Feeling Sad? Overwhelmed? Forgetful? and or Anxious?

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EVER EXPERIENCE SOME OF THESE?

  • Feeling down for no reason?
  • Feeling overwhelmed & little or no idea on how to manage?
  • Have you lost your enthusiasm for your favorite activities?
  • Have you lost some enjoyment in a friendships or relationships?
  • Restless mind? (The hamsters are hopping from wheel to wheel)
  • Feeling guilty about everyday decisions?
  • Brain farts? (It may be humorous but it IS a serious issue)
  • How about anger? Do you find yourself angry or aggressive when under stress?

It’s no secret that the key to good health is in your gut (your colon). Many sources researched indicate 80% of your immune system is in the gut. The gut is a key player in influencing brain function too. Confused? This is the miracle of the human body and its self-regulating, self-healing potential, we just need to begin operating and feeding the control center responsibly.
The integrity of the colon wall influences the ability to ward off infections and serious diseases, AND also contributes to healthy brain function by influencing the production of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

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Fiery Guts… Feisty Brain! Inflammation in the gut can lead to brain inflammation. Many people seem to be complaining of weight gain, hormone issues, depression, sleep issues ….. on closer inspection they seem to have intestinal integrity issues – Poor absorption, sluggish peristalsis, leaky gut, bacterial infection etc. Supporting gut health will help regulate neurotransmitter production and release. Neurotransmitters are chemicals released between neurons (brain cells) to activate them and create excitatory and inhibitory responses. These responses influence the nervous system function. Remember, this is the most important system in your body that controls everything!

MEMORY:
Acetylcholine (Ach) is a neurotransmitter necessary for healthy memory, creativity, recognition and your opinion about yourself. If you skip meals or you are hypoglycemic/insulin resistant then you have lower levels of glucose in the brain decreasing your ability to make Ach. A diet rich in choline is recommended. This means healthy fats and animal products such as meats and eggs. Protein sources high in Amino Acids, can also fall into the plant based groups… and more accessible for those who tend to follow Fat-free and vegetarian diets without it negatively impacting the levels of this valuable neurotransmitter. Long term risks of low Ach: chronic memory lapses, dementia, Alzheimer’s.

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Neurotransmitter

LACK OF ENTHUSIASM, SADNESS, AND FEELING OVERWHELMED:
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is produced inside the central nervous system (brain) and outside the central nervous system (periphery). Within the brain, its production is associated with anger, mood, sleep, body temperature, vomiting, and appetite. Hypoglycemia, habitual meal skippers and insulin resistance impairs the delivery of glucose to the brain in order to make sufficient serotonin to regulate these functions. Balancing blood sugar is the first step in supporting serotonin synthesis. Hence the focus on regular healthy eating habits.


DIGESTIVE ISSUES AND PAIN:
Peripheral serotonin is produced mostly in the gastrointestinal tract and does not influence brain function since it cannot cross into the brain. Eating sufficient amounts of proper proteins and having the healthy acidic environment (body pH levels tending more too alkaline) to ensure synthesis of acids and reduction of inflammation.

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THE GUT – THYROID CONNECTION:
The performance of the thyroid depends significantly on a healthy gut, particularly the balance of healthy gut flora. The majority of your immune system is in your gut (at least 60%), so poor digestive health is a trigger for autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. If the body is not eliminating toxins, wastes and unneeded hormones effectively, the system is backed up (constipation) and estrogen starts accumulating. This is one cause of estrogen dominance in both men and women. The accumulation of estrogen will slow down thyroid function.


THE BRAIN – THYROID CONNECTION:
Been experiencing brain fog and forgetfulness? As a result of this and perhaps other findings, were you diagnosed with low thyroid function? There’s a reason for this, and it is because the brain is saturated with thyroid hormone receptors. The brain also secretes a hormone (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone or TSH) to tell the thyroid to make thyroid hormones. Often people are prescribed thyroid medications based solely on a TSH lab reading or an incomplete lab profile.
It’s important also to evaluate brain function, or neurotransmitters. Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that impact thyroid health. When the lifestyle reflects a poor diet, unstable blood sugar control, adrenal stress and gut compromise (infections, leaky gut), this leads to poor brain health (brain inflammation and degeneration) and a deficiency of neurotransmitters, resulting in symptoms such as depression and poor memory. So, supplementing with nutrients and making better food and lifestyle choices will boost healthy brain activity (neurotransmitters) and help to improve thyroid health. Likewise, supporting thyroid health improves brain function. It goes both ways!


