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The Gut-Brain Connection: How Does It Work?

gut health Jun 04, 2019

Ever felt butterflies in your tummy when you’re nervous or suffered from digestive problems during periods of stress and anxiety? This is a sign of the link between the gut and the brain, which we’re only just starting to learn more about. 

According to research, your brain and your gut are very interlinked and can have big effects on each other. The gut is actually being called “the second brain” by a lot of experts for this reason. There’s another dimension to this too, with both the gut and the brain being linked to the immune system too. This can extend to autoimmune diseases, and experts are increasingly looking into the idea that autoimmune conditions may start in the gut. 

What is autoimmune disease?

Before we dive into the link to the gut-brain and gut-immune connections, let’s talk briefly about the immune system and autoimmune disease. 

Under normal circumstances, your immune system is designed to protect your body against...

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Feeling off? These 6 essential vitamins might be missing in your diet

clean eating May 28, 2019

No doubt you know that you need a wide range of vitamins and minerals in your diet but you might not be so clued up on why they’re so important and what they can do for your health. Vitamin C is an obvious one but there are lots of others that play important roles in your body and we don’t always get enough of them in our diet. Here are 6 essential vitamins and minerals that will help you to stay healthy. 

Vitamin A

If you want to keep your eyes and skin healthy, you definitely want to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin A in your diet. 

There are two types of vitamin A: retinoids and carotenoids. Both are important for keeping skin, eyes, cells and tissues healthy and increasing immunity. The main difference is where you get them from. Retinoids are more readily found in animal products while carotenoids are usually plant based. 

As a general rule of thumb, you’ll find vitamin A in lots of orange foods, including carrots, sweet potato and...

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The Power of Probiotics

gut health May 21, 2019

No doubt you’ve heard of probiotics but you may not be so sure about how they could benefit you. Probiotics are live strains of microorganisms that can even out the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. 

If there is an imbalance and bad bacteria have been able to start taking over, it’s likely that you’ve noticed some of the effects in your health and wellbeing. Your diet, general health and antibiotics usage can all upset the delicate balance of gut bacteria and this can lead to health problems. 

Probiotics and Immunity 

Tired of getting sick all the time? According to research, taking probiotics may boost your immunity. This may be because they can help your body to produce more natural antibodies. If you get sick with colds on a fairly regular basis, it might be worth seeing if you can improve your immune function through probiotics. 

Some studies have suggested that probiotics can reduce urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women by as...

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Late Night Cravings: How to Stop Eating at Night

cravings mindfulness May 14, 2019

Do you find yourself eating in the evenings when you know you’re not really hungry? Nighttime eating is a major culprit for extra calories and weight gain. It can become something of a vicious cycle that you struggle to break away from but with the right mindset and tactics, it can be done. Here are some top tips for stopping nighttime eating. 

What are the triggers? 

A few potential triggers of nighttime eating include: 

  • Are you limiting what you eat in the day (or have less of an appetite in the daytime) and overcompensate later on with the calories you eat? With this approach to eating, you can easily eat more calories at night than in the rest of the day combined. 
  • Eating in line with your emotions. If you’re feeling stressed, bored, lonely, upset or angry, emotional eating can trigger late-night eating. It’s pretty common to feel more in control of your eating in the daytime, especially if you have a fairly structured day that...
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The Shocking Side Effects Of Ditching Sugar

sugar May 07, 2019
  1. You slow the ageing process

That’s right, you can stop dropping mad cash on those fancy skin creams and just make the switch to a sugar-free lifestyle. Glycation is a process which occurs in our bodies causing sugar to attach to collagen (the stuff that makes your skin appear smooth and tight). This causes inflammation and reduced effectiveness from the collagen and elastin which causes the skin to appear dull and wrinkles to appear more pronounced. 

  1. You sleep better

It makes sense that less sugar would help with sleep since blood sugar irregularities are the second leading cause of insomnia. When you reduce or eliminate sugar you’ll also ensure that you get all the beauty sleep you need and wake up feeling excited instead of exhausted. 

  1. You lose weight

Studies show reducing sugar is a much more effective way to lose weight than reducing fat. The best part is that you don’t have to cut calories or feel deprived with this system. It’s a...

