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4.8 Over 51 Reviews
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Great service! Michelle was so welcoming and friendly and is passionate about making people feel their best! Will be recommending and revisiting 😊
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Michelle, you are truly amazing!
Every time I visited I leave with new information and knowledge and I’m grateful for your wealth of knowledge.
You are beautiful in and out and your expertise and professionalism is impressive.
A true inspiration!
Thank you for all your help and ongoing help. You’ve helped me in ways I can’t even help myself (haha)
Highly recommended and an investment into your health and wellbeing.
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I was told by a private gastroenterologist I had a dropped large intestine and will be on laxatives for the rest of my life (now 36) they were making me fee horrible and not getting rid of the full compacted problem. I spoke to Michelle and she put everything into perspective and assured me that she can help. I had my first appointment last night and wow it was fantastic, I was extremely nervous but Michelle calmed me down. I can honestly say she has changed my life already, I don’t feel bloated, tired, grumpy or in any pain and that is the first appointment. Chucked the laxatives away and believe Michelle can train my bowels to behave and act normal. I cannot recommend Michelle enough. Thank you so much. 😊
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Was in a bad way and was feeling really bad. I contacted Eternal Being and talked through my problems with Michelle, and made an appointment. I got immediate relief and over a few sessions got back to normal from really bad inflammation. Michelle was brilliant and gave me great advice and treatment. I would highly recommend getting a consultation if you have any issues. Thanks Michelle. Richard 👍🙂
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Michelle is so tuned in to your body and knows what it needs. I have regular colonic treatments and feel fantastic. After having major ankle surgery late November 2023, I had a lymphatic massage to help my body recover. AMAZING!!! Thank you so much Michelle
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Where do I start to tell you my journey with Michelle at Eternalbeing. TBH I hadn't heard of EB it only came about when I was talking to a gym buddy and we started talking about feeling bloaty, irregular bowel movement. So I thought as I have had problems since being a young girl around the age of 5 when I really struggled to go to the toilet so I was injected in the bottom to help me. So when I looked into the services that EB do I was so excited to think there was someone out there who may be able to help me. I made the call I was very nervous but after a telephone conversation which lasted about half an hour I booked in with her. Well, what an experience that was. Never thought in a million years my issues, fears quickly went away. My first clonic liver cleanse was a little bit surreal. How can I just be so relaxed and able to pooh after a few reassuring words from Michelle. We laugh all the time she still says after 10 years LOOK at your pooh train. I will be honest I did suffer from a headache afterwards but Michelle did warn me this would happen but soon subsided. Lots of water and not too much food after the treatment. I was taken suppliments to help me with my daily routine. Vitamin D3,
Bifido and Fibre,live cultures supplement for women, zinc citrate,
Alway I use her own patches
BIO MAGNETIC this to help my joints as I work out everyday
Sleep patch as I was struggling but ATM I'm sleeping very well.
Now about. Michelle my pooh fairy. This women is so passionate about her work to help others, always around of you need advise. She's my hero and best of all Michelle listens to you. Never rushes you, if these are going to plan with your treatment she ensures we rest and then try again.
Honestly, if you're not too sure about having a treatment I can assure you you would not be disappointed. I love her my pooh fairy
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After years of stomach bloating, cramps and pain. Taking medication to relive the symptoms.
I visited Michelle for the first time in January. I have not looked back since. I have not had to take any medication since.
I really felt listened to and I am so pleased I picked the phone up and made that call.
I have more energy and my overall health has improved so much 😊
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Great Treatment Michell. Thanks.
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I've been going for years, Michelle always helpful and achieves great results everytine !
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I had suffered with minor gut issues on and off for years but put it down to diet. Past 6 months noticed a gradual increase in feeling bloated, fatigued and no energy or motivation to exercise. I improved my diet with organic produce where possible and did the obvious but still felt full, bloated and sluggish. I had heard of colonics before but had no knowledge of what they did or why you would have one. After some googling, Eternal Being popped us a ‘colonics near me’ and so I checked out their website which prompted a consultation with Michelle and then a colonic hydrotherapy with liver cleanse. Consultation phase was thorough and the colonic was no where near as invasive as I thought it would be nor embarrassing. The feeling of relief was almost euphoric after feeling yuk for so long and the aftercare with Michelle’s knowledge gives me confidence the investment in myself was worth it! All puns intended, Michelle really knows her s#%t!
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Great service as always from Michelle. I come about once a quarter and always look forward to the treatment as you know your interests and treatment best practice always come first every time.
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Wish I had discovered Eternal Being sooner! Michelle is an absolute STAR - she understands what I need and is never short on advice. Her treatments are brilliant and her reassuring nature allows you to be at ease no matter what the treatment. I would not hesitate to recommend Michelle and Eternal Being to my contacts.
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Michelle is amazing!

She's so supportive, passionate, friendly and welcoming in her advise/practice.

Before I went to Michelle all I ever thought about my my stomach issues. All I ever talked about was my stomach issues. The discomfort was daily and progressively getting worse. After over 2 years of issues and getting no where through the NHS, I reached out to Michelle and after meeting her for our consultation I finally felt confident that this wasn't going to be forever and that there was hope. For the first time in 2 years someone had told me that they can help me instead of saying 'ots JUST stomach issues, it's JUST iBS.

The tests Michelle did came back with detailed, personal results and Michelle's gave clean instructions on how we can fix my gut health together.

She's super friendly and makes you feel instantly at ease at any appointment.

Thankyou Michelle ☺️💩
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Another excellent treatment from Michelle, I have a taken advice from Michelle and had regular colonic treatments over the last 12 years in relation to my gut problems and bloating. Can I stress it is not an uncomfortable treatment as she is highly qualified in her area of expertise.
Well worth a consultation and a treatment if you are suffering in agony with your gut problems. Michelle is extremely qualified in this area and has more extensive knowledge than many GP’s. Michelle will listen to your problem and will get to the bottom of your issues.
Thanks again Michelle look forward to the next treatment in March.
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Since giving birth to my son in Oct 2022 I have suffered with anxiety and stress that has severely impacted my digestive system. I've been going to Michelle at Eternal Being because she helped me out many years ago with gut issues and I knew she would be able to help me out this time also. She's so incredibly knowledgeable about pretty much everything but especially gut and poop related issues. She's so professional but also makes you feel so at ease, she's brilliant at what she does and she's made me feel like my pre pregnancy self again. The treatment itself is actually very relaxing and I feel rejuvenated afterwards. Thank you so much Michelle aka the poop fairy! xxx
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I first contacted Eternal Being and spoke with Michelle in July this year . I was really struggling both emotionally with grief and with my health, feeling generally unwell, bloated , lethargic and just not well 🤧 having felt like this for many years I had settled for the fact that this was how I was always going to feel .
After a bad fall through being so tired and lethargic at the start of July and suffering several injuries including a fractured wrist, I decided it was time to at least try to change the way I felt . Eternal Being was the very first place I read about and something told me that this was a good place , how right I was . Michelle called me following my email and I could tell straight away what a lovely person she was and clearly very passionate about what she does . I had my first appointment and found Michelle to be very friendly, warm, caring, very straight talking and honest with a terrific sense of humour 😊( very important ). I booked in for my first colonic and like many people I had preconceived ideas of what was involved It was nothing at all like I imagined, the treatment room ( like all of Eternal Being) was really lovely , comfortable, warm , very private a really calming peaceful place for a treatment . Michelle is extremely knowledgeable and every step was explained and done with care. We laughed a lot and talked a lot as well Michelle is a wonderful therapist and I came away from my first session feeling already better within myself and very positive about another treatment . I think it is so important to be open minded about this type of treatment, this isn’t a one size fits all situation and Michelle works out a treatment plan for each client individually depending on what they need. I have had a gut analysis done and Michelle has got a treatment plan for me going forward ,I have had several sessions and can honestly say I already feel so very different, I have a better understanding as well of how the gut is so closely linked to emotional well being something I definitely didn’t realise before seeing Michelle . This is a journey and not a quick fix but I am so glad I have started on it after many , many years of just accepting how I felt . I can’t imagine doing it anywhere else or with anyone else . So Michelle thank you so so much I I look forward to continuing this journey with you 😊👍🏼
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I've been coming to Michelle for almost 2 years now and she honestly changed my life. She is so knowledgeable and genuinely cares about her clients and her work. I really can't recommend her enough, she's just the best!

