Could your life style be causing dementia?

The statistics for dementias are staggering and very sad. An ever-increasing number of people seem to become affected with this debilitating group of diseases. The question is not so much why but what can we do about it RIGHT NOW?

While there are certainly dementia genes that lead some to be more predisposed than others to these debilitating illnesses, genes only play a small role in whether someone is stricken with dementia later in life. The study of epigenetics also teaches us that whether certain genes manifest or not is determined quite a bit by our lifestyle (including how we live, how we eat and even how we think).

Sadly many people don’t know that common mistakes they make even early in life may predispose them to being more likely to incur dementia (including Alzheimer’s) later in life, and by then it’s too late to fix.

What are those things? Here I did a Facebook live video on the subject. Have a watch. I’m also coming out with a 12 week series on things we should DO RIGHT NOW to slow the ageing process. That will be out later this spring. 
 

Watch the full video here 
 

I’m also creating a free video with 3 things many do that unknowingly may be causing them to age prematurely and 3 other things we should all be doing that can help us slow ageing down. If you want a link to the free video once it’s ready, reply to this post or email saying “send me the video” or reply on my Facebook or Instagram (@healthyagingnutrition) or on my YouTube saying “send me the video”. You can also book a free call with me here:

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How to Attract Love Into Your Life

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Some time ago, before I became a Nutritional Therapist and a Naturopath, I was a Mind-Body Wellness Coach working to help people reframe their lives away from loneliness. Here I’m interviewed by Prash Kotecha from Urban Spirituality about what it takes to attract someone special into our lives. These days with us being so isolated, it’s more difficult than ever to bring those special people into our lives: that includes that one someone special as much as those people you want in your group of friends. These days of quarantine and isolation have made many more people unhappy and lonely. Loneliness has been linked with ill health and these days, ill health is killing way too many. In this video, I teach how important it is to reframe how you think and how you live to live a healthier and happier life and to leave the world of loneliness for good.

Slow down ageing with these 7 herbs.

Let’s be honest, none of us really want to age. While ageing is a natural chronological process that, at this point in time, happens to all of us, HOW we age is something that we can control and should.

How we eat, how we live and how we think impacts completely on how we age. Changing just a few key elements in any one of these three areas can make an enormous difference to not only our present, but also to our future.

Throughout my life and my work, I’ve been rather obsessed with figuring out the various secrets to slowing the ageing process. I’m even focusing my masters thesis on this exact question and launching an online series which incorporates what I’ve discovered in the process of searching for the secret to antiaging.

In the process of research, I sometimes come across interesting articles that I can share with you all, so that you can save yourself the trouble of having to search for the secrets which have taken me years to uncover. Here’s a great article which includes 7 herbs that can help slow the ageing process. While knowing the herbs to use is one part of the discovery, actually finding how to best take these herbs in the most impactful way is the key.

How not to feel alone this Valentine’s Day

This Sunday is Valentine’s Day. In fact it’s the first Valentine’s Day we’re facing in lockdown without even the ability to meet people unless they’re living with us or in our designated bubble (depending on where you live). So let’s just say that it’s probably one of the most challenging Valentine’s Days that we’ll be facing in a while.

While Valentine’s Day even in a good year may be difficult for some to face, as it’s a reminder of how alone they feel, for some it’s an opportunity to celebrate a new romance or a long-term relationship. This year, however, the day may bring more awareness than usual to those who have to face the day alone. Even if you managed to surpass the odds and are dating someone new, you’re likely not allowed to meet them inside to celebrate. Depending on which country you’re living in, it’s possible that there isn’t even anywhere to celebrate the day at all. That makes an already challenging day even more challenging.

For those who have no one to celebrate with, the day may make you even more aware of how lonely you feel, especially as you may not be allowed to visit with family and friends to make yourself feel better.

One of the things I’ve come to learn as a Coach and Hypnotherapist (even before I became a Naturopath and Nutritional Therapist) is that how you see things is all about your perspective. While we could look at Valentine’s Day as ruined this year, if we focus on the fact that we can’t celebrate it properly and can’t even meet with people, we can also look at it as a different kind of Valentine’s Day. 

The fact that we can’t meet with people in person opens up the opportunity of meeting up with people virtually, as in through zoom or skype or facetime chats and virtual celebrations. No it’s not the same of course, but we can delight in it nonetheless. Though this pandemic has taken a lot away from us, it has also given us something unique back. It has given us the opportunity to see the world as a smaller place, to celebrate with friends and family all over the globe and to join networks that are everywhere. Many out there are discovering that there is light within the darkness and are creating little pockets of opportunities and connections. Soon, this newsletter will bring more and more of the connections I’m making with people out there who are discovering new and different opportunities to bring people together despite the odds.

