1. Lack of sleep
This really goes without saying, yet 95% of us do not get enough sleep. For some there may be sleep issues, insomnia, kidney, prostate, bladder problems resulting in disturbed sleep or for many others it is burning the candle at both ends. When you lack sleep your body and mind also misses on crucial time to grow, repair, detoxify and heal. This can lead onto toxic waste buildup, sluggishness, digestive problems, mood swings, irritability, nausea, dizziness, headaches, migraines, lowered immunity and more. Aim to get as much sleep as possible. Catnap during the day if you have to or if you have the opportunity, 20 minutes can work wonders. Get to bed early; before you get your second wind around 10.30/11pm. Avoid eating after 7.30pm. Avoid stimulants before bed. Get at least 10-15 minutes exercise during the day out in the fresh air if possible. Write out list of to-dos or concerns if your mind is busy, anxious or simply won’t switch off…the Bach Flower Remedy or White Chestnut can help release thoughts which go around and around in your head.
2. Fluctuating Blood Sugars
Highs and lows of sugars…sugar is added to all processed foods these days in some form or another. The more sugar you have the more you need to feed the addiction. Start to reduce day by day, if you have 6 cans of diet coke reduce to 4, then 3, 2 and 0…replace with fruit /vegetable juices, water, herbal teas, eating little and often will help you stabilise blood sugars without the need for the next fix. When your diet is high in sugars from fizzy drinks, chocolate, sweets, pastries, cakes, biscuits, processed foods, cereals you are more than likely lacking in vital minerals and vitamins needed to sustain a healthy mind and body. You will find it difficult to lose weight, suffer from digestive problems, sleeplessness, and low energy and so on. Sugar is not good. Start today to reduce it for your body’s sake.
3. Malfunctioning Ileo-Cecal Valve (ICV)
The ICV is found between the end of your small intestine and the beginning of your large intestine.
In the small intestine, all the goodness is absorbed from the food we eat. What is not utilised by the body is sent to the large intestine as waste. This is then transported out of the system in the form of faeces. The function of the ICV is to open to allow the waste through and then close to keep the waste in the large intestine…the waste department! When the valve gets stuck open or closed the long list of symptoms above start appearing. When it is open all of the time the waste from the large intestine slush’s around and passes back up into the small intestine where the toxins are reabsorbed and sent around the body. This creates an awful lot of gurgling sounds in the abdomen. Toxins swirl around the body uncontrollably and get stuck at joints and leads onto joint stiffness, inflammation, aches and pains. When it is closed most of the time, waste cannot pass into the large intestine, leading to chronic buildup, discomfort and constipation.
Many causes of weak ICV include…emotional stresses, medication, toxin stress e.g from nasty bacteria, fungus, parasites. Over eating, not chewing your food properly, drinking excess at meal times, frequently eating hot spicy and processed foods, eating foods you are intolerant to, not drinking enough water, eating too quickly, excess raw/cold foods, high caffeine or alcohol intake to name just a few.
To promote healing…avoid stimulants caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, cold foods, high fibre foods, seeds, nuts for a few weeks. Long term correction of the valve through kinesiology techniques is essential for feeling great again.
For further tips on preventing malfunction of the ileo-caecal valve use my “20 Super Easy Ways to Conquer Digestive Complaints”