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Vlog 15 – WOW!!! What a way to end the Month of November!

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Hallam and Hoppers are officially launching after so much work, many sleepless nights and the results are incredible!
Then its time to celebrate all the hard work and hustle throughout the year and let loose at the UY Gala Ball with our incredible Fitfam!

Join us on this episode of the UYway! #TheUYway #UYlife

Top 5 Tips to Sleeping Better

Top 5 Tips to Sleeping Better

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Sleep is one of those aspects of health that is often swept under the carpet and seen as a luxury. The phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is lightly thrown around, but what is sleep deprivation really doing to your body?

Studies show that insufficient sleep can present with the following symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Increased hunger
  • Reduce cognitive function
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and malaise
  • Moodiness
  • Reduced immune function

Sleep deprivation may also increases the risk of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

So how do you know if you’re getting enough sleep?

If you fall asleep with ease, and wake refreshed with energy in the morning it is very likely you’re getting enough of the ZZZ’s. If however it takes you ages to fall asleep, you feel restless during the night, are constantly waking, tossing and turning and when you do wake in the morning you feel like you’ve been partying all night… then you probably need more hours of sleep or better quality of sleep.

What can you do?

The following tips will assist your body in preparing for a good night’s rest and aim to improve the quality and if needed, the duration of your sleep.

Rise with the sun: getting 10-15 minutes of daylight exposure when you wake supports the production of the hormone melatonin for the following night’s sleep. Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced by your body and works to regulate sleep patterns.

Get that bedroom really dark! Although getting daylight exposure can assist in producing melatonin, it’s the absence of light that triggers your body to produce more of it, so getting thick black out blinds and turning the lights down or off before bed can really help your body wind down for sleep.

Focus on foods rich in tryptophan such as beef, chicken, fish, tofu, and bananas.
Tryptophan assists in the production of melatonin, and giving your body enough of the right ingredients will help it naturally produce this hormone that is essential for sleep.

Remove caffeine and other stimulants such as sugar after 1pm: stimulants cause your body to produce cortisol, when cortisol is high the body cannot effectively produce melatonin

So if you’re lacking in quality sleep or just not getting enough of it, implementing these tips is a great place to start to get you own your way to a restful night

Happy Day!

Jenna Poole
UY Nutritionist

Heal Your gut with these nutrition tips

Heal Your gut with these nutrition tips

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Are you happy?
Is your gut happy?
How do you know if your gut is UNhappy?

Your gut and your brain are inextricably connected, and it is this connection that means the health of one will have a direct impact on the health of the other.

On a really cool side note, you have this hormone called Serotonin that plays are the huge role in helping you feel happy, and 95% of it is made it your gut!

Because of this incredible gut-brain connection, common symptoms of an unhappy gut may not always be that obvious. Below are a few symptoms to be aware of:

• Bloating
• Abdominal Pain
• Diarrhea and/ or constipation
• Joint pain
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Brain fog
• Lack of concentration

If you suspect you have gut issues here are 4 steps you can take to assisting it to heal:

1. Work out any food intolerances you have: Any food intolerances and allergies you may have will support inflammation in the gut, and prevent healing from occurring. Identifying these and then removing them from your diet is key to a happy healthy gut and brain!

2. Common intolerances are peanuts, eggs, dairy products including milk, yogurt and cheese, gluten and wheat products including bread, pasta, and some packaged goods.

3. Reduce stress: when you become stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol has a negative impact of the flora in your gut and studies have shown this can activate an immune and inflammatory response, which inhibits your body from healing. To reduce stress try meditation, walking or a sweat session on the green.
Introduce gut healing foods. Some foods have the ability to help reduce inflammation in