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Well, I have always suffered with irregular bowel movements putting down to my hypothyroidism. Then a few years back became a chronic migraine sufferer - daily preventative meds for the past few years which is 3 tablets every day. Side effect of these is constipation so on top of everything I was already dealing with was not a good mix.

I had heard about colonics and was interested in the process so I went ahead and booked a consultation knowing I wanted to go ahead with the treatment. After my second treatment my monthly cycle was due and low and behold my migraines didn’t appear. So for the first time in however many years I’ve had a pain free cycle which meant a week less of strong pain relief. Woo hoo!

Couldn’t be happier with my colonic journey.

Thank you for being so welcoming. The wealth of knowledge Michelle has is incredible. Don’t suffer in silence and get yourself sorted.
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My back feels brand new again! Michelle is amazing, friendly and welcoming, I will be going back for more treatments!
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best service there is ,lovely women,results are amazing from getting lemon bottle after only first session
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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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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.

The Power of Seasonal Foods: A Guide to Boosting Energy Levels Naturally This Winter

Do you feel more tired during winter? As days get longer, colder gets sharper, and sun exposure reduces, it’s only natural to want to feel tired and want to stay in bed longer. But did you know that what you eat can impact your mood and overall mental well-being and help you get through all those days you feel sluggish? 

There is more to eating healthy than maintaining your body in shape; healthy eating also plays a crucial role in maintaining your mental health. So make sure you know the foods that can boost your energy levels and support your mood to put a new tool to combat down days.

Why is choosing seasonal foods better for you?

Seasonal eating means consuming only fruits and vegetables that are in the seasons for the geographic area you live in. This means eating apples and figs in the fall, grapefruit, lemons and oranges in the winter, avocados and mangos in the spring, tomatoes and berries in the summer, and so on.

In the days before science, you could only eat the fresh produce of the season when it grew best, since produce relied on weather and other natural conditions to grow. Today, you can find pretty much any fruit or vegetable you want, no matter what time of year it is. Unfortunately, it is not as healthy as eating seasonal produce.

Seasonal foods are fresher and have higher nutritional value because they are picked at their peak ripeness. They contain more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants compared to produce that is picked early and artificially ripened during transportation.

Eating a variety of seasonal foods also allows you to diversify your diet, providing a range of different vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. By not taking the same nutrients while lacking, you help sustain energy and overall good health. Let’s explore some of the seasonal foods that can play a significant role in boosting your energy levels naturally.

Seasonal foods to eat during winter

As winter approaches, our bodies naturally crave warmth, more energy and comfort. Why not turn to nature’s bounty instead of coffee or energy drinks for a natural boost?

Make root vegetables a part of your diet

We’re rooting for root vegetables! These hearty vegetables grow underground and are harvested during the winter months. Roots are some of the most nutrient-dense vegetables around. They are a good source of several vitamins, iron, and fibres, and they’re packed with disease-fighting antioxidants. 

Carrots, onions, and potatoes are the most popular vegetables in this category, which also include beets, celery root, parsnips, radishes, and turnips. Incorporate these easy-to-cook, tasty and affordable vegetables into soups and stews, or roast them to create the most comforting meals that will keep you fueled. 

Embrace winter greens

Tasty leafy vegetables thrive in the winter months. Who doesn’t love spinach and kale? These winter greens contribute to better energy levels by supporting red blood cell production and enhancing oxygen transport in the body. 

Varieties such as lettuce, cabbage, and broccoli are packed with nutrients like iron, calcium, and vitamins A and K. They make great salads, stir-fries, and energy-boosting smoothies.

Enjoy seasonal fruits

Winter is the right time for citrus fruits such as grapefruits, mandarines, clementines and, of course, oranges.  They are rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that boosts immunity and improves iron absorption to support energy production.

Also, apples, apricots, blueberries and pears are a natural source of energy through their natural sugars and fibre content. Treat yourself to a snack or add them to baked goods for a healthy and tasty treat. These fruits are also low in calories, making them a great snack for those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Relish in nuts and seeds

Walnuts, chestnuts, and pumpkin seeds provide healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.  They are also high in fibre and can help lower cholesterol levels. Nuts and seeds are also portable and can easily be added to snacks and breakfast meals to keep you feeling full and focused throughout the day.

Increase your intake of fish, eggs and cheese

Eggs, cheese, and fish fill your meal pack with vitamin B12, which boosts the normal functioning of the immune system and reduces fatigue and tiredness. By incorporating these items into your meals, you not only diversify your nutrient intake but also fortify your body against the winter’s taxing effects, promoting overall vitality and well-being.