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How does CBD work?

There’s a lot of buzz about cannabidiol (CBD), and you might see it marketed as an add-in booster to your post-workout smoothie or morning coffee or even as the magic oil against severe headaches by your pharmacist.  But what exactly is CBD, and how does it work? Is it just a fad, or is there science behind it? Find out in this article.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis. It alters mood by boosting serotonin levels in the brain, which calms the nervous system. Balanced serotonin levels increase happiness, calmness, focus, and emotional stability.

How is cannabidiol different from marijuana, cannabis, and hemp?

Cannabidiol has been used to treat insomnia, depression, and anxiety, but do you have to worry about getting into legal consequences for relying on marijuana’s cousin?

Marijuana and hemp plants contain both Cannabidiol and THC- delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that makes people feel “high”. 

While CBD is derived from cannabis, it is different from marijuana in that it does not produce a “high” due to its low levels of THC. Hemp is a variety of cannabis that is grown for industrial use and contains minimal THC, making it a common source of CBD.

According to the World Health Organization and the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential, and there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated. 

Due to this, CBD offers multiple benefits without the negative effects associated with THC, so you don’t need to worry about getting into legal trouble.

The health benefits of CBD

There’s been extensive research on how CBD works and its benefits.  The therapeutic benefits include helping with chronic pain, stress and anxiety and extend to improving symptoms of multiple sclerosis, chemotherapy-induced nausea and even childhood epilepsy syndromes that don’t respond well to antiseizure medications. 

Anxiety and CBD

There is scientific evidence to suggest that CBD can calm the nervous system, and alter our mood as it affects the serotonin system. A 2011 study on treating Generalised Social Anxiety Disorder showed that cannabis has anxiolytic effects both in humans and in animals. Another study by the Sleep Foundation revealed that about 80% of participants who used CBD reported lower anxiety levels within a month. 

Pain and CBD

The history of cannabis is indeed fascinating and long. Cannabis has been used for many purposes for centuries, including medicinal purposes, without formal approval.

The first recorded evidence can be found in the Shennong Ben Cao Jing encyclopaedia, which dates back to 2900 BC in China and recommended cannabis as a treatment for pain, constipation and malaria.  Combined with wine, the plant also provided an anaesthetic effect for patients undergoing surgery.

 CBD is still considered to be a great alternative to opioids for chronic pain because it is non-intoxicating.  CBD can effectively ease nerve pain and muscular symptoms and discomfort of multiple sclerosis, inflammatory pain, osteoarthritis and many others.

Insomnia and CBD

Insomnia is a stress reaction that spills into rest time when we aren’t trying to process conscious trauma. Research by the Sleep Foundation has shown that more than 65% of participants reported improving sleep at first, followed by fluctuating results. Stress hormone overactivation can be suppressed through CBD and the sleep-wake cycle will be equalised through counteracting hormones.

Is CBD safe?

CBD is safe to use and not addictive. It’s important to keep your healthcare provider informed whenever you use CBD, as it may interact with your existing medications, especially if you are taking blood thinners.

How can I take CBD?

CBD products come in a variety of forms. So, how do you know which CBD product is right for you?

CBD oil

Among the most common and popular delivery methods for CBD are oils. Proponents of CBD oil can be used to treat conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, migraines, epilepsy, and depression. Try the eternalbeing CBD oil that contains an intermediate milligram amount of hemp extract that is ideal for everyday use.

CBD cooling balms

A CBD cooling balm can offer relief for aching muscles, shoulders or necks; it can also be used for back pain or general muscle discomfort. After application, it gives the skin a refreshing, restorative, radiant sensation. Moreover, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling. Our Cooling Power Balm creates a cold-like sensation upon application, this will, in turn, assist in the relief of discomfort throughout the area affected.

CBD oil heating balms 

For targeted relief CBD oil heating balms work great for easing sore, stiff muscles. Our Arnica balm formulation is a must-have for anyone who trains and works out and helps with aches and bruising. You can also pair it with our Cooling Power Balm for maximum pain relief and comfort. The heating balm helps to warm up the muscles, while the cooling balm helps to reduce inflammation and swelling. 

The balms are also great to use before and after physical activity to help with muscle recovery. They are easy to apply and absorb quickly, leaving no greasy residue.

CBD capsules 

Natural and tasteless CBD capsules without any artificial additives or hemp aftertaste. The eternalbeing capsules are precision calibrated for accurate dosing and verified to contain no THC. With full-spectrum oils, CBD softgels contain all the turpentine and are as pure as possible. 

CBD gummies

Gummies offer a  tasty and convenient option for daily CBD intake.. The small and discreet sizes make them ideal for discreet use, and many come in fruity flavours to mask the CBD’s taste. This is why they are quickly catching up to CBD oil in terms of use and popularity. Our CBD gummies are effective at relieving anxiety, depression, pain, and inflammation, and improving sleep.  By counting the gummies, you will be able to determine the proper dosage.

CBD patches

CBD patches deliver cannabidiol to the body through the skin. Over several hours, they provide a slow and steady release of CBD, which can treat symptoms like pain, inflammation, anxiety, and insomnia.

Our CBD 50mg patches contain all natural CBD and are designed to reduce inflammation and joint/muscle pain, as well as reduce anxiety. You can also opt for our CBD blend patch with Tumeric, Omega 6, Omega-3, Omega-9, Resveratrol and  Menthol provide the body with the nutrients it needs for improved pain relief and no drowsy effect, reducing inflammation and joint/muscle pain, as well as reducing anxiety.

Unable to stay soundly asleep for long periods? With a blend of specially selected herbal extracts and CBD, these convenient Sleep Patches are designed to support a good night’s sleep using a variety of natural ingredients. Goodbye, restless nights! Peel, stick, and go! No more swallowing pills!

In addition, the product may contain other unknown elements. If you buy CBD, it is safest to make sure that there is independent laboratory testing as attested to by a COA (certificate of analysis) that should accompany every CBD product.

Can CBD help you?

If you are interested in using CBD, talk with your healthcare provider first about whether it’s a good idea and how to safely obtain it. Always take CBD from a reputable provider, and start with a small dose to see how it affects you.

