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4 Ways To Take Your Health To The Next Level!

4 Ways To Take Your Health To The Next Level!

Maybe you sat down to read this post with these questions in your mind – “Why is my health not better?” or “What can I do to get my health back?” or, “Is it even possible for me to have better health even though I […]

4 Reasons Why Diets Are NOT Working For You

The world of weight loss and weight loss diets is a massive moneymaking industry. The number of different weight loss diets available to us is like an ocean filled with millions of different types of fish. Deciding which one to fish for and eat becomes a challenging […]

Hire a Personal Coach for your Health!

Hire a Personal Coach for your Health!

You know what’s wrong with your health…or maybe you don’t. In fact, not only do you know what’s wrong but you are just plain tired of feeling powerless and exhausted.

You have been to your family doctor, have had your blood work drawn,  or maybe you were prescribed another round of medication for your cholesterol, or blood sugar, or blood pressure. You have been told repeatedly to lose weight, decrease your stress, get to bed at a better time, exercise more.

You KNOW what to do. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you lack motivation or you just don’t know where to start. Maybe you need someone to tell you exactly what to do and when to do it. Maybe you need someone to hold you accountable. You are on the precipice of something BIG.

It’s time to reclaim your life. It’s time to regain your health.

It’s time to hire someone to help you navigate the difficulties of your health concerns whether it be losing weight, increasing your energy, improving your sleep, or reducing your stress. It’s time to take back what is yours – YOUR HEALTH.

Hire a Personal Coach for your Health this Year! You may be surprised at the outcome!

To find out more about health coaching – click here. To book a free 30 min. call to discover if health coaching could be the thing for you – click here.

Rethinking Healthcare: Homeopathy & Natural Health Modalities as Powerful Options

Rethinking Healthcare: Homeopathy & Natural Health Modalities as Powerful Options

I never realized how difficult it would be to be a homeopath. I never expected that I would have to continually fight for a place at the table and explain why my voice should even be relevant in a health discussion. I never thought that […]

Insomnia anyone? 6 Tips to Overcome Insomnia & Thinking About Sleep in a Holistic & Natural Way

Insomnia anyone? 6 Tips to Overcome Insomnia & Thinking About Sleep in a Holistic & Natural Way

The number of people I talk to who have issues with sleep is astounding. Maybe your issue is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, frequent waking, non-restorative sleep, nightmares/night terrors, overheating, night sweats, or just not falling asleep at all. Whatever it may be – […]

9 Tips on How to Begin Your  Journey to Digestive Happiness

9 Tips on How to Begin Your Journey to Digestive Happiness

You might have just walked away from Thanksgiving dinner and realized just how bad your bloating or heartburn is, which you got you thinking, “Is there anything I can do for this?”

The number of people who deal with some kind of digestive issue,  from bloating to gas, heartburn to upset stomach, irritable bowel to food sensitivities, is staggeringly high. Anywhere you look, you can find something having to do with some kind of digestive issue, whether it be a book, a blog article, specialty food items or supplements at the grocery store or the many healing diet programs offered online.

Our society is rife with digestive issues and most people thing it’s normal and they have to just deal with it. Unfortunately, they often turn to tums, anti-acids, medications to lower stomach acid, gas relief pills and many other things that actually just make the digestive issue a whole lot worse.

There is definitely a time and a place for an specialty or elimination diet, food allergy/sensitivity testing or a complex supplementation healing regimen….but sometimes you just may find yourself in a bind looking for some simple solutions to digestive issues that pop up and you don’t have time to go the whole 9 yards.

Don’t get me wrong, you may need to get your allergies tested or have to go on a special diet to heal a leaky gut or choose a special diet based on your needs, but you may also just have some issue that can be easily resolved if you stopped and took care of it. I will offer you a few options that may help resolve some of your digestive issues. If you have tried these things and find that they did not help or possibly aggravated your concerns or were only a short-term solutions, I would highly recommend seeing a health professional who can help you heal your body!

The digestive system is a complex thing and needs special consideration – after all, it’s responsible for absorbing the foods you eat, keeping your immune system healthy and for health brain function…just to name a few!

