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3 Ways to look after your gut

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

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

Eat the Rainbow

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

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

Alcohol consumption

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

Watch out for added sugars

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

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

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


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

Everything You Need to Know About Burping

Everything You Need to Know About Burping

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

What Is Belching?

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

Gastric Burping

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

Supra-gastric Burping

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

Where Does This Gas Come From?

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

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

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

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

Beating the Bloat

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

Bloating is normal, you’re not alone…

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

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

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

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

Easing Bloating

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

Are you eating enough?

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

Stress Management

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

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

Everything You Need to Know About Advanced Colonic Hydrotherapy

How can you benefit from an enema?

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

What is an enema?

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

Coffee Enema

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

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

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

Flax Oil Enema

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

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

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

Aloe Vera enema

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

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

Magnesium Enema

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

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

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

Chamomile Enema

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

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

Benefits

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

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

How your gut can heal your brain

How Your Gut Can Heal Your Brain

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

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

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

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

Stress-Related Gut Symptoms and Conditions

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

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

Food for thought

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

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

Fibre

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

Vitamin D

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

Protein

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

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

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Treatment Explained

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Treatment Explained

Have you been feeling tired lately, or do you wake up after a good night’s sleep feeling unrefreshed and sluggish? If the answer is yes, your lymphatic system may be on the tired side, in which case, a manual lymphatic drainage treatment may be just what you need. 

What is a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Treatment?

A Lymphatic Drainage Treatment may sound a little daunting but it is actually a gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. As a result of this, a Lymphatic Drainage Treatment can relieve swelling that occurs as a result of an illness blocking your lymphatic system.

This kind of treatment is usually a full body massage that drains lymphatic fluids into fine tubes called lymph vessels. These drainage points are usually found just below the skin, which is why it’s important that your therapist warms up and moves your skin without causing an impact on any deep tissue. As a result, the treatment should be soothing and relaxing. 

Benefits

Manual lymphatic drainage can have significant benefits for multiple health concerns. It’s because of this reason, many health practitioners recommend it as part of their treatments. Some of the benefits of this treatment include: 

  • Moves lymphatic fluids around the body
  • Helps to relieve pain and stiffness in problem areas
  • Improves blood circulation 
  • Relieves stress
  • Helps to increase the flow of toxins
  • Helps to boost the immune system

What should you expect after a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Treatment?

If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, you may be surprised to discover some unusual side effects, one of which being that your urine may become darker and begin to smell different. Don’t panic, this is completely normal, and just a result of the stimulation of your kidney function. 

The next change you may discover, just hours after your treatment, is the frequency in which you urinate. As a result of the treatment moving toxins through your urine, you may find that you start to urinate more frequently.

Finally, after your treatment, you should find that the swelling and inflammation will decrease and your body will begin to feel much more relaxed. However, there is a chance that you will also begin to feel tired after your treatment as a result of your body getting rid of toxins. 


If you would like to learn more about this treatment, visit our website or contact us today.

Everything you need to know about CBD as an athlete

Everything You Need to Know About CBD as an Athlete

As an athlete you may have stumbled across the letters CBD but, while you may have seen it, you may not know how you and your career could benefit from it.

You may be wondering what the side effects are, how you use it, and how much you should use. This is why, in this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about CBD as an athlete. 

What is CBD?

Immediately, you may begin to worry that CBD comes from cannabis but CBD, or Cannabidiol, is only one of more than 100 chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, that are found in the cannabis plant, Cannabis Sativa (Healthline, 2021). It is commonly used for various common ailments including pain relief and inflammation and has many of the same potential benefits as THC, without the psychoactive effects.

Different forms of CBD

CBD can be overwhelming when you first look into it. From full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate to gummies, oils and topical treatments, CBD is a versatile substance and has a wide range of potential uses. 

According to Medical Daily, the 4 most popular forms of CBD are:

  • CBD Oil – the most popular form of CBD which may also be referred to as CBD tincture
  • CBD Gummies – edible sweets infused with CBD
  • CBD Capsules – CBD in pill form, most commonly a gel-capsule infused with CBD.
  • CBD Topicals – typically come in the form of creams, lotions, and salves.

