EPISODE 5: THE GUT DETECTIVE WITH ALIDA DELIGEORGES
Today I will be sharing the MORE THAN WELLNESS podcast with you, in which I was the guest speaker this month – very humbled indeed.
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MICK RYAN, an acupuncturist and remedial masseur from SOLAS WELLBEING, runs these podcasts to educate and elevate consciousness by bringing forth local and international health, wellness, wellbeing, complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, Yogis, spiritual teachers, healers, and even conventional medicine and allied health practitioners – believe it or not, they do know a thing or two about health.
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Reading through the musings of ancient Greek philosophers about the human condition, it’s no wonder their legacy has endured the ages.
For instance when Hippocrates declared ‘Let food be thy medicine’, or Thales who made the connection of ‘a sound mind in a sound body’.
While these claims were made thousands of years ago, they provide the basis of Alida Deligeorges’ practice today.
A qualified pharmacist and herbalist, she is behind THE GUT DETECTIVE.
As the name suggests, Alida treats many people with gut-related issues. With people increasingly consuming diets high in gluten and sugar, and as farming and manufacturing practices have changed through the ages, she says modern-day diets are often very high in inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, and in some cases, eggs and nuts as well.
“I really promote a grain-free diet,” she says. “The recipes that I hand out are very much getting people off gluten. Dr. Alessio Fasano, the guy who discovered leaky gut, said if you have gluten today basically the gut stays open for the next three hours. If you come in with gluten in the next meal, likewise and likewise. But it will get to the point where it just can’t close anymore, and that’s where the build-up of inflammation starts to go in the body.”
Emotions are such an integral part of being human. We adore the good feelings no doubt and wish they would last forever. But sadly, the reality is that life lessons force negative emotions to rise and often, even engulf us,
We naturally look for ways to release the turmoil in our body’s when stress hits. Traditional methods often include practices such as counselling, meditation, emotional freedom technique (EFT), reiki, acupuncture, massage, and even hypnotherapy.
There is also a tool which is not often used for letting go but can be very beneficial in the release of toxic emotions – that tool is essential oils.
Essential oils can help release all the emotions that keep you stuck and unable to move forward.
This is because your sense of smell links directly to the limbic lobe of your brain which stores and releases emotional trauma. Smelling essential oils can help you mobilize and release the negative emotions like anger, fear, shame, guilt or grief so that you can move forward and heal.
‘Alligator pears’ is the nickname given to avocados. They do have a peculiar shape and general outer appearance I must admit, but there is no denying that they may just be one of the healthiest and most versatile foods around.
Avocado is the fruit of the avocado tree, scientifically known as Persea americana.
Avocados first arrived in Australia from North America in 1840 in seed form, but it wasn’t until the late 1960’s that a developing Australian industry began to take shape.
The two main varieties of avocados grown in Australia are Hass and Shepard.
The yellow-green flesh inside the fruit is eaten, but the skin and seed are discarded.
The faithful avocado is a rather unique fruit.
Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the Castor plant (Ricinus communis), also known as Palma Christi. Castor oil has been used for thousands of years, dating back as far as 4,000 years.
Although castor oil therapy has been used for centuries to promote healing in the body, it was Edgar Cayce who became famous for castor oil packs. He was known as the ‘Sleeping Prophet’, as he would go into a trance state and give health readings to over fourteen thousand people during the course of his life.
He used castor oil packs to topically to treat many ailments that resist traditional therapies. Known to conventional medicine only as a strong laxative if taken internally, this extract of the castor bean is a safe, gentle, easy-to-use remedy for virtually any illness – provided it is used externally.
I can see curiosity got the better of you…and I’m very glad. Despite the obviously uncomfortable topic, this is a really important question that I need to answer for you.
In fact, your health depends on this.
Poor gut health reflects into every organ of the body and is responsible for a whole list of disease states.
Your gut bacteria and the integrity of your gut lining strongly affect your health.
Hormones are special chemical messengers in the body that are created in the endocrine glands. These messengers control most major bodily functions, from simple basic needs like hunger to complex systems like reproduction, and even emotions and mood.
When our hormones are working in harmony, we have balance in the body and we thrive. But small problems with hormones can cause serious and life-altering symptoms.
When women, in particular, have hormone imbalances, it’s utter mayhem, to say the least. Symptoms are many and for the woman, it’s a rollercoaster of dis-ease that she would much rather get off.
So let’s explore the types of hormones and the common hormonal imbalance symptoms seen in women.
Candida is a yeast or fungus that naturally grows in certain parts of the body. There are over 20 species of Candida yeasts that can cause infection in humans, the most common of which is Candida albicans.
More than 70% of healthy people naturally have Candida albicans living inside their body. Candida feeds on by-products found within the body, like dead tissue and sugar from the diet.
In healthy people, Candida normally resides in the gastrointestinal tract. Small amounts of the yeast also live in various warm, moist areas throughout the body, including the mucous membranes of the mouth, rectum, vagina, and parts of your skin without causing infections.
When your inner ecosystem is in balance, a large number of good bacteria and yeast are thriving together. However, they do compete with Candida and other opportunistic microbes for food and space to grow. When your inner ecosystem is in balance, the mucosa of the gut wall is sealed and healthy. As a result, Candida overgrowth is kept in check.
However, when your inner ecosystem is out of balance, Candida has an opportunity to rapidly grow and take over its environment.
If there was one product I would always recommend you keep, it’s apple cider vinegar (ACV) no doubt. It is probably the most useful liquid I know of after water and lemon juice. But, before you run down the street to get some, make sure its unpasteurized ACV with the ‘mother’.
The word ‘mother’ refers to strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that can often give the vinegar a muddy-like appearance especially at the base of the bottle.
The mother segment is the culture that is usually used to begin the next batch of vinegar. A lot of vinegar manufacturers filter or pasteurize this out so that their products look nicer on the shelf. Do yourself a favour and leave those brands on the shelf.
Headaches are annoying I know. How can you possibly function when your head feels like it’s being squeezed in a vice grip? And, you certainly can’t concentrate if it feels like someone is hitting you on top of the head with a rubber hammer, over and over again.
Taking one or two Panadol (paracetamol) or Nurofen (ibuprofen) occasionally for pain is not the problem. Taking it on a regular basis (and in excess) is where the danger lies. This is where most folks get into BIG trouble. They fall into the habit of reaching for a drug to mask a headache without getting to the root cause of the pain.
Unfortunately, no matter how many pills you take, those headaches will keep returning day after day, week after week, and month after month, because the root cause of the pain has never been assessed and addressed.