The science of sleep and the secrets of a good night’s sleep

Our blog today will try to unlock the science and secrets of a good night’s sleep. In our fast-paced world, getting a good night’s sleep often feels like a distant dream. With the demands of work, family, and personal commitments, it’s no wonder that many of us struggle to catch those elusive Zs.  Our health and well-being depend on sleep, yet we are largely unaware of how sleep works to achieve a restful night. Here, we’ll explore some key strategies to improve your sleep quality and introduce you to a modern aid that’s gaining popularity: sleep patches.

What happens during sleep cycles?

Why do scientists say we should get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep? Well, there’s science behind it. Non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep are types of sleep. NREM sleep is divided into stages with unique characteristics representing a continuum of relative depth. Let’s take a look at each of the sleep cycle stages:

NREM Stage 1 (N1)

Non-rapid eye movement (NREM) stage 1 lasts for only a few minutes. During this stage the heart rate slows down, body temperature decreases and muscles relax. This is a light sleep that can be easily woken up. It serves as a transition stage, preparing our bodies for deeper sleep.

NREM Stage 2 (N2)

During NREM stage, N2 sleep deepens. While the heart rate and body temperature drop further, and the brain starts to produce sleep spindles – bursts of rapid brain activity. The stage serves as a buffer, preventing potential disturbances from disrupting our sleep. 

NREM Stage 3 (N3)

NREM stage N3 plays an important role in physical rejuvenation as during this stage, tissues grow, vital hormones are released, and the body relaxes even further. The brain activity during this stage is known as delta waves.

REM Sleep

Dreams occur during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which typically starts 90 minutes after we fall asleep. The sleep cycle has two phases: phasic and tonic. Phasic REM sleep contains bursts of rapid eye movement, while tonic REM sleep does not. Brain activity during REM sleep is similar to brain activity during waking hours.

Why is REM the most important stage?

During REM sleep, the brain undergoes a unique neurochemical bath in which stress-related neurotransmitters are at their lowest levels. The brain processes emotions without the usual stress and intensity of wakefulness, aiding in emotional healing. 

Furthermore, the brain consolidates memories and strengthens neural connections during REM sleep, which is crucial to learning and cognitive function. This is why sleep is so important to mental health, and inadequate REM sleep leads to poorer performance in tasks, reduced mental abilities and depression.

Our 24-hour clock

Our sleep is governed by an internal clock known as the circadian rhythm, which regulates sleep cycles, physical activity, body temperature, heart rate, and hormone secretion over a 24-hour period. 

Our 24-hour clock is aligned with the 24-hour rotation of the planet and must adjust by about 12 to 18 minutes every day. It is influenced by external cues like light and temperature, and disruptions such as exposure to light at night, noise, stress, fatigue and illness. When the circadian rhythm is desynchronised, it doesn’t function properly, leading to sleep disorders. 

How can you improve sleep quality?

Stay consistent with your sleep schedule: Sleeping and waking at the same time reinforces the body’s circadian rhythm, improving sleep quality overall.Try to get up at around the same time every morning to enhance your REM sleep, regardless of how tempting it is to have a lie-in on the weekends.

Create a relaxing bedtime routine: A calming pre-sleep routine signals your body that it’s time to wind down. Activities such as reading, taking a warm bath, or practising gentle yoga can help ease the transition from wakefulness to sleep. Avoid stimulating activities like intense exercise or screen time at least an hour before bed.

Optimise your sleep environment: Your bedroom should be a sanctuary for sleep. Ensure your room is cool, dark, and quiet. Consider using blackout curtains to block out light and a white noise machine to drown out disruptive sounds. Investing in a comfortable mattress and pillows can also make a significant difference.

Limit alcohol and caffeine intake: Alcohol and caffeine can suppress REM sleep, so try to limit daily intake. Furthermore, it is recommended not to drink coffee after 12 p.m., since caffeine may still be present in your system at night.

Don’t suppress Melatonin: Produced by the pineal gland in the brain, melatonin is often dubbed the “sleep hormone” due to its crucial role in inducing sleepiness. Light exposure impacts its secretion, with levels increasing in the evening as darkness falls, peaking around 2 am, and then gradually declining as dawn approaches. Make sure to limit screen time, use blue light filters , and increase your exposure to natural light during the day.

Watch what you eat and drink: What you consume in the hours leading up to bedtime can impact your sleep. Avoid heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol close to bedtime. Instead, opt for a light snack if you’re hungry, and stay hydrated throughout the day rather than drinking large amounts of water before bed.

How can you ensure good sleep hygiene?

Sleep hygiene refers to practices and habits that promote consistent, restorative sleep. This involves maintaining a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends, and creating a conducive sleep environment with a dark, quiet, and cool room, using blackout curtains or white noise machines if necessary. 

A calming pre-sleep routine, such as reading or meditation, helps signal the body to wind down while reducing screen exposure is important to prevent disruption of melatonin production. Consuming foods and supplements rich in tryptophan, magnesium, or melatonin, like turkey, almonds, or cherries, in the evening can also aid sleep, and taking supplements in the morning can support your sleep/wake cycle.

The Role of Sleep Patches

In addition to these traditional strategies, sleep patches are becoming a popular tool for enhancing sleep quality. These patches are designed to deliver natural ingredients that promote relaxation and sleep through your skin, providing a non-invasive and convenient solution.

Sleep patches typically contain ingredients such as melatonin, lavender, and magnesium and help signal to your body that it’s time to sleep. Benefits of sleep patches include:

  • Convenience: Simply apply a patch to a clean, dry area of your skin before

bed. There’s no need to worry about taking pills or mixing supplements.

  • Steady Release: Sleep patches provide a steady release of ingredients throughout the night, helping you stay asleep longer.
  • Natural Ingredients: Many sleep patches use natural, non-habit-forming ingredients, making them a safer alternative to some over-the-counter sleep aids.

The science behind a good night’s sleep: the bottom line

Achieving a good night’s sleep involves a combination of healthy habits, a conducive sleep environment, and, for some, the addition of sleep aids like sleep patches. By incorporating these strategies, you can unlock the secrets to restorative slumber and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Sweet dreams!

Michelle for Women’s Weekly “Powerlifting Empowering Menopausal Women”

Considering the profound impact menopause can have on women’s health, Michelle Geraghty-Corns, the visionary founder of eternalbeing, has been championing an unconventional yet highly effective approach: powerlifting. 

Recently featured in Women’s Weekly, Michelle’s advocacy for powerlifting as a remedy for menopausal symptoms sheds light on a refreshing perspective toward women’s wellness.

Recognising the physical and mental toll menopause can have on women, Michelle Geraghty, founder of eternalbeing, is encouraging menopausal women to try powerlifting ahead of International Women’s Day.

She explains, “I started powerlifting 1 year ago and have never looked back. In fact, this weekend I completed in the ABPU Nottingham strong qualifiers in Warwick and broke three British Records which I am thrilled about.

“I have found exercise eases a lot of menopause symptoms including a lack of energy, the loss of muscle mass and bone density, feelings of anxiety, and depression. As an ex-gym instructor and PT, I love training, but this is very different and it’s a new challenge without the high impact of cardio but still leaves me feeling happy and exhausted”

“When we enter menopause, our oestrogen levels begin to fall, which reduces bone density, “ Michelle explains. “When we do strength training, this helps to keep our bones strong since the movement stimulates bone growth. Powerlifting can help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures after menopause since it supports in maintaining bone mineral density.”

