5 Reasons You're Bloated

5 REASONS YOU'RE BLOATED (that has NOTHING to do with the food you’re eating)

8 / NOVEMBER / 2023
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Do you often find yourself feeling bloated, regardless of what foods you've eaten? If so, you're not alone. Bloating can be frustrating and uncomfortable, but it's essential to realise that there's often more to it than just certain foods triggering your discomfort.

The good news is that many of my clients discover relief after addressing the root causes of their bloating. Let's dive deeper into why you might be experiencing bloating…

CAUSES OF BLOATING (other than food)

1. Stress: stress plays a more significant role in our digestive health than we might think. When we're under high stress, our body shifts its focus away from digestion and into "fight or flight" mode. This response is meant to prepare us for danger, not for digesting a meal. As a result, digestion slows down significantly, leading to gas and bloating.

2. SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth): SIBO is a condition where there's an overabundance of bacteria in the small intestine, a place where there usually shouldn't be many bacteria. These bacteria ferment food and create gas. This overproduction of gas can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable.

3. Not Chewing Your Food: digestion begins in the mouth. The process of breaking down food starts when we chew, mixing it with saliva. This not only makes it easier for the stomach to digest but also allows for better absorption of nutrients. When we don't chew our food thoroughly, larger food particles enter the stomach. These larger particles are more challenging to digest, resulting in gas buildup and bloating.

4. Low Stomach Acid: adequate stomach acid is essential for breaking down the food we eat. It's the first step in the digestive process. When stomach acid is low, it's like trying to start a car with a nearly empty gas tank. The body isn't fully prepared for the food entering the stomach, which can slow down digestion and leave undigested food sitting in the digestive tract for hours. This undigested food contributes to bloating.

5. Dehydration: proper hydration is essential for healthy digestion. When there's an imbalance of fluids and electrolytes, it can lead to constipation. Constipation means that food moves more slowly through the digestive tract, leading to that bloated feeling.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you're tired of dealing with bloating and want to address the root causes, we're here to help. We understand that it's more than just about what you eat; it's about how your body processes it.

Comment 'BLOAT,' and let's work together to make relief from bloating a reality. Say goodbye to that uncomfortable, frustrating bloated feeling and embrace a healthier, happier digestive system.

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Intro To Biohacking What Is It

INTRO TO BIOHACKING: TRANSFORMING YOUR ENERGY, HEALTH + PRODUCTIVITY!

18 / OCTOBER / 2023
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What on earth is biohacking though?

You may have heard the term all over the internet, but you really have no clue what it’s about or why people are talking about it? Don’t worry, I got you!

Biohacking is a vast field with a myriad of strategies and techniques aimed at enhancing human health and well-being. In this blog, we'll delve into four key areas of biohacking that can empower you to optimise your health and vitality.

Essentially, biohacking is all about using science, technology, and lifestyle changes to upgrade your body's performance. Let's get started with a sneak peek into these biohacks.

KEY AREAS OF BIOHACKING

1. Understanding Your Neurotransmitters

Our journey begins with the fascinating world of neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers in your brain that influence your sleep, energy, and mood. While there are many neurotransmitters, four key players to watch are serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and acetylcholine.

- Serotonin: known as the happiness hormone, it regulates your mood and even plays a role in gut health. Low serotonin levels can lead to depression and poor sleep.

- Dopamine: this is your motivation neurotransmitter. It drives ambition, focus, and that "get up and go" feeling. Managing dopamine can help avoid burnout.

- GABA: think of GABA as your "keep calm and carry on" neurotransmitter. It promotes relaxation and is closely linked to managing anxiety. Balancing GABA and progesterone can be essential for peace and stress resilience.

- Acetylcholine: this neurotransmitter is all about focus, memory, and cognition. It's also needed for muscle movement. Keeping acetylcholine in check can help with mental clarity.

These neurotransmitters are your brain's orchestra, and maintaining harmony among them is crucial for your overall well-being.