In the end, Valentine’s Day is about love and connection with those important to us. If you feel lonely, watch the video below for how you can make the most of this difficult time.

And if you want more ideas for how to connect despite the challenging circumstances, or want help with your loneliness (or your health), book a free 30 minute call with me here.

Karime’s Testimonial: Perimenopause & Bloating

As a newly-qualified Nutritional Therapist focusing in on Healthy Ageing, the most important feedback for me is feedback from the client. My aim in what I do is, as it was already since I startedmy practice in Wellness Coaching more than 5 years ago: to help my clients to leave working with me feeling much better and happier than when they came.

It was through my continuous work with clients, both one on one and in group coaching that I would begin to sense what knowledge I needed to increase in order to help them better. Thanks to that work, I decided to learn NLP and then Clinical Hypnotherapy. It was then through working with weigh loss clients in Hypnotherapy that I realised that I could help them more by learning Nutritional Therapy and Naturopathy. Though this was another 3 years of study, I could see how my added knowledge would help clients. It was during my learning that I also was able to focus in on the subject area that interested me most: that of how we age and what causes ageing to happen more quickly (with the negative repercussions of ageing) as well as how we can slow down the ageing process through living in a more healthy way. This is the focus that I will now also pursue in my Masters. During this entire time, I have continued my work with clients, both in my personal clinic capacity and through student clinics while studying. It is always a very happy moment when a client is so satisfied with how I helped him or her that she is willing to share her/his testimony. Though we already have many testimonies on both my Instagram accounts (@HealthyAgingNutrition and @CoachJuliaKeller) and on my website (www.JuliaKeller.co.uk), we’re constantly adding more as clients offer to give them. Here is a video testimonial from a client some time back when I first finished my nutrition studies.

Healthy Ageing Starts With Healthy

After interviewing quite a few experts for my soon launching series on Healthy Ageing from the inside out, it was refreshing and different to be invited to be the one being interviewed for a change. Anthony Abis, of BU-Evolution, a brilliant new venture bringing various specialists in the holistic healing world together, interviewed me abouteverything from what got me started to what my upcoming series will be covering.

Sometimes we get into a point in life when we feel more alone and more isolated than ever. Recently we’ve had a tough time in this world, with many countries going into quarantine due to the pandemic and the loneliness rate becoming worse than ever.

Sadly, our country is already one of the many where loneliness is one of the biggest epidemics that causes (through reduced mental health and the connection between mental and physical health) a vast number of deaths every year. In fact, several studies listed loneliness as the cause for more mortalities than any other disease on its’ own. The UK was so concerned about this that a Loneliness Minister was appointed several years back to combat this statistic.

Back then, the rate was lower than it is now, thanks to the Covid pandemic and the resulting isolation most have had to endure. Sadly, this has meant more deaths, both from disease and from suicides (with the suicide rate also increasing dramatically with the younger generation).

Unfortunately, we can’t do that much about the reaction to the pandemic of our government. However, we do have control over how we react ourselves and our focus on defeating loneliness.

Recently, I did a facebook live video for people who were feeling lonely and isolated during the holidays.
You can watch this video here.

I also did a video on how to combat loneliness several years back that I’m sharing again as the issue has only worsened now. Back then, I was doing a speaking circuit talking about loneliness and the negative health repercussions and how to fight it. I’m adding this video below, as loneliness is really a crisis that needs solving, even more so these days.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH65v4CDO7g&feature=youtu.be

New Years Detox

It’s been a very challenging year, to say the least. I don’t think anyone is sorry to leave 2020 behind and to begin anew in a fresh new year. 2021 has a lot of expectations riding on it. Not only is it the year that hopefully will finally see an end to a pandemic that took lives and financial stability in the same brutal reality, but it is also when we witness the UK leaving the EU (with all the hangover side-effects that will go alongside the departure that’s been building up to this moment for a while).

Hopefully too 2021 will also be the year that we all — now a bit more cognizant of our mortality thanks to a pandemic that threatened to kill both people and economy alike — finally realise the importance of staying healthy. Not only does staying healthy mean that we keep our immunity intact and ready for when we really need it to protect us, but it also means ageing better and more slowly (more on this to come).

https://youtu.be/Nj0Omrxk3qE

What better way to start the year but with keeping to our resolutions to take better care of our health. Normally this begins with promising to eat better, to go the the gym and exercise more and to stop bad habits before they get worse. Well, what better way to get started than a detox. To help, I’m making available again a video I posted last year on how to go about detoxing. However, keep in mind that not everyone will benefit from the same type of detox and that some may need to build up instead or will need to go about it in a totally different way.