THE BOTTOM LINE – Your diet and lifestyle dictate healthy gut and brain function.
Your ability to adapt to the stressors in your life, to go with the flow when needed, to practice a regular routine to unwind, check out, time out and decompress from the impact of the hectic world in which we live will dramatically help regulate your brain activity to allow for restful and restorative sleep. Often we just want the supplements and a diet handed to us – thinking this is the complete package to resolving our issues. So we pop the supplements and shift towards the healthier diet but they are not working on the mind-body aspect of care.

Exercise

Rolling out of bed and onto your keyboard with a mug of coffee is not a healthy practice. Taking a time out by unplugging (yes, that means shutting down the cell phone) for just a few minutes to meditate, be in nature, think of nothing is SO rejuvenating and makes a dramatic difference in cortisol regulation, sleep hygiene, mood, decision making, everything! Additional supplementation to assist these functions may be necessary and must be carefully recommended especially if you are taking medications. Never underestimate the power of exercise and its positive effect on the brain.

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INSULIN RESISTANCE & DIABETES

As promised we continue our discussion around diabetes but this week we will focus on Insulin resistance which may be one of the key drivers of many — if not most — of today’s chronic diseases.

SO HOW SHOULD IT WORK?

Insulin is an important hormone that controls many bodily processes and challenges with this hormone are at the heart of many modern health conditions.
Insulin resistance, in which your cells stop responding to insulin, is incredibly common.
Simple lifestyle measures can dramatically improve this condition.
Insulin is an essential hormone that controls your blood sugar levels.
Insulin is made in your pancreas and helps move sugar from your blood into your cells for storage. When your pancreas senses high blood sugar, it makes more insulin to overcome the resistance and reduce your blood sugar.

INSULIN:

+ Regulates glucose balance in the body
+ Controls fat metabolism
+ Signals for the processes that move glucose into the cells for energy purposes
+ Causes any excess glucose to be stored in adipose tissue as fat
+ Suppresses glucagons & growth hormones, which regulate the burning of fat (stored fats)

INSULIN RESISTANCE is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don't respond well to insulin and can't use glucose from your blood for energy. ... Over time, your blood sugar levels go up. Insulin resistance syndrome includes a group of problems like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes is the condition of having abnormal levels of glucose, or sugar molecules, in the blood; insulin resistance refers to the mechanism by which one develops that condition.

They're not two different conditions; they're cause and effect — insulin resistance is a prediabetes state
Insulin resistance might develop into type 2 diabetes.
Insulin resistance, prediabetes, and Type 2 diabetes can be managed, and in many cases reversed, by the right lifestyle changes. Medication may also be prescribed.

BALANCED HEALING is able to assist you in improving this condition with simple lifestyle measures, nutritional advice and natural supplementation. PREVENTING INSULIN RESISTANCE may be among the most powerful ways to live a longer, healthier life.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM INSULIN RESISTANT?

Raised insulin and blood sugar levels are key symptoms of insulin resistance. Other symptoms include excess belly fat, high blood triglycerides, and low HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

THE EFFECTS OF INSULIN RESISTANCE:
+ extreme thirst or hunger.
+ feeling hungry even after a meal.
+ increased or frequent urination.
+ tingling sensations in hands or feet.
+ feeling more tired than usual.
+ frequent infections.
+ evidence in blood work.

Classic signs and symptoms that suggest you've moved from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes include:

+ Increased thirst.
+ Frequent urination.
+ Fatigue.
+ Blurred vision.

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RELATIONSHIP TO HEART HEALTH:
Insulin resistance is linked to various ailments, including heart disease, NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease), PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome), Alzheimer's disease, and cancer.

NATURAL SCIENCE-BACKED WAYS TO BOOST YOUR INSULIN SENSITIVITY.
+ A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
+ EXERCISE MORE
+ REDUCE STRESS
+ CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT
+ EAT MORE SOLUBLE FIBRE
+ ADD MORE COLOURFUL FRUIT & VEGETABLES TO YOUR DIET
+ ADD HERBS & SPICES TO YOUR COOKING
+ ADD A PINCH OF CINNAMON
+ DRINK GREEN TEA
+ TRY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
+ CUT DOWN ON CARBS
+ AVOID TRANSFATS
+ REDUCE YOUR INTAKE OF ADDED SUGARS

TRY A SUPPLEMENT
Chromium, berberine and magnesium supplements are linked to increased insulin sensitivity. Resveratrol appears to increase insulin sensitivity, particularly among people with type 2 diabetes.

As with all supplements, there is a risk they may interact with your current medication. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER before commencing any other natural treatments.
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DIABETES TYPES & MYTHS

November is an action-packed month with many focal points within Healthcare namely – DIABETES, ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS AND “MOVEMBER” – Campaign focusing on Male Cancers & mental health. So stay tuned for our weekly articles.