This International Women’s Day, Michelle wants to encourage menopausal women to consider taking up powerlifting for their physical benefits. She explains, “Women going through menopause can experience accelerated muscle loss from hormonal changes, but what many don’t know is that you can combat this with powerlifting.

What does your poo colour say about your health?

Poo. It’s not exactly a glamorous topic of conversation, but it’s an essential aspect of our health. Believe it or not, the appearance, texture, and even smell of stool can reveal a lot about what’s going on inside our bodies. So, let’s dive into the different colours of poo to find out when we need to pay attention.

eternalbeing’s Poo Palette

Research shows that a third of Brits (33%) feel embarrassed about their digestive health symptoms, and nearly two-thirds (64%) would like more guidance in understanding their gut health.

“Our poo colour palette aims to raise awareness of what the colour of your poo may be saying about your gut health and to educate on what poo colours might be the most concerning,” says our very own Michelle Geraghty-Corns.  

So what colour is your poo?

Brown Poo 

The most common colour is, of course, brown, which is a sign that you are healthy in the absence of other symptoms. The brown colour is caused by a substance called bilirubin, which is produced in the liver by breaking down old red blood cells at a normal speed. 

Green Poo 

Green leafy vegetables, foods with green colouring substances, or iron supplements and antibiotics may be the innocent reason behind your poo looking green. However, green poo appears usually when we have diarrhoea and can be a sign of bacterial infection or a digestive disorder. 

Yellow Poo 

Are you a fan of turmeric? Or perhaps cereals? Then the reason why your poo is yellow and greasy is due to adding them to your meal. Yet, another reason why your poo might be yellow is the presence of excessive fat in stool, commonly associated with malabsorption disorders like celiac disease. In this case, it’s advisable to seek medical evaluation.

Black Poo 

Iron supplements, activated charcoal supplements, and foods such as dark green vegetables or liquorice can turn poo black. But black poo with a foul smell can be a sign of a serious problem in the upper digestive tract. The most common cause is bleeding in the stomach, small intestine, or colon, which can be due to colon cancer and requires medical attention.

Red Poo 

Beets, tomato juice or foods containing red colouring could be the reason behind red poo. Yet, this colour can also be a sign of bleeding in the lower intestinal tract, often from haemorrhoids. Yet, persistent feeling of extreme fatigue accompanied by continuous vomiting makes red poo a red flag as it can be an indicator of bowel cancer.

White Poo 

Antacids and barium enemas can also turn poop white. A pale-coloured or white poop, however, can be a sign of a lack of bile in your stool. If there has been no change to your medications, this could indicate an underlying medical condition like liver or gallbladder disease. 

Silver Poo

Due to malabsorption, grey stools containing fat are combined with black, tarry stools, thereby producing this very rare colour. This is another colour that should be discussed with a healthcare expert as it may be a symptom of cancer.

So what is your body trying to tell you?

Our poo is influenced by what we eat and drink, so to determine the cause of any unusual poop colours, remember what you ate or drank within the last 24 hours before you start panicking. If your poo colour has nothing to do with your meals, you should consult a healthcare provider.

We should talk about poo

Poo should not be a taboo. Open discussions about poo and its colours can help raise awareness about potential health issues and seek medical advice when needed, ultimately promoting our overall well-being. 
If you want to learn more about your gut health, contact us today to talk with our healthcare expert. If you are interested in learning more about gut health, there are plenty of resources on our blog page. Click here to read now.

What is the best type of massage for me?

Spring is the perfect time to detox. It is the time of the year when the equinox marks the arrival of this mix of red, infrared, and UV light and creates the perfect environment for life and growth. As we leave winter behind and welcome days with more light, we also leave behind toxins, pollutants, and emotions to regenerate. 

This is why spring is also the perfect time to think about a therapeutic massage to help you relax and detox. Massages are more than a relaxing ritual they are holistic treatments that aim to clean the lymphatic drainage of the body and eliminate toxins.

With over 200 different massage types, the question to ask is, what is the best type of massage for me? To help you answer the question, here are four of the most popular types of massages and our expert tips on how to choose the best type of massage for the type of relief you’re seeking.

Does your body need detox?

We are constantly exposed to toxins through the food we eat, the products we use on our skin, environmental pollutants, and chemicals. Toxins constantly put our bodies under strain.

Detoxification cleanses the body and reduces toxic load, allowing your organs to recuperate and regenerate. The cleanse will help you reboot your system support, eliminate toxins accumulated throughout the preceding months, boost your immune system, burn fat, provide some weight loss, and give you a radiant glow.

What is the right massage for me?

Before diving into the specifics of each massage type, it’s essential to understand your body’s needs and preferences. Are you looking to relieve muscle tension, detoxify your system, reduce cellulite, or simply relax? Different massages target different concerns, so identifying your primary goal will help you choose the most suitable option. Below you will find the four massages perfect for spring detoxification and relaxation.

Glacial Shells Detox Treatment

This is the ultimate development in cryotherapy that targets both the stomach and the legs. It helps promote wellness, balance and leaves you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. 

Glacial Shells Detox Treatment with the therapeutic contrast of hot Lava Shells and cold Glacial Shells aims to eliminate abdominal congestion in the small and large intestines and stimulate the lymphatic system to promote natural purification. This invigorating treatment is ideal if you have digestive problems, water retention, or circulation problems.

Lava Shell Colon Massage 

A Lava Shell Colon Massage is a revolutionary technique designed to stimulate the intestinal tract for improved digestive health and overall well-being. Using smooth, heated shells, this massage applies gentle pressure and warmth to specific points along the abdomen, targeting discomfort and promoting digestive function. 

It’s a therapeutic approach that harnesses the benefits of heat and massage to address issues like constipation, bloating, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), while also aiding in detoxification.

Non Invasive Cellulite Reducing Colon Massage

Cellulite is a common concern for many people. We usually observe its appearance and become concerned about it before summer. While there’s no miracle cure for cellulite, massage can be an effective tool in reducing its appearance and promoting smoother, firmer skin.

The Non-Invasive Cellulite Reducing Colon Massage is specifically designed to target cellulite and improve skin texture through gentle, yet effective techniques. By focusing on the lymphatic system and stimulating circulation, this massage helps to flush out toxins and excess fluids, reducing the appearance of dimples and uneven skin.

Unlike more invasive treatments, such as surgery or laser therapy, the Non-Invasive Cellulite Reducing Colon Massage is safe, pain-free, and requires no downtime. It’s a natural and holistic approach to improving skin tone and texture, leaving you feeling confident and rejuvenated.

Deep Tissue Massage

In Deep Tissue Massage, specific areas are targeted, such as the calves, hamstrings of runners, or neck, back, and shoulders. It involves slower, deeper movers, sometimes stretches and acupressure therapy.

While deep tissue massage primarily focuses on releasing tension and knots in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, it can indirectly support the body’s detoxification process in several ways. 

By stimulating blood flow to the muscles and tissues, deep tissue massage aids in the removal of metabolic waste products and toxins, facilitating detoxification. Additionally, techniques such as compression and friction can help stimulate lymphatic flow, further assisting in the elimination of toxins from the body. 