To find out what kind of detox is best for you, schedule your free 30 minute call with me here: https://healthyageing.as.me/schedule.php

Three key questions to asks ourselves during Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is meant to be a time shared with family and friends filled with hugs and laughter and carolling. The same is true for Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights that normally precedes Christmas and where Hanukkah songs are sang and dreidel games are played between children.

This year, however, due to the current situation, the festivities will be very different. Many of us won’t be able to celebrate with family and friends or with hugs and cuddles or even with singing. This year we’re being asked to be more careful and travel is restricted. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate at all.

In general, while the holidays normally bring about merry cheer and smiles and celebrations, they also are a time when so many become highly aware of their loneliness. The holidays, especially Christmas, have always been a time when those alone feel more lonely than ever, having no one to celebrate that special time with. Emergency rooms often peak around the holidays with those who need comfort during these times which can be just as sad as they are happy.

This year there will be more loneliness as people continue to isolate for safety, which also means more sadness and less hugs and merry toasting. But that isn’t to say that we’re defeated. Luckily, technology has advanced so much that even if we can’t celebrate with our loved ones in person, with hugs and cuddles, we can at least celebrate with them through a screen, still filling our homes with singing.

2020 has been a challenging year filled with difficulty and darkness. But in every darkness, there is always the glimpse of light. And that is what we should look for at the end of this challenging and strange year.
So let’s ask ourselves these three key questions:

-What have I learned about myself?

-In what way have I grown this year?

-In which direction do I want my life to go in the future?

Watch my Christmas greetings video below and share your answers with us in the comments, or email us at info@juliakeller.co.uk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAsOnf-mM8E&feature=youtu.be

Want to age well? Stop doing these three things.

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Let’s be honest, we all want to age well. After all, what’s the other option: feeling ill, tired, with our brain fuzzy and our memory slowly descending? Or maybe surviving only thanks to multiple pills that keep us going but leave us feeling not really great? Or maybe it’s even worse: being sick with diseases which are much too common these days: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke…

Ageing well means looking and feeling our best, rather than our worst. Ageing well means not spending the last years of our life looking back at “the good old days” because that’s all we have the energy to do.

Ageing well could mean feeling youthful and vibrant no matter what age we are. It could mean being there for our families: for our children, our grandchildren… with our faculties intact. It means enjoying our life at any point because we still feel good and our minds are active and buzzing.

So what comes to a shock to many of my clients is the fact that they may be inadvertently sabotaging their ability to age well, their immunity and their health in general by doing a few things which many people do on a regular basis. Want to know what these three things are? Watch this video I did as a Facebook live some time ago. Want more help to age well and to stay healthy now and into the years that follow? Book a free 30 minute call with me here: https://WellnessSession.as.me/

Watch the video by clicking the link below.

Are you sabotaging your ability to age well!?

What are metabolic disorders & how do they affect your chances of getting Covid-19

Now if you’re like many people now, you’re trying to keep yourself as healthy as possible to avoid being one of those badly affected by this current pandemic. Well you may be surprised to discover that being elderly isn’t the main issue that causes mortality from Corona. Being ill with a metabolic disorder is!

Many of the statistics of who is fairing the worst from this pandemic are starting to come to light. While being over a certain age does predispose you, especially if you’re in a nursing home, having being diagnosed with a metabolic disorder (such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke) or being obese actually puts you in almost as poor a situation. 

So is there anything you can do to help your chances of staying healthy? Yes absolutely! Watch this video where I interview my friend and colleague, Nutritional Therapist Jyoti Sethi. Jyoti is a specialist on metabolic disorders from the Nutrition side who helps us to better understand how we can ensure that we catch a metabolic disorder early and tackle it before it compromises our health, or how we can take care of ourselves to prevent metabolic disease and what we can do to help our health even if already in that category. 

Jyoti is also one of the 10 specialists who will be starring on my upcoming series helping clients to boost their immunity to ensure they are healthy and ageing well no matter what virus may come along. More information about that series coming soon. If you can’t wait and want to find out more right away,  book a free call with me here: https://healthyageing.as.me/schedule.php

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email: coachjuliakeller.co.uk
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Jyoti Sethi:jsnaturopath@gmail.com
IG: @thenaturemedic

About Jyoti:

Jyoti Sethi is a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist and Naturopath and wellness expert. With a passion for natural medicine, a sharp focus on the latest scientific research and with her practice firmly rooted in the Functional Medicine model, Jyoti is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and expertise to help clients improve their metabolic health; including diabetes, cholesterol, gut health and obesity.