My top 9 recommendations to a healthy gut include:
  1. Take probiotics. Your gut functions properly when it is inhabited by healthy yeasts and bacteria. These yeasts and bacteria help breakdown your food so its nutrients can be absorbed, they kill off any unhealthy invaders if you are exposed to them (think poor food handling, e.coli, lack of handwashing) and they help promote a healthy immune system. Imbalances in gut bacteria often caused by poor quality diet, food allergies/sensitivities, or taking antibiotics create space for overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria, which can lead to diarrhea, constipation, poor food and nutrient absorption and other issues including anxiety, depression and frequent colds & flus.
  2. Increase your daily fibre. Fibre is essential to healthy digestion. From promoting regular bowel movements (which remove toxins from your body) to assisting in the absorption of water and nutrients, a diet rich in fibre can help ease gas and bloating. A simple way of adding fibre is just increasing your daily fruit & vegetable intake and reducing your intake of refined sugars, poor quality grains and processed foods. If you initially find yourself more bloated after increasing your dietary fibre you may need to start by steaming vegetables rather than eating them raw as this makes them easier to digest. Especially if you are not used to eating fruits & vegetables and high-quality grains (NO white bread!) you may need to go to something as gentle as an apple pectin supplement.
  3. Drink lemon water or apple cider vinegar (ACV) water. A cup of warm water with ACV and/or lemon water before breakfast (or every meal!) helps in many ways. If you find yourself suffering from frequent belching, heartburn, gas and possibly that after meal “brick in the stomach” feeling, this might be an effective short-term solution. If you find that drinking this soothes these issues you probably are dealing with low stomach acid. This may seem backwards to you (especially if you have heartburn and that “acid” feel in your throat) but low stomach acid is usually the cause. Don’t reach for the anti-acids. Try this instead. If it works and your heartburn suddenly clears up you should probably see a nutritionist to deal with this issue as long-term heartburn not only affects your absorption of vitamins, minerals and food, but can contribute to the formation of chronic diseases.
  4. Ingest fermented foods and drinks. Fermentation is an incredibly easy and inexpensive way to add probiotics to your diet. Not only does it promote a healthy digestive system but it contributes to a healthy immune system and good brain function! Think about adding in things like kefir, kombucha, fermented veggies, yogurts (not the high sugar grocery store kinds!) and sourkraut, to your daily diet. You can even start making your own. Your gut will thank you!
  5. Hop on the bitters wagon! Nobody enjoys bitter foods. However, digestive bitters actually stimulate digestion in a powerful way! They stimulate the production of your digestive juices which will positively affect your digestion. Bitters can also help curb cravings and balance your appetite. You can buy a tonic from a health food store which combines a bunch of different herbs or you can simply add arugula, dandelion greens, kale, dill or turmeric to your diet!
  6. Add in some soothing aloe, DGL or much on fennel seeds. All three of these things help your digestive system. Aloe soothes an irritated and inflamed gut and promotes regular bowel movements. DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice) helps soothe an inflamed gut (think ulcers) and can alleviate heartburn symptoms. Be careful with DGL – do not take for extended periods of time and avoid if you have a history of diabetes, edema, high blood pressure, or heart, kidney or liver disease. Lastly, fennel seeds can be munched on after meals to soothe an irritated gut, relieve gas and bloating, promotes healthy digestion and reduces heartburn. You an also rub 1 drop of fennel seed essential oil (mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil) over you stomach after a meal to hep with bloating and gas.
  7. Add in some L-Glutamine. L-Glutamine is an amino acid that has the power to heal the lining of your gut. Think of this when you deal with with chronic irritation of your stomach (think gastritis, constant heartburn, ulcers). L-Glutamine can be purchased as a supplement or you can drink cabbage juice which is rich in this amino acid.
  8. Get your body moving! Your body is made to move. Not only does exercise stimulate the production of digestive juices but it strengthens the muscles of your digestive tract which helps promote digestion. Remember that you should give your body 2-3 hours of digestion time before doing any strenuous exercise and maintain good hydration.
  9. Reduce stress! Your gut is basically your body’s second brain. Your gut is plays an essential role in the production of your brain chemicals. Stress wreaks havoc on your gut by actually changing the microbiome of your gut (the balance of good bacteria to bad bacteria) which actually affects your body’s mental, physical and emotional health. When you damage your gut’s microbiome you increase your risk for depression and anxiety, autoimmune diseases and other chronic health issues.
Caring for your gut is an essential and a powerful way to care for your overall health. It has an impact on your body in ways that are more than just physical. Your mental and emotional health depend on a healthy gut and the daily choices you make have an impact on your chances of developing health issues in the long-term.

 

5 Reasons Why Food Consciousness is Essential to Good Health

5 Reasons Why Food Consciousness is Essential to Good Health

We live in a culture where we eat what we want, however much we want and when we want. We rarely consider whether the foods we choose to eat are good for us. But the fact is that food is more than just fuel to […]

The Lie of Menopause: Why Women Do Not Have to Just “Suffer Through”

The Lie of Menopause: Why Women Do Not Have to Just “Suffer Through”

Menopause. That much hated period of a woman’s life that all women dread. From the night sweats to the hot flashes, from the mood swings and the insomnia, from the weight gain to the more personal issues, menopause is not an exciting time of life…and […]

Is Inflammation Just a Buzz Word?

Is Inflammation Just a Buzz Word?

