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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 your gut and help it heal. Foods to include in your diet are aloe vera juice, chia seeds, turmeric and chia seeds.

4. Contact a trusted practitioner to help you figure it all out. When we are experiencing symptoms like the above, it can be so confusing and we often need a trained eye to assist us back to health. Approaching a nutritionist can help you identify where your diet isn’t serving you, and they will be able to make suggestions as to how you can heal your gut and improve your overall health, so you can maximize that 95% of serotonin production and feel oh so happy!

Happy Day!

Jenna Poole
UY Nutritionist

5 Ways To Make Fitness Your Lifestyle

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Being fit is not just about losing weight or being sexy. If that is your goal, you will be quitting your “fit and healthy” lifestyle once you think you are already sexy enough or you have already gotten rid of those fats. A fit and healthy life is not something that is designed to be short term. More than a passing phase, fitness must be your lifestyle.

If you are not used to being physically active, you may find it difficult to stick to your exercise regimen, especially for a prolonged period of time. Because of this, you will fail to become fit for life. We are all aware of the fact that it is quite difficult to love something that requires us to wake up and stand up during the wee hours in the morning. Since this is beneficial, the best thing that you can do is to learn how to love it by applying these tips:

1.)    Make exercise a social event

When you work out solo, you will find it difficult to stick to your workout regimen. To make exercising a lot easier, the best thing that you can do is to find a partner. Or better yet, an entire club or group. Try to joining boot camps, running clubs, aerobic and Zumba classes and many more.

2.)    Remember how good it made you feel

When you set realistic goals and you were able to achieve it, you will certainly feel good about yourself. In addition to that, sweating it out releases endorphins—our happy hormones. This will provide you a happy feeling. When things get tough, do not go with it. Instead, try to remind yourself how good finishing that routine can make you feel. That would be more than enough to keep you going.

3.)    Find an exercise routine that you enjoy

No one likes to do something that they don’t enjoy. When we do not love what we are doing, everything is difficult and hard to achieve. On the other hand, everything is easy when we do something that we love. In the first few months, it is recommended that you try out different types of workouts and exercises. Try to discover what it is that makes you happy and excited then do more of it. Soon you will see that things are starting to fall into their proper places.

4.)    Establish a rule that you can stick to

We always establish rules based on our best-case scenario. Instead of raising your expectations and goals, try to be realistic about it. In this way, you will be able to achieve your goals and you will have the motivation to take your fitness into a whole new level.

5.)    Change things little by little

When you target many things all at once, there is a high chance that you won’t be successful in hitting your targets. It is true that you have to change a lot of habits in order to live a healthier life. However, you should focus your energy on taking one step a time. Establishing habits requires lots of energy and great focus so try to concentrate all your efforts on a single habit, then you can move forward to another once you have mastered the first habit.

Keep in mind that your ability to make fitness a lifestyle relies on your ability to shift your feelings and thoughts about a fit lifestyle. This is why you must learn to love your fitness regimen so that you can be able to stick to it for the rest of your life!

 

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