Following a background of comprehensive training in various modalities such as bach flower remedies, tissue salts, herbal medicine and homeopathy. Jyoti has undertaken extensive academic and scientific training. She holds a distinction in Naturopathic Nutrition and Naturopathy from the renowned College of Naturopathic Medicine and is currently pursuing MSc in Personalised Nutrition the Centre for Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management (CNELM). With solid evidence-based scientific research guiding her work, Jyoti understands the importance of keeping herself up to date with the developments in the nutrition field.

She believes that every person is unique and requires a personalised approach as the current ‘one size fits all’ is not suitable for everyone. Jyoti takes into account the bio-individual metabolic needs of each client. Known for her skilful assessment and engaging style, she uses cutting edge functional laboratory testing in her clinic to develop personalised protocols, which include achievable dietary, supplemental and lifestyle guidance.

Jyoti is a student clinic supervisor at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). She offers consultations online via Zoom.

Seasonal Eating 3: Autumn Thanksgiving Veggies – Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Watercress!

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Thanksgiving healthy  in-season special!

This week those of us who have spent enough time in America like to celebrate one of the favourite culinary holidays: Thanksgiving!

There’s nothing quite like a holiday where the main purpose is to eat rich foods and indulge until you’re so full of everything that’s been so yummy and heavy that you just conk out on the couch usually with family or friends just as full and ready for sleep as you are. One thing to note about the fact that we pass our on Thanksgiving is that it’s no surprise considering that normally (unless we’re vegetarians) one of the big indulgences is the massive turkey, which is rich in tryptophan (a substance that is known to help us sleep).

For this Thanksgiving special, I’ve focused my videos on the key plant-based foods that are in season and especially good for us in Autumn.

The first is pumpkin, which can be used for a Thanksgiving favourite: pumpkin pie, but is also equally tasty in a pumpkin soup, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin gnocchi, pumpkin mash and so much more. Pumpkin is as good for us as it is tasty! Watch the video below to find out why and then try out this delicious recipe for a pumpkin-carrot soup. By the way, pumpkin seeds are equally high in benefits, so if you’re using the whole pumpkin make sure you salt and roast the seeds too!

The reason I love this soup is because it is sooo creamy even without the cream! Its exceptionally nutritious and filling, and is low in carbs.

Another Thanksgiving favourite is of course sweet potatoes. These yummy (not really potatoes) have become one of the favourites for those looking for a healthier replacement for the white potatoes version, which we normally advise clients to cut out entirely. Sweet potatoes made in mash or sliced version have been cooked with spices like cinnamon and brown sugar or even covered with marshmallows for a decadent version on Thanksgiving. They can even be used to replace ordinary french fries or chips for a much healthier, high fibre snack. Eat them with the skin on for maximum fibre and health benefits! More on why they’re so great in this video.

In every indulgent Thanksgiving, there should also be a large bowl of salad that makes us all feel better about balancing the heavy food off with something light and good for us. In that bowl of salad, add some watercress as a true superfood vegetable that helps to eliminate carcinogens and fight cancer by inducing cancer cells to suicide themselves. It’s also incredibly light in calories and heavy in vitamins and antioxidants. Watch the video below to find out more.

And if after you indulge you want some help on how to get back into shape before the next indulgence at Christmas, as well as to learn more about what you can do long-term to boost your immunity and slow down the ageing process, book a free 30 minute call with me here.

Seasonal Eating 2 : Autumn Veggies – Beets, Brussel Sprouts, Squash

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This week we continue with our seasonal picks with 3 of my favourite healthy vegetables.

1. Beets (ie: beetroot)
2. Brussel sprouts
3. Squash (particularly butternut squash)

All 3 are especially healthy and have in common that they’re great at keeping cancer away. With cancer statistics looking worse with every year and something as easy as eating healthy at our disposal, shouldn’t we really give these (and other) vegetables a significant try. Plus all 3 are fairly easy to cook and relatively inexpensive in this particular time when they’re in season.

To find out more about why they’re good for us, have a watch of the videos below.

Here is an amazing Recipeto a cold weather soup:
Borscht! 

…and if you’d like more help to know exactly what you should be eating for healthy ageing and disease fighting in these strange times, book a call with me here.