The release of muscular tension and promotion of relaxation during deep tissue massage also contribute to reducing stress levels, which can prevent the buildup of toxins. Moreover, improved organ function, particularly in the liver and kidneys, is supported by deep tissue massage, enhancing the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. 

The takeaway

The Spring season is nature’s awakening after its long winter sleep, and as our bodies follow the seasons, we can support them by embracing the rejuvenating energy of spring through our lifestyle choices. Just as nature undergoes a transformation during this time, our bodies also benefit from a seasonal transition towards lighter, fresher foods and increased physical activity.

Massages can aid in stimulating circulation, flushing out toxins, and promoting lymphatic drainage, which can help boost the body’s natural detoxification processes. This can leave you feeling refreshed physically, mentally, and emotionally after a massage. 

Find the type of massage that is right for you by trying different types of massages. To learn more about this incredible treatment, visit our treatment pages or contact us to book a consultation today. Alternatively, browse our other blogs here.

The Power of Powerlifting

Why Women in Menopause Should Consider Pumping Iron

Menopause marks a significant transition in a woman’s life. While it’s a natural part of aging, the symptoms associated with menopause can often feel overwhelming. The 

good news is that these symptoms can be eased with proper nutrition and fitness.  Amidst them, there’s one powerful tool that women can harness to navigate this stage with strength and resilience: powerlifting. Powerlifting is an exhilarating form of exercise and a great way to stay active and healthy and ease the symptoms of menopause.

Powerlifting, with its focus on lifting heavy weights in compound movements like squats, deadlifts, and bench presses, might seem intimidating at first glance. However, it’s an exciting exercise, and that’s why it’s so popular. For menopausal women, the benefits far outweigh any initial apprehensions. Let’s explore the amazing physical, mental and emotional benefits of powerlifting, but first, let’s see how powerlifters train.

How do Powerlifters Train?

A powerlifter’s training is characterised by a low compound exercise volume and high repetition loads with a particular focus on one of the three major lifts.

Powerlifting workout sessions usually include the bench press, squat, or deadlift for several heavy sets, depending on the lifter and their goals.

Among the more specific training methods used by competitive powerlifters are periodisation, strategic deload weeks, volume training, and incremental or linear progression over time.

The Physical Benefits of Powerlifting

During menopause, women often experience physical symptoms such as muscle aches and joint pains, changes in body shape and weight gain, and skin issues like dryness and itchiness. These manifestations underscore the complexity of this transitional phase and highlight the need for comprehensive approaches to symptom management and well-being, but powerlifting can help. Here’s how:

1. Combats Bone Loss

Menopause often leads to a decline in estrogen levels, resulting in decreased bone density and an increased risk of osteoporosis. Strength training and impact activities can help to prevent osteoporosis and offset the decline of bone mineral density.

Powerlifting, with its emphasis on progressive overload, stimulates bone growth and helps maintain bone mineral density, reducing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.

2. Increases Muscle Mass

Hormonal changes during menopause contribute to muscle loss, leading to reduced strength and functional ability. Studies have shown that strength training, especially resistance training, helps maintain and even build muscle mass in women over 50. 

They provide specific stimuli that promote muscle adaptation and can thus slow down muscle loss; therefore, regularly engaging in such exercises is crucial to support muscle health during menopause. Powerlifting effectively builds muscle mass and strength while improving balance and reducing the risk of falls, ultimately enhancing the overall quality of life.

3. Boosts Metabolism

With age comes a natural decline in metabolism, making weight management more challenging, but exercise helps boost metabolism. Powerlifting builds lean muscle mass, increasing resting metabolic rate, aiding in weight management and preventing weight gain commonly associated with menopause.

4. Improves Cardiovascular Health

When combined with cardiovascular exercise, powerlifting can have positive effects on heart health, lowering blood pressure, reducing bad cholesterol, and increasing good cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.

The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Powerlifting

Women are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from depression than men, and during menopause, they are particularly vulnerable. If you regularly feel sad, hopeless, frustrated, lacking energy or unable to sleep, powerlifting can lift your spirits. Here’s how:

1. Boosts Confidence and Self-Esteem

Powerlifting empowers women to push their limits and discover their inner strength, leading to increased confidence and self-esteem, which can be particularly empowering during the transition of menopause. Additionally, it provides a social outlet as it is a great way to meet like-minded individuals in a supportive community.

2. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Exercise is a proven stress reliever, and the focused effort and physical exertion involved in powerlifting can be particularly effective in reducing stress and anxiety levels. It stimulates the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine, involved in mood regulation and relaxation, helping you relieve stress and promoting mental well-being.

3. Improves Sleep

Menopausal women often struggle with disrupted sleep patterns. Regular strength training releases endorphins, which can lower stress and anxiety, resulting in better sleep, regulation of circadian rhythms, and a rise in body temperature that leads to sleep.

Important Considerations Before You Start Powerlifting

Powerlifting training offers all the aforementioned benefits, but as with every form of exercise, there are some important considerations before you dive in.

1. Prioritise Proper Form

Safety is a priority. This is why you shouldn’t try this exercise alone but seek guidance from qualified coaches and trainers. Focus on learning proper form and technique, which is the cornerstone of safe and effective weightlifting.

2. Start Gradually

Starting gradually is another key principle to keep in mind. Instead of jumping straight into heavy lifting, beginning with lighter weights allows your body to adapt gradually to the demands of weightlifting. This approach not only reduces the risk of overexertion but also helps in building a strong foundation of strength and stability. 

As you progress, gradually increasing the intensity and volume of your workouts ensures steady progress while minimising the risk of injury. Listening to your body throughout this process is vital; pay attention to any signs of discomfort or fatigue and make necessary adjustments to your training regimen.

3. Listen to Your Body

We often struggle to find a balance between pushing ourselves to be the strongest and pushing ourselves so hard that we get injured. Our bodies respond best to us when we have a loving relationship with them. So make sure to respect your body’s limits, take rest days, and prioritise recovery to prevent burnout and injury. 

4. Consult Your Doctor

Before beginning any new exercise regimen, particularly during menopause, it is essential to prioritise consultation with your healthcare provider. Menopause is a significant transitional phase in a woman’s life, marked by hormonal changes that can affect various aspects of health, including bone density, cardiovascular health, and metabolism. 

Consulting with a healthcare provider allows for a comprehensive assessment of individual health status, risk factors, and potential contraindications to certain types of exercise.

A note from Michelle

“I found having the new goal and hobby of powerlifting has helped to give me more head space where I can focus on something beyond the symptoms of menopause. Before I started powerlifting, I felt like I was losing control due to the changes my body was experiencing, but now I feel like I have that power back.”

“Powerlifting builds muscle mass and strength which can enhance functional ability, and balance and reduce the risk of falls. It can also improve heart health by lowering blood pressure, reducing bad cholesterol, and increasing good cholesterol when you combine it with cardiovascular exercise.”

As a final note…

Powerlifting offers a multitude of benefits for menopausal women, addressing both physical and mental well-being. With proper guidance, a safe approach, and dedication, powerlifting can be a transformative tool for navigating the challenges of menopause with strength and resilience. If you are struggling with menopause, you can book a consultation with one of our healthcare experts to find the best way to navigate the changes. 

