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3 Common Foods That Make Eczema Worse

Everyone’s experience with eczema is different and there are many different ways to manage flare-ups. One way to prevent flare-ups from happening is to carry out changes in your diet and lifestyle. There is no single food that can be blamed for eczema, but your overall diet and lifestyle can have an impact on your condition. We have put this blog together to help you understand 3 common foods that could make your eczema worse. 

  1. Cow’s Dairy 

When it comes to any skin issue, the most common food or even food group that you should remove from your diet is pasteurised dairy. This is due to the fact that cow’s milk can be pro-inflammatory in the body, especially pasteurised or homogenised dairy which contains large amounts of protein molecules that are difficult to digest. 

However, not all dairy products have to be eliminated forever. It is very helpful to remove this from your diet for a month if you are suffering from eczema and then reintroducing specific foods will help you determine if dairy is really causing your eczema to flare up. 

  1. Sugar and refined carbohydrates

As we all know sugar and refined carbohydrates shouldn’t be taking up much of our diets, they do not build health in any way and can instead prevent us from reaching joyous health. The real issue with sugar is that it is hidden in everything including things such as condiments, salad dressings and canned tomatoes.  

Sugar is a pro-inflammatory for the body and inflammation is a contributing factor to eczema. Eczema has been found in cases where bad gut bacteria and fungus, such as candida are present in the gut. Candida is an opportunistic fungus in the form of yeast that feeds off sugar. In small amounts, candida is not something to be too concerned about but if it overproduces you will start seeing adverse effects on our skin and also the intestinal lining which can lead to an even greater effect of eczema which is a leaky gut. 

Our tip is to avoid all obvious sources of refined sugar and carbohydrates, try to keep natural sweeteners to a minimum and try to avoid things that can contribute to candida overgrowth. 

  1. Bad Fats 

Fats are an important part of your diet, not any fats but healthy fats! Processed bad fats such as fried foods and oxidised vegetable oils are a concern and should be avoided, especially when trying to heal/control eczema. We recommend you use coconut or avocado oil when cooking at high heat. When dressing salads, we would recommend using a variety of oils such as olive oil, flaxseed oil, hemp seed oil and even pumpkin seed oil. All of these are extremely health-promoting and tasty. 

We understand that everyone suffers from eczema in a different way, avoiding these foods could help you control your eczema flare-ups! For more advice on healthy living head over to our blog today.

3 Herbs for Stress Relief and Relaxation

Supporting our bodies during stressful times is vital. Understanding how to regulate and soothe our nervous systems is something that we could all benefit from because leaving stress unmanaged can cause illness and disease. In this blog, we are going to cover 3 herbs that are perfect for stress relief.

Herbal Helpers 

Herbs can support the balancing and nourishing of your body when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Here are our favourite herbs that you can easily add to your daily routine.

  1. Passionflower 

Passionflower is a gentle nervine tonic that has been shown to boost GABA levels in the brain to promote relaxation and calmness. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it helps reduce activity in the brain allowing your nervous system to enter relaxation easier and help you to reduce anxiety. The Passionflower’s sedative effects are much gentler than other herbs so you can consume this any time of the day. It’s the perfect herb to add to your bedtime routine! 

  1. Skullcap

Skullcap is technically classed as a weed, but make sure you don’t throw it away! Skullcap is a nervine just like Passionflower, it increases GABA production in your brain, helping you to relax. Not only this, but this herbal helper can also help soothe muscle tension, which is a common side effect of stress. Adding Skullcap into your daily routine can help nourish your whole nervous system. 

  1. Lemon Balm 

Lemon Balm, is part of the mint family and is used traditionally to reduce anxiety and boost your mood. However, the herb can also soothe symptoms of stress, improve cognitive function and even aid sleep. This is due to having powerful antioxidants and antimicrobial properties from a phytonutrient called rosmarinic acid. 

Using Lemon Balm daily has many benefits, but one of its most powerful is the way it helps alleviate stress and anxiety. Which has an amazing impact on your digestive health. As we know the gut is our second brain, so if you’re feeling stressed it can leave you feeling sick or with discomfort in the stomach. This herb will be a great help if you suffer from tummy aches or a loss of appetite when you’re stressed. 

