Home' Spa and Clinic : Volume 65 May 2016 Contents Astudy from the US National Institute
of Health showed there are specific
groups of microbes living in our gut
that can protect against obesity.
Ultimately this indicates that, despite
a healthy diet and exercise, gut microbes
could be working against us when it comes
to dropping those stubborn last 5kg.
If we can figure out how to change their
balance we might be able to tip the scales in
As microbes rise in importance, expect
fermented foods, like sauerkraut, kimchi
and yoghurt to be the new kale of diet. The
process of fermentation is said to imbue our
food with probiotics.
And we have already seen a surge in diets
that promise to heal the gut by removing
perceived problematic foods such as gluten,
difficult-to -digest grains, sugars and starches.
A professional diet system that has been
reaping consistent results for nearly 20
years, UltraLite, has also been ser ving to
heal unhealthy guts, long before it became a
Adelaide naturopathic practitioner Lynn
Riedel has been successfully using Ultralite
with her clients for 16 years.
"The diet hinges on eating all fresh and
whole food, which takes pressure off the
gut and allows bacteria to normalise," she
says, for the following reasons: There are
no refined sugars in the diet. Sugar is the
biggest driver in the gut flora as it stirs the
balance of bacteria (imbalance indicated
by wind and bloating).
It is gluten free. Gluten causes
inflammation of the gut and bowels
(indicated by constipation).
It is yeast free. Yeast also causes
inflammation of the gut and bowels.
"Being over weight and a poor-
functioning gut go hand in hand," says
Lynn. "They drive each other. The body
gets toxic with poor gut function, meaning
nutrients are not absorbed and the liver
"Toxins are tucked away in fat cells and,
once the liver is overloaded, the body won't
release fat cells. A well working liver equals
effective fat loss.
"The whole body is affected when the
body is low on nutrients, including the
brain, resulting in lethargy, low energy,
stress, depression, and anxiety. "Once my
patients embark on the diet, they see results
"For instance, within a week most
women lose 2-3kg, and men, 2-4kg. Ref lux
generally disappears also within a week, as
does bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, and
"But there are other remarkable
improvements. A female client was taking
six super- strength painkillers a day due
to chronic back pain. "Due to the anti-
inf lammatory effect of the diet (not only
in the gut, but systemically too) she had
completely eliminated the meds
within a week.
"Clients with depression and anxiety
often request a long appointment at their
initial consultation. After a week of being
on the program, many of these clients have
reported their distress disappearing and so
do not request long appointments."
LYNN RIEDEL: 08 8342 2111;
The Beauty Chef founder Carla Oates has
been researching, writing and teaching
about organic beauty and health for the last
15 years, creating inner and outer beauty
products from foods in her kitchen and
herbs from her garden.
During this time, Carla has
collaborated with many of Australia's best
chemists, naturopaths and nutritionists on
Fundamental to The Beauty Chef's
products -- with names likes Glow, Cleanse
and Beauty Boost - is bio-fermentation.
"Fermented foods can help the body
digest, absorb, and get better use of other
foods you're eating," says Carla. "I started
experimenting with fermentation years ago.
My flatmate and I would grow big Kombucha
mushrooms under the fridge.Visitors thought
we were really weird but fermentation is no
longer such a fringe concept."
Her range of organic supplements -- the
original and still most popular is Glow
powder -- contain a blend of selected fruits,
vegetables, berries, roots, grasses, flowers,
spices and algae. A variety of natural
probiotic strains are used to ferment
the ingredients to create a potent,
bioactive concentrate. F
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