AdvDip (Nut), AdvDip (Nat)
Ever noticed how you crave chocolate when you’re due for your period? Or chips when you’re feeling stressed? That’s because there is a link between the gut and the brain, known as the gut-brain axis, which means what we feel influences what we eat, and what we eat influences how we feel. And this gut-brain axis is directly influenced by our gut bacteria.
The bacteria in our gut, known as the microbiota, serves many purposes – two of which are to help digest the food we eat and produce certain nutrients, such as vitamin K; and to produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, which act as our “feel-good” hormones. This is what happens in a healthy gut anyway. In an unhealthy gut, there is an imbalance between the “good” and “bad” bacteria, which is known as dysbiosis. This imbalance not only causes digestive symptoms, such as reflux, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation, it also results in mental health symptoms, including anxiety, depression, poor stress response and insomnia.
Our diets play a key role in the balance between these good and bad bacteria. Here are my top 5 foods to cut down on to create better digestive and mental health:
By introducing positive nutritional habits, you can create a gut environment in which the good bacteria thrive and the bad bacteria can’t. Try these 5 simple tips to improve your gut and mental health:
Once you implement these healthy habits, if you’re still experiencing symptoms of poor digestive or mental health, consider seeing a qualified naturopath to have your gut microbiome lab tested so that your naturopath can devise an individualised treatment plan to suit your specific needs.
Suzanne is a qualified Nutritionist and Naturopath who works out of “The Natural Health and Wellness Clinic” in Somerville. Her areas of special interest include digestive health, and mental health disorders. Appointments to see Suzanne can be made by calling (03) 5977-7342 or online via www.sparrowholistic.com.au/make-a-booking.html
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A sore back is somewhat expected after 6 weeks travelling around Europe, maybe it was the long flights and endless hours in a bus, maybe it was the walking around the beautifully uneven cobble stone streets. Whichever it was, it left me hobbling around holding my lower back.
I booked into see Jeannine for my first ever Bowen Therapy treatment 3 days after my return. This is what you should know, I’m not a massage person – I had a massage years ago and vomited because the pain was so much (I did have a very stiff neck) so I was a little nervous about getting this treatment done, as I really didn’t want to be sick. I’ve also been known to cry at the physio, when the pain is a lot.
Read bellow for my positive experience with Bowen Therapy.
During the treatment
Jeannine sat me down and asked where the areas of concern were; my back and calves – blame the walking. I then lay face down on the table, which was covered in a soft blue blanket, and a cushion was placed under my ankles. Jeannine used 10-20 seconds worth of small moves, and then stepped away and to give my body time to respond to these. She explained to me that Bowen Therapy is about waking up the parts of your body to heal itself, it’s not supposed to feel like she is kneading knots out or have the same feeling as a massage. For this I was grateful and began to really relax.
Towards the end of the hour we did some stretching, these where similar stretches I had attempted to do myself (being a sport and exercise science graduate I knew where was hurting and stretches to help) but I couldn’t quite release the tension. Jeannine was able to release tightness and then stretch it out allowing the blood to flow around the area, promoting healing.
I walked out of the room relaxed and in significantly less pain than when I hobbled in an hour earlier.
Jeannine gave me some rules to make sure that the treatment had the best changes to heal my body. These were; no extreme temperatures until the next morning (which meant that I needed to have a luke warm shower), as well as to drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated. Everything works better when its hydrated!
Night of the treatment
I was hobbling- but in a different pain. It was what I’d describe as a ‘good sore’ my muscles had perhaps been slacking off and had now been woken up and my body was working on healing. The funny thing is the pain wasn’t even a spot Jeannine had touched – she had just woken up the area and the body was doing its own thing. I knew why Jeannine mentioned the rule of no extreme temperatures now – all I wanted to do was snuggle up with a heat pack on my back. I resisted and drank a herbal tea and went to bed.
The next morning
All the niggles seemed to be gone, I had no real pain left – just a small awareness that the area was still tender. I went along my daily activities with a bounce back in my step.
Five days post treatment
My back is feeling amazing! I would defiantly use Bowen Therapy and recommend to anyone and everyone who is after a gentler treatment for pain.