During week one we’ll touch base on the different types of Diabetes and some myth busters & natural ways to manage the disease process. Week 2 will focus on Insulin Resistance the pre-cursor to type 2 Diabetes and my personal favourite on how to manage lifestyle and supplementation.
Diabetes Types

Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. The hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. With diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t effectively use the insulin it does make. Ideally, there should be a balance between blood sugar and insulin in the body.

+TYPE 1 DIABETES is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas, where insulin is made. It’s unclear what causes this attack. About 10% of people with diabetes have this type. This type of diabetes is chronic and long term.
+TYPE 2 DIABETES occurs when your body becomes resistant to insulin, and sugar builds up in your blood.
+PREDIABETES occurs when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but it’s not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
+GESTATIONAL DIABETES is high blood sugar during pregnancy. Insulin-blocking hormones produced by the placenta cause this type of diabetes.

Diabetes is a complicated disease. If you have diabetes or know anyone who has it, you may have questions about the disease.
There are many popular myths about diabetes and its management. Here are some facts you should know about diabetes.

DIABETES MYTHS

MYTH: No one in my family has diabetes, so I won’t get the disease.
MYTH: I will likely develop diabetes because I am overweight.
MYTH: I eat a lot of sugar, so I am worried I’ll get diabetes.
MYTH: I was told I have diabetes, so now I’ll have to eat a special diet.
MYTH: I have diabetes, so I can never eat sweets.
MYTH: My doctor put me on insulin. This means I am not doing a good job managing my blood sugar.
MYTH: It is not safe to exercise with diabetes.
MYTH: I have borderline diabetes, so I don’t need to worry.
MYTH: I can stop taking diabetes medicines once my blood sugar is under control.

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NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR SUPPORTING TYPE 2 DIABETES:

+ BERBERINE
+ CURCUMIN
+ GINSENG
+ FENUGREEK
+ PSYLLIUM
+ CINNAMON
+ ALOE VERA
+ BITTER MELON
+ MILK THISTLE
+ HOLY BASIL

While many of these supplements show promise, IT IS WISE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER before commencing as Herbal supplements have side effects and can interfere with other medications.

Work with your health care provider or BALANCED HEALING to develop a meal plan that works best for you and that you will be able to follow consistently over time. A healthy and balanced meal plan with a healthy lifestyle will help you manage diabetes.
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PARENTS & EXAM STRESS

How stressed is your household during exam time?

What do you do as a parent to alleviate the tension and support your child with revision and studying?

Look no further, BALANCED HEALING can offer support for the entire family from nutritional planning, supplementation for concentration & focus, through to supportive therapy for anxiety and ADD/HD and much more.

So how can you as a parent channel your anxieties and support your child better during exam time?

1. Identify your child’s best way to learn

Try to identify how your child enjoys studying best, and adopt strategies around that. They may be – kinaesthetic learners like to learn via movement such as dancing, counting fingers, gestures or even acting; Auditory learners absorb information the best through sounds such as songs and recordings, OR visual learners study best through picture stories, shapes, mind maps and even paintings.

2. Create a great learning environment

A good atmosphere and comfortable learning space can lead to productive learning and revision. Ensure your child has what they need to thrive, whether it’s sufficient light and quiet, or a comfortable chair and the necessary stationery.

3. Get them to teach

A good way to get children to understand what they are learning, or to just practice their revision, is for them to “teach” you. Ask your child to pretend they’re the teacher, and go through a mock “lesson”.

4. Spread out revision

It’s difficult for anyone to concentrate on learning for long periods of time, so ensure your child is taking short breaks between revision bursts.

5. Support them

Studying is not always fun or easy, so praise your children when they are working hard. Encourage rather than threaten, If they do get stressed, try to respond to their emotions by listening, reassuring them, or hugging them. Once they’ve calmed down, you can deal with practical solutions, such as setting up a revision timetable or getting the necessary help they might need.

6. Ensure they’re sleeping sufficiently

Sleep is important to not only give children mental and physical rest but to consolidate what’s been learnt during the day. Ensure their room is dark as light interferes with melatonin (the hormone needed for sleep) production. The blue light emitted by tablets and phones can also be disruptive to sleep.

7. Set up rewards

Incentivise studying and exams not necessarily through material rewards or “prizes”, but through fun activities that children can look forward to after a series of revisions or after an exam. Incentives can include a dinner out at a restaurant, or watching sport or series together. Or better yet, ask them what they want to do the most.
"Parents needn’t feel alone with their children’s curriculum and revision. The key is to ensure a personalised and powerful learning experience which can also be achieved through technology interventions," (Parent 24)

Below is a survey conducted in the UK on how exam stress affects moms & dads.

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