Don’t forget your whole grains

Maintaining energy levels requires whole grains like quinoa, barley, brown rice, and oats. In addition to being rich in complex carbohydrates, they are also a good source of energy for the body. Besides fibre and vitamins, these grains also contain minerals and fibre that contribute to overall health and energy. For lasting energy and a healthy metabolism, include whole grains as a base or side dish in your meals.

What to incorporate and what to take out of your winter diet

Incorporating seasonal produce is important, but it is equally important to be mindful of certain dietary choices that might not be as beneficial during this time. It is also a great idea to try ingredients in new ways, combining unique flavours and straying from the usual recipes. So what do you need to incorporate and what should you take out of your diet in winter?

Avoid sugar and caffeine

We all love desserts and coffee, and when the cold makes us hungrier, we’re just looking for something tasty and accessible to eat to refuel. Yet, pastries, candy and coffee put too much sugar into your blood too quickly- which means that all the energy sugar is giving you it’s just for a short while. Then you get hungry again. 

So try switching your favourite chocolate bar for an apple. Healthy fats, natural sugar, and protein low in sugar take longer to digest, satisfy your hunger, and provide a steady energy supply.

Say no to cold drinks and fruit juices

Sodas like Cola or Sprite can lower the body’s defence system as it takes a lot more energy for the body to bring the temperature of the cold drink down to the body temperature. As a result, your body weakens and becomes prone to diseases. The same goes for fruit juices. Although they are healthy, they are not a good choice during winter, especially if they’re cold. So instead of cold drinks, sodas and juices, try a warm smoothie that will refresh you and keep you energised.

Cook comfort soups

Soups are magic. They are not just the ultimate comfort food, but they have far more benefits than you can imagine, and they are all backed by science. For starters, eating soup increases your energy levels as your body doesn’t consume energy for digestion. Studies have also shown that when eating soup, you reduce hunger and increase fullness as fibres increase feelings of satiety by delaying the stomach from emptying.

Last but not least, soup can help you stay hydrated and help cut calories at a meal.

Yet, the best about soups is that they are not boring at all. They are nutritious and tasty, especially when prepared with many ingredients. Winter is the best time to make that easy butternut squash soup, turkey pho or creamy vegetable chowder. You can also grab the opportunity to use up odd bits of leftover beans and vegetables in the refrigerator.

Make a smoothie

A warming, energising and nutrient-packed way to kickstart your day during the winter is with a smoothie. Pick your favourite seasonal ingredients and create your very own perfect smoothie.  

Blend orange and carrot juice with a bit of spinach, ginger, honey and turmeric to create the ultimate energy smoothie. Create the ultimate yummy smoothie by blending spinach, apples and nutmeg. You can also add some chia seeds for extra crunch and a boost of nutrition. Experiment with different ingredients and flavours to find the perfect smoothie for you.

Winternise your meals 

You don’t have to stray away from your favourite meals to eat healthy. You can simply winterise them by adding a few winter ingredients to your favourite dishes. From ginger spice to spinach and kale to citrus fruits and chestnuts, get in the kitchen and get creative. Try unfamiliar seasonal foods like Jerusalem artichokes, rutabaga and kohlrabi. You might discover a new favourite or find a new way to prepare an old favourite.

Try food supplements

If you’re leading a busy life and you don’t have time to cook, you can try food supplements such as Ashwagandha capsules to increase your intake of vitamin C and Vitamin B6 to help the body access stored energy. 

You can also consult a healthcare professional who can advise on which supplements you can take for maximum benefit or whether it’s best to follow a different route. For quicker results, they may recommend Vitamin B6 and C injections, which offer a direct and immediate means of replenishing your nutrient levels.

Embrace seasonal foods and stay true to them

Changing your eating habits is challenging. We know. But it’s worth it. Start with small steps and create a diet with ingredients and recipes that you love. Don’t force yourself to eat things. Remember, it takes time to change your eating habits, but in the end, it pays off. 
If you’ve enjoyed this blog post and you want to learn more about remaining energised and healthy, we suggest visiting our blog section for more interesting stories. You can contact us with any questions you might have, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

How Gut Health Experts Are Helping NHS Waiting Times

While the National Health Service (NHS) provides vital and essential healthcare across the UK, it faces severe restraints in budgeting and resourcing, leading to significant wait times across the country.

