The top 9 things you can do for your gut health

  1. Get enough sleep. If you’re finding sleep difficult, the solution could lie in your digestive tract. Irregular sleeping patterns have been linked to gut health.
  2. Avoid late-night snacks. Allow your digestive system to rest and repair. You will sleep better too.
  3. Eat slowly and chew your food well. The first phase of digestion happens in the mouth. Slow down and chew.
  4. Stay hydrated.
  5. Lower your stress levels. Chronic high levels of stress are hard on your whole body, especially your gut and hormones.
  6. Reduce alcohol and sugar. Did you know that cravings for sugar and booze can be a clear sign that gut health needs help? You will also sleep better if you reduce these.

7. Take a prebiotic, probiotic and digestive enzymes. Superfoods is my No 1 choice and features in all of my gut healing programmes

8. Check for food intolerances – we can test 200 different foods to check if they are causing bloating and gas

9. Change your diet and eat more vegetables. Avoid too many processed foods.

Do you need help with any of these? 

Get in touch. Sometimes you need extra guidance and accountability. That is where I can help you.

Okay, you missed the enrolment for the 3-week belly bloat programme!

I have great news that this and the 8-week programme will soon be ready to do at your own pace.

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The Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting you from harmful stimuli or potential injury. Inflammation can appear in many forms, including pain, heat, swelling, redness, and a slowing down or complete halt of an organ’s function.

Inflammation also shows up as

💪 Weight gain

💪 Joint pain

💪 Insomnia

💪 Heart Burn

💪 Reflux

💪 Irritability

💪 Tiredness

Inflammation may be either acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is the initial protective response of your body tissues and is most likely to be transient. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is prolonged and can become severe.

Inflammation may be caused due to an imbalance of the healthy bacteria in your body. It can also happen as a result of food allergies, toxic environment, stress, and bad diet.

Your diet plays a huge role in decreasing or increasing inflammation in your body. If you consume sugary foods, processed foods, or if you are regularly dehydrated, your body is more prone to inflammation while trying to heal itself.

Foods to avoid if you struggle with inflammation:

↓ Alcohol

↓ Refined sugar

↓ processed wheat

↓ Too much dairy

Here are some foods that may help reduce the chances of inflammation or relieve any existing symptoms.

1.Oats:

You can use oats by making a bowl of oatmeal or a jar of overnight oats and top with fruit. Oats help your body fight inflammation and may help reduce any current inflammation that your body is dealing with.

2.Blueberries:

Blueberries can significantly reduce inflammation if consumed on a daily basis. Blueberries are rich in flavonoids, polyphenol, resveratrol and Vitamin C, all of which are well known for reducing inflammation. Blueberries consist of anti-oxidants which can easily turn off and block all forms of body inflammations.

3.Ginger:

Ginger is used in a variety of organic medicines because of its anti-disease, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can add it as a spice in your foods, drink ginger juice, or blend it with honey and drink as a health shot. The most pleasant way to consume ginger, however, is a daily cup of hot ginger tea.

4. Dark Chocolate:

Dark chocolate is one of the healthier varieties of chocolate. You can add some to your oats or combine it with fresh fruit to help reduce inflammation.

5. Turmeric:

Turmeric is also widely used in organic and all natural medicines. You can add to food as a spice or stir in a pinch to your milk or smoothie. Turmeric helps slow the production of the two most inflammatory enzymes, 5-LOX and COX-2.

There are a variety of foods you can add to your diet to help reduce or avoid inflammation. These are a few of the easiest and most accessible. If you are experiencing severe, chronic inflammation, however, be sure to get in touch. I have an 8-week programme designed to reduce inflammation, heal your gut and balance your hormones.   Click here to find out more.

Juice Cleanse Recipes to help regain energy and reduce bloating

Did you see the live in the FB community this week? If not, you can watch the replay here

Do you ever find yourself…

  • Sluggish
  • Tired
  • Bloated
  • Picking up seasonal colds

…to name a few?

Would you rather be …

  • Light and bright
  • Super energised
  • Beating cravings and kick-starting a weight loss journey
  • Could you really live on juice for a few days?

Life has gotten a bit hectic. You may be running from morning until you finally put your head down on the pillow at night.

