Audacious Health Readings..
5 tips to balance your gut health
Scientific evidence suggests that the health of your gut effects other organs and systems in your body, including the endocrine system. The below tips can help improve your mental clarity, increase focus and boost happiness whilst reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, fatigue, weight fluctuations, skin disorders, pms and hot flushes….
1. Activate your gut….Start your day with a glass of water with a dessert spoon of apple cider vinegar and a squeeze of lemon.
Previously we talked about five top tips for Healthy Eating Habits, i.e. Eat your food slowly; Sit whilst you eat; Enjoy what you eat; Plan your meals; and Portion control your meals.... How did you go? Were you already following these habits? Below we've listed another five healthy eating habits to help you with "spring cleaning" your health this Spring.
* AVOID OVEREATING
Eating slowly and controlling portions will help with avoiding eating too much.
We have all heard the expression "you are what you eat". So, making healthy food choices, i.e. what we eat, is important. And just as important is "how we eat" or i.e. our eating habits. good eating habits will support us to stay on track with maintaining our diets and digestive systems. Below we've listed our top Healthy Eating Habits for you to consider if you aren't already doing this...
*EAT YOUR FOOD SLOWLY Chewing your food versus scoffing it down makes a difference.
5 Tips for Starting a Winter Day
Well. Winter is here and
I’ll not go on about the cold. Needless
to say warming, nourishing foods are the go.
Rest is recommended. Chinese
Medicine says wearing a singlet (camisole for the feminine fashionistas) will
help to keep your kidneys warm and it’s what my Mum always said so it must be
But what about the emotional aspects of Winter? Shorter days, less warmth and less sunlight
can create a challenging situation….
Winter is on its way.
Autumn may have had a bit of a false start but the Winter chill is now
Here are 5 key tips for Winter
that you may have lower energy. We
just don’t have as much energy in Winter as we do in Summer. Some clients feel more energized as they don’t
have to battle the Summer heat but at the heart of it you have less energy.
2. Cut out
the cold foods. Chinese Medicine
never favours cold foods.
This August, we are reminding ourselves of all that we are grateful for and all the abundance we have.
With this in mind.....
- have dreams, know what your burning desires are,
- plan (and write the plan down!) and take action
- believe in your dreams, have faith in them and your abilities and know that there is enough abundance to go around
- be ready to receive and recognising the opportunities (even those that follow on from sad or tragic circumstances)
- stay focused, be resilient, stick with it and achieve your goal.
Modern science has found, proved and revised many links between what we eat and our health. Recent research has also established links between what we eat and our moods and emotions.
None of this is news to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has long explored the connection between the food we eat and our energetic systems.
Foods in TCM are categorised based on factors such as:
- Cooling or heating effect
- Ability to raise or lower energy
- Increasing Yin or Yang
- Ability to build blood
- Specific effects on individual organ systems
In Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners long ago observed the relationship between the seasons and the conditions they would see in clients. This observation evolved into a system of advice for the seasons to support the specific needs associated with that season.
Autumn in Traditional Chinese Medicine is related to the energy of the Lungs and Large Intestine.
How do you know if there is something going on with your Lungs and Large Intestine energy?
- The lungs and the large intestine are a major pathway of elimination and related to a healthy immune system.
Already we see evidence that spring has arrive from the sun coming up earlier and staying longer to flowers blooming. You may have also noticed the shift in our body's energy with these seasonal changes.
Spring is the season of the liver and gallbladder in TCM, with these organs responsible for regulating the smooth flow of energy throughout the body and mind. When this flow isn't smooth and soothing we experience irritation, frustration, anger, depression, insomnia, indecisiveness, and are more prone to headaches, joint pain, muscle strains.
Green spring clean smoothie
Blend below .... enjoy :)
*1 organic cucumber
*1 head California endive, ends trimmed off
*4 organic kale leaves
*2 organic green apples
*1 lemon, preferably a Meyer lemon
*1 thumb size piece of fresh ginger