If you suffer from stress and anxiety, incorporating these herbs into your daily routine can be an easy way to reduce these feelings and soothe your body. If you’re interested in more ways to look after your body and mind head over to our blog today. 

3 Ways to look after your gut

What does self-care look like to you? For some people it may include taking a bath with a book, for others, it may include getting a beauty treatment, but at Eternal Being, we believe that self-care should start on the inside, specifically in your gut.

Research shows that gut health may affect other areas of wellness such as your energy, your sexual health and even your immunity. So, if you’re struggling with gut problems, you’re in the right place. Here are 3 ways to look after your gut!

Eat the Rainbow

Eating fruits and vegetables is essential to maintaining a healthy gut as both are excellent sources of fibre. Our gut’s good bacteria use this for food, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to keep our bodies strong. Some examples of foods that are good for your gut include:

  • Artichokes
  • Onions
  • Bananas 
  • Asparagus
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelon 

Alcohol consumption

Most of us enjoy a glass of wine with our dinner or the occasional cocktail however, alcohol can affect your gut health. Alcohol is often associated with poor gut health so we recommend sticking to no more than one alcoholic beverage a day for women, and no more than two for men. 

Watch out for added sugars

While we all love the occasional cookie and bowl of ice cream, unfortunately, they don’t do wonders for our health or our gut. This is because added sugars lower the amount of good gut bacteria in a microbiome while simultaneously increasing potentially harmful bacteria. 

In addition to this, refined sugar can also cause inflammation, and weight gain and can increase chronic disease. 

Unfortunately added sugars may also be hiding in the places you wouldn’t expect like yoghurt, salad dressings, dried fruit and granola. So we recommend reading the labels of everything very carefully. 


If you would like to learn more about your gut read our How Your Gut Can Heal Your Brain blog today. Alternatively, browse our full range of blogs here.

Everything You Need to Know About Burping

Everything You Need to Know About Burping

Better out than in we always say. The truth is that everybody burps, whether they want to admit it or not. It’s a biological process that everyone is familiar with, but for some, burping can become excessive, with select individuals experiencing upwards of 10 burps in a minute. If you are worried about what is normal and what isn’t, this is the blog for you. 

What Is Belching?

To start this blog off, we first want to talk about what belching is. Put simply, burping is a release of gas. The gas rises from our stomachs and is expelled from the mouth. This all seems simple enough, but there are actually different types of burping. Including:

Gastric Burping

In the case of a gastric burp, or the traditional burp that we all know, the gas comes up from your stomach. Air can get trapped in the twists and turns of our gastrointestinal systems, so burping is nature’s way of venting this air. However, if there is too much gas in the stomach, the belching can become excessive.

Supra-gastric Burping

While gastric belches are a normal release of gas from the stomach, supra-gastric burping is entirely different and completely behavioural. This type of burp is caused by people subconsciously sucking air into the oesophagus. In this case, the air is forced back out of the mouth as a burp before it reaches the stomach. This type of burping can become very dangerous if left untreated.

Where Does This Gas Come From?

Gastric belches are often the result of swallowing too much air. This is why fizzy drinks containing bubbles are often associated with burps. The air that is swallowed from these gas bubbles can get trapped in the stomach and cause pressure or discomfort in the abdomen. To release this pressure, you burp. Other causes include:

  • Chewing gum
  • Eating quickly 
  • Drinking too fast
  • Talk while you’re eating 
  • Chewing gum
  • Sucking boiled sweets

So, often, if you are suffering from excessive burping, simple lifestyle changes (like avoiding chewing gum) could make a huge difference.

To learn more about burping, read our other blog on the subject here. Alternatively, if you would like to read some of our other blogs, browse our full list of articles here.

Beating the Bloat

Who hasn’t been there, you’re enjoying one of your favourite meals or a new dish at your favourite restaurant, and then you are met with that all too familiar feeling of bloating. If you know this feeling all too well, this blog is definitely for you.

