Trusting Your Gut: Steps for Healthy Intestines
Digestive health may not be a usual topic of polite conversation but a bit of insight into the real role of the incredible intestinal tract may just change that for good. Trusting your gut is easier after learning some facts about the complex nature of this organ. It is an appreciation for this complexity that provides the best means for creating an intestinal environment most suited to optimal health and well being.
What’s So Special About the Intestinal Tract?
The digestive system is a long and winding road made of several sections performing distinct functions. The term “gut” generally refers to the small intestine, a length of eyelid-thin muscular tubing extending for 18 to 23 feet to connect the stomach to the large intestine. Sandwiched between layers of tissue made from special absorptive cells and muscles, a network of nerves stretches the entire length of the small intestine. The dense innervation of the gut is complemented by and connected to nerves throughout the digestive system. This whole network, known collectively as the enteric nervous system, controls and coordinates the activities of digestion in an effective and highly independent manor. Amazingly, the enteric nervous system actually contains more neuronal connections than the brain! It is also the site in the body with the most serotonin activity. This feel-good neurotransmitter is what helps create a visceral, gut response to emotional situations.
Another indispensable element contributing to the complexity of the intestine is its role as home to more microbes than any other part of the body. More than just hangers-on, the complement of beneficial bacteria that colonize the gut are essential for protecting the body from invading microbes and determining the true metabolic activity of the intestine. Imagine for a moment that the gut is like a bank, but instead of one or two customers waiting in the lobby, it is jam-packed with people who’ve decided to take up residence there. A robber at the door would simply be unable to push his way through the crowd of people in order to reach the bank tellers. Not only do the residents passively help keep away intruders but they also change the overall atmosphere of the space with their unique combination of activities. After all, a bank lobby filled with musicians would be quite different than one packed with athletes, gourmet chefs or painters. Similarly, the composition of microbes effects the full complement of activity taking place in the gut. It is now understood that microbial make-up may be the missing link to a number of diseases and disorders including inflammatory bowel diseases such as colitis, Crohn’s disease and leaky gut syndrome. Mounting evidence also points to the importance of intestinal flora in managing body weight and the development of obesity.
Making the Most of Intestinal Intelligence
The precise makeup of microbes populating the intestines is influenced largely by food intake. Probiotics are foods rich in live active bacteria known to make a beneficial part of the intestinal microbiota. More and more strains of Lactobacillus and other probiotics are available in foods such as natural yogurts but may also be ingested in capsule form. Prebiotics are the foods such as inulin and FOS (fructooligosaccharides), items favored by beneficial strains of gut bacteria. By ingesting prebiotic-rich foods, such as yacon syrup, beneficial bacteria receive the support they need to help create a truly healthy bowel. Whether taken alone as a nutritional supplement or used as a low glycemic index sweetener, yacon syrup is a delicious and effective way to promote digestive health.
Another tool for building a healthy bowel is saffron extract. This time-tested, scientifically studied herbal extract works wonders to curb appetite. With fewer cravings for gut busting indulgences, establishing a healthy bowel environment becomes both more attainable and sustainable. Saffron also acts to increase serotonin activity, the main neurotransmitter of the intestinal tract. Its calming effect on mind and body makes saffron extract the ideal supplement to stimulate long-last health and well being.
Using saffron extract and yacon syrup a regular part of a comprehensive intestinal health plan can significantly contribute to the intestinal track health and help avoid digestive discomfort.
One of the largest gym membership platforms SearchGym.co.uk has received over 20,000 visitors since its launch January 2014. SearchGym offers pay as you go gym passes and contracts for you to purchase online. You can view all the information from gym membership prices all the way to photos and videos of the gym, and on top you can benefit from cheap gym membership deals.
Are you always on the lookout for good gym membership deals? Then your one stop shop is SearchGym.
