Restoring Digestive Health and Boosting Well-being

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Ever since I started working as a Nutritional Therapist, I was staggered by the number of people, both young and old, who suffered from gastrointestinal issues. Digestive complaints are amongst the most common reasons for individuals seeking medical help. There are more than 200 over-the-counter remedies for digestive disorders, many of which create additional digestive problems in their place. Once we have a compromised digestive system, it can play out over our entire bodies, leading to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune conditions, acne, chronic fatigue, poor mood, intolerances, pain and more. Having a healthy gut is absolutely central to our entire health. Helping clients with chronic health issues always starts with fixing their gut.

Our digestive system is responsible for breaking down and absorbing all the food we eat, and then subsequently delivering nutrients to your body’s cells. Over a lifetime, the average person ingests more than 25 tons of food; however, as well as providing nutrients, this food may also contain damaging bacteria, viruses, and toxins. The gut wall – or mucosal layer – has the unique role of absorbing health-promoting nutrients and molecules, while also providing protection to the body by preventing the entry of toxins or pathogens into the blood stream.

 

It is important to remember that digestion starts in the mouth. We need saliva and the enzymes it contains to help break down proteins, fat and carbohydrates. Chewing the food properly is key to kick-start the digestion process correctly. If we wolf down our food we might end up with digestive complains such as bloating.

 

In the stomach, the food mixes with more enzymes and hydrochloric acid (HCL). Sometimes clients are convinced that some of their digestive issues are related to having too much stomach acid, however a small test often reveals that the opposite is the case. Many people suffer from low amounts of HCL, often caused by poor diet, stress, alcohol, some medication, age, illness, poor sleep and more. Adequate HCL is necessary to break down proteins, activate digestive enzymes, protect us from pathogens and foreign organisms, and help us to absorb the nutrients in the food.

 

If food has not been broken down properly by now, on its way to the small intestine the food molecules can start to ferment or irritate the lining of the gut wall. They can also result in an overgrowth of bacteria, which can lead to bloating, abdominal pain and/or diarrhoea.

 

We have trillions of bacteria living inside us, and we have quite a ‘symbiotic’ relationship with them – we actually depend on each other. The good bacteria, often called probiotic, or beneficial bacteria need a place to live, eat and reproduce, and in turn their metabolic activity supports our own health in multiple ways. In fact, we literally could not live without them. It’s about getting the balance right, support the ‘good’ bacteria and keep the ‘bad’ bacteria out.

 

Beneficial bacteria in the gut act as the housekeepers for the digestive tract. They coat the entire surface of the gut, providing another layer of protection from invaders and toxins by providing a natural barrier, and producing a lot of anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal substances.

Did you know that approximately 75% of our immune system is located in the gut? One more reason to look after our gut health. Our immune system is our first line of defence. It is constantly bombarded with foods, toxins, microbes, and partly undigested food, that might cause irritation, an allergic reaction, and poor immunity, all ofwhich results in poor health.

 

Many factors can damage the beneficial gut flora and knock out digestive system out of balance, among them stress, lack of nutrients, poor diet, chronic inflammation, and many over the counter medications. Fortunately, some simple dietary and lifestyle changes can restore balance and digestive health.

 

If you are suffering from digestive issues, such as chronic diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, reflux, cramps, abdominal pain, gas, IBS and Autoimmune Disease, please give me a call or meet me for a free 15 minute mini-consultation to discuss your health issues and learn what Nutritional Therapy has to offer.

 

By applying the patient-centered approach used in Functional Medicine I seek to identify and address the root cause of ill health. After a thorough case history taking and possibly functional testing I can show you what has been causing your symptoms and create a tailored programme to restore your health and wellbeing.

 

Yours in health,

Doris Rabe Dip Nutritional Therapist mNTOI

Phone 085 1543354 and 071 9153828

Essential Marathon Supplements

There’s no substitution for a healthy balanced diet, but every runner needs a little boost now and again. The following are a couple of supplements to consider to help hydrate your body, reduce stress, protect your joints and boost your immune system.

Sports Electrolyte Fix is an electrolyte liquid containing sodium, magnesium, chloride and potassium as well as other trace and ultra-trace elements. Electrolytes are mineral salts that dissolve in the body’s blood and fluid. They carry an electric charge and therefore can affect the blood’s pH and muscle function.

Exercise increases fluid loss through sweat. If this fluid is not replaced then dehydration will occur. Dehydration impairs performance as blood volume decreases and body temperature increases; extra strain will be put on the heart and lungs. Supplementing water with electrolytes can help minimise carrying excessive weight and possibly reduce fatigue during extended exercise.

Ashwaganda has been used for years to rejuvenate and strengthen the mind and body.