Benefits of Eating Seasonally: Autumn

It’s the season for healthy eating

This week I received a big surprise in my email: my long-awaited Diploma in Nutritional Therapy (graduating with Distinction) and another in Naturopathy. At the same time, I also received a very interesting question from a friend I caught up with going walking in the park with my puppy who I told about my recent completion of studies. Her question: “is it really important to eat seasonally and what should I be eating now if it is?”.

That question spurred the creation of this eating seasonally series where we will not just share what’s seasonal for each season, but the top three picks for health each week.

The truth is our bodies have existed over centuries eating seasonally. It’s really a relatively recent phenomenon to be able to go to the supermarket and pick up anything we want no matter what the season. Our ancestors’ ancestors would only eat what was available and that was very dependent on what season it was.

Eating seasonally means that we eat more locally, which means our food is fresher and doesn’t need to go through many processes to travel miles. That’s as good for our health as it is for the health of our planet. It’s also cheaper as seasonal food is plentiful when in season so normally sold at a discounted rate. Remember what is more difficult to get hold of is often marked up and vice versa. If loads of apples are falling from trees, for instance, the growers will want to sell them fast before they go rotten, which means we can buy them cheaper. If, on the contrary, we want cherries when they’re not in season, but they need to be shipped from somewhere far away, we will have to pay somehow to cover the cost of that shipping, not to mention the various freezing and unfreezing processes the cherries have to go through.

So eating seasonally is healthier and less expensive. So what should we be eating? Well each week I’ll talk about my top 3 picks for healthy produce. This week my focus is fruit. My top 3 picks? Well you can see in the videos below and hear why specifically I chose these.
1. Apples 🍎
2. Cranberries
3. Pears 🍐

Autumn Seasonal Fruit 1: Apple!

If you are eager to experiment with apples, I suggest trying out this  Simple Apple& Pear crumble getting most from the fruits:

TRY THE RECIPE 

Autumn Seasonal Fruit 2: Cranberries!

This year try making even more delicious cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is actually full of nutrients and benefits as opposed to store-bought, processed, sugary one!  Naturally sweetened cranberry sauce! 

TRY THE RECIPE

Autumn Seasonal Fruit 3:  Pears!

Stay healthy ! 

Do you feel drained of energy when you mix with certain people? If so, you may be spending too much time in “toxic” friendships or relationships and it may be time to rethink who you spend time with.
If you have been surrounded by toxic people you know exactly how intense the energy can be. Toxic people are often energy drainers in one way or another. Possibly without intending to, they manage to suck the energy out of you and leave you drained, uninsipired and hopeless.
These are often the same people who when you feel you have a great idea, rather than encouraging you, make you “realise” why you can never do it and you’re aiming way too high. These are also those same people who point out your flaws constantly and find some new and different way to make you feel bad about yourself each time you see them. You can detect a level of toxicity in a person by seeing how conflictual they are. Very often, they place themselvs in a situation where they cannot help but fall into conflicts, most likely in the name of some strong principles. They are people who thrive on other people’s failures and like to put down those around them.
Constant complaining and an inability to be happy are also characteristics of toxicity. But above all toxic people can be manipulative in persuading you to act in a certain way that in the end feeds back their toxicity. For example, discouraging you from success and encouraging you into seeing just how “horrible” the world really is so that you can feel as negative about everything as they do.
Unfortunataley, like most people, I have dealt with a fair share of toxic people and negativity. Initially, it can be difficult to spot, but even people whom we love the most might be suffering from this “state of being toxic” at least temporarily when they are in a bad place themselves.