With over 350 gyms to choose from in London and across UK, you are bound to find the right gym. With major chains including Xercise4Less who has partnered with them, other major independent gyms they work with include Edge Gym, Rigs Fitness, The Fifth Dimension, World Fitness Gym, Body Zone Fitness, Tops Fitness and Rehabilitation etc. By the end of the year, they aim to be in partnership with over 1000 gyms, which equates to roughly 20% of the market, and by mid 2016 SearchGym will be partnered with 50% of the gyms and health clubs in the UK.
Two bright young graduates, Kenan and Ibrahim are the key success behind SearchGym. The inspiration behind the website comes in the early days of university whereby they were looking for a gym online but wasted a lot of time clicking on individual websites. This gave them the idea to create a website which offering all the important information on one website and to compare multiple gyms, enabling the user to find the right gym for them.
The website has gained a lot of interest from the media since its launch. SearchGym aims to grow their online presence in the UK and to expand abroad over the coming years. The website intends to be the number one resource for both gyms and personal trainers offering gym memberships for local gyms, leisure centres and 24 hour gyms.
The website has a simple approach to e-membership, customers will find the right gym and memberships and pay via PayPal. Once they payment is made, they will receive a unique code which will presented to the gym staff upon arrival for it to be redeemed. It’s as simple as that.
In 2015, SearchGym has new technology it intends to roll out making it even faster and more convenient for its customers to redeem the passes purchased on the website. As technology continues to grow at rapid pace, with mobile data usage increasing and online shopping hitting a record high of £10.1bn in the month of November 2013. This has created a great opportunity for SearchGym to grow enormously over the coming years, with the rapid growth in the fitness industry this gives them a huge advantage and potential to dominate the industry and grow their business internationally.
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This week I had the opportunity to try Mimilicious.Its a vegan cream made with no soya.I was really pleased , that I had it sent to me to try and review.The cream is made in Devon , the Holy land of Clothed cream in UK by The Devonshire Klotted Kream Company. If I have to sum it up in a few words the cream is rich and awesome.
Water, pure oats, coconut oil, sunflower spread (sunflower oil, vegetable oils, salt, emulsifier – mono and diglycerides – vitamins E & A, colour – natural carotenes – vitamins D2 & B12) rapeseed lethicin, xanthan gum, vanilla extract, sea salt.
(The packaging pots are 100% reusable and recyclable, and are dishwasher and freezer safe.)
As soon as the cream arrived I opened the pot, and I had to have a sniff.As you know I wasn’t brought up as a vegan, so I have had cream made from a cow’s milk.My verdict is, that it tastes better and its also with a nice and cool texture, delivered by the coconut butter in it.
Here is a video, made in my kitchen where I share my thoughts about it.
I don’t know how much you like scones, but if there are not your thing there are many other ways to enjoy this product.You can use it to make a sauce creamy or make a delicious ice cream.To me personally the best part about this product is the fact, that offers an alternative to the cow’s milk cream.
I feel , that a lot of people will be more than happy to use Mimilicious if it was available in any corner shop.I like to recommend anything , that helps you reduce the amount of animal products, that you consume if you are not vegan yet.
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Here is the recipe for each piece although I cook in the moment and don’t really do measurements but will try my best.
1 cup flour
2/3 cup water (I added tomato puree to flavour pasta)
mix all ingredients together and knead for 10 minutes and rest for 10 as well.
I used a pasta roller to get the thinness I wanted.
Spinach(a good bunch….)
Vegan Worcestershire sauce.
Just saute it all in a pan and add ingredients to whatever quantity you like.
Butternut squash sauce.
I pretty much just made this in the moment and added this and that so this isn’t precise at all.
Vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 cups (maybe slightly more….) rice milk. Use whatever though, this just what i had in the fridge.
I added some herbs…think it was oregano.
Peel and dice butternut squash. Put in roasting tin and drizzle with oil and season. Roast in over at 180c for 40mins…or rounds about.
Cook onions and add seasonings. Then add butternut squash. I added loads of paprika as i love it so much but just add to your preference. Then add rice milk and blend.
Cook your tortellini for 2 minutes or when floating in boiling water then serve with sauce.