Recent data revealed that 13,867 individuals in Leicester are currently on the NHS waiting list for gastroenterology GP appointments. On average, the data shows that patients across Leicestershire are waiting 18.5 weeks for an appointment.

Gastroenterology refers to problems with the digestive system, including organs such as the stomach, intestines, liver, and pancreas. Gastroenterologists typically diagnose and treat conditions like acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, and celiac disease. While some of these gastroenterology appointments can be routine, others are crucial for detecting issues like ulcers and colorectal cancer.

At eternalbeing, we wanted to investigate further into the data to find out how the wait times are impacting those waiting for a Gastroenterology appointment, and how gut health specialists can alleviate some of the pressure on the NHS by offering patients alternative care.

How long are the wait times across Leicestershire for gastroenterology?

The data, analysed by Michelle from the NHS waiting list tracker, outlines the number of people waiting for an appointment for Gastroenterology. Our research has found across the three areas of Leicestershire, there are 13,867 people waiting for an appointment.

The data also identified approximately 7,107 people in total waiting more than 18 weeks for an appointment in Leicestershire for gastroenterology.

Within Leicestershire, Leicester City currently has the highest number of people waiting more than 18 weeks for an appointment, with 2,716 people waiting. This could be due to the additional demand within the area, with the waiting list increasing by 222% since June 2018. In total, there are 4,973 people waiting for an appointment in this area.

In West Leicestershire, there is a total of 4,849 people waiting for a gastroenterology appointment. This has increased by 246% since June 2018, demonstrating the additional strain the NHS is facing.

How long are the wait times across the UK?

Across England, there are currently 388,244 patients waiting for a gastroenterology appointment. This is an increase of 92.7% since June 2018. In England, we see there are 165, 935 individuals waiting more than 18 weeks to see a GP in this area.

The number of patients across England waiting more than 18 weeks for a gastroenterology appointment has increased by 22% since this time last year, demonstrating the increasing waiting times within the NHS.

How do private specialists support the NHS?

In today’s evolving healthcare landscape, the collaboration between gut health specialists in the private sector and the NHS presents a promising avenue to address the issue of patient backlogs. The private healthcare sector, renowned for its ability to offer personalised care and timely attention, serves as a crucial ally in the efforts to minimise waiting times and provide patients with a range of choices.

Gut health specialists, such as eternalbeing, can step in to offer expertise on gastroenterology to alleviate the strain on the public healthcare system. This collaboration supports optimising resource allocation and enhancing the efficiency of the healthcare sector as a whole.

Michelle Geraghty-Corns, Founder of eternalbeing, explains: “Patients now have the option to choose between the convenience and flexibility of private services or the established routes of NHS care.

“Private appointments with gut health specialists not only ensure prompt consultations but also allow for more extensive and dedicated interactions between patients and healthcare providers. This personalised approach empowers patients to make informed decisions about their well-being and treatment plans.

Methodology

To conduct our research for this campaign, we analysed NHS England data using the NHS Waiting Times Tracker, with the most recent dataset published in June 2023 at the time of writing.

Eat Well to Feel Well: 3 tips on supporting your general and mental health 

As we all should know by now, eating well has so many benefits! It will lift our moods as well as our body health, keeping things like our digestive system on a positive track! However, there are so many other things that can also help your overall health and well-being. This blog will cover tips that Joy McCarthy, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, has recently spoken about, to benefit your overall health. 

Joy McCarthy is the founder of Joyous Health, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and a best-selling author. Joy has recently spoken about how “sleep, stress, and sex impacts your overall health and wellbeing”. Within her weekly classes, she sets tasks to help the attendees with their general health. 

The tasks were:

Sleep

Get to bed before 11 pm 3 times next week. See if you feel the benefits straight away. Studies have shown that even going to bed 15 minutes before your usual time will have a massive impact on your health, well-being, and even your appetite-controlling hormones.

Electronics

Try to avoid watching TV or being on your computer for 1.5 hours before going to bed. Why not try other activities like reading, meditating, or even listening to music to try to calm yourself before going to sleep? 

Many electronics give off a blue light that suppresses the body from releasing the natural hormone, melatonin. Melatonin helps you keep a regular sleep pattern, encouraging sleep. Therefore trying to avoid these lights would benefit your sleep quality. 

Food Diary

By keeping a food diary you’ll be able to track what food you’re consuming, allowing you to make necessary changes if needed. Even including an extra portion of fruit and veg could benefit your well-being extensively. 