Many self-help gurus recommend distancing ourselve from such characters, especially when we are in a state of “growth” and “flight” as they are likely to curb our development and clip our wings (and our excitement and passion). In the end of the allowing them to exert they negativity over you will lead to your suffering as well. In addition, often we feed on the energy of the company we keep. That’s why when we’re in a state of “self-development” and “self-growth” and we hang out with other in the same state (such as at an event or in a course), we leave there full of ideas that can transform us and others. If, on the contrary, we spend too much time with those who put down growth ideas and see the world as chaotic and negative, we instead feed into that energy and start to also see the dark side rather than the light.
As humans, remember, one of our fundamental needs is to fit into whatever group we find ourselves in. So that if we actively seek out people in the growth phase, we allow ourselves to grow to fit in with them. But if, on the contrary, we are spending a lot of time with those who are wary of growth and change and new ideas in general, we find ourselves also becoming more wary to fit in with them.
Sadly, people who are toxic are often those who are themselves suffering the most. So in a way this advice of distancing yourself from toxic people can seem incosiderate. Are we supposed to leave an unhappy person alone, instead of trying to help them? In some cases there is a very thin line between helping to improve the situation and enabling the situation. The key is to help the person to improve through sharing some of your “light” without enabling them and instead taking of their “darkeness”. Balancing this line is tricky, however, and not for the fainthearted. So if you’re a recovering “toxic”, you may need to leave behind toxic friendships/relationships completely before you’re able to return to them lightly to share your light rather than partake in their darkness.
Obviously, if it’s your family that you find toxic, leaving them is not only difficult but also not suggested. Family is important. Based on theories of reincarnation, we are born into one family versus another depending on what it is that we have to work on in this lifetime. But we can, for a time, reduce our time spent with certain more toxic people while we learn to rebuild. Then come back renewed with a fresher energy. Just don’t expect everyone to appreciate this newer version of you right away. Remember that negative people are often annoyed or intimidated by those who have a more positive go-getter type attitude as it can seem superior or threatening to them. Just approach with baby steps and give them time to adapt. Continue to stay true to who you are and your new optimistic way of approaching life and don’t let them phase you with minor put-downs or negative snide comments.
In nutrition and alternative medicine, we often speak of toxins. Toxins, according to the dictionary definition are “a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation”. We know that most processed foods, sugars and medications inject toxins into the body which then clog the system. The presence of toxins in the body have a severe and very damagining effects: inducing sluggishness, haze, fatigue, irritability, mood swings and depressed organ functions. This presence of toxins has throughout naturopathic medical history been linked with disease, including mental illness.

All disease begins in the gut. -Hypocrates

Hence it’s possible that people who behave in a toxic way have high toxicity in their body. After all, physical metabolic toxins have a similar effect on the body that toxic people have on others: they drain energy, they manipulate the body into negative cravings that ultimately damage it further and they cause irritability and instability. It’s almost impossible to feed oneself on a highly toxic diet and still remain positive, energetic and happy. There are many studies in the last decade discussing the link between gut and brain health and between gut health and mood. Stress, for instance, if perpetual and untreated, can deplete healthy gut flora which then causes further fluctuations in mood and reduces our immunity. Reduced healthy gut microbes (due to long-term antibiotic use for example) reduce immunity and also play havoc on mood. This can become a vicious circle if one is often sick, taking antibiotics, eating an unhealthy diet and living a stressful life. Even mainstream medicine now recognises this connection and studies have been published in publications as well-regarded as Harvard Health.

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In Ayurveda (an Indian science of medicine), it is believed that negative emotions produce toxins in our body causing them to accumulate in certain areas that can later on in life degenerate living cells and support the growth of a cancer. Ayurveda’s method of curing is severe detoxifying for 21 days or longer (that has to be administered by a licenced practitioner), and it is know to have cured serious diseases and helped manage mental health issues.
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In nutritional therapy, especially in naturopathic nutrition, cleanses to help detoxify the body are often used to help those who have skin issues, allergies, intolerances, leaky gut, IBS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or other unresolved health issues that medicine doesn’t know how to help. However, the ideal is of course not to reach that level of toxicity and to feed the body for health before health is compromised. Ideally, we want to reduce the level of toxins we take in (think alcohol, too much caffeine, refined sugars, processed or artificial foods, carbonated beverages and drugs) that stop our body from functioning well and lead to illness and poor mental health. We also want to increase the detoxifying foods that we ingest (fruits, vegetables, cruciferous veg, lentils, beans, whole grains, seeds, nuts, spices, water and green and herbal teas) that help our body, brain and mood and that boost our immunity and our ability to fight pathogens and negative microbes.
So one way to help toxic people could be by helping them to physically detox and to clear the mind. Meditation and exercise, along with a healthy diet and good quality sleep, are all fundamentals towards this.
If you or someone you know needs help to detoxify, it often helps to seek out expert advice. To find out more about how to move towards a detoxified body, mind and spirit, book a free call with me here:
https://WellnessSession.as.me/

How to stay resilient in the seeming rise of Covid-19.

You’ve heard the scary figures, even more frightening than some of the costumes we see on Halloween (which may not be allowed to come out this year). The numbers of Covid-19 are rising all over Europe and many countries have been listed for lockdown. This is the long-expected second wave that politicians have been warning us about.

Though the exact percentages are constantly being questioned, doctors everywhere are coming up with protocols that have saved lives. The most vulnerable sector remains the same: those who have some pre-existing conditions (such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders) and the elderly. Obviously we cannot change the fact of life that we get older. However, most of the other pre-existing conditions mentioned are highly preventable with adequate measures to look after our health over time. Even among the elderly population, some are more vulnerable than others: with those who are more healthy surviving even when those less healthy around them don’t.

