Author Archives: Jennifer Jefferies

Four ways to help you overcome inaction

Have you ever been fired up to make changes and achieve your goals only to find that in a month or two you’ve been plagued by inaction? Often we know what we need to do to get healthier and achieve our goals, but we get in our own way and fail to do anything. To help you, here are four ways to help you overcome inaction. Identify your distractions Let’s face it, we live in a world full of distractions, and they Read More...

How to make this your healthiest year yet!

For many of us, the beginning of every year is a time where we think about and set some goals (or resolutions) around our health and happiness. It can also be a time where we get disheartened as we start with the best of intentions and within weeks our well-meaning goals are forgotten as we become distracted in the pattern of every day life. Sound familiar? If you can relate but still want to make this year your healthiest yet, Read More...

Sleep and its impact on the immune system

There is enough research that suggests there is a link between your sleep and your mental and physical health. However, did you know that the lack of quality sleep has a direct effect on your immune system making you more susceptible to catching colds and flu? Now that we are in the season for sickness, one non-medical approach to keeping healthy is to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. To help you understand the value of a good Read More...

How stress increases inflammation in the body

For years we’ve heard about the harmful effects that stress can have on our bodies, and now, as we are living more and more in a state of stress, we are finding out just how much damage is possible. It can mess with our mindset through to our metabolism and as you've probably noticed during times of high stress, our immune system. Recent research is bringing to light just how much stress lowers our immune system and increases inflammation. Stress Read More...

The importance of cleansing your body (and where to start)

Chemicals and toxins bombard our bodies daily. They are in the foods we eat, the products we use in our bodies, the cleaning products we use in our homes and offices and they are created through the constant stress we put ourselves under on a daily basis. All these toxins affect your health, so it’s time to take stock and eliminate them from your life! Imagine a swimming pool if you will. In a swimming pool, you can see all Read More...

You are what you eat: food as medicine

Today many find their bodies are not living up to what they need and want from them. While this can be caused by our lifestyle and environment a lot has to do with the food we put into our bodies. Nowadays many of our foods are heavily processed and artificially made, and it’s taking its toll. While our food may still look the same as it did decades ago, the ingredients have substantially changed. Convenience has come at a cost. Read More...

The dangers of visceral fat

Often when we think about the fat in our bodies, we think about subcutaneous fat. This is the fat we see, the fat under our skin that we try to shift when we want to lose weight. But there is another fat, a more dangerous fat that affects all of us regardless of whether we are thin, healthy or overweight - visceral fat. Visceral fat is a silent killer, and it’s responsible for many diseases including heart attacks, some cancers, Read More...

Healthy GALT, Healthy Life

With all the talk about gut health these days (I’m a huge fan of this by the way), the focus of eating healthy is especially emphasised (again, I’m a huge fan). But how the gut keeps us healthy is all about how well your GALT helps your MALT…WT? Right? GALT or Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue is a lymphoid tissue of the gastrointestinal mucosa that contains both B and T cells (these are the good guys!), and it is vital to Read More...

Six foods that love your gut

To have a healthy gut, we need to provide it with foods that promote good bacteria. Here are six foods you will want to add to your diet. 1. Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage These are called cruciferous vegetables, which mean they contain specific microbes that reduce inflammation. They can protect against cancers of the colon, stomach, liver, breast and lung. They act like ‘doormen’ in removing pathogens out of your system. 2. Bananas Besides being a very fast and convenient food, they can Read More...

Why you need to love your gut

I don’t know about you, but after the recent spat of holidays, I’m not sure what day it is let alone what I did yesterday. It in times like these I really wish I had a second brain…and you know what? We actually do! Some people call it intuition, a “gut feeling” or as science now acknowledges a second brain. In fact, our gut guides or misguides (depending on its condition) our actual brain, our body functions, our emotions and Read More...