Gall Bladder – A Key Player in Digestive Health

Your gall bladder is a reservoir for bile; a highly alkaline that controls the acidity of the stomach contents as it arrives in the duodenum.

When food enters the small intestine, a hormone called cholecystokinin is released, signaling the gallbladder to contract and secrete bile into the small intestine through the common bile duct.

The bile helps the digestive process by breaking up fats. It also drains waste products from the liver into the duodenum, a part of the small intestine.

An excess of cholesterol, bilirubin, or bile salts can cause gallstones to form. Gallstones are generally small, hard deposits inside the gallbladder that are formed when stored bile crystallises. A person with gallstones will rarely feel any symptoms until the gallstones reach a certain size, or if the gallstone obstructs the bile ducts. Surgical removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) is the most common way to treat gallstones.

Poor eating habits and foods high in sugars and fats can contribute to gallbladder disease and gallstones. A diet with less fat and more fiber can prevent gallstones and improve your health.

Fried and fatty foods are more difficult to break down and can cause pain. Increasing nutrient-rich foods in your diet, such as vegetables and fruits, can improve gallbladder function and prevent complications.

Liver Fatigue can lead to symptoms of poor circulation, digestive problems, headaches, skin related allergies and hormonal imbalances.

Bile that is stored in the gall bladder is necessary for absorption of fat soluble materials and supports the removal of toxins.

Detoxification of the liver is complex though there are some key elements that can easily be incorporated into your daily diet.

Eat your greens – Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli. Dark leafy vegetables are bursting with chlorophyll which can neutralise toxins.

Turmeric can help fight infections, reduce inflammation and aid digestion. It stimulates bile production and excretion via the gall bladder, improving the body’s ability to digest fats.

This radish based juice is powerful. Radish stimulates bile production. Mixed with the protein from the sprouts this alkalising juice has a nice kick to it.

1/2 cup of red radishes (6 small) trimmed, 1/2 cup of alfalfa or sunflower sprouts, 1 red apple (cored), 1 cup of chard, 1 cucumber.
If you do not have a juicer, you can hand blend this and then push through a sieve.

Alfalfa Srouts

Sunflower Sprouts

Juicer

Gall Bladder Health

Liver Fatigue

A Good Brew can soothe your worries……..

If only that was true…. where a brew can’t solve your immediate worries, the calming effect of the warm liquid shared with a friend can begin to make those worries seem less daunting.

Traditionally herbs have been brewed to provide inner healing, today certain teas can support your health.

I love the Vitabiotics teas especially the cleanse tea. I may be a nutritionist, but I am only human and succumb to tempting food indulgences. However, having my cleanse tea on standby in the cupboard I can help my digestive system regain its effective function.

Vitabiotics TEA+ is a new range of vitamin infused teas designed to help maintain general health and wellbeing. They have created a unique blend of vitamins, herbs, fruit and green tea with the aim to help in your daily wellness goals when needed most in a convenient, nutritious and delicious cup of tea.

  • Each box contains a 14 day routine (14 tea bags)
  • Selenium, biotin and vitamin C
  • Milk thistle, dandelion root & green tea
  • Natural apple & blackcurrant flavourings

Cell Protection

Vitamin C & selenium contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Free radicals are found naturally in the environment, sources of which include sunlight, cigarette smoke, pollution, and other factors in modern life.

Hair, Skin & Nail Health

Selenium contributes to the maintenance of normal hair and nails. Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for normal function of skin.

Immune System Function

Selenium contributes to the normal function of the immune system.

There are 4 different varieties to chose from.

TEA+ Vitamin D Vitamin Tea

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TEA+ Defence Vitamin Tea

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TEA+ Energy Vitamin Tea

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TEA+ Cleanse Vitamin Tea

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Unsure which supplements you could benefit from? Click here to visit the Vitabiotics Supplement Selector

Boost Your Mood

Being a mum is challenging at the best of times, though during school holidays even the most efficient of us can feel the strain, and experience a drop in mood.

Being a Nutritionist I appreciate that even those who eat a balanced diet can benefit from a boost every now and then, and I direct my clients to Higher Nature products. Why? because I like the transparency of the company and the majority of their products are natural hence reduce further disruption to our bodies at times of need.

There are 6 products listed under the Mood tab on the Higher Nature website.
My two favourites are:

Positive Outlook

Positive Outlook – Greater well-being
(Click to purchase)

Aids healthy brain and nerve function

Sometimes, we all need a little help to look on the brighter side of life. Our Positive Outlook supplements balance amino acids with B vitamins, glutamine and lemon balm extract to aid normal psychological function. Formulated to support the neurotransmitters GABA, adrenalin, noradrenalin and dopamine, this carefully balanced formula helps you maintain mental and physical performance under stress, as well as promoting nerve function for a positive outlook and greater sense of wellbeing.

  • Aids healthy brain and nerve function
  • Encourages a positive outlook
  • Formulated with B vitamins and essential amino acids
  • Helps balance neurotransmitters that send signals to the brain 

Brighter Day (Click to purchase)

Mood enhancing blackberry drink

Are you feeling down in the dumps? Our Brighter Day blackcurrant flavour drink helps contribute to the normal function of the nervous system and aids normal psychological function, for an overall feeling of greater well being and comfort. Formulated with vitamin B6, B12, vitamin C, folic acid and magnesium, these effervescent tablets provide a quick pick-me-up that encourages a brighter outlook. Sweetened with stevia, this naturally delicious drink has a tasty blackcurrant flavour.


