STAY LEAN, MEAN, BALANCED AND GREEN THIS CHRISTMAS
We all know what it’s like at Christmas time – eating, drinking, parties, more eating, more drinking, and more parties. While the festive season is a wonderful opportunity for a lot of us to relax, enjoy the company of our family and friends and to take a break, it can also mean overindulging on food and alcohol; and with less emphasis on exercise and eating well, a lot of us can start the New Year feeling below average.
Our bodies are designed to detoxify themselves on a daily basis. Our liver, gut, kidneys, lungs and skin all play a role in removing toxins from our system and keeping us feeling vibrant and well. When we overburden these important pathways of detoxification, we can experience symptoms of toxic overload. Symptoms such as poor concentration, lack of energy, headaches, and weight gain or digestive issues can begin to manifest, making it harder to get back into the swing of things, hindering our well-intentioned New Years resolutions.
So how do we find balance in this season of excess and overindulgence?
After the Festive Season, many of us feel sluggish and like we need a good detox. So what is detoxification?
A professional detox program will help you to:
- banish bloating
- beat brain fog
- drop a few kgs
- learn how to cook clean, nutritious meals
- boost your energy
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There’s a lot of fad detox programs out there which can cause stress on the body, so it’s important to make sure you detox right.
Detoxification is something our bodies do daily – via our sweat, urine, bowels and breath. It’s the body’s way of getting rid of toxins so they don’t store in our tissues.
If we over indulge, eg too much alcohol, fatty food, sugar, medications, lack of sleep, sitting all day for work, lack of fresh air and exercise, our detox pathways can become sluggish. They still work, but not at their peak function. Our gut bugs can become out of balance, with the ones that cause bloating and tiredness in high numbers and the ones that support our immune function and gut health at lower numbers.
At Vibe, our Naturopaths and Nutritionists have 2 & 4 week detox programs tailored to suit your needs. [read more....…]
Chinese Medicine dietary advice for health and wellness through the seasons.
Let’s talk about spring… While winter was a time to conserve energy and reduce activity, spring is a time of regeneration and new beginnings. Seeds sprout, flowers bloom, and the sun warms the earth. You only have to look outside to see and feel the changes in the air! Spring is the ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation for overall health and well-being.
What we talked about at the Stress Wellness Workshop
STRESS – a common word that is so misunderstood and frequently under rated. Our September Wellness Workshop was called ‘What’s stress got to do with it’. This was so very tongue-in-cheek because I know that the stress hormone, cortisol, is frequently the underlying issue with the range of conditions I have the good fortune to work with. So why do so many people ignore their stress response? When are we going to start taking stress seriously? And how do you know if stress is an issue for you?
What we talked about at the Thyroid Wellness Workshop
The Vibe team is dedicated to helping you be your best. One way is through sharing what we know about health with you at our fortnightly Wellness Workshops. We believe the more you know about your body and what makes it tick, the better you can be. In August I ran a workshop that focused on the ins-and-outs of thyroid health. We all had a great time and l loved all the questions that came my way. Here’s a snapshot of what we talked about.
This study demonstrates yet more evidence of the elegant complexity that underlies our mind-gut-immune system links.
If you suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and pain, then you and your healthcare providers may need to “think outside the box” of usual oral medications to treat your pain.
Our practitioners at VIBE can help with those other useful pain-relieving modalities like acupuncture, massage, osteopathy (i.e. clinical pilates and other exercise-related therapies).
The gut and brain talk and sometimes it’s not pretty
For years Naturopaths have talked of the gut-brain connection. How the health of the gut health will influence mood and mood will influence the gut.
With the increase in research into the interplay between humans and bugs – the human microbiome – comes some really exciting findings that back this traditional concept.
Though more research is required to get all health care professionals on board, it may not surprise you that many people have made this connection for themselves. They work to set their gut and mind up to talk nicely to each other for happiness and best of health.
The balance of the bugs
It is said that our body has 10 times the number of bugs than human cells and 150 times as many genes – wow that’s a lot of bugs. Now before you start scratching and head for the shower, know that when the bugs play nicely together they support our health in a wide range of ways. It is only when the bugs are out of balance that things go array, including negatively impacting your mood.
Research has shown the link between the overgrowth of specific bugs and an increased prevalence of anxiety, an increased sensitivity to pain, memory dysfunction, autism, IBS – irritable bowel syndrome – and IBD – more serious inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. This list melds both conditions of the mind and of the gut and supports the gut-brain link.
Make a happy gut home to support your mood
If it’s not just about the bugs, but the balance of the bugs in the gut that’s important. Here’s what can you do to make a happy, balanced bug home.