Intuition is an amazing ability to know something without having proof, but we question everything and more often than not, we ignore that ‘gut feeling’ and there is much reason as to why we refer to intuition as going with our gut. Our gut, you see, it is our second brain.
"It's a time to tune into your body and embrace the new chapter"...
Menopause by definition is when a woman stops having periods, a natural process that can happen between the age of 45 - 55.
It can be a time that many women fear or even dred and feel unsure about.
However, as we live in a world that shares a lot more information, the once taboo, not talked about topics are now realised as being critical and normal parts of life, that should and need to be discussed, without shameor prejudice.
If a musical instrument is out of tune, it sounds bad. It can ruin a live performance and it isn't so easy on the ears! And what happens in this situation? Well, a muso quickly tunes up their guitar or fiddle, does a little sound check and makes sure everything is a-o-k! No one would ever continue to play when their instrument is not working optimally, and who would pay to see a concert if the lead guitarist was totally off key?
Suffering breakout, be it mild, moderate or severe, is no doubt a frustrating, upsetting and often painful thing to endure. Whilst no one wishes to experience the discomfort, sometimes having clarity and understanding of why it has happened can help with the healing journey, encourage my clients to stay focused on sticking to the plan and really get to know what's going on in their body.
Have you ever had to make a “gut-wrenching" decision under pressure? Or were you ever so anxious that you had butterflies in your stomach? If so, then you know how stress can affect your digestive system.
The brain and the gut are connected and constantly in communication. In fact, more neurons reside in the gut than in the entire spinal cord and stress can affect every part of the digestive system!
The girl in the images is my little girl, a tender beauty only 6 years old. Her pretty porcelain face, fair complexion and red hair - a nightmare when it comes to UV damage Maybe I'm slightly more obsessed with her skin because of my career, but I feel its important that EVERYONE take note of the damage UVA and UVB rays cause.
I'm not sure I ever fully bounced back after my daughter was born 6 years ago. Part and parcel of becoming a mum is to experience long periods of tiredness, fatigue and perhaps even a little depression. For me, I ticked all those boxes and then some. Insomnia, yup had that. Yet I was so tired, so why couldn't I sleep? Digestive problems, bloating after everything, working out, but still not feeling amazing. Low libido, ongoing anxiety and depression, even with medication and therapy. Some days were fine. But I often asked myself, is this it? Is it meant to feel like this? Am I meant to feel like this...all the time?
At some point for most of us, we will experience sensitivity in our skin. However, the thought than many of us have sensitive skin is not always the case, once we delve deeper into the possible triggers and patterns.
Ever wonder why your best friend, who shares your love for sweet chilli fries and chocolate milkshakes NEVER gets pimples, yet your skin is breaking all sorts of havoc? Whilst it's easy to say 'we are all different', the truth really does lie in the genes. When it comes to inheriting great skin from our grandmother, it can be just as common (and painful) to see a re-occurring pattern through generations in a family when it comes to acne lesions.
As children we have a plump, dewy, bouncy skin. As babies our DNA hasn't yet been exposed to environmental damage or stress. But it doesn't take long, and in fact most of our 'sun damage' regardless of where in the world we seen the sun, happened when we were only young.
If you are experiencing breakouts (a.k.a spots, pimples, acne, blackheads) your skin is suffering a dysfunction. In other words, the little factory beneath the surface isn't working optimally. A large part of this dysfunction is connected to your hormones, lymphatic drainage & circulation. In an 'acne' prone skin there is an imbalance in these areas, a higher inflammatory response, poor immunity. The 'factory' is working fast, too fast, but off course faster isn't always better.