Updated: Jan 29


My journey began in Colonic Hydrotherapy and digestive health back in 2006.

Pro & Prebiotics were in their infancy, and we only knew about one, Acidophilus. It was a temperamental soul that needed to be refrigerated, and then they were solely derived from animal. Wow, has this world changed! Now we have blends to suit various problems, from constipation, diarrhoea, post-use of antibiotics, traveller’s tummy to name but a few. There are numerous species. They are mostly all now vegan and can survive sitting on your bathroom shelf. Scientists continue to learn more and more each year about how they live and function within us.


There is often some confusion about their role in our health and what they are. Probiotics and Prebiotics are very different. We need them both to work closely together to support our digestive health.



Probiotics. These are living bacteria and yeast that, for the most part, live in the intestinal tract. This good bacteria helps to balance out the harmful bacteria in the digestive system. We get probiotics from foods and supplements.

On their own, probiotics have a limited effect. This is because they are easily destroyed. To live, probiotics need food. This is where Prebiotics come in.




Prebiotics


Prebiotics are not live bacteria; they are a form of fibre. Probiotic bacteria in the gut digest fibre. These are found in the food we eat and supplements.

So, what role do these bacteria have in our gut?

Probiotics support our gut microbiome. About 80% of your immune system is in your microbiome, your body’s bacteria, which help your body with just about every process, including digesting your food, thinking clearly and even maintaining a healthy weight.

Gut dysbiosis is a term used when the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract, which includes your stomach and intestines become unbalanced.

When your gut microbiome is balanced, you stay healthy, you’re in good spirits and have great energy. When it’s out of balance (dysbiosis), you are not functioning at your best and are walking towards a host of health issues.

The gut microbiome is destroyed by highly processed foods, sugars, antibiotics, chronic stress, anxiety, food poisoning, gastroenteritis and some medications. This list sadly goes on and on.

We can do a lot to help ourselves by maintaining the right balance of these bacteria present in our bodies and giving them the best possible environment to live in.



A few ideas of foods that contain Probiotics (bacteria)

Yoghurt with live cultures, Kefir, Buttermilk, Aged cheeses, Brined pickles & Olives, Sauerkraut, Apple cider vinegar, Kimchi, Pickled beets, Miso, Tempeh, Soy sauce, Traditional sourdough breads, coconut kefir.


A few ideas of foods that contain Prebiotic foods (food for bacteria)

Onions, Asparagus, Berries, Bananas, Beans, Lentils, Chickpeas, Cabbage, Leeks, Oats, Peas, Wheat germ, Wholegrain, Garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, Oatmeal, Barley, Flaxseeds,

Keeping a healthy balanced diet with lots of variety and seasonal fresh local foods will help support your gut microbiome. If you feel you would like to discuss Pro & Prebiotics as a supplement to your diet, please don’t hesitate to give me a call and we can discuss your options.


If I can help you in any way, please do get in touch.

Best wishes

Wendy

Well! Yes, food is fuel. It is also great joy and pleasure to eat a stunning plate of food.


Just for a moment, Imagine your dream car!

It could be a Ferrari, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Jaguar or my personal indulgence would be an Aston Martin DP9! Its sat on your drive sparkling … your turn the key (or with some press the button) it purrs or roars into life.

Oh, oh, not good!! The petrol gauge is blinking….

Choices Choices.

Choice one… no worries keep going, running on fumes. I don't have time; I can't be bothered and don't want to go to the garage now. If I put fuel in it now, it will only need more later.

OR

Choice two … straight to the garage to put the best fuel into this stunning feat of engineering. After all, allowing the tank to run out will damage the engine.

Wow, think of the damage the expense!!



This scenario translates into so many folks’ lives. Our bodies are far more expensive and valuable than our pride and joy on the drive. After all, if your body breaks, where else are we going to live!!


The fuel we pour into ourselves either has the potential to promote and build happy, healthy cells and wellbeing, to create energy, a clear focused mind and to heal or it can be the extreme opposite and cause slow growth of disease, lethargy and stagnation.

There is considerable debate in the world about the rights and wrongs of Breakfast. I stand on my grandmother's principle (after all, she lived into her 90's) along with my personal experience in life and my many years in practice working with clients.


As the word suggests, we are BREAKing our night FAST as we awake every morning. This means the engine is empty. Now that's not to say it has been sleeping all night, far from it has been busy. The digestive tract does a considerable amount of its work in the hours between 12, and 6 am!


It’s been completing yesterday’s digestion, absorption and sorting out what needs to head to the exit in the morning.

We need to hydrate and fuel the body with energizing foods to nourish it so it can start the engine of our metabolism. Thus, fuelling our minds and bodies ready and raring to go into our day.

As part of your consultation with me at the practice, we will work together on your journey to better health.


This includes looking into your food choices and options to ensure you can get the best from your day and longevity of results from your treatment.


Well yes! I can't deny that will be the case…but only for a second or two!

You will be dressed in a disposable gown with a sheet across your lap. There's a 20 second moment where I place the speculum in position; you will then be covered up for the remainder of your treatment—there are few seconds at the end of the treatment where this needs to be removed.

While you rightly don't want to show it off! I don't want to see it!

I have a job to do I have to ensure you're comfortable and the equipment is correctly positioned, trust me I've seen so many bots in 15 years… There's nothing I haven't seen before. While you are settling into your first treatment, I'm here to support your treatment to be as comfortable and beneficial as possible. Even me, who's received colonics for 15 years forgets how odd and peculiar the sensations are.

Once you're over the initial thoughts and you're settled with the sensations, most people actually enjoy the Colonic and are especially pleased with the unaccustomed sensation of feeling lighter, clean and clear afterwards.

Sometimes during a Colonic, the Colon muscles will contract suddenly expelling considerable amounts of liquid and waste. This may feel like cramping or gas and may create a feeling of urgency to empty the rectum. Such episodes, if they do occur, are very brief and easily tolerated.

For more information and to find out how a colonic could benefit you, please get in touch on 01923 246555

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Bushey Colonic Hydrotherapy

1 Malden Fields

Bushey

Hertfordshire

WD23 2QA

England

Phone: 01923 246 555

Mobile: 07818 452 761

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