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Ever heard the saying: “I have a gut feeling that……”
Gut feelings get all the press, but your gut may be more of a thinker than you know. These powerful connections are part an emerging field of science called neurogastroenterology designed to study the gut-brain link. For the rest of the month of May, we will be discussing how your gut functions and how it can affect your daily well being.

HERE ARE 10 FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOUR GUT.

  1. The Gut Does Not Need The Brain’s Input.
    It doesn’t wait for your brain’s impulses to do the important work of digestion, because it doesn’t need to—it acts as its own “brain.”
  2. There Are More Than 100 Million Brain Cells In Your Gut.
    There are millions of neurons in its lengthy coils (9 meters of intestines, from esophagus to anus). That’s more neurons than are found in the spinal cord or peripheral nervous system.
  3. Your Gut Has its Own Nervous System.
    The enteric nervous system—the controlling mechanism of digestion and elimination—is the overlord of your gut, and functions all on its own.
  4. There is an Information Highway From Your Gut To Your Brain.
    There’s one big visceral nerve embedded in your gut—the vagus nerve. Research has revealed that up to 90 percent of its fibres carry information from the gut to the brain, rather than the other way around. In other words, the brain interprets gut signals as emotions. You really should trust your GUT FEELING.
Information Highway
  1. Most Of Your Serotonin Is In Your Gut.
    Some 95 percent of your body’s serotonin, that marvelous mood molecule that antidepressant drugs like Prozac keep in your body, can be found in the gut. So that is why diet, medications, and antibiotics can wreak havoc on one’s mood.
  2. A Healthy Gut May Protect Your Bones.
    In a study of the serotonin-gut relationship, scientists discovered an unexpected link between the gut and the bones. Inhibiting the gut’s release of serotonin counteracted the bone-density reduction of osteoporosis in mice. This research is going into studies on new osteoporosis-fighting drugs.
  3. Research Shows Links Between Autism And Having Fewer Strains Of Gut Bacteria.
    In as many as nine out of 10 cases, autistic people have common gut imbalances such as leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and fewer strains of “good” bacteria. Research is looking at possible treatments of some of the behavioral disorders of autism by balancing microbes in the guts, though many warn that such treatments can’t produce a “cure” for autism.
Food Affects your Mood
  1. Food Really Does Affect Your Mood.
    Different foods, when introduced to the gut via feeding tubes, have been shown to change a person’s moods without the person’s awareness of what they were “eating.” Fat, for instance, increased feelings of happiness and pleasure (no surprise there) because appeared to trigger the release of dopamine—the brain’s natural opiate. Carbohydrate consumption stimulated the release of serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter.
  2. Your Gut Is Your Best Friend In Cold And Flu Season.
    Not only does your gut hold brain cells, it also houses the bulk of your immune cells—70 percent—in the form of gut associated lymphoid tissue, or GALT, which plays a huge part in killing and expelling pathogens. GALT and your gut microbiome—the trillions of bacteria that live, like an immense microbial universe, in your gut—work hard to help you get over what ails you. That’s all the more reason to be careful with the use of antibiotics, which wipe out the good bacteria along with the bad.
  3. Your Gut Can Become Addicted To Opiates.
    Inside your gut are opiate receptors, which are also found in the brain. The gut is just as susceptible to addiction as the brain and may contribute to the intense difficulty some addicts have trying to kick the habit.


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TOP 10 CHALLENGES THE YOUTH OF TODAY FACES - PART 3
We continue with the top 10 challenges the youth of today faces.

So far we have discussed:

- Single Parent Households
- Substance Abuse
- Early Maturity
- Violence in Schools

The next two challenges are:

MATERIALISM
It is sad but a bitter fact that we live in a society that promotes consumerism and materialism. And we unknowingly encourage and instill this philosophy into our children. Surprisingly we teach our children that the success and happiness in life is measured by how much stuff or wealth you acquire or what Brand name items you where? It is nothing but natural when kids ask for things which their friends may have. But instead of fulfilling their demands immediately, we should take a pause and think seriously. In which direction we are heading? Never mind, we satiate their demands which are within our financial limit, but that is not a good sign at all.

OBESITY
Recent trends show that approximately 25% kids are obese in India. There is a thin line between being chubby and being obese. Why so? What went wrong? Who’s to blame? There are several questions which instantly pop up. Video games, TV, the internet and fast food can be blamed partially. Today, kids are spending more time watching TV, surfing the internet than running around. This sedentary lifestyle has dangerous consequences. The saddest thing is that they can feel socially awkward or being ridiculed by their peers. Apart from obesity-related health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, other side-effects are low self-esteem, depression, etc.

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT THIS?

- BE A ROLE MODEL. Whether you know it or not, your teen looks to you as a model for healthy behavior. Do your best to promote sustainable living. Make your own clothes, grow your own food philosophy.

- GET YOUR TEEN MOVING. Getting regular exercise is one of the best ways to beat stress, for both adults and teens. Encourage your teens to explore an exercise/activity they enjoy, whether it is team sports or other activities like yoga, wall climbing, swimming, dancing, or hiking. You might even suggest trying a new activity together like hiking in the outdoors.