This should give us all hope that we can arm out immunity to help our body fight whatever virus 🦠 is there potentially around us attacking others. Of course, developing one’s immunity does not happen in a day, no matter how much vitamin boosts you take, but there are certain things you can do.

So here are a few basic tips that we can all do already today:

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1. Gingerand lemon tea in the morning to clean your system helps with detox, which helps our liver work better thereby helping our immune system work better because toxins stuck in our system impede our immunity. When fe
eling sick or if we have a sore throat, add manuka honey (100+). The lemon has vitamin C and the ginger is anti-inflammatory to fight inflammation from a virus. Manuka honey (or local raw honey) has an ingredient that helps to fight virus and bacteria and other microbes (you can put it on athlete’s foot or fungus for instance to fight the infection).

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2. Nature has already created an ideal way of balancing us out with foods being seasonal to the seasons when we need them most. For example: butternut squash and pumpkins are in season now when we all carve and display pumpkins for Halloween. Apart from being super delicious and low in calories, both have many nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium and are high in antioxidants. They help towards both eye and skin health and magnesium is key for optimum energy and relaxation. The antioxidants also mean that they help us fight disease and boost our natural immunity. For extra immunity and inflammation fighting benefits, add a bit of ginger, garlic and turmeric.

3. If this seeming pandemic has not scared you into getting more healthy, considering that most of those dying are those who have certain preventable underlying conditions (outside of the elderly of course) then definitely pay attention now! Drop drop drop those refined sugars and processed foods like chips, crisps, colored sweets, soft drinks etc as they weaken your body and your immunity long-term. I know that now when we kind of locked down at home and have time to watch netflix all we want to do is eat “CRAP” (to see what it is visit my previous newsletter here), but unfortunately indulging in highly processed foods and drinks long term does damage that then takes years to undo (if it’s not too late). So better switch to fresh mostly plant-based natural foods and drinks. Imagine that what you put into your body is your fuel.

What do you think would happen if your put Coca Cola into a car that runs on petrol? You may think that’s a ridiculous comparison, but our bodies aren’t made to run on crisps and Coca Cola either. Our fuel has always been whole natural unprocessed mostly plant based foods. But we’ve been trying to live on junk food because it’s manufactured well into something highly palpable.

So is it any wonder that the cancer, heart disease and diabetes rates keep rising every decade? If you don’t want to be an unhappy statistic, take the time to CHANGE your diet and lifestyle NOW.

Need help, book a free call with me here: https://WellnessSession.as.me/

Are epidemics just a part of our existence?

“If we don’t remember history, we are doomed to repeat it” so the refrain goes. So why not study history for clues on how to handle this new epidemic that COVID-19 presents us with? Well a group of scientists are doing just that. While this article  (read the article here) discusses the correlations between what we’re facing now and the Black Plague, there are other epidemics that came in between. The Spanish Flu, for example and even SARS, which never developed into a full on epidemic as it was contained early.

So what do we learn from these great mysteries of horrible death that seemed to come and go? Well, for one, though many died from these epidemics, many also didn’t. So how does one land in the side of living rather than dying?

Well, here are some hints I picked up from a bit of research.

Step one: Be wherever the epidemic isn’t! If we look closely at where the worst epidemics hit the worst, it almost always was in the densely-populated cities. Even King Henry VIII, who feared illness, was known to move his entire court out of London when the plague was worst there. Even today, if we look at where Corona is most rampant, big city names like Manchester, London, Shanghai, New York… seem to be the worst hit. Like throughout history, overpopulated slums normally faced more deaths than countryside manors.

But what if you just happen to live in one of these densely-populated cities, as so many of us do, and moving to the countryside just isn’t an option at the moment. Well then we move onto…

 
Step two: Arm your immunity! Let’s be honest, Moving just isn’t an option for most of us living and working in a big city. But if we look at the statistics of deaths for Corona and even if we do some digging in the past… there were definitely enough who lived in these adverse conditions but who survived and even thrived. Also, these days when statistics are much more readily available than in the past, those dying often have underlying conditions. In fact, what’s interesting is the specific underlying conditions that they have (like obesity and type 2 diabetes) are for the most part preventable. That means that there’s quite a lot that we can do to arm our immunity in the wake of perpetual attack from a virus that has the ability to kill but also could carry with it almost no symptoms whatsoever depending on who’s sick. So how does one land in the latter group rather than the former? Well, stay tuned as I’m currently working on an online program that will help all who want to arm their immunity to prevent defeat so exactly that.