If these tips worked for you, drop a comment below on how they made you feel and if you will continue with them. 


If you liked this blog, visit the eternalbeing blog page, where you’ll find other blogs to help you feel healthier and better about yourself.

Prebiotics & Probiotics: The ‘What’ and ‘Where’

These days, pretty much everyone and their mother would have heard about ‘probiotics’! The word is commonly mentioned in ads from mainstream brands like Activia. Good bacteria have gone mainstream! 

Recent studies show over 70% of the UK taking health supplements, and you can be sure that probiotics are top of the list as one of the most popular supplements to take! However, not as many people understand what “PREbiotics” are.

This blog post is an introduction to what prebiotics and probiotics are, and where you can source them from.

What is prebiotics?

Prebiotics (normally high-fibre foods) are non-digestible fibres that act as food for human bacteria. Prebiotics are used to improve the balance of our microorganisms. Examples of prebiotics are found in foods like onions, leeks, garlic, bananas, apples, pears, asparagus, celery root, oats and barley.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are foods or supplements that contain live microorganisms intended to maintain or develop the “good” bacteria (normal microflora) in the body. They are the trillions of living bacteria found in your body! Top foods containing probiotics include Yogurt, pickled foods (raw, non-pasteurized), Miso, kimchi (also a source of prebiotics), Kombucha and more. Many fermented foods are also examples of probiotics.

How can supplementation help?

In addition to a balanced food diet, food supplements are also helpful in maintaining a balanced intake of prebiotics and probiotics. According to the European Food Safety Association (EFSA), food supplements are marketed in dose form – for instance, pills, tablets, liquids and drink powders – and are concentrated sources of nutrients. There are various unique benefits of supplementation, a common one being that it can provide a wide range of minerals and/or a concentration of minerals that for some may be hard to find in normal foods around them.

There are various health brands worldwide with supplements that can act as rich sources of prebiotics and probiotics. Explore our shop to see which of our products could be supplementary additions to your diet, and please contact us if you have any queries about our guidance around prebiotics, probiotics and supplementation.
For more great tips on how to look after your body head over to our blog page today.

6 Food and Drinks That Help with Bloating

We all can feel a little bloated, but some of us more than others. Bloating can cause issues such as constipation, excess gas, and discomfort. If you are one of the unlucky people that does experience bloating, try to exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, reduce your intake of fizzy drinks, alcohol, and caffeine, and try to keep away from foods you’re intolerant to.

This may sound like a lot, and if you don’t want to skip your daily caffeine kick, there are other ways to reduce bloating. Within this blog, 6 foods and drinks will be mentioned that could potentially help with your bloating symptoms. Read on to find out what they are.

Avocados are rich in vitamins, potassium, and fibre, which will help your digestion, supporting regularity and preventing constipation.

Berries, in particular strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and are also high in fibre. Similarly to avocados, berries support the function and regularity of your digestive system. 

Green tea can be an acquired taste, yet it holds so many positive values. Green tea is known to be a natural laxative, stimulating movement within your digestive tract and regularity. Therefore, reducing bloating.

If you’re not keen on green tea, why not try a similar drink like Kombucha?

Kombucha may not be as common as green tea, but it still has some great benefits. Kombucha is a fermented drink, usually made from black or green tea. This tea can help you squeeze in some much-needed antioxidants into your diet to help beat bloating. 

This drink is rich in probiotics and can promote gut health and digestive regularity. 

Papaya, something that might not be on your daily meal plan, contains an important enzyme called papain. This enzyme helps break down amino acids, encouraging healthy digestion and helping keep bloating at bay.

Turmeric, something that is used in curries and soups, has a compound called curcumin. Through studies, this compound has been found to have anti-inflammatory values, improve gut health and reduce symptoms of IBS.

These are only 6 products that can only help with bloating. But some other key things are to remember to eat slowly with your mouth closed, reducing the ingestion of air; drink plenty of water; reduce your intake of fizzy drinks; alcohol, and caffeine.

If you’ve enjoyed this blog and would like some more information on helping reduce bloating and support a healthier digestive system, why not read our recent blog: ‘The Importance of Gut Health Explained.’ Or to just browse our other blogs, click here.

The Importance of Gut Health Explained

In today’s blog, we are going to look into the importance of your gut health. As well as giving you some background information on what your gut is, so you’ll leave today with a well-rounded understanding of your gastrointestinal system, as a whole. 