Stress can become your way of life, which leads to bloating, exhaustion, getting sick and worn out. You see it in your skin, which is only a sign of what’s happening on the inside.

Not to mention accidental weight gain and feeling sluggish.

Is a simple juice cleanse starting to sound like a really good idea?

A simple juice cleanse will help your body detoxify and give your organs a break from all the junk.

You will be amazed by the results that you will see in just one week.

  • feeling lighter
  • glowing clear skin
  • boost of energy
  • finally lose that last bit of weight that has been hanging on.

Here are a few easy, simple detox juice recipes to try. Drink one large glass first thing in the morning for your simple juice cleanse.

 

The Green Juice

6 celery stalks

1 whole cucumber

1 large green apple

3 big leaves of kale

A handful of spinach

A handful of parsley

1 lemon

Add all ingredients into your juicer one at a time. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight glass container for 1–2 days.

 

The Menoboost Juice

This juice is best after a strenuous workout. It provides a great energy boost that your body needs to recover from vigorous exercise.

2 raw beetroot, including green stalks

3 large carrots

1 lemon

3 large green apples

1½ tablespoons fresh ginger

 

Add all ingredients into your juicer one at a time. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight glass container for 1–2 days.

 

The Natural Pick Me Up Juice

This juice is best when you are feeling sleepy or fatigued and need to wake up. It tastes just like a mint margarita and is much better for you than that afternoon coffee!

2 large green apples

1/3 of a pineapple

Sprig or two of mint

Add all ingredients into your juicer one at a time. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight glass container for 1–2 days.

 

The Detox Juice

The ingredients in this juice make it one of the strongest and easiest ways to detox the liver. We need all the help we can get for liver support. This is a natural and gentle way to detoxify and cleanse.

2 cucumbers

1 beetroot

3 celery stalks – always organic

3 dandelion leaves

1 lemon

1 lime

½ teaspoon turmeric

Add all ingredients into your juicer one at a time. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight glass container for 1–2 days.

Just after a few days of juice cleansing, you’ll start to notice some big changes in your body and may even want to juice more frequently as part of your normal lifestyle.

If you would like to order my juicing recipe book, click here

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Yours in health and wellness,

Trish

Easy steps to beat the belly bloat

Did you know that 80% of women will suffer worse bloating as they approach the menopause along with a host of other unwanted symptoms?

Many women aren’t aware that there are some easy and quick ways to sail through this time and come out feeling better than ever.

Here are 5 simple steps to beating the belly bloat. You can watch a video here and please subscribe.

  1. Hydrate with 2 litres of water everyday but not while eating.
  2. Avoid trigger foods especially processed wheat, alcohol and sugar. Keeping a food diary can help with understanding the foods that trigger your symptoms.
  3. Chew your food well – slow down, sit down and just eat while eating – no watching, walking, driving or working.
  4. Digest enzymes that betain HCL can help immensely – talk to me about the best supplements. I stock them here
  5. Add in fermented and cultured foods to build bacteria – kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi can help. They are easy to make. I have a video here

If you’re struggling with any of this and would like to talk to me privately, I offer a free 30-minute call where I can find out more about you and see how best I can help.

Click on the book a call button on my website.

Need help right now – call me 07 984 326 956 or book a book directly into my calendar here

 

SPECIAL INVITATION

Extra weight?
Chronic health issues??
Lethargy?
Poor sleep?

Hormone hell?
Belly bloat?
Depression?
Irritability?

Yes…you can most likely chalk that all up to poor gut health.

All of these symptoms are your body’s way of telling you it’s time for a change.

So let’s do this. Together.

I will be running the Time To Nourish Kitchen Programme from the 14th Sept – 2nd Nov. We will meet each fortnight. You will have lifetime access to the entire programme which includes veg, vegan and omnivore recipes, shopping lists, and menu planners so it takes the guess work out of what to eat.

Each time we meet we will be making and tasting some of the recipes that you chose. We will also be exploring the cleanse and restore techniques. You will get a personalised welcome pack with some goodies and supplements. The programme also includes eBooks and chakra healing meditations for you to do at home.

Space is limited to 7 women and 4 places are already taken. Talk to me if you wish to join for one or all sessions.

I am so excited to offer this version of the programme where you will taste juices, smoothies and ferments from ingredients from my organic kitchen garden and local produces. Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to welcome, nurture and nourish you this Autumn.