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In this post we will continue to discuss the top 10 challenges the youth of today faces. To recap our first post discussed, Single Parent Households and Substance Abuse.
The next two are:

EARLY MATURITY

In earlier generations, kids enjoyed being kids. But today, with the advent of satellite television and internet, kids are bombarded with unwanted information. They are exposed to some adult-related content too, which is not at all conducive for their delicate minds. The concept of childhood becomes problematic.

VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS

When we send our kids to school, we usually take a sigh of relief. Schools play a major role in teaching life skills to young minds and their endeavor must be recognized. It is reasonable to expect that these sacred places of learning would prove as safe havens for children. Increasing cases of crime in school makes us lose our sleep. No, these are no minor cases of bullying but serious full-fledged crimes like stabbings, fighting and suicides.

Teenagers face a variety of stresses. For some, it is trying to balance a part-time job with mountains of homework. Others may have to help out at home or deal with bullying or peer pressure. Whatever the cause, starting down the road to adulthood has its own special challenges.

CALL your "health care provider" if your teen seems:
– Overwhelmed by stress
– Talks about self-harm
– Mentions thoughts of suicide
– Also call if you notice signs of bullying, depression or anxiety.

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–ACUDETOX – for management of stress & anxiety,
- BACH FLOWER REMEDIES – for emotional balancing
– SUPPLEMENTS for the management of stress and mild to moderate depression as well as assisting with the focus and clarity of mind especially for the wandering mind and high stress times around exam time.
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TOP 10 CHALLENGES THE YOUTH OF TODAY FACES

As it is Youth Day/Month June 16th, we thought it apt to discuss this topic.
The youth are the pillars of social, economic and political developments. In addition to their intellectual contribution and the ability to mobilize support, our youth bring unique perspectives to our lives and society. As a society we should value the imagination, ideals and energies of young men and women, which are also the future stakeholders of our society. We will Explore some of the basic problems faced by today’s youth, in our evolving modern world.

SINGLE PARENT HOUSEHOLDS

When kids see their parents living under different roofs, their adolescent mind suffers. The last two decades, we have seen an increase in single parent homes. It is really tough to look after a child in divided home. The situation is far more difficult when kids are raised single-handedly. Even if the parent / s are participatory ans involved it has been seen that the children are often deprived of parental guidance, which may result in an unwanted number of problems, such as alcohol/drug abuse, school dropout, and teenage pregnancies. Often these children do not have a childhood as they are burdened with adult responsibilities.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

“A cigarette in my hand…I felt like a man.” Yes…..the famous anti-smoking campaign by Gary Lawyer did manage to scare smoking to some extent. Leave aside the society, cigarette smoking is not even justified in the world of cinema now. Smoking was cool, back then. But nowadays, the awareness to the danger of smoking has increased substantially. Unfortunately it is not the same in case of drinking and using drugs. They are still assumed as cool stuff. Youngsters literally hang around booze. Apart from damaging their own health, they also risk the society. Under the influence of alcohol, these brats will rash drive and do several other anti-social activities.

It’s extremely important for people with addictions to seek help and if you know someone who can’t make the leap themselves, it’s important for you to then be supportive and encourage them to do so.

We will be discussing more challenges over the coming weeks during the month of June, so watch out for our posts.

WHAT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

- The National Department of Social Development in partnership with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has run the 24-hour Substance Abuse Helpline for over 10 years: Call 0800 12 13 14. If you are unable to call you can also SMS 32312 and a counsellor will call you back.
- SADAG has also created an online “Contact a Counsellor” button.
- Along with the SADAG Facebook page, there are also other online communities you can get in contact with for help or simply to learn more about substance abuse and how you can help someone with an addiction problem. The Ke Moja Substance Abuse Facebook page is another great online platform.
- For those with alcoholism, outpatient programmes are offered by organisations like the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependences (SANCA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Besides outside assistance, Balanced Healing can Provide the Following:

ACCUDETOX – for management of stress & anxiety, addiction, ADDHD
BACH FLOWER REMEDIES – for emotional balancing
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FEELING BLUE?
Generally we tend not to talk about depressing things….

However, Depression is very real and is one of the silent ailments disrupting corporate South Africa today, leading to increased absenteeism, conflict in the workplace and low productivity.

More and more people are suffering from undiagnosed depression, simply because the demands of our lifestyle today and the expectations we place on ourselves. Our nervous systems are stressed, and before we know it, this level of unhappiness becomes the new norm. This impairment in brain function then leads to poor lifestyle choices.

THIS IS IMPORTANT… read on about… The frontal cortex!

Some of the signs of depression to look out for are:
- A person suddenly losing enthusiasm for their work;
- Deadlines being missed and presented work not being as thorough as it used to be, having endless excuses, irrational decisions;
- Increased absenteeism which is out of character for the worker concerned;
- Changed social behaviour, withdrawal from peers, memory problems, highly suspicious of others;
- Restlessness and/or irritability, aggression towards colleagues and superiors;
- Arriving late for work and looking unhappy; anxious, edgy
- Fatigue, usually shown through complaints of tiredness after undertaking even basic tasks and constant complaints about feeling tired.

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