I feel sometimes the word ‘inflammation’ gets thrown around a lot. I mean, a lot, a lot. However, with the increasing number of people being diagnosed with chronic and autoimmune diseases or even the number of people who are just struggling with indecipherable and confusing symptoms that just won’t resolve, I would have to agree that inflammation is a “thing.” In my wellness practice I would say that almost all of my clients are struggling with some kind of chronic inflammation.

So, what exactly is inflammation? Inflammation is your body’s response to injury. It is a healthy thing for your body to become inflamed when injured because it signals your immune system to heal the inflamed part and the pain is a reminder to rest so it can heal itself. Now, in a perfect world where we all ate healthy foods, exercised regularly, slept enough and didn’t experience overwhelming stress, inflammation would most definitely be a positive thing all the time. But when you consider that we are bombarded from every angle (body, mind, spirit) with constant factors that contribute to bodily injury (think toxins in food/air, hair/body products we use, alcohol/drugs we take) and combine that with lack of sleep, chronically high stress levels and generally poor eating habits, you can imagine that the level of inflammation in your body is pretty high! When you deal with multiple inflammatory triggers your body can become overwhelmed and you can develop inflammation that is actually damaging to your body.

Think of it this way – Put a rat in a maze (the rat is your immune system and the maze is your body 🙂 and put a green light above the tunnel that marks the way to the end (which is great health)! Now imagine that that that rat knows that following the green light will bring it to the end of the tunnel. But then suddenly the lights start blinking green and then yellow and that rat starts getting confused. Add in a third flash of red. Between the red, green and yellow lights the rat is confused and has lost its way. It starts looking at the maze walls itself and thinks that maybe if it eats or burrows through the walls it might be able to get out. That is kind of what happens to the immune system – it starts attacking the body rather than following the specific signals because there are too many signals and it is overwhelmed!

So, you might be asking, “Why is this relevant to me?” Because the majority of people in our day and age struggling with some kind of chronic inflammatory process.

How do I know this? Because most people I chat with answer one or more of the following questions in the affirmative:

  • Do you suffer from digestive issues such as chronic bloating, heartburn, irritable bowel or ongoing food sensitivities?
  • Do you suffer from acne, eczema, dermatitis or other chronic skin conditions?
  • Do you struggle with a diagnosed autoimmune condition?
  • Do you suffer from a diagnosed disease of any organ or body system?
  • Do you experience joint pain, tendinitis or muscle pain on a regular basis?
  • Do you take medications on a regular basis to manage a health issue?
  • Do you experience regular colds/coughs, sinus infections or flus?
  • Do you deal with chronic insomnia, low energy, poor concentration?
  • Do you feel anxious or depressed on a consistent, long-term basis?

If you answer ‘YES’ to ANY of the above questions you are most likely suffering from chronic inflammation!

Chronic inflammation is a nasty and insidious thing that can overtax your immune system and lead to the diagnosis of chronic diseases or cancer later in life.

It does not need to be like that though! With some lifestyle changes and the help of an experienced professional you can start your way to better health!

To find out how you can begin to deal with inflammation keep an eye out for my upcoming blog post.

If you suffer from chronic, complex or on-going symptoms that have not resolved in spite of lifestyle and diet changes you may need to work with a health coach or other health professional who can help you on your healing journey. 

Hiring me as your health coach has 4 advantages:
  1. As a Registered Nurse I am knowledgeable about health and disease and understand how medications affect your health. I know what our medical system has to offer people and can help empower you to advocate for yourself when visiting your GP or specialists.
  2. As a Holistic Nutritionist I know how to identify vitamin/mineral and dietary deficiencies and can provide supplement suggestions based on your individual needs. I am able to create nutritional plans that match your specific health needs, whether it be detoxification, regulating and managing hormones, reducing inflammation, healing the gut, reducing bloating, balancing blood sugar, etc.
  3. As a Homeopath I have a unique perspective of seeing how important it is to look at the whole person (mind, body, spirit) when dealing with health issues. Using this gentle, all natural medicine we can restore balance to your body and strengthen your immune system, and actually get to the root cause of your health issues.
  4. As a health practitioner in both conventional and alternative health systems I am able to identify where you will receive the maximum benefits from each system and I can help you find the answers you are looking for or provide answers that you didn’t know where even possible! Obviously, this is your health journey so it is up to you how much you engage with traditional or alternative methods.

To book a free 20 minute consultation to see how I can help you email: Rachel.vanhalteren@gmail.com

To the best you!

Rachel

Read my own story of how I used homeopathy and nutrition to treat my chronic inflammation!

Random Control Trials and Homeopathy: Are They Truly Compatible?

Random Control Trials and Homeopathy: Are They Truly Compatible?

A common question I am frequently asked is where are all the random control trials (RCT) that prove homeopathy’s efficacy? This question is a hard one, not because it can’t be answered, but because there are a lot more variables to consider when answering this […]


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