2. Saunas and Heat Therapy

The power of saunas and heat therapy lies in their ability to create hormesis, a beneficial form of stress. By exposing yourself to comfortably uncomfortable heat in saunas or infrared therapy, you can reap numerous rewards:

- Circulation and Blood Flow: heat therapy improves blood flow and nutrient delivery, which can help with recovery and vitality.

- Detoxification: sweating helps release toxins, heavy metals, and even excess hormones from your body.

- Stress Reduction: sauna sessions promote relaxation and stress reduction, which can lead to better sleep and hormonal balance.

- Cardiovascular Exercise: heat therapy can mimic cardiovascular exercise by challenging your circulatory system. This is particularly true if you combine it with cold exposure.

3. Ice Baths and Cold Therapy

Ice baths and cold therapy are excellent counterparts to heat therapy. They, too, create hormesis, but by exposing your body to cold conditions. Benefits of cold therapy include:

- Stress Resilience: cold exposure can help you become more resilient to stress as your body learns to tolerate the extra stress on the nervous system and adapt

- Mood and Alertness: cold therapy may lead to increased mood, alertness, and cognitive function, reduced anxiety and improved mental clarity.

- Inflammation Reduction: cold exposure can lower inflammation in the body, which is linked to many chronic health issues, as well as the burning of white fat, which can your boost metabolism

- Strengthened Immune System: studies showed that just 30 seconds of cold showering twice a day reduced sick days at work by 29%

4. Grounding

Grounding, also known as "earthing," involves making direct contact with the earth's surface. Whether you're walking barefoot on the ground or using grounding mats, this practice is thought to have numerous health benefits:

- Stress Reduction: grounding may help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm.

- Inflammation Management: some evidence suggests that grounding can reduce inflammation in the body.

- Improved Sleep: grounding has been linked to better sleep quality and duration.

- Balancing Hormones: grounding has the potential to balance hormones and support overall well-being.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Don't forget that biohacking is a highly personalised journey. Whether you're exploring neurotransmitter balance, diving into saunas, ice baths, or experimenting with grounding, these biohacks can empower you to take control of your health and optimise your well-being.

Experiment, and embrace the world of biohacking to unlock your full potential!

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How I Lost 10lbs With Ease

HOW I LOST 10 LBS WITH EASE AND KEPT IT OFF FOR GOOD

11 / OCTOBER / 2023
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I am the leanest, lightest, happiest, and healthiest I have been in almost a decade…

And it isn't from being on a diet or doing a protocol or a whole host of supplements that I've been taking. It’s from mastering the basics

HOW I MASTERED THE BASICS

  1. Regulating my nervous system
    I stopped letting cortisol have a chokehold on my life, and it shows. Your stress levels directly dictate if your body can burn fat, or if it’s stuck in fight-or-flight, burning glucose only.
  2. Eating real foods 80% of the time
    I fundamentally believe food is medicine and we can use it to heal and change our bodies for the better. Of course, everything in moderation, which is why I aim for at least 80% whole foods.
  3. Finding my community
    Having been surrounded by an incredibly supportive and loving community, I’ve had the chance to make connections to fulfil me and help me on my journey.
  4. Drinking 3+ litres of water a day
    This might seem like a lot (I know everyone tells you to stop at 2 litres), but hydration is the single most important thing for your body to function. You need to keep yourself hydrated to shed excess weight, too.
  5. Apple cider vinegar before meals
    This is incredible for avoiding a blood sugar spike (which would normally signal to your body to store more fat over time), as well as reducing blood sugar dips, stabilising your appetite, too.
  6. Moving my body in ways I love
    I’ve always loved training in the gym, BUT there are also other ways in which I move my body daily. I absolutely love walking or doing a soul cycle class. It’s all about balance and finding what works for you.
  7. Listening to my body, always
    I trust in what my body asks for, whether that’s an extra rest day, certain food, practising gratitude and self-care. Most importantly, I give my body the respect it deserves and never talk down on myself!
  8. Spending time in nature
    Absolutely nothing beats getting some sun and fresh air, grounding yourself in nature, and getting some movement in at the same time, too. It’s the most fundamental way to heal, recover, and reduce stress.
  9. Starting my day with movement
    Okay, I talk about how much I love working out but seriously, my favourite thing to do is start my day with any type of movement. This kick starts your metabolism, supports blood sugar levels, and boosts your mood!
  10. Prioritising NEAT every single day
    NEAT stands for non-exercise activity thermogenesis, and refers to ways in which we expend energy aside from exercise-related activity, for example things like walking, cooking, or gardening.
  11. Practising gratitude daily
    And finally... maybe the most important thing for me, and I couldn’t have shed those 10 lbs without this. Gratitude practices help me stay centred and in tune with myself. Plus, this helps reduce stress (cortisol) levels, which as I mentioned is one of the main things you need to prioritise to burn body fat.