The purpose of our gut

Your gut or gastrointestinal system consists of your stomach and intestines. The main purpose of this system is to break down the food we have consumed and absorb the correct nutrients (proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, and fat) that will support the function of our body. For example, the production of energy to hormones. So in simple terms, if your gut health isn’t up to scratch your whole body will be affected. 

Another purpose of your gut is to coordinate with your immune system to fight any external pathogens. For example: viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Within this process, your gut supports your immune system to learn what are beneficial and harmful bacteria. This is an important task, enabling your body to know what to fight off.

The bigger picture

Your gut health is linked to your overall well-being. Example symptoms such as stomachaches or abdominal pains can affect your day-to-day life and ability to complete tasks. Having health conditions such as Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease or gut cancer will also have a significant impact on your body and overall being.

Trying to improve your gut health can reduce the risk of your having various conditions such as:

Autoimmune Diseases:

This is characterised by having a weak immune system, leading to healthy cells within your body being attacked. 

Example: Rheumatoid arthritis.

Metabolic Diseases:

This is known to be a combination of “diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.” 

Examples of symptoms of metabolic syndrome: are being overweight, or having a lot of fat around your stomach area; high blood pressure and not being able to control your blood sugar levels.

However, having a healthy gut and having beneficial bacteria in your system can help prevent these diseases. 

Ways to improve your gut:

Taking probiotics: this will contain the much-needed microbiome that your gut needs.

Getting your 8 hours of sleep: this may seem to be over-talked about. However, if you aren’t getting enough sleep it could lead to an imbalance of hormones, meaning there is potential for the stress hormone “cortisol” to rise. Therefore, this can cause intestinal permeability issues, meaning “food and toxins are able to pass through the intestine and into the bloodstream”. 

The main side effects are bloating, stomach pains, and inflammation.

Exercise regularly: this will help prevent problems and increase blood flow to muscles, including the muscles in your stomach. Furthermore, allowing the food consumed to keep moving.


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Let’s talk about our burps and what they say about us!

The topic of gas might be seen as an off-the-table topic of conversation. However, talking more about our gas, particularly our burps, can enable us to understand our health better. In turn, this blog aims to allow you to notice your burps, understand what they mean and how you can improve your health from them. 

So let’s get one thing straight, EVERYONE BURPS! But burping in excess could be a signal that something more serious is wrong. 

Here is what three different types of burps could mean:

  1. After Finishing Your Meal

 If you have just finished a particularly large meal, it is common for you to burp. This is because larger meals can cause gastrointestinal distress.

According to research from the Australian Academy of Science, a normal adult’s stomach is likely to hold 1 litre of food and liquid in a meal, comfortably. However, if you indulge in extra helpings, your stomach expands to make room for the additional food. It has been found that your stomach can hold up to 4 litres of food and drink!

Gastroenterologist, Rebecca Tsang, MD, MPH, explains that “When you eat larger meals, you’re increasing the pressure in your stomach … the gas in your stomach has nowhere to go but up into the oesophagus and then out of your mouth”, this is what we know as a burp.

  1. Ingesting Air

It is likely when you eat, you ingest some air. However, if you are eating faster than you should, you will likely be swallowing more air than usual, which can make you burp. Therefore, eating slowly can reduce the amount of air ingested, and reduce the amount of burping after a meal.

However, it is important to point out that, eating slowly and being mindful of the speed of your eating could still cause ingestion of excess air and lead to burping. According to research from UpToDate, the medical term for this is aerophagia, this can be in the form of bloating and/or burping. This can be mainly caused by chewing gum, smoking, or hyperventilating (or an anxiety attack).

Therefore, you are likely to ingest unwanted air throughout day-to-day life, maybe try to limit the things that cause this, such as smoking, chewing gum, or eating too fast.

  1. Bubbly Beverages

We all love a fizzy drink or alcoholic fizzy beverage. However, these drinks include carbon dioxide. This may sound dangerous, but it isn’t. It is a colourless gas that is safe to drink. Yet, the downside of it is it can lead to constant burping!

Fun Fact: Drinking through a straw can lead you to ingest more air, than drinking normally.

In turn, it is important to understand that if you enjoy a fizzy drink, have them in moderation. 