Please email me here if you’d like to book: trish@trishtuckermay.com

5 Ways to Love Your Body

Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, but rarely are they all accepted by society. Too many of us are self-conscious and self-critical, and we all see flaws in ourselves. The worst things we can do are make comparisons to and assumptions about others. Perhaps we don’t think another person is justified in his or her complaints because, “At least they are thin,” or “At least they have curves.”  We all need to learn to love who we are because we are all unique; there is no perfect body. Here are five ways to help you learn to love yourself, no matter your size.

  1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others:

The most important thing you can do to start loving yourself is to stop comparing your body to someone else’s. Comparisons only lead to jealousy and envy, and you will never be happy with yourself if you compare yourself to another. Everyone has flaws, even if they are not visible to you. We were all made differently, and every single body has its beauty.

Don’t even think about comparing yourself to the models that you see in the magazines or on the runway. Magazines are photoshopped and what you see on the runway is often the result of heavy makeup and body sculpting.

  1. Change how you perceive yourself:

In order to love yourself, you must change your perception of yourself. Say positive things about your body and keep saying them until you actually start believing every word. The proof that this works is because this practice is how you started to dislike your body in the first place; you kept seeing yourself in a negative light and finding the flaws until you started believing every thought. Turn that process around and start finding the positive.

  1. Go to the gym:

Or the park, a dance class, a yoga class, or an exercise class. Physical activity is a great way to learn to love your body. Trying new exercises or taking on a physical challenge helps you get to know your body in a whole new way. You will discover new abilities, new strengths, and new power, just by moving your body. When you see yourself, you will also start to see just what you are capable of, instead of what you look like.

  1. Practice gratitude:

It can always be worse. Be grateful that you are healthy and that you have the resources or mental clarity to pursue something different. Be thankful for what you have, what you can do, and how far you can go.

  1. Be your own cheerleader:

When you look in the mirror, do not focus on the flaws. Find the things you love about your body and celebrate the smallest victories. Be your own cheerleader instead of your worst enemy.

Before you can move forward in life, whether it is in a relationship, a job, or a new endeavour, success will only come after you learn to love and appreciate yourself.

If you would like to learn more about my Time To Nourish 8-week group Programme, please get in touch trish@trishtuckermay.com

Love Trish

Best Foods to boost libido

Ladies, we need all the help we can get when hormones are fluctuating in the perimenopause and menopause.

Your sex drive, or libido, is greatly influenced by biological and physical factors. What you put into your body can have a direct impact on how you feel and how your body reacts to physical stimulation.

Different foods stimulate different hormones and chemicals in your body and stimulating the right ones can help improve your libido.

Here are some foods that can help improve your performance and increase your sex drive.

1.Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C and a host of antioxidants, both of which have been linked to higher sperm count in men.

2.Avocados are good for your health in general, but especially for your heart health and blood circulation. They are packed with vitamins E and B6, potassium, and monounsaturated fats, which are all important for a strong, healthy heart.

3.Almonds contain selenium, zinc, and vitamin E. These minerals and vitamins have been shown to improve sexual health and performance. Zinc is helpful in producing testosterone, while vitamin E is good for heart health and selenium is helpful with fertility issues. The omega-3 fatty acids in almonds may also improve sex drive.

4.Sweet potatoes are rich in potassium, beta-carotene, and vitamin. Potassium helps with high blood pressure, which has an impact on erectile function. The beta-carotene provides vitamin A, which may be helpful in cases of infertility.

5.Pesto is great for peak performance because of its high levels of zinc. Women with higher levels of zinc are found to have better sex drive, and the pine nuts in pesto are an excellent source for this.

6.Watermelon is a great libido booster. It contains more lycopene than tomatoes and is comparable to Viagra in its ability to relax muscles and increase blood circulation to certain areas of your body.

7.Pomegranate is good for virility. Pomegranate has a positive effect on erectile dysfunction and has antioxidants that are linked to improved blood flow.

8.Coffee contains a particular stimulant that promotes a good mood, especially women.

9.Chocolate increases both serotonin and dopamine levels, leading to a happier, more relaxed, and less stressed state of mind. It is a great mood booster and has been shown in studies to heighten feelings of arousal and sexual passion.

