Home' Spa and Clinic : Volume 63 October 2015 Contents 2015: the year of the gut. I might be calling it a bit early but it's
going to be hard to argue this one any different -- never have
we been so obsessed with gut flora and the like, and all the
better for it I say!
"With more people taking health into their own hands, going
down the natural therapies route, our awareness of the importance
of gut health is growing," concurs Nutritional Medicine Practitioner
and skincare expert, Fiona Tuck who explains how naturopaths
and nutritionists are trained to treat the gut as a starting point to
treating many health conditions, the skin being one of them.
"Hippocrates said so many years ago that all disease starts in
the gut but it has taken us a few thousand years to catch up with
his way of thinking! Western medicine is only now just beginning
to acknowledge the association between gut health, mental
health, allergies and skin disorder which will continue to grow in
years to come."
From bloating to constipation, indigestion to food intolerances,
our gut issues have become disturbingly mainstream with research
now linking an unhealthy gut to medical concerns such as IBD, IBS,
Crohn's disease, coeliac disease, thyroid problems and diabetes.
"Think of your gut as a garden that can only thrive when the soil
is healthy," says holistic health guru, Lee Holmes.
"Healthy soil requires healthy foods and nutrients that will allow
the 'good guys' to flourish. By feeding our bodies all-natural, easily
digestible foods, we can help our gut to function optimally, without
the need to resort to dietary supplements."
So firmly does Holmes believe in the power of the gut that she's
devoted an entire book to it, especially designed to help restore
inner gut health.
The latest addition to her Supercharged Food series, Lee's Heal
Your Gut includes an easy to follow treatment program, supported by
90 delicious, anti-inflammatory recipes to heal and nourish the gut.
It's not all about fasting to recalibrate the gut but rather Holmes
inspires the tastebuds with warming drinks, teas, juices and tisanes;
broths and stock; soups; and dessert --- also covering the latest 'it'
trend for fermented foods.
So how's your gut treating you? A weak gut barrier often shows
no obvious digestive signs but remember can appear in the form
of food intolerances, celiac disease, allergies and chronic silent
Fiona says possible signs of a weak gut can include food intolerances,
arthritis, allergies, histamine reactions, skin disorders, skin reactions
and sensitivities, autoimmune, neurotransmitter and neurological
diseases, unexplained fatigue, depression and ridged fingernails ---
however it's imperative to seek out the best advice for clients.
"It is important for therapists to know their limits and not to
try and take on the role of doctor, dermatologist or nutritionist.
Recommending healthy lifestyle tips and advice to complement a
home skincare regime is always beneficial for clients however a skin
therapist should never cross the line when it comes to recommending
supplements, herbs or therapeutic nutritional advice.
"Recommending probiotics and fermented foods for a person
with a weakened gut and nutritional deficiencies for example
could result in acute histamine responses and nasty skin rashes so
professional trusted nutritional advice is always recommended for
FIONA'S TOP TIPS TO MAINTAIN AND RESTORE
A HEALTHY GUT
• Remove toxins from your diet such as processed food, artificial
chemicals and environmental toxins such as BPA plastics,
plastic food wrapping, household chemicals and non-filtered
• Maximise your digestion by taking a tablespoon of lemon juice or
apple cider vinegar in warm water every morning.
• Manage stress levels by looking at stress reducing techniques such
as yoga, deep breathing and meditation.
• Increase prebiotic fibre in your diet. This will help to nourish the
good bacteria already present in the colon. Prebiotics are not to be
confused with probiotics that introduce good bacteria into your gut.
Prebiotics act as a fertilizer for the good bacteria that's already in your
gut thereby helping to build a healthy protective micro biome.
of the Gut
The time is ripe to tend to that gut flora garden.
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