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Have you got the gut to ditch Diarrhoea?

Diarrhea

DiarrhOea:

On average, a person should move 30 cm of well-formed feaces from their body every day. If you do not feel you do, then you may be constipated.

Moving too slow:

They say that what goes in must come out, and while this is true, the transit and retention time of humans varies vastly. The longest time I have consulted with someone for being constipated is two weeks. Just for a moment meditate the thought of not visiting the toilet for two whole weeks! When the transit time is this long, there is often something mechanical wrong with the bowel; a situation where diet and lifestyle are not solely responsible. Diet and lifestyle for the majority of all other cases play a considerable if not the remaining part of the issue.

Moving too fast:

Rushing to the loo, a constant state of emergency, dropping your pants ten times a day, runny and watery bowels are all many starts of diarrhea. When the stool is not formed for three, 4-inch movements a day, you may have a subclinical digestive issue. Often if you are bloated, then you will be diagnosed with IBS. If you find yourself emptying the bowel multiple times a day, then you may have a form of colitis and so on. All digestive symptoms are manageable, can be improved, and also eradicated. It takes care, time, compliance, and motivation, but are all attainable.

Here are some things that your bowels are telling me:

  • The state of your mental health

  • The capacity of your detoxification system (liver and gallbladder)

  • Allergies and intolerances

  • How efficient your digestive system is.

  • Whether you are harboring a parasite or fungal infection

  • If exercise is working for you or against you

  • If you are overusing pharmaceuticals/ nutritional supplementation.

I'm a detective when it comes to the bowels. The consistency of your stool tells me a lot about your health and the state of your health. Your bowels/ stools are also the most significant marker in your wellness program that you can mark your health/symptoms. So my advice is to start looking at what's coming out of you because you put it in, didn't you?

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Have you got the gut for good skin?

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Perhaps, the most fascinating organ of the body, the skin, is the body’s boundary. It’s a personal boundary between the internal and external world and its function, amongst other things, is to protect and serve the best possible you.

The skin is often not seen as an organ at all. But if it isn’t an organ, what is it?  We all have different skin, depending on our cultural make up, heritage, genes, etc. The skin you live in is as complex and clever as an encyclopedia, but only if you have the ability to read and understand what your own body is telling you.

It is said, the eyes are the windows to your soul and whilst that may be true, I like to think of your skin as the story of your life. Every little blemish tells a tale, every single scar hides a story. You may not realise, but your skin tells you everything that is going on in you, with you and for you. It’s like looking into a crystal ball of your past, present and future health. Sounds scary? I think it sounds exciting. Imagine if you possessed the knowledge to read your body, listen to it so you could make the right decisions for your own health. It would certainly save you time and money; visits to the doctor and numerous prescriptions, not to mention a small fortune invested in wheat grass and supplements.

You may not have thought about it before but your skin, its tone, the blemishes, the red flush butterfly cheeks, the yellow hue, the dark circles, the white heads the blackheads, the oil saturation all tell you about the underworld that lives deep inside your gut. Quietly working away in the ecosystem of your gut should live billions of bacteria but if your skin resembles some of the descriptions above then perhaps you are housing a hamlet of bacteria rather than a colony.

So how are the bacteria in you gut responsible for a glowing complexion? Well we can’t talk about your digestive system with out mentioning its trusted friend the liver and it’s all about that relationship that makes or breaks a glowing complexion. The liver is the filter of your bad habits and traits that you keep slightly secret and that your skin/ complexion does not. Your skin is like a road map of your organs and how healthy they actually are. Think of your liver like a hoover and your gut as the hoover bag, if your hoover can pick up the dirt of the floor or if your liver can filter the toxins successful into the digestive system via the hepatic portal system and the bag gets regularly emptied or you have regular bowel movements then this is a symbiotic relationship

We have been sold this idea that beauty relies on all the chemical products we layer on our skin with no consequence to what it is actually doing to the insides of our bodies.

We, as women have been told that beauty lies in the very products that we put on our skin, to look younger, not to age as quickly, to be more attractive to men and so on. And for men this paradigm is becoming more common as men look at women’s products as unisex these days and are beautifying themselves more than ever. What is happening to the beauty industry and why are we all so obsessed with how we look and how care about how we look.

So I am here to tell you that you will create beautiful skin, a sensational glow not by the products that you put on your skin put buy the way that you look after your gastro intestinal health, by what you eat by how you sleep the quality of water you drink, the happiness that you find and how you treat yourself and other people.

The skin in TMC is a window to your visceral health and can often tell you more than a set of blood chemistry results.

Beauty is created and natured within and just like you can not out run a bad diet you can not cover up bad skin with layers of petroleum based foundation. Have you got the gut for good skin?

Top Tips for gastro health to make your skin shine:

  • Eat a seasonal and varied diet

  • Drink water every day

  • Get to sleep before 11 pm

  • Don’t eat outside an 8 hour window

  • Eat foods that are polyphenols

  • Walk in the country side and lie on the ground

  • Take cold showers!

 Have you tried Essential GI? This ultimate supplement that helps you not only repair your gut lining so it can digest, absorb, assimilate and eliminate, but that also keeps out the toxins, pathogens, allergens and microbes from gaining access to the blood stream. Your gut is the centre of your universe so it makes sense to look after it as if your life depended on it!

Oxtail and Bone marrow

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Bone broth will arguably help heal the majority of aliments the body experiences.

For The Ox Tail Bones:

  • 3 pounds center-cut beef marrow bonescut into 2-inch pieces, tendons trimmed (ask your butcher to do this)

  • 1/4 cup sea salt, plus more if needed

Method:

  1. You will need to soak the oxtail bones in cold water for 1 hour.

  2. Rinse the bones and cut off any visible fat and skin.

  3. Drain all the water from the bones. Then pre boil the bones before cooking as there can sometimes be an unpleasant smell from the bones.

  4. Next, add clean water and simmer again. The ratio of water should be 3 times the volume of the bones. Take a visual on this.

  5. Simmer for 6-7 hours.

  6. Now you will see the water turned into slightly milky broth.

  7. Take the bones out and pull all the meaty parts off the bone. 

  8. Then add the meat bake to the broth and chill it in the fridge

  9. The bones will go back to the pot and add more water again to simmer for the second time, another 6-7 hours.

  10. Then take the bones out and add the broth to the first batch. Now the marrows are jellied and when heated will turn into soup

To season the soup: Black pepper, sea salt, chopped spring onion.

The bone marrow soup freezes beautifully and can last months. Enjoy!