10.Celery contains steroids called androsterone and androstenol. When consumed, these chemicals travel through our sweat glands and work to attract the opposite sex. It also has arginine, which helps expand blood vessels in the same way Viagra does.

If you would like to learn more about our Time To Nourish packages for the perimenopause and menopause email trish@trishtuckermay.com

Love Trish

One of the best foods to help balance hormones – Flax seed.

If you are looking to improve your diet and adopt a healthier lifestyle for a happier you, switch your diet to include healthy fats instead of carbs for better, balanced hormones. These include foods that are high short, medium, and long-chain fatty acids, which are essential in managing your hormones, keeping your inflammation levels low, boosting metabolism, and supporting weight loss.

One simple way of realizing our goals of taking better care of our minds and bodies is the addition of a small, shiny seed into our meals.

Flaxseed, also known as linseed, can help you lead a healthier life. It has been shown to improve blood sugar levels in diabetics and reduce cholesterol. It is considered a superfood because of its high dietary fiber and omega 3 fatty acids.

Flaxseed is also a great source of lignans, a form of phytonutrients that offer potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics.

Flaxseeds are versatile and easy to use. Incorporating flax into your meals is a very low maintenance way of reaping exponentially more benefits. Flaxseed contains a wide array of minerals, healthy fats, and vitamin B that can help promote healthier hair and skin, resolving issues of redness and flaky skin and reducing acne, eczema, and rosacea. Flaxseed oil is also a great moisturizer.

Researchers have also found that the lignans present in flaxseed may help reduce the risks of breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancers.

Flax seeds improve metabolism by acting like natural gum. Flaxseed is rich in mucilage gum, which assists in nutrient absorption. It helps by keeping food in the stomach for longer periods of time, allowing for maximum nutrient absorption. The mucilage gum is water-soluble, which also enables better removal of toxins and waste and soothes the stomach lining.

The lignans do not stop there. They can help regulate female hormones in the bloodstreams, act as phytoestrogens, and provide antioxidants. This regulatory effect on the female hormones is helpful because it presents a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy, reduces the risks of osteoporosis, and helps regulate menstruation cycles.

Flax seeds do not only improve life by improving your health, but they serve as healthy substitutes for cooking and baking. Ground flax is a good way to substitute flours that contain gluten. This is particularly beneficial for those who are afflicted by celiac disease or those who may be sensitive to gluten. Flaxseed is a multipurpose ingredient that serves as a powerhouse for better health.

Have a fabulous summer. I am taking some time off to be with my family.

We have a busy summer planned. A mix of yoga, surfing and festivals.

See you at World Yoga Festival, Beautiful Days or Greenbelt Festival.

If you would like to book a call

Clinic is open the following days in August.

12th, 15th, 16th

Let me know if you would like to book a session for these days.

Also, be sure to connect in the FB group as I will keep an eye on any questions and continue to support our growing FB community.

If you would like to learn more about my 8-week Time To Nourish packages email me here trish@trishtuckermay.com The next group programme will be commencing mid-September.

 

Kind regards

Trish

 

 

What’s In Your Post-Viral Fatigue Toolkit?

Post-viral fatigue is not a new problem, yet now, over two years since the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, interest and awareness is at an all-time high.

The term ‘post viral fatigue’ describes a condition that can happen weeks or months after the initial onset of a viral infection.

Post-viral fatigue or post viral fatigue syndrome is completely different to normal tiredness, can affect people of different ages and does not always relate to the severity of the initial viral infection. In addition to fatigue, other symptoms may include brain fog, headaches, joint pain, muscle soreness, sleep problems, depression and even recurring symptoms of viral infections such as sore throat and swollen lymph nodes.

I have still been experiencing brain clag – it feels different to brain fog. Plus, my ears are still blocked at times.

My recommended post-viral fatigue toolkit.

Glutathione – liver support

Mitochondria are often referred to as the energy-producing powerhouse of the cell, yet they are highly vulnerable to damage from oxidative stress. In addition, factors such as infection, oxidative stress and inflammation can negatively impact the blood brain barrier.

Glutathione is often referred to as the body’s master antioxidant and provides essential protection for both mitochondria and the blood brain barrier against oxidative damage.