And what if despite best efforts, someone close to you catches the virus  and you’re exposed? Well then we move onto…

All disease begins in the gut. -Hyppocrates
Step three: Give your body the weapons to fight for your health! Let’s be honest, living in a densely-populated world as we do now, any one of us has the potential to be exposed to someone who is ill. In fact, according to statistics, it seems most of us not in hiding in a countryside estate somewhere, has a strong likelihood of us, our families, our coworkers or our friends catching the virus and potentially spreading it to us. So what do we do if we get it or if we’ve been exposed (or think we have)? Well that’s where certain remedies that have outlasted decades and even centuries (for some) come into play. In fac
t, King Henry VIII was known for using some to boost his immunity and the immunity of Anne Boleyn when she caught the deadly virus to great success. There have been many remedie
s over time. Some are more obvious than others and some, while seeming like old wive’s tales, have stood the test of time. These will also be covered in a special bonus edition of the program I’m working on now.

Stay tuned as all will be relieved soon enough (and just in time for the big wave predicted to come that all the politicians are trying to help isolate us from).

If you can’t wait and really want to speak to me about how to help yourself already now, you can book a free 30 minute call with me here to ask me any 1 question. To book your free call, click on this link:  https://WellnessSession.as.me/


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And if you are interested in general history of
Viruses and you can read through it here:

Natural remedies for menopause

Mental Health Newsletter

While obviously not all of you reading this newsletter will be thinking about menopause now, or even be women, you probably know a woman or two who IS in that time of their life where menopause becomes an issue they need to start thinking about.

While there are many ways of dealing with menopause out there, with so many options for women depending on their needs, some, like HRT, carry significant side effects and have been linked to both breast cancer and DVT (deep vein thrombosis) as well as increased risk of stroke. While newer versions on the market are less risky, and offer many women the relief they need from menopausal symptoms, they still have side effects that many women don’t wish to risk, especially if used long-term.

Bio-identical hormones are a safer alternative that are growing significantly in popularity and are made available for women with or without consulting a medical practitioner informed in bio-identical hormones first. Though they are significantly safer than HRT as they are a more natural alternative, significant enough research has not been conducted on safe length of use or on side-effects.

For women who don’t wish to risk hormones in their body, but who also suffer menopause symptoms, or fear what is on the other end of menopause, there is another, more natural option: herbs and phytoestrogenic foods. The article below sums up some of the available natural alternatives that have no known side-effects.

READ ARTICLE HERE

For more information on your own personal situation, book a free call with me here.

Staying healthy in Corona time

At the beginning of Corona time I put out this facebook live helping people to stay healthy with some basic tips. It seems that it’s time to revive the message again as Corona doesn’t seem to be going away as we wished it would. So here is that video with some tips at staying healthy. I’ll be putting out more such videos now that flu season is on the way and that, mixed with Corona, can be disastrous for our health. Not to mention for the health of our kids who are back at school.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE 

There is no more important time to get yourself back in shape and into peak health than now. After all, if not now, then when? Will you wait until you’re in hospital and unable to breathe because you’re in a high risk group. Unfortunately, those most at risk are those who are obese or suffering from type 2 diabetes. Even carrying some extra weight around your belly for too long can therefore put you at risk. Ageing also puts us at higher risk because our immune and digestive systems lose some of their potency after years of misuse.

That’s why I work most with people between the ages of 30 and 60, as that’s when issues really start to creep up and when we can still make a difference. But don’t worry if you’re over 60, it’s not too late ever to improve your health. And if you’re under 30, it’s always vest to start early (the earlier the better).

Want to find out more? Watch this video and book a free call with me here.

Struggling to feed your kids and teens healthy?

Youtube Live Interviews

What we eat makes a huge difference on how we feel, how we look and even how we think. So food is the basis of health. The right food can help protect us from illness and from mental health issues in the future. That’s why feeding our kids and teens well is so important, especially as they’re still developing both in their brains and emotions and in their bodies. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was interviewed by my friend, Ruth Carter (The Liberty Coach) who works with children and teens in different schools to help their development. Ruth interviewed me about nutrition for young people and for parents on a tight budget. 

I know it can be challenging when funds are tight to feed families healthy food, especially if parents are working several jobs and don’t have much time to cook. So I gave parents tuning in quite a lot of ideas of how to feed families healthy even when tight on time or on a tight budget.

It’s important to make sure that we take care of how we feed our kids from the beginning but starting to teach them healthy habits at any time is key.