Contributes to the normal function of the nervous system

Helps encourage a brighter outlook

Ideal for use in the colder, darker winter months

Contains vitamins B6, B12 and vitamin C

15 effervescent tablets per tube

Higher Nature also have a ‘Health Matters‘ Page full of FREE Health and Wellness advice and tips.

When STRESS is ON – Digestion is OFF

Lavender and rosemary eye mask
Exhausted
Exhausted

Your gut health cannot be fully repaired if you fail to eliminate one of the biggest toxins from your life—stress. Stress is one of the most prevalent toxins in our modern world and leads to countless health conditions.
Adrenal fatigue, one of the most under-diagnosed health issues and is actually one of the main by-products of prolonged stress.

Your adrenals are the endocrine organs that sit on top of each of your kidneys. The adrenal cortex is the outer part of the gland that produces hormones that are essential to life, such as cortisol (which helps your body respond to stress). The adrenal medulla is the inner part of the gland that produces nonessential hormones, such as adrenaline (which helps your body react to stress). When you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue, your adrenals are under a great amount of pressure and do not function properly, which can disrupt the entire functioning of your body.
 

SOME SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ADRENAL FATIGUE ARE

  • Waking up tired in the morning after a full night’s sleep
  • Frequent infections 
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Hormonal issues
  • Cravings for sweet or salty foods
  • Lowered immune system
  • Long recovery time from illnesses
  • Recurrent yeast infections

To self care and reduce the stress that may be causing Adrenal fatigue try these:

On waking do 1 minute of deep breathing to get your oxygen pumping around your body.
Think for a few moments of the tasks ahead, write them down so you can clearly see your priorities. being able to visualise your days tasks is proven to reduce stress and improve your overall time management which in itself reduces stress too = Win Win situation.
Be a little be grateful for the day ahead. Attitude of gratitude is an excellent tonic. It allows you to become mindful of your actions.
Before you eat breakfast or drink your usual morning drink, drink water with freshly squeezed lemon and a dash f cayenne pepper. A super boost for your digestive system.
If you use probiotics to promote a healthy immune system now is the ideal time to take them before you eat your breakfast.
Do you body brush? It is a great stimulation for your lymphatic system to rid toxins, but also invigorating to your entire body.
Fill your reusable water bottle ready for your day ahead.
When eating sit down. Allow time to eat, chew your food, become mindful during eating and allow time for digestion to occur.
Eat organic produces as much as possible, reducing your intake of chemicals known to irritate your digestive system and be toxic to your health.
Be active, park the car a street away from your destination, take the stairs not the lift, walk whenever possible.
Start a journal one of reflection – look back at what you have achieved and be grateful for that. How did you feel during the day? what made you feel like that? If you felt alive and positive, aim to repeat that event or action that led to that feeling.
Find a space that can become your quiet zone. Sit rest your eyes, breath deeply and calmly. Meditate if you wish, just allow your body and mind to be still for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.


Benefits of Fermented Foods

Red and green cabbage fermenting with sea salt brine

Food that have undergone a process called ‘fermentation’ are referred to as ‘Fermented Foods’. This is where natural bacteria feed on starch and sugars that then creates lactic acid. This method preserves food and create a highly beneficial strain of probiotics.

IMPROVE DIGESTION AND BOWEL MOVEMENT 

Eating fermented foods and drinking fermented drinks benefits your digestive system, balancing bacteria essential for an efficient digestive system, also known to prevent disease, inflammation and improves your immunity.

BETTER AND EASIER FOOD ABSORPTION 

Balancing your gut bacteria helps absorption of the essential nutrients in your food. Eat healthy food and fermented foods and you will not require supplements to help digestive issues.

FERMENTED FOODS ARE BUDGET FRIENDLY 

We all know that eating a healthy diet can be on the more expensive side, but fermentation is not expensive and it’s fun to do. Sauerkraut is quick and easy.

BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM 

The majority of your immune system reside in the gut. Healthy gut will provide a healthy immune system and fight off common infections. fermented foods are far better than taking antibiotics, though in some cases prescribed medication may be the only option. If that is the case, as soon as you complete the antibiotic course or better still during the course, eat plenty of fermented vegetables to boost those weakened good gut bacteria.

PROMOTE BETTER GUT HEALTH 

The lactic acid produced during fermentation boosts your gut bacteria, so keep eating the fermented foods.

IMPROVE FOOD FLAVOUR

Fermented foods taste delicious and are highly nutritious, adding quality to most meals,

REDUCE SUGAR CRAVINGS 

Fermented food due to their tangy flavour can reduce sugar cravings, possibly supporting weight management.

Cabbage shredding for Sauerkraut

Summing up……

The benefits of fermented foods for overall health and wellbeing are great. The power of reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, improving gut function are all essential for balance and function.

Follow and like the @NutritionBodySoul facebook page as we will be delivering Fermentation Workshops in the Southport area this summer.

Kimchi Ferment
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