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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

4 Workout Problems and Supplement Solutions

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Part of the exercising process is facing the day to day complaints that your body issues every time you want it to do something useful. The following article provides a few SUPPLEMENTary solutions to these everyday problems we face at the gym.

1. Early Fatigue

Remember that day when you went into the gym feeling a bit chirpier than usual thinking to yourself, “Yep, Today’s the day. Today’s the day I finally reach the third set of my sit ups.”
Well that scenario might not hold true for the more seasoned bodybuilders but nevertheless we’ve all faced that horrid period where we get tired way early into our workout session. Think of cardio routines. Wouldn’t it be terrific if you didn’t feel like a lump of wet, sticky, sweaty block of hardened cement after 15 minutes in the treadmill? Here’s the part where I blow your mind and give you the solution…. Are you ready? It’s Creatine.

Creatine’s the compound which helps form ATP, which if you’ve passed high school biology, you’d know as the main energy powerhouse of your cells. Early fatigue sets in when ATP runs out of the phosphate bonds. Creatine helps by adding in a few extra phosphate molecules for your body to burn. Creatine can be found naturally in food with high protein content such as red meat or salmon. However, having it as a supplement makes more sense if you’re just looking for that sweet energy burst without worrying about the fat storing up around your moobs.

2. Losing Energy?

Since we’ve got fatigue sorted out let’s look at the next factor that causes most of us would-be-meatheads to slump into our couches instead of lifting discs. Most people find themselves unable to move after an 8-hour day behind a desk. I mean I feel you- who’d want to look after his body when he’s spent a third of his day making money for some wrinkly old schmuck he’s never even seen? But for those who do care about their own health, the answer to energy shortages isn’t in the middle east, it’s in your kitchen cupboard- or wherever you keep your coffee beans.

Caffeine from coffee (or tea for the gentlemen amongst us) helps to provide small energy bursts. These can help you concentrate in your work, focus on your workouts and also clear out your systems of the slimy French stuff you had cause the Indian and Chinese takeouts were closed. Of course to see the results more prominently you should switch to decaf in the mornings. You might not feel buzzed enough during your office meetings but hey- at least you get to impress all those other people waiting in line for you to finish your fourth set of Dragon Flag.

3. Muscle Cramps 

You’re in an inclined bench, lifting four 5 kilo discs on each side, your trainer who was supposed to be spotting you has gone off to pump another tube of ‘roids up his veins and there’s a solid 8/10 waiting in line for you to finish your set- and then just as luck would have it your arms get a cramp, the weight-bar falls on your neck and for some godforsaken reason, you don’t die. Potassium. I won’t go into the details for this but if you don’t want to reenact that scenario just make sure you get plenty of potassium supplements.

4. Muscle Soreness
It’s pretty much a given fact that if you try to improve yourself, life will find a way to f#%k that up. Soreness can come in as early as your first day of workout or it might even creep in when you add an extra ingredient to your own personal concoction of chemical X that is your existing routine. To avoid such discomfort in your muscles, you could think about having Glutamine supplements. Glutamine usually forms a part of our diet through seafood, eggs, and dairy products. Glutamine helps to recover muscle cells. They should be taken as a supplement since the naturally absorbed parts are used up in day to day recovery activities which doesn’t leave out anything for those who workout. However, as per most supplements, care should be taken so that the vitamin is taken in moderate amounts as excessive dosage might cause liver cirrhosis and even hallucinations.

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