How gut health affects your skin

Acne, eczemas, psoriasis…there are numerous skin conditions that affect us during all stages of life and countless ways we are trying to fight them. From a new moisturising cream to laser and light treatments, we go to huge lengths to keep our skin healthy. However, despite these efforts, the root cause underlying your skin concerns may remain elusive, and in that case, the problem returns.

Many of these conventional treatments, such as medications or topical remedies, are only partially effective since they address symptoms rather than root causes. So, could the answer to healthy, beautiful skin lie not in the remedies but elsewhere? Research shows that skin health goes to the stomach. Let us explain why.

The gut-skin axis

The gut can affect our skin; in scientific terms, this is something we call the gut-skin axis. The gut-skin axis refers to the bidirectional communication between the skin and gut microbiome via complex interactions with the immune system to regulate systemic and local inflammation.

It may be hard to digest this fact, but research reveals that the microbiome of tiny organisms colonising our digestive tract can help or harm our skin. Taking it apart, a healthy gut contains healthy flora that helps prevent inflammation. If the flora is out of balance, it cannot fight intestinal bacteria that enter the bloodstream, accumulate in the skin, and disrupt the skin microbiome.

The link between skin conditions and an unhealthy gut

Surprisingly, about 70% of the immune system is housed in the gut. The gut microbiome is responsible for processing and absorbing nutrients, fighting pathogens, and regulating the immune system, so maintaining a healthy gut microbiome is essential for maintaining overall health and, of course, skin health.

Acne

Acne is often associated with puberty and raging hormones, but acne can flare up at any age, even during perimenopause. This is because acne can be triggered by leaky gut syndrome, poor gut microbiome, and constipation. Daily bowel movements are essential in ensuring that wastes and toxic stuff are excreted efficiently through our digestive tract. In the case of a dysfunctional bowel, the body will attempt to eliminate it through an alternative means, which often results in pore obstruction. 

Patients often present with spots that they identify as ‘under the skin’ when there may be an issue with detoxification or elimination. So, next time acne appears, pay attention to your digestion. 

Rosacea 

An imbalanced microbiome may also be a contributing factor towards rosacea, which is a common chronic inflammatory disease. Studies have shown that an imbalance in the microflora found in the small intestine is 10 times more prevalent in acne sufferers than in healthy controls. In addition, there is a connection between poor digestion of food and rosacea, although more research is needed.

In this context, many gastrointestinal diseases have been linked with Rosacea, including inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Helicobacter pylori infection, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth.

Psoriasis 

Psoriasis is an inflammatory autoimmune chronic condition characterised by loose, silver-coloured scales, which can crack and bleed in severe cases. It is a disease characterised by a leaky gut as bacteria absorbed from the gut directly affect the liver and skin. 

People with psoriasis are nearly three times more likely to develop celiac disease. If you watch for signs of digestive issues such as diarrhea, belly cramps, and blood in your poop, then it’s probably your gut.

Eczema

Similar to psoriasis, eczema is characterised by inflamed, red rashes and patches of the skin. It can affect the ‘inner’ areas of the body, such as the inner arm, groin, behind the knees and around the eye. 

Food allergens play a role in the development of atopic eczema, especially since the condition is associated with the dysfunction of the immune system. Understanding and addressing these dietary triggers can be pivotal in effectively managing and mitigating the symptoms of atopic eczema, offering relief and improving the overall quality of life for those affected by this condition.

Is my skin problem related to my gut issues?

An unhealthy gut may not always be the root of skin problems. Still, there is a significant link, so if you have a skin condition, you can start by changing your diet to rebuild your gut microbiome, keep inflammatory response regulated, and keep digestive function optimal.

Clear skin starts from the gut

A clear, radiant complexion isn’t just about what you put on your skin—it begins from within, in the intricate ecosystem of your gut. The saying “you are what you eat” rings especially true when it comes to skin health, as emerging research continues to emphasise the profound connection between gut health and skin appearance. 

Beyond topical treatments and skincare routines, nurturing a healthy gut lays the foundation for vibrant, blemish-free skin. In this exploration, let’s delve into the steps to keep your gut healthy.

  1. Get a microbiome test

In spite of the fact that certain symptoms, such as indigestion, mood swings, and skin diseases, may indicate imbalances in the gut, the exact causes can only be determined through testing.

At eternalbeing, we offer a series of tests, including a lab gut microbiome test that shows the types and amounts of microorganisms in the gut and provides knowledge about the overall state of your gut. We also offer advanced gut dysbiosis testing, leaky gut syndrome testing, parasite testing, and coeliac disease testing.

  1. Test for food intolerance

Foods that your body is sensitive to cause an inflammatory response in your skin, resulting in chronic skin issues such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Food sensitivities are perhaps the easiest way to fix our diet’s effect on our skin. Most people, however, are unaware of their food sensitivities their whole lives. 

A food intolerance test identifies specific foods or ingredients that your body has difficulty digesting or absorbing, as well as whether you are really allergic to a food or just sensitive to it.

  1. Eat more probiotics and prebiotics 

Probiotics and prebiotics help maintain the health of your gut. Probiotics are foods or supplements like yogurt and sauerkraut that contain live microorganisms that help maintain or improve the “good” bacteria. Prebiotics are typically high-fibre foods that act as food for human microflora and can improve the balance of the microorganisms. By consuming foods or supplements such as Sporegone or Cyto-Biotic Active you support your gut and skin health.

  1. Reduce the intake of inflammation-causing foods

To optimise gut health, it’s crucial to reduce the consumption of inflammatory foods like alcohol, processed carbohydrates, gluten, and charred foods. Consistently consuming highly processed foods loaded with sugars and unhealthy fats devoid of nutrients not only dulls the skin’s appearance but also hampers collagen production and triggers inflammation throughout the body, exacerbating skin issues.

  1. Opt for a diet rich in antioxidants and Omega 3

When it comes to promoting skin health, the focus lies in incorporating a diet abundant in antioxidants, amino acids, and collagen, complemented by the inclusion of healthy fats reminiscent of the Mediterranean diet. 

These nutrients are essential for the nourishment and revitalisation of our skin. Omega-3 fatty acids play a significant role in reducing inflammation and hydrating skin cells, particularly beneficial for conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Integrating fish into your diet three times a week, along with sources of omega-3 such as walnuts, flaxseed, hempseed, and other healthy fats like avocado and almonds, can contribute to healthier, more radiant skin.

  1. Practice stress management

Stress can sometimes be the root cause of skin issues as it can disrupt the microbiome, causing inflammation that can manifest on the skin as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and more.

Your body’s chemical response to stress makes your skin more sensitive and reactive. Additionally, stress can make skin problems harder to heal and can cause gut issues, which is why many people break out more when stressed.

Book a consultation with us

At eternalbeing, we are experts in gut health. Book your consultation now, and let us help you take control of your health. Contact us today to get started.

Complete Supplements Guide:  All you need to know about taking supplements

In our lives, we wear many hats, and each hat is filled with numerous responsibilities. As we run from one responsibility to the other, it can be difficult to meet every single dietary requirement, even if we try and maintain a balanced diet and regular exercise. Here’s where supplements come in. 

If you’re not sure what supplements are or whether you should take them, our complete supplements guide takes you on a journey towards a healthier body and mind. We provide all the information you need to make an informed decision on which supplements to take to achieve your health goals.