It’s valued as a nerve tonic to help reduce stress and research also supports its adoptogenic properties allowing the body to perform better under both mental and physical stress. For this reason it has been of great interest for improving physical performance in athletes.

Experimental studies have identified a wide array of therapeutic properties including anti-arthritic, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, immune-regulatory, cardio-protective, anti-anxiety and neuro-protective effects.

MSM Glucosamine Complex is a supplement which contains a complementary blend of ingredients which offer support for the joints. MSM is important for maintaining joint health as it contains a large amount of sulphur, one of the most important elements in the connective tissues and joint cartilage. Sulphur holds the tissue and cartilage together, so a deficiency can lead to their weakened strength. Glucosamine offers similar benefits as it can reduce the rate of collagen degradation, increasing the life span of the joints. This is most relevant to athletes but can be beneficial to everyone regardless of exercise levels. Glucosamine can also offer some relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis in some people.

Turmeric is a powerful supplement which can offer you many important health benefits.The leading use for turmeric is for joint care, as the active ingredient in it, curcumin, has a long history of use for joints.

Curcumin is both a natural anti-inflammatory and a natural antioxidant. The anti-inflammatory gets to work by targeting the triggers which have caused the inflammation, stopping it from occurring rather than just treating the pain. This is most useful in the joints, where mobility can suffer from inflammation. But curcumin can also help with digestive problems, improving digestion and reducing symptoms like bloating. The antioxidant effects of curcumin are also important for joint health, as it can protect them from free radical damage, one of the leading causes of premature aging.

Ester-C 950mg capsules are a powerful, high strength Vitamin C supplement.

Adequate intake of vitamin C can help to support optimum immune health, healthy skin and provide antioxidant protection. Ester-C is a highly effective, highly absorbable and non-acidic form of Vitamin C. The non-acidic properties of this form of vitamin C allows for better absorption, while also reducing the risk of stomach upset. It is buffered to make it gentler on the stomach, especially when large amounts are consumed. This vitamin may help to reduce the duration and severity of colds and flus. Vitamin C may also aid the production of collagen which is necessary for the formation of healthy skin, gums, bones and teeth.

 

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Treating Hay Fever Naturally

Hay Fever (allergic rhinitis) is a type of inflammation in the nose which occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens in the air. Signs and symptoms can include a runny nose, sneezing, red, itchy, and watery eyes, and swelling around the eyes.

A healthy, balanced diet, rich in fresh seasonal produce provides a good base to help regulate the effects of seasonal allergies. The most common hay fever trigger in Ireland is grass, not pollen from trees or herbs. Around 90% of people with hay fever react to grass pollens. However, most hay fever sufferers are allergic to a variety of pollen sources. The following supplements have been known to help treat the effects of Hay Fever:

BioCare Quercetin Plus

Quercetin is a natural antihistamine and acts as an anti-inflammatory in the treatment of allergies. It inhibits histamine release in people who have mild to severe allergic rhinitis

Comvita Olive Leaf Extract - Natural

Olive Leaf Extract known for its high antioxidant levels, has been shown to exert an anti-inflammatory effect, which could prove useful in decreasing the inflammatory response involved in allergies such as hayfever

BioCare Vitamin C Powder

Vitamin C has an antihistamine effect while also playing a role in supporting the immune system

Horseradish is traditionally known as a decongestant & may help to provide relief from blocked nose

quest kyolic garlic 600mg

Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties which may be useful for inflamed nasal passages. It also has an immune enhancing effect

Irish Botanica Reishi Mushroom

Reishi Mushroom contains a compound that performs a huge stimulation of the immune system and helps dampen down allergic responses

Nettle can decrease histimine production assisting in the control and relief of hay fever symptoms

Manuka Honey take 1 tsp every day to help your immune system acclimatise to the influx of pollen before it hits

Bee Pollen can help to build up a resistance to airborne irritants.

Haymax applied to the bottom of the nose traps some of the pollen before it enters the body so there’s less for the body to react against

BioCare Vitasorb A

Vitamin A is useful in maintaining the health of mucous membranes. This can be particularly beneficial in hay fever if there is constant inflammation of the mucous membranes

Acupuncture Hayfever is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to pollen, and Acupuncture can help to rebalance the immune system.

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Looking after yourself at the most precious time begins with the correct diet!

At the Sligo Wellness we have qualified therapist who can carry out the Fitzwilliam Food Intolerance test .

They also advise you on how to make simple changes!

Call into us on Quay St or dial 071 9153828.

 

A review of Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being.

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Shiatsu originated in Japan from traditional Chinese medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies.

Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow.

It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.

Call 071 9153828 to make an appointment or drop in to see how a treatment of Shiatsu can really make a difference to your health.