Also, this sauce makes quite a lot, and you get about 2 portions from the pasta.
P.S.There is also a secret ingredient LOVE! make sure you cook with love ! Enjoy!
The stationary bike is a great invention. It helps exercise in your home when the weather is not good. When trying to get in shape without activity, then you should consider a stationary bike. The stationary bike stand offers the user a large amount of training. You will find several different types of stationary bikes. You will be able to apply stands, roller, or trainer with a recumbent stationary bike.
Magnetic Bike Trainer
When you are beginning to purchase stationary bike trainers, the most popular decision is definitely a bike stationary stand with magnetic resistance. You can exercise when the weather is bad. The trainer changes your bike into an indoor trainer. The internal magnet makes resistance once you pedal. The resistance levels may feel too hard or too easy depending on your own fitness. The most magnetic resistance trainer will be right for beginners. The magnetic resistance trainers are widely used. Although this type of trainer does not feel natural, it can offer a great workout. The best trainers attach to the tire. It is advisable to buy a trainer that includes a resistance setting.
Fluid Bike Trainer
These are the most expensive trainers and very hard to take care of. However, they are the easiest to work with when it comes to changing resistance. It also gives an actual pedaling and riding sense of all the mechanisms of resistance. You get a wonderful workout. While riding indoors, the trainer allows you to do cycling skills. It allows a gradually changing resistance. The speed determines the resistance. The trainer is connected to a fan that makes all the resistance. Changing the gear on the bike, you can change the resistance. Such a bike stand offers a realistic experience. With this type of trainer, you are capable to watch TV when exercising.
Stationary Bike Stand -Rollers
You can keep your wheels steady over rollers. You will have a smoother experience pedaling, but you must be steady and have a proper setup. There are wide varieties of materials used for rollers. It is advisable to choose a quality plastic or rubber roller. This is because it will help you clean easily. They are also durable. If you have a still bike stand, a roller is a good choice. It will help you progress your biking balance. When you are finding something that can help develop your cycling and balance, then the bike stand roller could be the right option. This is a product to give you a more natural experience. All of you need to make sure that you keep your balance all over.
Instead of purchasing a new stationary bike, it is recommended to buy great quality bike stationary stand. You will find different types of stationary bike stands. If you are a beginner, you might experience many problems in choosing the right product. One thing you can consider is reading online reviews. Make sure the reviews are honest. With the best stand, you will be able to exercise at home. You will be capable to do your exercise in a bad weather.
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I used to think, that I am here to be happy to enjoy life.Now after being alive for just over 33 years I know, that I am here to love.Almost everything is an expression of love.The sooner human being understand how powerful their hearts are, the sooner we can “change the world”.
Only with a thought or a prayer you can touch people in adverse circumstances, animals used as slaves, war areas and so on.Use your heart to expand your compassion and kindness and by doing this you will experience growth on the inside.The world is the way it is.
Your ability to love is the only thing, that can bring healing and reduce suffering.Not just to your family and friends, but to every living creature around you.
With love I can help others.The biggest fun in life comes from helping others and adding valuable moments of presence and feeling to be alive.For all we know we are all here for one reason only -to love and help one another.
As they say, just because you can’t do everything doesn’t mean you should do nothing. So today I am sharing you a list with 17 things, that can instantly “change the world”.But the list is countless………
1.Hug daily the people and the animals , that you live with for a minimum of 5 times and make sure one of those hugs is a minimum of 20 seconds.This alone is pure therapy and its free.It has been proven, that a 20 seconds hugs reduce stress dramatically and remove tension
2.Pray/Meditate/Visualize-Whatever form of connection you have with God/Source/Universe practice connecting with it daily.Emptying your mind creates space for listening to your heart which will express love and will bring you a state of presence and remove tension
3.Eat as much plant-based as you possibly can, if you are not vegan yet.Every meal, that you eat matter.Every time you decide to avoid eggs, milk or animal meat you are buying less of it ;you are helping to reduce the suffering of the countless animals used as slaves.