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5 Fat Burning Techniques to Lose Weight Without Hitting the Gym

fitness Apr 30, 2019

Finding the time to work out can be hard enough with busy schedules, dating, married life, kids…. No matter the situation, time, and comfort are of the essence. Taking a 15-minute drive back and forth from the gym and assessing awkward shower rooms and encountering ogling strangers during your workout can be a complete turn-off. So, why workout at the gym at all?

Simple things like sleep duration, drink intake, and meditation are all small but super beneficial tasks that can have you sweating off the pounds in no time. It leads to a healthier body and a healthier mind.

Plus, you can still work every muscle and stretch every joint with ease and determination, while also tracking how you live your life positively. 

Today, I’m going to introduce you to 6 workout must-haves when making the transition to your homemade weight-loss haven. Learn how to effortlessly achieve your beautiful and sleek beach body.

1. Water. Water. WATER!!

I know you might hear it all the time,...

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How to Get Your Mind to Stop Racing

mindfulness stress Apr 23, 2019

Do you ever have those times when your mind is racing, and you can't seem to catch up? Maybe your schedule is jam-packed, and you haven't had a quiet minute to yourself in what seems like forever, or you tend to worry about every little detail on a daily basis -- either way, your brain is on the go constantly. Sound about right? 

Nevertheless, don't worry. It's not an issue exclusive to you, an active mind is something we all deal with. A busy brain isn't a bad thing, but when it overtakes us and controls us instead of the other way around, that's when trouble can creep in. Being mindful of this and practicing some tricks daily to maintain control of your busy mind is as easy as this... 

Meditation
Meditation is a great way to calm yourself down after a stressful episode or a busy day. All you have to do is sit still and clear your mind, take some deep breaths, and keep practicing until it works. It might take awhile to implement fully, but once you are able to utilize it,...

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Tips for Avoiding Comfort Eating at Work

Struggling with comfort eating while you’re at work? Deep down, you probably know that you’re not genuinely hungry but you snack anyway. Ready to start breaking the cycle? Here are some tips for beating stress eating at work. 

Are hidden beliefs playing a part? 

Comfort eating is linked to your emotions. If you’re bored at work, feel unappreciated or are having too much pressure piled on you, you may be turning to food to deal with the emotions. 

It can go a lot deeper than this too, and hidden beliefs can also play a big part. Maybe you’re lacking confidence in your abilities and the anxiety that this creates pushes you towards comfort eating. Or maybe you believe that you have to go above and beyond in your job role and are on the fast track to burnout as a result. 

Whatever the situation, dealing with these underlying factors is super important for helping you to stop comfort eating at work. Without this, you’re likely to carry on...

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5 Fast Exercises When You Have No Time To Workout

fitness Apr 09, 2019

Struggling to fit in your exercise daily? Have no fear. I’ve got 5 Fast Alternative Exercises when you have no time!

Not everyone has the luxury of committing a full hour for a Zumba or Pilates class at the gym, particularly for working mothers and those who put in long hours at work. Without a late night gym nearby your home or office, it’s easy to put off working out for the proverbial “tomorrow”. Soon, the New Year's resolution of getting into shape and shedding that last ten pounds or maintaining your current weight goes out the window.

Leaving exercise for “tomorrow” doesn’t have to be that way anymore with this guide to 5 fast yet effective exercises that can be done anywhere (even with no equipment around!). Besides, why spend 40 minutes on a treadmill when there are better exercises to help achieve your ideal physique and fitness level?

Skipping

Remember when you were a kid in school? Jumping rope, or skipping, is an underrated...

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Add Spices to Your Meals to Lose Weight Naturally

weight loss Apr 05, 2019

Who said eating healthy had to be bland and boring? Knowing the right herbs and spices to add to your cooking can give it loads of flavor and extra nutrients -- plus they can boost your metabolism to help you lose weight. Sounds like a win-win to me! 

Here are some of the best herbs and spices to start working into your recipes to help you drop those extra pounds: 

1. Turmeric
Turmeric contains the incredible curcumin antioxidant, and it serves as a warming spice. Warming spices increase your body heat which helps speed up metabolism. It’s easy to work into your meals for an added boost of healthy goodness. Sprinkle it into soups, stews, marinades, chicken, or even mix it into your scrambled eggs. 

2. Cinnamon
Interestingly, you’ll find cinnamon in many desserts, but all that sugar along with it doesn’t help. Try sprinkling cinnamon onto your oatmeal, in your coffee, on top of yogurt or sweet potatoes. It can balance your blood sugar and help you...

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