Our bodies can make glutathione from the amino acids cysteine, glycine and glutamic acid; however, cysteine is often considered to be a rate-limiting step.

Supplementing with N-acetyl cysteine before breakfast supports the body’s production of glutathione.

Alpha lipoic acid

Alpha lipoic acid is also an important antioxidant, is capable of regenerating other key antioxidants such as glutathione, vitamin C and Co-enzyme Q10 and is involved in the activation of key antioxidant signalling pathways.

Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

Levels of CoQ10 tend to decline with age. Supplemental CoQ10 has been shown to positively impact markers of inflammation.

Supplementation with CoQ10 may help to improve symptoms such as fatigue and depression.

Magnesium

‘Nature’s tranquiliser’ for the key roles it has to play in supporting calm, relaxation and a balanced stress response, yet magnesium is also essential for energy production and muscle function. It can be a real challenge to consume enough magnesium and levels are rapidly depleted during times of stress.

Curcumin

Is the main active component of turmeric and is best known for powerful and widespread anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity.

Green tea

A powerful antioxidant, it has been shown to positively influence multiple inflammatory pathways.

Quercetin

Is a bioflavonoid found in plants such as onions, berries, apples and capers. Quercetin may inhibit the release of histamine, prostaglandins and leukotrienes and protects against oxidative stress and inflammation.

Sulforaphane (active ingredient in broccoli)

Is a bioactive compound derived from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli. it has been widely studied for its incredible ability to activate many different antioxidant pathways in the body. These antioxidant pathways are crucial for protecting mitochondria and the blood brain barrier against oxidative stress, and for keeping inflammation in check.

Omega-3

Our bodies can use omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA as building blocks and are essential for switching inflammation off when it is no longer needed.

Yours in health and wellness,
Trish Tucker May

 

The Best Food to Support Hormones – Blueberries

Blueberries are flowering indigo-coloured berries that are sweet, long-lasting, and versatile. They are a great way to jazz up salads, smoothies, yogurt, and gluten-free pancakes, cupcakes, or waffles. Not only are they tasty and easy to snack on, but they are powerhouse superfoods with a wide range of benefits. Here are just a few.

Blueberries for hormone health

 

  1. High in nutrition

Blueberries are very nutritious. A cup contains four grams of fiber, 36% of your daily value (DV) of vitamin K, 24% DV of vitamin C, 25% DV of manganese and 15 grams of healthy carbohydrates.

  1. Low in calories

Although they are high in nutrition, they are low in calories. One serving of 148 grams of blueberries only contains 84 calories.

  1. King of anti-oxidants

Blueberries are often referred to as the king of antioxidants. They contain a high number of flavonoids that reduce the risk of various types of diseases and illnesses like cancer and heart problems.

  1. Promote anti-aging

Daily consumption of blueberries reduces the risk of DNA damage and the development of anti-aging symptoms.

  1. Fight various diseases and illnesses

Blueberries can help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and improve your memory and other brain activities.

  1. Workout partner

Blueberries are great for restoring and repairing muscle damage after hard workout sessions. Add a handful of them to your post-workout protein shake or smoothie.

  1. Help in losing weight

The fiber in blueberries helps you feel full, satiates cravings, and provides you with loads of long-lasting energy. Whip up a smoothie or throw them into some Greek yogurt to help keep your snacking healthy.

  1. Healthy digestion

Having a handful of blueberries as a dessert after your meal will help to improve your digestion and will save your body from disturbing illnesses like constipation.

  1. Promote clear and glowing skin

Blueberries promote clear skin. The high levels of vitamin C help reduce the damages of smoke, pollution and built up makeup. Try a blueberry facemask at home to help your skin regain its glow.

  1. Have luscious locks

The vitamins and nutrients in blueberries can help restore the lustre and shine of your hair. You can even crush a handful of blueberries and add them to your hair oil as a hair mask. Apply, let sit for a few minutes, and rinse. Your hair will feel amazing.

  1. You are strong when your bones are strong

Blueberries contain magnesium, calcium, iron, and phosphorus that promote strong, healthy bones. Daily consumption of a handful of blueberries may help repair damaged bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

If you would like to learn more about my Hormone Balancing Package including DUTCH TEST and Happy Menopause Package click here 

 

Yours in health and wellness,

 

Trish Tucker May

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