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

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Plant – Chocolate Flavour 684g 19 Servings – ON Vegan Protein Powder with Pea & Rice Protein No SOYA

Well I know I am a nutritionist and my first line of attack on my clients is natural food but I am going to shout from the roof tops over this amazing protein powder.

Never have I tasted a protein powder that doesn’t have at least some powder after taste, this is just good taste from the first sip to the last dregs of the beaker.

I love it and when you read the reviews I am not alone in saying it is amazing especially when mixed with almond milk.

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To Keto – or Not to Keto…….

Keto Diet

Everybody’s doing the keto diet. It’s a cultural craze that’s captured our imagination.

But let’s remember that the ketogenic diet is a medical, or therapeutic, diet. So while it’s extremely beneficial for people with certain conditions, it’s not for everyone.

What do you eat on the keto diet?

The keto diet is essentially a high-fat diet — your meals are 70 or 80 percent fat; about 20 percent protein; and about 5 percent carbohydrate. It is not an Atkins high-protein diet.

The keto diet switches you from burning glucose (which carbs provide) to burning ketones (which fat produces) for energy. When you do this, interesting things happen:

  • Your metabolism speeds up.
  • Your hunger goes away.
  • Your muscle mass increases.
  • Your blood pressure and heart disease risk profile improve.

Why will eating fat help you burn fat?

Biology is smart. Historically, it allowed our bodies to adapt to times of abundance or scarcity by shifting from carbohydrate metabolism to fat metabolism.

The key is this: Eating fat does not make your insulin go up, as eating carbs or protein does. So the keto diet does not spike your insulin, and you don’t store fat. Instead, you burn it, creating the ketones that give you an effective and efficient metabolic jolt.

Many of my clients struggle with sourcing Keto type foods, I direct them to the PanetOrganic Keto Shop page.

Click here to view Keto Carbalternatives
Click here to view Keto Offers
Click here to view Keto Sweeteners
Click here to view Keto Fats
Click here to view Keto Fermented Foods
Click here to view Keto Pantry
Click here to view Keto Soups and Broths
Click here to view Keto Supplements and Protein Powders
Click here to view Keto drinks

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
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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.