4.Recycle-I love my recycling bins and I am almost fanatic on separating glass, paper and so on.Any resources, that can be re-used will make a difference.Every time.
5.Do what you love -finding a great pleasure in enjoying some kind of activity will always bring outstanding results.
6.Open a door for a stranger
8.Help someone to reach a goal
10.Give someone a gift
11.Spend quality time with someone
12.Quit smoking cigarets
13.Quit killing bugs and set them free outside instead
15.Donate money or things or both
16.Grow your own vegetables
17.Invite people for dinner
When you are focused on expressing love in a form of a solution you will feel empowered and inspired.
Blue Lotus: The Narcotic Flower
Keeping the body stimulated all the times is the common problem of people today, especially the adults since their time is commonly allocated for their family and work, which somewhat results to stress. They can hardly do workout, have a walk, and do other things that are good for the body as well as help in stimulating their systems. What they need to have now is a remedy that has narcotic like effects. Narcotics are substances that affect ones behavior and mood. Unfortunately, most narcotics are illegal. This; however, must not be a hindrance for them. They must also search for remedies that address their problem. One remedy is the Blue Lotus Extract.
The Blue Lotus extract is a supplement that came from the Blue Lotus flower plant, which is commonly found in Egypt. It is very popular since then as it is a part of the history of the Egyptian people. They have tested the extract and approved its efficacy as it is invigorating and has sexual enhancing effects. This is the reason why some choose to include the extracts in the wine.
What is with the Blue Lotus Extract?
The Blue Lotus extract contains an alkaloid known as nuciferin and this is the one responsible for providing the mood-enhancing effects. Today, the flower can also be found in some parts of the world like India and Africa. There are also ready-made extracts developed into supplements so people can conveniently buy them as needed. Unfortunately, there are some sellers who commonly advertise Blue Lotus powder, which do not really contain any nuciferin at all.
Uses of Blue Lotus Extract
Many people use the Blue Lotus extract to treat ailments. It also has several uses such as:
- Alleviate body pain
- Enhance memory
- Improve blood circulation
- Enhance sex drive
- Serve as an aphrodisiac.
- Improve mood and behavior
Blue Lotus Extract is a very good alternative to other chemicals used in smoking because it is an upper and does not cause depression. In addition, some say that Blue Lotus is effective in treating migraine, tinnitus, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Plenty of biological studies also prove blue lotus as a plant that is quite similar to Gingko in terms of the number of flavonoids.
Effects of Using Blue Lotus Extract
For so many years, there were no recorded serious side effects associated with using the Blue Lotus Extract. The effects are usually mild, and this is why this product can easily be utilized first time users. This is also not addicting. This will just give you a relaxing effect, and it is not expensive as well.
The advisable dosage for Blue Lotus is two times a day only – one in the morning and one at night. It must be taken in drops – 6 to 10 drops together with water or juice.
Though there are no severe interactions relating to the use of Blue Lotus extract, it must also be taken appropriately as suggested. However, it is not advisable for women who are pregnant and nursing, as well as minor children and people who have organ disorders.
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Blood Testing for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Many people associate the feeling of fatigue with the cold weather, but have you found that your recent sensations of fatigue did not lift with the recent sunshine that we have been having?
Fatigue, or lack of energy, is a common health complaint and is one of the hardest terms to define as it is often the symptom of many different conditions. Around 20% of people claim to have fatigue intense enough to interfere with their having a normal life, so do not be ashamed if you are feeling constantly low on energy.
Constant feelings of fatigue could be a sign that certain hormone levels are not as they should be within your body. It could be something simple as a lack of iron in your blood making you anaemic or it could be something more serious such as CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
There is no certain cause of CFS, but it can be caused by a persistent viral infection or previous damage to the immune system. It is also possible that after developing Glandular Fever or having exposure to toxins people can find themselves with the syndrome as the illness often follows a chest and gastric infection from which the person fails to recover.
The main symptom of CFS is a severe and debilitating muscle fatigue following exertion. Females are more commonly affected, and the peak incidence is between the ages of 30 – 40 years, although young children and the elderly can also develop the syndrome.