So, to take away from this blog, be careful of your eating and drinking habits, as they could be causing ingestion of additional gas, which causes you to feel uncomfortable and burp. 
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5 Amazing Cancer-Fighting Superfoods

You are probably already aware that eating your five-a-day is important, making sure you get your fresh greens and essential food groups are in your diet. You might be aware that these everyday foods: broccoli, tomatoes, and flaxseeds are beneficial and are cancer-fighting foods. But did you know that there are more hidden, less stereotypical foods that are also used for an additional anticancer boost?

Seaweed

Research has found that there are fucoidans found in seaweed that have shown to hold antitumor activity against some types of cancer. For example: “lung cancer, melanoma, lymphoma, and breast cancer.” If you fancy trying some seaweed, ensure you choose where you source it from carefully. This is due to, like fish, seaweed having the ability to soak up bad toxins, such as heavy metals, from the seawater.

Turmeric

When you think of turmeric, you might think of a delicious curry or using it in a smoothie as a brain booster. However, it does so much more. With its main compound being curcumin, it has highlighted the potential to fight against certain cancers. Within the medical journal Precision Oncology, researchers acknowledge “that curcumin starved and shrank prostate cancer tumours.” Other research studies have provided information that curcumin could also potentially help “reduce colon cancer risk”.

Ginger

Ginger isn’t just an ingredient for a stir fry or delicious marinade, it has been found to hold many natural compounds such as gingerol, paradol, shogaol, and zerumbone. Having these compounds could suggest its anticancer potential. Furthermore, the International Journal of Preventive Medicine documented research that suggests ginger to potentially help control breast, colorectal, gastric, liver, prostate, and skin cancers.

Dandelion Greens

No, dandelion greens aren’t just for your guinea pig and rabbits, you can have them too. From research, it has been found they also hold anticancer compounds such as “alpha-carotene, alpha-lipoic acid, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.” Additional research also found the dandelion leaf to help decrease the growth of cancerous cells, including breast cancer. As well as stopping prostate cancer cells from further invading healthy cells.

Parsley

Everyone loves a little bit of parsley, and if you don’t, maybe you should learn to. The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture has illustrated that parsley acts as an antioxidant. Moreover, it has been found to “destroy free radicals before they harm cells”, and protect DNA from potential damage from cancerous cells as well as other diseases.

After learning about the secrets of these foods, will you be altering your eating habits?


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Why You Should Try Adding Aloe to Your Smoothies

Smoothies are generally a popular drink option, but especially for those who are looking to improve their health in some way! Some common reasons people love smoothies include:

  • They’re a great way to get a big nutritious portion of superfoods into one cup.
  • They’re time-savers – especially on busy mornings!
  • They can be easily customised to suit your taste! 

A wide variety of smoothie ingredients can provide a range of health benefits. The aloe plant is a great example; for more than 3,000 years it’s had a reputation for its healing benefits including aiding digestion and gentle daily detoxification. Plus, it adds a minty touch to your drink!

The benefits of Aloe

The beneficial and healing properties of aloe are pretty powerful! Here are a few useful things it does for your body:

  1. Soothing

The aloe plant has healing properties that are beneficial to both inside and outside of the body. For example, it can help heal skin burns and abrasions.

  1. Relieving constipation

Aloe contains natural substances called anthraquinones that increase water content in the bowels – helpful for beating constipation! Aloe also increases peristalsis which assists the movement of the smooth muscles in the intestines. This helps break down food and push it through the digestive tract. This is one of the various benefits of drinking aloe vera juice, although it’s worth noting that there is still yet to be substantial long-term research on how exactly aloe impacts digestion.

  1. Restoration

Aloe helps restore the stomach lining and thereby helps in preventing food sensitivities. According to scientific research, aloe can help get rid of excess stomach acid, which can soothe and heal stomach ulcers. Aloe vera can help alleviate stomach and intestinal inflammation.

  1. Anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is when your body encounters an offending agent (like viruses or toxic substances) and activates your immune system to respond. Sometimes though, due to different factors, we can have too much inflammation where the body constantly has this response even when no outside threats are coming in. Such chronic inflammation can eventually lead to diseases like heart disease or cancer.

Aloe is a source of anti-inflammatory nutrients – nutrients that help reduce inflammation – including vitamins A, C and E. 

Aloe vera is a diverse substance; it is used in creams, medication and of course some foods and supplements. Though there is still more research to be done on its benefits, the existing internal benefits show that it’s a great ingredient for your smoothies and any other food and drink!

Try out the below green smoothie recipe, which you can adapt with your additional ingredients! This recipe is courtesy of joyoushealth.com.


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