Bloating is normal, you’re not alone…

We want to start off by letting you know that bloating is normal and lots of people experience bloating. It happens when our digestive tract is filled with gas. The causes of bloating may differ between people, but usually bloating is caused by our body’s natural digestive process.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should ignore the bloating as it may be down to a genuine food intolerance, which can be very painful and uncomfortable. So, if you are experiencing persistent pain and other symptoms, for example:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation/diarrhoea (or any changes to bowel movements) 
  • Weight loss 

along with the bloating then it is important to speak with your Doctor.

Easing Bloating

If you don’t have any pain or major discomfort associated with bloating, then the best thing to do is to try to change how we think and feel about it. You need to remind yourself that bloating is completely normal and that most people experience it at some point in their life. It is a completely natural process during digestion and it will pass. Having said that, here are things you can do to beat the bloat. 

Are you eating enough?

If you’ve got a certain outfit that you want to wear, it can be very tempting to not eat throughout the day, but, if you’re trying to avoid bloating, this is the worst thing you can do. Food restriction can actually contribute to, or even exacerbate, bloating by slowing down digestion, which then lowers the production of important digestive enzymes and decreases the production of healthy gut bugs.

Stress Management

Do you feel more bloated when you’re stressed? This may be because stress has a significant impact on our gut health. This is because it can make the nerve endings in our digestive tract more sensitive, which causes a greater level of discomfort as a response to the distension in our gut that is associated with bloating.

If you would like to learn more about bloating, read our other blog on the subject here, otherwise feel free to browse our full list of blogs here.

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Everyday Habits That Will Help You Poop Regularly

According to GastroJournal, an estimated 16% of adults and 33% of adults older than 60 suffer from constipation. At Eternal Being, we like to think of our founder, Michelle, as the ‘Poo Fairy’, which means she can help you to get your gut working as it should and get your poop schedule back on track. So, say goodbye to constipation and hello to a regular poop schedule as we reveal everyday habits that will help you to poop regularly. 

Eating More Fibre

Foods containing fibre should be thought of as “rough” because they can help to move food through your digestive system. It’s recommended that you introduce 20-35 grams of fibre into your diet every day if you are constipated. 

Some examples of food containing fibre are:

  • Whole wheat bread
  • Brown rice
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Legumes

Hydrate

We all know that we’re supposed to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, but did you know that drinking even more water could help you with your bowel movements. This doesn’t mean that you have to strictly stick to just water, however, as you can stay hydrated by upping your herbal tea and healthy juice intake as well.

Exercise

Get up and get moving your body to get things moving in your colon. Did you know that certain yoga moves can actually help with constipation? In fact, any exercise that relaxes your pelvic floor muscles can actually also help you to poop better. This is because exercises that put your hips and pelvic floor in a relaxed position can help you to relax during bowel movements. Some of these exercises include:

  • Child’s pose
  • Happy baby pose
  • Deep squat

For more advice from our very own ‘poo fairy’, contact us today. Alternatively, to read more of our blogs click here

Everything You Need to Know About Advanced Colonic Hydrotherapy

How can you benefit from an enema?

Does the word ‘enema’ scare the sh!t out of you? Well, that’s kind of the point! An enema is a liquid treatment most commonly used to relieve severe constipation. In this blog, we’ll talk you through what you can expect from all variations of an Eternal Being enema treatment and how it can benefit you. 

What is an enema?

At Eternal Being, we offer 5 different types of enemas:

Coffee Enema

When a coffee enema is used, the caffeine from the coffee is preferentially absorbed into this system and goes directly to the liver where it becomes a very strong detoxicant. It causes the liver to produce more bile* (which contains processed toxins) and moves bile out toward the small intestine for elimination. This seems to free up the liver to process more incoming toxic materials that have accumulated in the organs, tissues and bloodstream. The coffee does not go into the systemic circulation.

The coffee contains some alkaloids that also stimulate the production of glutathione-S-transferase, an enzyme used by the liver to make the detox pathways run. It is pivotal in the formation of more glutathione, one of the main conjugation chemicals, enabling toxins to be eliminated via bile into the small intestine*. So in other words, a coffee enema speeds up the detoxification process and minimizes the backlog of yet to be detoxified substances.

