since my last post – no excuses other than the usual – busy juggling being a working mum, helping lovely clients, and looking after my wonderful family.

I also met a lovely lady called Donna Smith who recently opened the Newquay Therapy Centre, and I’m pleased to announce that I have joined the team of therapists there, so that I can see clients for Nutrition & Wellbeing Coaching sessions, in the relaxed surroundings of the centre.

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Being in Newquay, it is perfectly placed for combining a visit to see me and my colleagues, with a relaxing walk on one of the many beaches, and a stop at one of the lovely little cafes too – The Jam Jar being one of my favourites for a Matcha Latte or Green Smoothie.

I shall be holding a launch event at the Newquay Therapy Centre next month for anyone local (or down on holiday), so watch out for announcements on both my Facebook page and the Newquay Therapy Centre’s website.

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You can read more about my Nutrition & Wellbeing packages here, and I am happy to be able to offer initial free 15 minute consultations at the centre too, so we can have a chat about how I can help you.

I’m really excited by this opportunity to work alongside a lovely bunch of people, and there are lots more plans to come…

Wishing you all a lovely rest of the week.

Amanda
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Did you know you had two brains?

Yes, you did read that correctly, and I’m not talking some alien type image of a man with two brains!

I’m talking about your gut, that little place where all your food goes.  Your gut is central to all your body systems, and how healthy it is, and if it’s in balance can play a dramatic part in how we feel and how we react to stress.healthy-gut-stomach-119188512

Remember that feeling you get when you go for an interview, waiting to go into an exam or even the dentist? How about that similar feeling you get when something doesn’t feel right, or your anxious about something you’ve done?

You’ve probably heard the phrases “I’ve got the collywobbles” or “I’m listening to my gut instinct”?

We’ve all experienced some of these, right?  Well, these are great simple examples of the brain-gut connection.

A healthy gut environment is key to good mental health, and helps with our recovery from stresses once they’ve gone.

So what prompted me to share this with you? Well, if you’ve read about me, you’ll understand the journey I have been on to be where I am today.  My gut had been compromised with IBS, Candida etc, and with changing what I ate I healed my gut and felt amazing. The trouble is as you’re learning now, reading this, how you feel has a huge impact on how your gut feels. So when I went through the dark period of stress & depression, even though I was eating well, my gut was being compromised by the effects of the stress hormone cortisol.

Here’s the admission (takes a deep breath)! My emotional state also clouded my thinking, and whilst I thought I was lucky having the knowledge I have, as I was eating well during this time, my mind forgot to remind me that stress can impact the balance of your gut regardless.

What was my tell tale? My skin!Brain_Skin_Gut-600x618

Your skin is a great place to analyse what’s going on inside, and I started suffering from rosacea acne, and flare ups got worse as I had a particularly stress induced emotional day.

So, I started to focus on healing my gut – you’d think just by eating healthily, this would cure it, but there’s a lot more to it than that.  Basically, when your gut is compromised it causes a state called “Leaky Gut”, this can cause a lowered immunity, enable bacteria to enter the bloodstream, and for absorption of vitamins & minerals to decrease.

Action plan in place, here’s what I decided to focus on. There is many conflicting information out there, but after lots of research I decided, these were for me:-

1. Removing foods and factors that damage the gut

– luckily for me I already don’t have gluten, dairy or processed sugar in my diet

– so in addition, omitting high sugar fruits, yeast, caffeine & alcohol (thankfully I have minimal consumption of these two anyway)

2. Eat more healing foods, including prebiotic rich foods to encourage good bacteria

– luckily I love and eat a lot of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and am a huge garlic fan!Cruciferous vegetables

– Kefir and fermented products

– Coconut products

3. Repair the gut with supplements

I did a more research into this, and for me I decided to give this a try: –

– L-glutamine – this is an essential amino acid that is also an anti-inflammatory, and great for growth and repair of the gut lining

4. Put more beneficial probiotics in to my body

– I take a probiotic supplement daily anyway, and sometimes it’s good to change the strain, so I changed mine

My journey with healing is still ongoing, but my skin already looks so much better.  Time to heal depends on how long your gut has been compromised, but mine is so much better already 🙂

Have a wonderful healthy week

Love

 

Amanda

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