Reflexology , much more than a Foot Massage!

Some of the benefits of reflexology include its ability to stimulate nerve function, increases energy, boosts circulation, induces a deep state of relaxation, eliminates toxins, stimulates the central nervous system, prevents migraines, cleans up urinary tract conditions, speeds recovery after injury or surgery, helps relieve sleep disorders, reduces depression, and relieves pain. Furthermore, it can help ease the treatment of various cancer and even helps to soothe the pains of pregnancy, even those occurring after the baby is born.

Many of us work on our feet all day. Whether you work in an office, a factory, a field, a hospital, or anything in between, there is a good chance that you put a lot of weight and stress on your feet every day. However that stress can also manifest itself in the other parts of our body.reflexologyinfo

It is a similar situation to back pain. People get massages for back pain, so it makes sense that there should also be foot massages, right? Reflexology is much more than a foot massage, but at its foundation, that’s the easiest way to describe the process.

It involves the reflexologist applying pressure to specific areas in the hands, feet, and ears that affect certain reflex areas of the body. Imagine that there is a connection between zones of your feet and hands that represent certain areas of your body that can be adjusted or managed through these zones.

A lot of the theory behind reflexology has to do with aligning your qi, but even for those who normally don’t invest much in this discipline of health, there are plenty of scientific studies that have supported the claims of reflexologists.

For more information on this call 071 9153828 or drop in to the Wellness Centre, 3 Quay St, Sligo.

 

14 Day Winter Detox

14 Day Winter Detox

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Reduce your Toxic Load

A great place to begin on the road to wellness

Participants who’ve completed the 14 Day NutriClean Programme report a host of health improvements including weight loss, more energy & better sleep!

The average weight loss over 2 weeks was 6lbs.

Feel amazing and bursting with energy!

A 14 day plan to target the liver, including all supplements, instructions, recipes, menu planners and a workbook to fill in.

What is included in the NutriClean package?

  • 60 min one to one consultation
  • Recipes and meal plans
  • Day to-day programme guidelines
  • How do support digestive health plan & gain energy
  • Specific science based supplements to support the programme (worth €70)
  • Regular support via email plus explanatory webinar
  • 30 min follow-up at the end of the programme
  • Your individual programme for €240

Book an appointment today with our Nutritional Therapist 071 9153828 

or 

Call Doris:  0851543354 email: [email protected]

 

Detox with using our Bio Resonance System

Detox with using our Bio Resonance System
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Are you feeling sluggish and over-tired? Always sniffling with a cold? Bio Resonance testing is a unique health scan which works with the bodies electromagnetic energy to give you a useful assessment of your current health status, and chemical toxicity. Bio resonance can check the vitality of your internal organs and find the causes of any problems that you may have. From this we can then set up a treatment plan in relation to your specific needs. Using our homeopathy detox remedies, and our practical advice with some dietary adjustments, it can make all the difference to your health.

To find our more contact us on 0719153828 or call in and chat to our therapist.

TEST your Health in 2016!

Test yourself this January!

Some simple ways to keep your health in check.

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1) If you are prone to digestive issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Skin disease or even Infertility you should consider taking a Fitzwilliam Food Intolerance Test.

This is a blood test which measures anti body levels associated with specific foods. You may be intolerant to particular food which can results in a build-up of many poisonous intestinal toxins which can enter the blood stream. These toxins are carried through the body causing infection and inflammation in other organs.
The test identifies several foods and the results will give a detailed explanation on what foods you should avoid.
Our therapist will advise you on food alternatives and will support you on any other queries relating to your health and Wellness.

2) Alternatively you can take a Bio Resonance test, which tests the energy levels of your organs. Over time there is a build-up of toxins in our bodies by illness, unhealthy lifestyle and emotional issues such as stress. The scan will identify areas that need to be re-balanced. This will be done by taking remedies to restore and get you back to feeling stronger, fitter and healthier.

The Sligo Wellness offers both tests along with advice and a wide range of therapies including: Chiropractic treatments, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Facials, Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and Biodynamic Counselling and Massage.

Start 2016 as you mean to go on take a Health Test with us
Call into us on Quay St, or phone 071 9153828.

Other tests which our therapists recommend include:
3) Cholesterol especially if you are over 40. Plus make sure you know and understand the difference in Good and Bad Cholesterol not just the overall number. Your cholesterol level should be 5mmol/lit.

4) Women should have a regular cervical checks, similarly Men should have regular prostate checks.
Women can find out if they are on the National Cervical screening programme and when their next test is by visiting www.cervicalcheck.ie.
For men ask your practitioner for advice on Prostate Specific Antigen (POS). Furthermore The Irish Cancer gives very useful information.