Why do I need supplements?

While a balanced diet is undoubtedly crucial, supplements can fill in the gaps by providing a convenient and effective way to ensure our bodies receive the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients they need but do not get due to a number of reasons. So why are we not taking the nutrients we need?

Fast-paced living

It’s been over a century since supplements first became popular, just when the pace of life changed once and for good, and prepackaged food became our number one nutritional choice.

Today, there are countless ways to eat a full meal in under three minutes, such as breakfast bars and frozen dinners, so as not to waste a minute of our activities. Unfortunately, these quick and easy options lack nutritional value and may actually harm our well-being, energy, and mental health.

Food has lots its nutrients

In the modern day, studies have revealed that produce grown today is less nutritionally dense than produce grown in the past due to processing and soil conditions.

For instance, according to a 2004 US study important nutrients in garden crops were found to be up to 38% lower than they were in the middle of the 20th Century. 

Another example comes from a study carried out in the US and also by the UK Food Standards Agency, which indicated that magnesium levels in foods are declining alarmingly. That is to say, the oranges our grandparents ate probably contained more nutrients than the oranges we eat today. 

Unique nutritional needs

It’s not just that we eat less nutritious food than our ancestors did. Each one of us has unique needs, conditions, or stages in life, and there is an abundance of different supplements to cater for all those different requirements.

Probiotics, for example, can help balance gut bacteria during and after antibiotic treatment, while a Vitamin C supplement can help us refuel when we feel tired and can’t go on with the day’s tasks.

Finally, nutritional requirements change as we age, as our bodies change how they process food and require more nutritional support. People over 50 may need more vitamins and minerals than younger adults do. 

So, in summary, supplements were created to “supplement” the diet and help us increase the daily consumption of specific nutrients we cannot through our everyday meals to improve our health and well-being. If you have ever taken probiotics for your gut health, fish oil for your brain health, melatonin to sleep, or just a vitamin C pill to gain energy, then you have taken supplements.

What types of supplements are there?

First of all, let’s define what a supplement actually is. A dietary supplement can fall into a variety of different categories, including (but not limited to):

  • Vitamins (multivitamins, vitamin D, B-complex vitamins)
  • Minerals (zinc, iron)
  • Botanicals/herbal supplements (turmeric, St. John’s wort)
  • Amino acids (tryptophan, glutamine)
  • Probiotics 
  • Other nutrients (protein powders)

Supplements come in the form of a single tablet, capsule, powder or even a gummy and can contain both natural and synthetic ingredients. 

How do I choose the right supplements for me?

supplements in the form of pills

You should consult a healthcare professional to guide you before taking supplements. If you are feeling you need more energy, support your natural sleep patterns, or have just begun a new diet and think that you need support, it’s always best to book an appointment to discuss your dietary needs. 

Physical symptoms of nutritional deficiencies range from hair loss to constipation, so it can be difficult to diagnose a deficiency from these alone. A professional can assess your condition and guide you on whether you need supplements, which ones you should take, or whether you need a different treatment. 

What should I look for in a supplement in regard to ingredients and quality? 

The quality of supplements can vary. The government has standards for dietary supplements, but it does not regulate them the same way it regulates drugs. Make sure to always read the label of the product, especially if you have an allergy, and choose products that are third-party certified. 

Whenever you buy a supplement, be sure to watch out for claims that make bold statements – for example, if the supplement claims to help you build muscle or burn fat quickly, it might not be the case, as there are no magic formulas. So, only look for supplements from a reputable website, and be extra cautious when it comes to promises, no matter how appealing they may be.

How do I know if supplements are working?

supplements in the form of pills

The time it takes for a supplement to work depends on the type and dosage of the supplement and how deficient you are before taking it. Sometimes, it will only take a few minutes or hours to feel better. 

To determine if supplements work, you should get a blood test done to check your body’s levels of vitamins and minerals. You should also be able to tell if your supplement is working by whether any physical signs of nutrient deficiencies have disappeared.

Are there any risks of taking supplements?

A dietary supplement may contain ingredients that can have strong effects on the body, so it is important to be aware of the possibility of side effects and adverse reactions. You may experience problems if you:

  • Overdose on some supplements
  • Combine supplements
  • Take supplements instead of medications
  • Take the wrong supplements

It is possible for adverse events to range from less serious to life-threatening, and these can include rash, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, severe and persistent vomiting or diarrhoea, and severe joint pain.

This is why it’s important to check with a healthcare expert to determine whether you need supplements and ensure there are no potential interactions with your medications. For example, Vitamin K can reduce the effectiveness of blood thinners, while Gingko Biloba can increase blood thinning, and herbal supplements such as comfrey can damage your liver.

Remember, do not take a supplement’s claims from a celebrity or influencer at face value.  Daily, we are bombarded with messages about a variety of products, including dietary supplements. Tempting as it may be, it’s always best to do your research and check with your healthcare provider.

Book a consultation with us

We hope you enjoyed our comprehensive supplements guide. At eternalbeing, our team of experts is more than happy to guide you on the best supplements for your individual needs. Book your consultation now and let us help you take control of your health. From dietary supplements to innovative patches and advanced IV injections,  we can answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to get started.

How to stop bloating

Bloating is the sensation of having a full stomach, often accompanied by abdominal distension, that makes us all feel uncomfortable. If you’re worried that you are the only person who suffers from bloating and try to hide it, you shouldn’t. Bloating affects everyone at some point in their lives, so there’s no need to be ashamed. On the other hand, if what really worries you is how to stop bloating, we’ll explain everything in this blog post.

What are the common causes of bloating?

Bloating occurs when your stomach is full or stretched and is usually caused by too much gas in your digestive system, these are the most common reasons:

  • You ate too much and too fast to digest properly. 
  • You might have a specific food intolerance or gastrointestinal (GI) disease. 
  • You have difficulties digesting particular carbohydrates (sugars) such as fructose and the carbs in wheat and beans.
  • You may have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which occurs when gut bacteria from the colon overflow into the small intestine.
  • You may have. IBS and functional dyspepsia, which means that your body struggles more with digestion for unexplained reasons
  • Yeast infection in the large intestine, this is more come than ever these days
  • Constipation causes putrefaction and the gas caused from waste breaking down causes extra gas 
  • Dehydration (this is the odd one) the less water you drink the more the body tries to hold on to it and can make some people look swollen. . 

How can you stop bloating?

Identify the root causes of bloating

What is causing your bloating? If you want to reduce bloating, then you need to identify correctly the causes.  Bloating is triggered by many dietary and lifestyle factors,  while in some cases, bloating may result from a medical condition. 

Bloating can be a symptom of inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and even gynecological conditions, such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts. If bloating lasts for a few hours, it’s usually nothing to worry about, but if you’ve been feeling bloated for 3 weeks or more, you need to discuss the symptoms with your doctor.

Check for lactose intolerance 

A very common cause is lactose intolerance. People with this condition experience bloating, abdominal pain, flatulence, and belching when drinking and eating dairy products. If you suspect you are lactose intolerant, you need to take a lactose intolerance test to confirm the diagnosis and refer to a healthcare specialist to learn how you should change your diet and monitor your lactose intake.

Lactose intolerant people must eat dairy products with naturally lower levels of lactose, such as hard cheeses and yogurt, and even lactose-free and lactose-reduced milk and milk products. 