Health Benefits

Pain relief

According to ‘Cannabis and Pain: A Clinical Review’, Cannabis has been used to treat pain since as far back as 2900 B.C. However, recently, scientists have discovered that it is the CBD found in Cannabis that is responsible for its pain-relieving effects. 

A study found on PubMed, discovered that CBD may be especially effective for nerve pain and back pain when used on its own which may be essential for athletes.

Healthy Hearts

The use of CBD had been linked with several heart and circulatory system benefits, including the ability to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol and maintain a healthy weight. 

Although CBD is not a cure for heart failure, there is evidence to suggest that it may prevent further damage and reduce the risk of heart failure as a result of its anti-inflammatory properties (Very Well health, 2021). 

Insomnia 

According to Sleep Foundation, there is also preliminary research that suggests CBD can help with a number of sleep disorders, including insomnia, REM sleep behaviour disorder, and excessive daytime sleepiness disorder. So if you have been suffering due to sleepless nights, it may be worth you trying out some CBD products.

Possible Side Effects

As with most things, while there are numerous health benefits to using CBD, there may also be possible side effects. Although they may be mild, we believe that it’s best to know some of the side effects of CBD and weigh up how they may affect your career before you consider using it. 

Some side effects of using CBD include:

  • Dry Mouth 
  • Reduced appetite
  • Fatigue 
  • diarrhea
  • changes in weight

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of uncertainties about CBD and how it affects athletes, however, one major benefit for athletes is its effectiveness for pain relief. 

If you would like to learn more about the general benefits of CBD oil, head to our blog here. Alternatively, have a look through our collection of blogs here

The Benefits of Hypnotherapy

The Benefits of Hypnotherapy

It’s a new year and if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to stop smoking or to manage your weight, you may have come across the phrase ‘hypnotherapy’ but what exactly is it, and how can you benefit from it? In this blog, we want to discuss just that. 

What is Hypnotherapy? 

According to the NHS, Hypnotherapy can be defined as simply using hypnosis to try to treat conditions or change habits, but we like to refer to it as a person’s mind entering an altered state of consciousness, just like daydreaming. There are misconceptions about hypnotherapy sending you to sleep, but this is not the case. 

During this treatment, you will be awake but in a deep trance-like state. It’s this trance-like state that forces the subconscious mind to become extremely active and makes it more alert than it is during its usual awake state. At this point, your subconscious mind takes over from your conscious and is ready to facilitate great change.

How Does it Work?

Throughout the treatment at Eternal Being, you are in complete control of your Hypnotherapy session, so, if you decide to stop the treatment at any point, you are welcome to do so. During this procedure, your therapist will guide you by using professional techniques to achieve the results you desire. 

Your subconscious mind listens to your therapist’s voice in a subliminal way and when they talk directly to your subconscious mind in this deeply relaxed state, the positive suggestions automatically sit comfortably in your mind. When you come back into full conscious awareness these thoughts are enacted immediately.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Being open

One of the benefits of hypnotherapy is that the hypnotic state encourages a person to be much more open to suggestions. 

Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety issues can often manifest themselves into physical and mental illnesses that impact your daily life. Relaxation techniques, like Hypnotherapy, have the ability to deal with your subconscious mind where deep-rooted, often suppressed, memories affect your body’s natural process – keeping you in that anxious state. 

Weight Management

Weight management can be hard, and keeping it off can be even harder, but hydrotherapy can help with this. Hypnotherapy for weight management helps to remove cravings as well as helping you to make positive, healthy food choices.

Smoking

If you’re struggling to quit smoking, hydrotherapy can help you. With unique, successful, and advanced hypnosis techniques you can finally stop smoking once and for all. In fact, hypnosis is widely recognised and promoted as a highly successful technique to help people stop smoking.

To learn more about the types of hydrotherapy that we offer visit our website, alternatively, you can contact us or book an appointment today on our website.