On completion, there is often an enhanced feeling of calmness and connectedness*.

Flax Oil Enema

A flaxseed enema is very useful for individuals who are unable to break down oils and utilise omega 3 fatty acids from flaxseed due to digestive difficulties. The oil helps to support the Lymph system.

According to Dr Johanna Budwig, the electrons of highly unsaturated fats from seed oils, which lie on the same wavelength as sunlight, are capable of drawing solar energy and storing it.

This may in turn have positive effects when treating SAD sufferers. Flaxseeds contain a high level of electron-rich unsaturated fats making it useful to start treatments with a flaxseed enema as it helps to promote photon and electron activity within the body. 

Aloe Vera enema

An Aloe Vera enema is ideally suited to any inflammatory condition within the digestive system. Aloe Vera is a moisturiser and soother so its presence in the enema can have an anti-inflammatory effect on the mucosa of the colon.

On completion, there is often a feeling of calmness and a positive effect on the skin.

Magnesium Enema

Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and is useful in the following situations:

  • The muscles have gone into spasm erg) back pain or heavy cramping following exercise
  • At the onset of a migraine if the early symptoms are neck and shoulder tension
  • To help relieve cramping on the onset of menstruation
  • Magnesium helps the muscles to relax

On completion, there is often a feeling of calmness within the body and pains/spasms often lessen or disappear

Chamomile Enema

A chamomile enema helps to calm the body and has a soothing effect on the liver. Chamomile is a sedative and when taken as an enema it will be absorbed via the haemorrhoidal vein and is transported to the liver via the portal blood system. Chamomile has a calming effect on the liver and the body. 

On completion of this technique, there is often a feeling of calmness, especially within the digestive system.

Benefits

An enema treatment can support weight loss, help remove toxins from your body, and improve your skin, immunity, blood pressure, and energy levels.

To learn more about Enemas, visit our treatment page. Alternatively, book a consultation today on our website

Lymph Drainage Massage Explained

While the name may sound intimidating, the procedure is often very pleasant. A Lymphatic drainage massage, which may also be known as manual lymphatic drainage, can actually relieve the swelling that happens when medical treatment or illnesses block your lymphatic system. In this blog, we will explain everything you need to know about this gentle, rhythmical treatment. 

Who can it help?

Due to the nature of the treatment, people who suffer from lymphedema and fibromyalgia could hugely benefit from this treatment. These health conditions can cause lymph fluid to build up and cause swelling in an individual’s system, which may be alleviated by a Lymph Drainage Massage. 

What is it? 

The strokes applied in manual lymph drainage are designed to stimulate the movement of the lymphatic fluids in order to assist the body in cleansing, reducing oedema (stagnant fluid, water retention), and promoting detoxification of tissues.

This is a gentle, rhythmical technique that removes inflammatory materials and toxins from the connective tissue, which enhances the activity of the immune system, reduces pain, and lowers the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

In a treatment session with Eternal Being, each massage is completely tailored to you and your unique needs. This means we will use CBD and essential oils if needed. The aim of the treatment is for you to leave feeling relaxed and relieved. However, it is essential that before attending the clinic you have ensured that you are hydrated and have disclosed any medications and supplements you are taking as well as any existing health conditions. 

Additional Benefits

Lymph Drainage Massages have gained popularity due to their many potential health benefits. While we’ve already discussed how this treatment can help to reduce swelling, we haven’t yet addressed the many other benefits of Lymph Drainage Massages, some of which include:

  1. Maintaining blood circulation, body fluid balance, and immune functions.
  2. Increasing the Flow of Toxins Through the Body
  3. Reducing hardening or thickening of the skin
  4. Relaxing the body
  5. Improving the appearance of skin

To learn more about this incredible treatment, visit our treatment page or contact us to book a consultation today. Alternatively, browse our other blogs here.

How your gut can heal your brain

How Your Gut Can Heal Your Brain

Ever heard the expression, “you are what you eat”? Well, while many of us know that our mental health can be directly affected by our diet, most people aren’t aware that it is actually the bacteria inside us that causes the food to affect the way we feel. With this in mind, we want to look at how your gut can heal your brain in this blog.