Limit foods that trigger bloating 

Foods play a major role in bloating, and there are certain foods that cause excess gas. The long list of foods includes but is not limited to broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, peas, apples, and pears, as well as wheat-based and fatty foods.  So you need to observe which foods are causing you the bloading and consider eliminating your daily intake.

Try foods and drinks that reduce bloating

Instead of consuming foods that trigger bloating, you can increase your intake of foods and drinks that help with constipation and excess gas, such as green tea, kombucha and turmeric.

You can also opt for a low FODMAP Diet. This diet avoids fermentable carbohydrates, which do not get absorbed and ferment in the colon. Meat, almond milk, rice, quinoa, oats, eggplant, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, grapes, oranges and pineapples are just a few of the produce you can add to your diet.

Make sure you’re taking probiotic supplements

Probiotics may help reduce bloating and other digestive symptoms by boosting the number and types of healthy bacteria in your gut. In turn, this may reduce bloating and other symptoms common to IBS. Probiotics can be found in foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi. Eating a probiotic-rich diet may improve your overall digestive health and reduce IBS symptoms.

Avoid swallowing too much air 

Aerophagia is a medical term used to describe swallowing too much air while eating, drinking, or even running. You may also have aerophagia if you have sleep apnea. The gas entering the stomach and digestive system is the leading cause of aerophagia.

Aerophagia symptoms can be reduced – and even eliminated – with a few lifestyle changes:

  • Eating slowly in a relaxed environment
  • Eating with your mouth closed
  • Taking small bites and chewing food thoroughly
  • Avoid chewing gum or drinking with a straw
  • Focus on your breath and try breathing slowly and deeply
  •  before taking another one
  • Put the phone down, turn off the TV both of these have been shown to lower stomach acid and reducing the digestive effect

Exercise more

Exercising may reduce bloating by moving some of that built-up gas through your digestive system. So, as tempting as it may be to stay in bed after a large meal that leaves you feeling full and bloated, get up and walk! Exercises that strengthen the abdominal muscles are beneficial. So try a few yoga poses if you don’t want to go for a walk.

The bottom line

There are a number of factors that contribute to bloating, including diet, lifestyle, and health concerns. Working with a healthcare professional to identify the cause and make significant dietary changes is the best way to ensure that your nutritional needs are met. If you have any questions regarding gut health, do not hesitate to contact us.

Bloating FAQs

Can excessive stress cause bloating?

Stress may have worsened your symptoms lately if you’ve been under a lot more pressure than usual.  Your stomach and abdomen are deeply affected by anxiety, sleep loss and several other anxiety-related symptoms.

If stress is causing your bloating, you need to discuss this with a professional. However, there are a few things you can do to debloat your stomach today or prevent bloating, such as taking peppermint oil capsules, psyllium husks, herbal teas and magnesium.

Can you get unbloated in 5 minutes?

To get unbloated, you need to let trapped gas out. Try a 5-10 minute walk or other physical activity, such as yoga, which can get the bowels moving and help them release excess gas and stool. You can also practice diaphragmatic breathing to relax the muscles and expel gas. 

Is it normal to feel bloated every day?

Nearly everyone experiences a gassy feeling deep inside their abdomen now and then. Some people, however, suffer from chronic bloating, which is painful and ongoing. Experiencing constant bloating is not normal and may have many causes, so you should call your healthcare professional, especially if symptoms are accompanied by diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, bloody stools, unintended weight loss, chest discomfort, or loss of appetite. 


These could signal an underlying condition​, such as gut dysbiosisleaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) , Candida overgrowth or Crohn’s disease. Visiting a healthcare professional can help diagnose and treat any underlying conditions and provide advice on managing symptoms.

Why your January diet is doomed to fail

and what you need to do to succeed…

January is the most popular month to start a diet and yet the most unsuccessful. Right after the holidays and with the New Year’s resolutions in mind, it is only natural that we all try to get back in shape after the indulgent feasts that temporarily diverted us from our regular eating habits. So, while we are determined to lose weight, why does a January diet fail?

3 reasons why your January diet fails

  1. It’s the weather

Yes, the first and foremost reason why a January diet plan fails is the weather. We’re in the deepest, darkest winter. The cold is relentless, and we go for weeks without seeing the sun. Researchers believe that cold weather triggers a relic of evolution that’s meant to help us fatten up to survive harsh conditions. Studies have shown that even watching videos depicting winter cues elicits thoughts about energy-dense foods and survival.

Winter also affects the hormones that control hunger and appetite, including glucocorticoids, ghrelin, and leptin. The lack of sun and the change in our hormones are the main causes of seasonal affective disorder, which may lead us to crave food even more.

In light of all this, we need more energy and more vitality during winter. Even though salads may taste wonderful, they are not enough on their own as we will all feel the need for warmer comfort meals.

So winter is not the right time to try to confine our appetite and deprive our body of energy-rich comfort foods.

  1. It’s the unrealistic expectations

 Most of us have realised the effects of festive eating even by the 2nd day of January, and we’re eager to rid ourselves of them. So what do we do? We pick some fad diet full of calorie restrictions and elimination of entire food groups, or we simply starve ourselves. Is it viable? The answer is no. We get frustrated and disappointed easily, and it’s a matter of time before giving up.

We’re quick to adopt these drastic measures in pursuit of rapid results, but the frustration and disappointment that follow are all too familiar, leading to a cycle of trying and failing. 

So this year, try not to panic and ditch fad diets for small changes and balanced nutrition that will help you reach your goals. Taking small steps and being consistent will be the key to achieving long-term success.

  1. It’s the cost

The holiday season involves indulgence and social gatherings centred around food, which afterwards creates feelings of guilt or the desire to “make up for” as well to tighten the belt.  Savings after the holidays become a pressing reality, making it challenging to allocate extra funds for healthier, often more expensive, dietary choices.

Besides, January is a great time to find food discounts. A refrigerator stocked with delectable items can often be found among the remnants of New Year’s Eve sales. It seems inconceivable to leave these delicious treats out of our meals, making January a month filled with palatable indulgences that last well past the holiday season.

What you need to do for your January diet plan to succeed this year

If you feel the need to be healthier, don’t go all out for one of the extreme diets that abound at this time of year. Try to ease yourself into a more balanced routine. Instead of drastic changes, opt for small, manageable adjustments in dietary choices. Start by incorporating more seasonal fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into meals while gradually reducing processed foods and sugars. 

Don’t skip comfort food; you can make delicious warm soups that will make you feel energised. You can throw anything into a soup pot – greens, lentils, whole grains, and a lean protein, like chicken or tofu. This will help you avoid the shock to your system that sudden diet shifts often bring, making it easier to stick to healthier eating habits in the long run.

Moreover, as January progresses, use this time to prioritise self-care and listen to your body’s needs. Engage in exercises that you enjoy, be it yoga, walking, or dancing, and ensure you get enough restorative sleep. Do some detox and try a weight loss patch to support your efforts. Most importantly, prepare for spring and summer; when the weather is warmer, diet-friendly produce is more readily available. 

By focusing on self-care, maintaining a balanced diet, and gradually incorporating healthier habits, you set the stage for long-term success in achieving and sustaining a healthier lifestyle beyond January.