Could your liver be the cause of your poor gut health?

The little-discussed factor in gut health.

The Liver and Digestive Health

When it comes to looking after your gut, I’m sure you’ve heard about probiotics and fibre, right? But did you know that looking after your liver can be key to ensuring your gut is working the way that its meant to?

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St Mary’s Thistle print by AgaFarrell

Your liver, the one responsible for detoxifying the body’s metabolites and the toxins you ingest, creates a digestive secretion called bile. Bile is the medium through which these detoxified products are released via the bowel, shifting them out of your system. It is created from bile salts that are transported from the liver to the gall bladder. Concentrated, stored and excreted by the gall bladder in response to the presence of a meal, bile enables us to absorb fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and some minerals. It also helps to maintain the optimum pH in the gut for our gut flora to grow and contains immunoglobulins that support the integrity and structure of the gut wall.

When should you start to worry about your liver and its effect on the gut?

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Exercise and Mental Wellbeing – it’s not just about endorphins #mentalhealthweek

I’m sure you’ve heard that one of the fantastic benefits of exercise, especially when it comes to your mental wellbeing, is that it boosts endorphins – right?

But it can do SO much more than that, because of one simple mechanism, and I am going to make it really easy for you to understand. Hopefully, the more you understand about how exercise can help you, the more likely you will be to include it into your life. Continue reading

Rather shoot yourself in the foot than eat another handful of almonds? :: 17 Super Snack Ideas that give you Bang for your Buck!

Often when healthy snacks are suggested, the go-to is a handful of almonds, or some veggie sticks – how friggin boring right? If you still want healthy options for your snacks but want to enjoy them too, I’ve got your back, Jack! There’s a whole world of tasty snacks for you to explore, and they’re incredibly easy to fit into your way of life.

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Pumpernickel toast. Hummus, zucchini, tomato and nut cheese (or ricotta/fetta goes good too)

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A Day in the Life: What THIS nutritionist eats

I always say that healthy eating doesn’t need to be complicated to get results, and since I get asked a lot about what my diet looks like, I thought I would share with you a bit of a “day in the life”. It’s no muss, no fuss, whole foods and lots of variety.

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And if you want some specific diet and lifestyle tips and recipes and you live in Brisbane, check out my next workshop, Nutrition for Fatigue, 6pm, 24th June 2015 at Little Tokyo Two

Four Minute Salad

Yesterday I had a wonderful afternoon of creation in my kitchen. I didn’t do anything too complicated, and I didn’t have to buy any new ingredients; I just cooked real, delicious food. I created some flavours to cook chicken wings I had in my fridge, and while they were cooking, I realised that I hadn’t even thought to have them with anything (sometimes I get all too focused on the protein component of a dish that I forget about the other things I’m supposed to cook until the last minute and fluster around with them).

I had a quick look in my fridge and grabbed out the vegies I had most of to create this simple and very refreshing salad which I put together in about 3-4 minutes (which stopping to crunch on extra celery because sometimes I forget how delicious that can be)

The thing I like most about this salad is that it’s a little different so can shake up your usual routine when it comes to salads, as we can all get in a habit of making the same salad over and over again. It also has a lot of flavour and the minute pieces make it easy to get a range of flavours in every mouthful.

I promise you will thoroughly enjoy it!

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