The Second Brain: keeping your gut healthy
Grace Belgravia Colonic Hydrotherapist Kara Mia understands the fundamental importance of gut health in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and approaches it in an all-encompassing way; assessing diet, stress, lifestyle and more. Here she introduces new ways of thinking about gut health…
I feel very privileged to have cultivated a unique perspective on the gut and gut health. As a Nutritionist, Naturopath and Colon Hydrotherapist, I have seen thousands of both women and men up close and personal, and how their guts respond to various external and internal stimuli. How and what we eat, how and where we hold our stress, how we feel about the world around us. Ultimately, emotions, conscious or sub-conscious, are held in the body – affecting our health.
No doubt you have heard that the gut is the “Second Brain” and terms like “Microbiome” and “Gut-Brain Axis” are becoming part of common parlance. Ask yourself where you hold your stress. Generally, I find that women hold it in their gut/stomach area and men more in their back/neck and shoulders. (You may even find that you hold it in both places).
Gut Health Specialist Kara Mia Vernon
Multi-talented Kara Mia Vernon is a qualified naturopath, nutritionist, homeopath and colon hydrotherapist. She’s been practising for a decade and has seen the damage that our modern diet and lifestyles can do to good health.
After a recent treatment with Kara Mia, we couldn’t resist asking for her 10 commandments for better gut health.
1. If it’s man-made then avoid it. Butter is always better than margarine; sugar is better than Aspartame.
2. Avoid wheat where possible. Sadly it’s everywhere. Even if you try and avoid it, you’ll still end up eating it.
3. Drink water. Make it choice number one at all times. Ideally still. If sparkling make sure it’s the naturally sparkling kind. Aim for one litre per day, two if you’re feeling up for it.
4. Coffee is allowed, once a day, prior to noon. Give yourself a break from it occasionally.
5. Avoid soya. Fermented soya is fine (e.g. miso, tempeh) but most are of poor quality, and an estrogen mimicker which is fine if you want to have awful PMS or Moobs.
6. EAT VEGETABLES. Try and make this 60% of your diet. Raw or lightly steamed is best.
7. AVOID sugar. It’s evil. The true cause of all chronic illness, I kid you not.
8. Pay no attention to the Cholesterol debate. Fats are good for you. Sugar kills, fats don’t.
9. Do not drink with your meals. A small amount of water or a glass of wine with dinner is okay.
10. Don’t eat at your desk. Walk away, breathe, then eat. And chew.
Lastly, a little note from Radiance: For your next cleanse, we would highly recommend a colon hydrotherapy session with Kara Mia. She practises at Grace Belgravia’s medical centre in central London. We understand that it’s not for everyone, but if you want to get maximum benefits from your cleanse then do give it a try. She offers a 10% discount to all Radiance clients and you can find out more HERE. Simply quote RADIANCE when booking.
Ask The Expert: Kara Mia – Naturopathy
In our 21st Century world, people are becoming more open-minded to different forms of medicines and treatments when plagued with illness and after a recent trip to visit Naturopathy expert Kara Mia Melissa came back raving about her procedures, so we obviously felt the need to find out a little more.
Keep reading to see our interview with Kara and learn all about the wonders of alternative therapies and healing methods…