​​How your gut health could be connected to your anxiety

According to Harvard Health, “a troubled intestine can send signals to your brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut”. This means that a person’s gut problems could potentially be the cause of any anxiety or stress that they are experiencing. Ever felt a whirling feeling in your stomach before an important meeting or presentation? Well, then you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. 

Given how closely the gut and brain interact, it isn’t hard to understand why you may feel intestinal discomfort during times of stress. Despite this, we shouldn’t assume that gastrointestinal conditions are imagined. In reality, stress or anxiety can actually affect movement and contractions of the gastrointestinal.

Stress-Related Gut Symptoms and Conditions

When you’re nervous or anxious, for example before that big meeting, your body releases hormones and chemicals that enter the digestive system. It’s these hormones and chemicals that affect the microorganisms living along your gut. The microorganisms help with the digestion process while decreasing antibody production, so this can result in a chemical imbalance which can cause several gastrointestinal conditions. Some of which include: 

  • Indigestion 
  • Stomach upset and diarrhoea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Constipation
  • Nausea

Food for thought

One of the ways that you can improve your mental health is to know which types of foods improve your gut health.

As we so eloquently said earlier “you are what you eat” and so here are some examples of foods that help both your gut and your mental health. 

Fibre

Did you know that eating fibre can improve your memory and your overall mood? In addition to this, fibre can also decrease inflammation and oxidative stress by supporting microbiota. 

Vitamin D

We all feel better after a few hours in the sun, so it should come as no surprise to you that getting more vitamin D in your diet can improve your mental health. Vitamin D is great for regulating your microbiome and reducing gastrointestinal inflammation.

Protein

Protein can help to limit the number of bad bacteria in a microbiome. This is because proteins contain nitrogen. In turn, eating protein can help to decrease feelings of depression because of the production of serotonin and we all know that serotonin is a huge mood booster. 

If you would like to learn more about the connection between the gut and the brain, you can read our ‘How Gut Bacteria Leads to Depression and Anxiety’ blog. Alternatively, you can browse our other blogs here. 

Everything You Need to Know About Advanced Colonic Hydrotherapy

Everything You Need to Know About Advanced Colonic Hydrotherapy

Are you feeling lethargic and backed up? Then Advanced Colonic Hydrotherapy may be just what the doctor ordered. If you have never heard of Advanced Colonic Hydrotherapy, then you’re in the right place. We will take you through everything you need to know about Advanced Colonic Hydrotherapy in this blog. 

What is Advanced Colonic Hydrotherapy? 

Advanced Colonic Hydrotherapy, sometimes referred to as colonic irrigation, is a way to gently cleanse the body of any unwanted toxins and faecal matter. It will swiftly return the system to a healthy, natural rhythm.

Why Choose Advanced Colonic Hydrotherapy?

Colonic therapy can improve your physical and mental wellbeing and is an effective way to remove toxins that have built up in the body over time, which can cause several negative side effects such as:

  • Skin blemishes* 
  • Lethargy

By opting for a session with one of Eternal Being’s extensively qualified hydrotherapists, you will see a noticeable change not only in your physical condition but also in your mental self. Relieving the stress and weight of a blocked colon can also help to develop a much healthier outlook, which will lead to an increase in productivity and energy.

What to expect from your treatment

Your clinician will explain the procedure to you to ensure that you feel relaxed and informed. This will last for approximately 60 minutes (or 90 minutes, if you opt for one of our Deep Cleanse packages).

Once you’re happy, your clinician will begin the procedure, which involves introducing warm water to the colon through the rectum, with the occasional use of enemas, or herbal or pro-biotic implants, to aid the process where necessary. Your abdomen will then be gently massaged using specialised massage techniques to encourage the release of stored matter.

After the procedure has been completed, your clinician will then discuss recommended dietary changes with you, empowering you to make the most of your colonic treatment therapy and embrace the new lease of life it will bring.

If you would like to learn more about the Advanced Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment at Eternal being, you can find more information here. Alternatively, to learn more about health and wellness, browse our other blogs here

* individual results may vary