Carol’s top tips for Healthy Living There are so many wise and beneficial choices we can make to improve our quality of life! So many tips I wish to share. It’s difficult for me to choose, but here are my top 10 as they appear to me today. I hope they will help you . . .
Carol’s Healthy Living Tip #9: HEAL YOUR GUT
Have you heard of Leaky Gut Syndrome? This funny term is the common name for a very common problem, increased intestinal permeability, which is now known to underpin many modern day health issues like allergies, eczema, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
There are thousands of research papers on LGS, explaining how when the intestinal mucosa is damaged (eg by repeated antibiotics) – undigested food particles and disease-causing micro-organisms, etc. can breach the gut lining and pass into the bloodstream, triggering the white blood cells. (This is very evident on live blood analysis! Speak to me if you would like to be tested.) This situation results in intestinal inflammation and nutritional malabsorption, many skin problems and eventually auto-immune disease. Leaky Gut has also been found to contribute to liver disease and depression.
Gut dysbiosis is an overgrowth of the harmful bacteria, so we have to make sure that the beneficial ones outnumber them! A prebiotic diet is important – whole foods which encourage the proliferation of a host of healthy bacteria and intact gut lining. As gut integrity is also adversely affected by so many things – unhealthy diet (abundance of processed foods), excessive alcohol, environmental contaminants like heavy metals, repeated use of inflammatory medications, and even prolonged stress – quality probiotic supplements can also be of great benefit in restoring balance. They certainly work for me.
A healthy gut lining and abundance of beneficial gut bacteria is crucial to boosting the immune system and can prevent a host of health concerns, improve blood sugar control, lower LDL cholesterol and fight off infections.
Let your digestion guide you. Be aware of your bowel habits and whether they are ideal. Do you suffer any digestive upset – bloating, discomfort, reflux, constipation or diarrhea? None of this is ‘normal’ and may be simply addressed by diet and lifestyle choices, with massive ongoing benefits.
Carol’s Healthy Living Tip #10: HONOUR YOUR EMOTIONS
Your feelings are valid just because they are yours! No need to apologize or explain, just be true to yourself. Acknowledge that your emotions are a compass for your life, inner guidance about how you are treating yourself. Be responsible. Learn to manage your feelings and understand what you are doing to cause them. We can all do better when we follow our heart and are less attached to our thoughts. If you are a sensitive individual, you will feel deeply . . for yourself and others. Perhaps your feelings are the universe speaking to you through your body and mind. Be willing to tune into your feelings, let go of judgment and embrace them with kindness.
All of our thoughts, perceptions, memories and feelings influence every cell in our body, and if ongoing can manifest in various health issues. Repressing our emotions will prevent the stream of life from flowing in a productive manner. Learn to recognize your emotions as an important inner guidance system, letting you know if you are living in an environment of biochemical health or distress.
Do you ever allow yourself to cry? Tears can free us from pent up emotion and prepare our bodies for fruitful new beginnings. Tears are not a sign of weakness. When honored they can even make us stronger and deepen our sense of self-worth. It has been said ‘Without rain, there is no life. Without tears, there can be no healing.’ Healing does not take place until we surrender to our feelings. So embrace your emotions and allow the tears to flow as a healthy way to cleanse the soul of pain, grief, fear and longing. This offers us the chance to recharge our batteries and restore a sense of balance in our lives.
Please pursue health and happiness as though your life depends on it because it really does!!
– Carol Kretschmer