Some people can be embarrassed to go to their doctors following symptoms of fatigue, but it is now possible to take the necessary tests for CFS and other disorders at home, sometimes with just the use of a simple blood test. You can either arrange for a nurse to come to your home or another private place to conduct the blood test, or you can organise to meet with them at a Practice closest to you.
The blood test is usually accompanied with a medical questionnaire which asks for your personal medical history and for any information on your family history that may be relevant to any results that may be found in your blood. The medical questionnaire also often asks about your lifestyle to help guarantee a correct diagnosis.
All the medical work will be done by medical professionals, so you will not have to worry about the results not being genuine. All results will also be fully explained via a confidential telephone consultation with a medical advisor, with paper copies of the results also being made available upon request.
So do not leave it until it’s too late and let your own embarrassment get in the way of your health! Home medical checks are increasingly popular and easily available; don’t put your own health in danger.
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Vegan around the world
As more and more people are turning to a meat-free diet the need for vegan options outside our own home also becomes essential, especially when we’re going abroad and don’t have our own kitchen to count on.
India – a vegan heaven
But some countries have come further than others, so let’s start where it all began, in India, the country where cows are considered sacred and at least one third of the population is vegan. Getting through your vacation on a meat-free diet in India is no problem as vegan restaurants and snack stands can be found on virtually every other street corner. India has a long vegan tradition with even a big part of the meat eating population only eating meat occasionally, so travelers will find vegan options in both ends of the price scale and plenty in between – and the best part? Indian vegan cuisine has spread all over the world and can now be found in most bigger cities wherever you go!
Spain – the land of paella
Spending an entire vacation in Spain can be quite a headache for any vegan or even vegetarian tourist! In the land of jamón ibérico or Spanish pork finding any dish without either pork or sea food can be a mission in itself. However, one city is standing out as more and more vegan eateries are moving in. Barcelona in the Northern Province of Cataluña has long been known for its progressive and liberal worldview and now animal welfare is moving up on the list. Gopal in the middle of Barcelona’s old gothic quarter offers many varieties of vegan burgers, sausages, tofu cheese and even cakes and cookies as both cater, take-away and eat in. In addition, the city offers up to 50 other vegan and vegetarian alternatives!
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This American West Coast city of hippie culture has long been a beaming light of vegan lifestyle and multiculturalism which is clearly reflected in the many different vegan cuisines the city has to offer. Vegans visiting the city will find everything from Mexican chili sin carne, to Japanese sushi, Ethiopian veggie compos and Middle Eastern falafel stands. At Millenium in central San Francisco, they have taken the concept of vegan dining one step further and introduced organic and GMO-free products in their gourmet kitchen which also offers raw food and a five course tasting menu.
So don’t hesitate to book your ticket and fly off to your dream destination. Vegan restaurants are a worldwide phenomenon that is here to stay and you don’t have to win the lottery to be able to afford it!
This article was written by Uspo W. for us-powerball.com
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Millions of people around the world are affected by heartburn. This is actually the physical phenomenon that lead the acids contained into your stomach to lead into your throat, causing a very a feeling of nausea and distress. These experiences might be occasional for most people, but they can also manifest on a chronic basis, especially when a patient is affected by GERD (Gastro-esophageal reflux disease).
The most common symptoms include nausea, as mentioned above, but also sore throats inflammation, and coughing.
Most people find relief in very simple ways: at times, simply chewing a gum might help fight the feeling of nausea, and changing position might offer relief from the feeling of heartburn and inflammation. The reason for this is that sometimes, you might be applying some extra pressure on your chest, which might contribute to the symptoms.
Recent studies highlighted that the incidence of heartburn is often linked with stress and anxiety: trying to relax and experience some quite time might offer some release. Even your lifestyle can play an important part on the incidence of heartburn. Avoid smoking and drinking, and try to eat healthier food. When affected by sever heartburn, eating with moderation can help you ease the symptoms as well.
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