Gut health is huge! It shapes our entire immune system and has a direct impact in our ability to fight a whole host of diseases, including auto-immune disease, heart disease, cancer, skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, asthma, allergies, ADHD, autism and even depression. They all have the need for good gut health as a common ground for helping to manage and cure them, but why? Well it is now widely accepted that the gut has a special link to the brain (the gut brain axis) and when the gut is unhealthy, it can have huge effects on the production of stress hormones produced in the body, therefore directly affecting our mood, behaviour and overall health as the gut bacteria (gut microbiome) “educates” the immune system from before we were even born.
Earlier this week we shared a post which discussed ways you could keek your gut healthy. Holly from Food Envy London shared a list of foods you could try and add into your diet, but it can often be hard to think of ideas so today we have done that for you.
It can often feel like a minefield on what to feed your kids to give them the best nutrients and best chance of being healthy. And when it comes to having a robust immune system, we now know that a well rounded and balanced diet is essential. In the gut there are billions of little good bacteria that are there to help keep the gut healthy.
Sometimes the gut bacteria (the gut microbiome) can struggle a bit however, either by not being diverse enough (there should be lots of different types or strains of bacteria) or there’s a build-up of more bad bacteria, which can have a whole host of side effects such as a weakened immune system, low level inflammation in the gut etc. So ultimately, we need to keep the good bacteria happy and healthy, so the bad bacteria can’t take over and thus ensuring a stronger immune system. To do this, they need to be fed the right things and this is where prebiotics come in – they are the food that keep the good bacteria happy. And then there’s probiotics which are live bacteria that help add strength to the bacteria that’s already living in the gut (flora).
The other week Nicky, one of our founders shared her story about her hormones and what she was doing to get them back in balance. After a huge response from you all we thought we would ask our nutritionist Catherine Lippe how our diet influences hormones. Over to Catherine…
Our hormones are constantly changing. From week-to-week, day-to-day and hour-to-hour there will be frequent changes in your hormones which will be influenced by a whole host of factors including:
- environmental factors
- menstrual cycle
- other physiological processes taking place in your body
At the Mummy Space we have two amazing massage and fascial release therapists, Paula Kemp and Nicola Reed.
We thought we’d explain a little more about what each of them does, helping you decide which one can help you the most with your aches and pains.
As we head into spring, a time of the year associated with new beginnings and growth, it’s a good time to reflect on our mental load and whether we need to create a greater sense of balance in our lives. So what is the mental load? Well we all have one, irrespective of whether we are male or female.
Tonight Paula Kemp our Pregnancy Massage specialist is blogging for us about massage during pregnancy. As always if you have any questions please do send us a message. Over to Paula…
One of the questions I get asked regularly is how often you should get a massage during pregnancy.