I would like to introduce you to a wonderful probiotic that I use frequently in my clinic … say hello to Saccharomyces boulardii (pronounced “sack-car-oh-my-sees boo-lard-dee”).
It is officially known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii since it is a subspecies of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker’s yeast).
Although the various names are daunting, it really is a powerful probiotic that is well tolerated. Saccharomyces boulardii (also referred to as S.boulardii or simply SB for ease) confers a positive health benefit on the host and is very beneficial for overall gut health and function, helping to maintain a healthy balance of good and bad microorganisms.
Hair is one of the first things people notice about us when we meet them. Hair conveys aspects of your style and personality.
I have always had thick hair and I must admit I have taken it for granted – well until now. Seeing strands of hair on my hands after simply stroking my curls, noting hair bundles on my clothes throughout the day and excessive hair loss in the shower drain have sent my alarm bells ringing.
I am not alone with this issue I can tell you now. There are many women fearful of simply touching their scalp as I type.
So what is happening really?
Not a simple answer sorry. There are so many factors that need attention – luckily we have lots of tools to restore balance to our bodies.
So let’s journey together once more.
Hair loss in women is a common problem, especially during menopause. It can be distressing and negatively affect self-esteem, but there are many strategies and treatments to manage hair loss in women.
The medical term for baldness is alopecia. Complete baldness of the scalp is alopecia totalis. Continue reading to learn more about what causes hair loss in women and about treatment strategies. You’ll learn that some types of hair loss in women are temporary, while others may be permanent and require treatment. Reasons for hair loss in women are varied and many.
The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, can have a dramatic impact on a huge variety of bodily functions.
The thyroid gland is part and parcel of the endocrine system, which is a collection of glands that produce all-important hormones responsible for metabolism, growth, sexual function, sleep, and mood.
Located above Adam’s apple, your thyroid produces thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which regulates, among other things, your body’s temperature, metabolism, and heartbeat. Things can start to go wrong when your thyroid is under-or over-active.
If you have hypothyroidism (a sluggish thyroid), your TSH levels will be high, as your body is trying to stimulate more thyroid hormone activity. If you have hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid), your TSH levels will be low, as your body is trying to stop excessive thyroid hormone production.
It could be due to genetics, an autoimmune attack, pregnancy, stress, nutritional deficiencies, poor liver detox, or toxins in the environment. Thyroid hormones touch every aspect of the body – from the brain to bowels – so diagnosing this disorder can be challenging.
Thyroid disorders are complicated, fickle, and highly individual – meaning thyroid issues are going to look very different for each person.
Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For instance, sleep is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels and balancing hormones that stimulate appetite.
Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and weight gain.
Disturbances in sleep can follow a bizarre pattern. You may have noticed this phenomenon yourself when you wake up during the night at a particular time.
Now I am not speaking about an odd night here and there. Rather, I’m speaking specifically about waking up night after night. So much so, that the nights of sleeping through have now become a distant memory. The idea of going to bed may even be creating anxiety due to the frustration that comes with constant sleep disruption.
Being The Gut Detective, I especially like using products that can benefit everyone’s gut health.
Diatomaceous Earth is certainly such a product.
Yes, it does have a weird name I know, but it’s actually a natural product made up of fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms. Sounds strangely disgusting right? Trust me though, this innovative ingredient care of mother nature is very easy to digest and it has many amazing benefits for your gut.
Diatomaceous Earth helps heal and repair the gut, leading to vibrant health. It’s no wonder then that it’s one of my favourite products in my clinic.
Let’s learn more, shall we?
You may have heard many times that “all disease begins in the gut”.
But what if I told you that … all disease actually begins in the MOUTH!
Let me explain further.
The human body has microbial colonies in many areas other than the intestinal system, and the ecology of these various microbial “communities” has a significant impact on many areas of health and disease.
One of the areas of the body inhabited by significant numbers of microbes that have recently been identified as having significant importance with regards to human health is the oral microbiome.
One issue that has arisen from this pandemic is definitely weight gain. It’s the most prominent and consistent complaint amongst my clients of late.
Stress has certainly taken its toll, activating a very strong fight-flight mode within us all with excessive amounts of stress hormones like cortisol being released. The result is an increased armour of defense against COVID – or simply added fat – to distance the virus from entering us.
Our bodies do what they are designed to do. Conserving energy for a possible famine whilst going through lockdowns is a protective mechanism that our primitive genetic makeup does very well.
Calming the stress response can actually have a profound effect on how weight is deposited in our bodies. One of the most accredited and sought-after ways to relax the body is the ancient practice of yoga.
The years have passed mighty quick for me as I find myself now aged 53.
I’ve been super busy raising a family, as well as running my clinic and the continuing education that goes along with that.
Just recently, I have noticed my menstrual cycle has disappeared.
My goodness, I am beginning menopause – I am perimenopausal!
Other than an obvious weight gain (which I put down to the pandemic stress), I personally haven’t had many other obvious signs to suggest this.
However, this is not the norm I can tell you now. So many of my clients come to me for help in relation to so many menopausal symptoms. The most popular being excessive menstrual bleeding, hot flushes, headaches, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and low libido.
So, let’s dive in ladies and learn just what goes on in our bodies as we mature.
No-one can deny a food craving when the desire hits right? We all know pregnant women have regular (albeit unusual) cravings, but what about the rest of us in our everyday life?
Why do we then crave certain food?
A food craving is an intense desire for a specific food. This desire can seem uncontrollable, and the person’s hunger may not be satisfied until they get that particular food.
Every person experiences cravings differently. Cravings are often for junk foods and processed foods high in sugar, salt, and fat.
Food cravings are in fact normal and are your bodies way of communicating its needs. A strong craving can indicate that your body is low in a specific nutrient, vitamin or mineral.
Understanding the reason behind a craving can point us in the direction of feeding the body what it actually needs instead of a temporary ‘fix’.