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Why I Am Drinking Coffee Again

WHY I’M DRINKING COFFEE AGAIN…

27 / SEPTEMBER / 2023
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After a 6+ year hiatus 😅

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ll know it’s always an HBL (hormone balancing latte) in the morning for me, no caffeine

What you may not be aware of is WHY

Back when I was studying nutrition at University I was consuming caffeine like it was going out of fashion

Wake up - black coffee before opening the gym
Drive to uni - energy drink
During lectures - energy drink
Driving home - energy drink to stimulate me for my afternoon clients
Studying after dinner - coffee

And yes I could go straight to sleep after this

My days were 4.30am - 11pm and I’m sure all that was keeping me going was the caffeine running through my veins

I had to drink so much because I was literally so tired all the time, and I thought more caffeine was the answer

THE BENEFITS OF CUTTING OUT COFFEE

It wasn’t until I finished my post grad that I just stopped cold turkey.. any and all caffeine

Suddenly the 10 lbs I’d been trying to lose disappeared, I no longer felt anxious, my moods were more stable and I had an abundance of energy

It wasn’t long after that I learnt what I’d been going through was something they termed back then ‘adrenal fatigue’

The more I looked into it, the more I realised I’d been wiring my nervous system into a chronic sympathetic state

Living in fight or flight constantly by my daily cups of cortisol (aka caffeine)

Fortunately for me, I had stopped the caffeine purely because it wasn’t of need anymore, I’d simply used it for a function and then no longer needed it

I didn’t like the taste, so I didn’t miss it at all

Then learning all the crazy effects it has been having on me was the reason I kept it out

I started noticing this with my clients, even though they didn’t consume anywhere near as much caffeine as me, simply taking a break for 4 weeks was enough

Enough to see stubborn weight shift
Enough to shift their mood highs and lows
Enough to balance our their energy levels
Enough to start seeing a change in their hormones + monthly cycle

So I became the biggest advocate for living caffeine free… until now

WHAT CHANGED?

Don’t get me wrong, I’d always encourage my clients to try it out, it didn’t mean giving it up for life, just seeing how THEIR body reacted and what served them

And I’ll always continue to advocate for that

But in the past 6 weeks or so, I’ve had more cups of coffee than I have in the last 6 years!!

And my body is handling it so well…

I have noticed a little energy dip in the arvo, but other than that, it hasn’t bought back the same awful side effects I’d been experiencing

And I know a huge part of this is my nervous system is now so much more regulated

My stress levels have drastically dropped, and I’m feeling so much calmer and happier in myself

I’m also making sure I have breakfast with plenty of protein first, and don’t touch a cup until I’ve been up for at least 90 minutes

It’s about working smarter and with your body, rather than against it

Coffee itself has a number of benefits, and just like most things, it has its place, it’s just determining what that is for you

Did you find this helpful? Let me know below 👇🏽

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15 Immune Boosting Foods To Keep You Healthy This Winter

15 IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY THIS WINTER

19 / JULY / 2023
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Your immune system is your body's defense mechanism against pathogens, viruses, and other harmful invaders.

Keeping it strong and resilient is crucial for maintaining optimal health and well-being. One effective way to support your immune system is by incorporating immune-boosting foods into your daily diet.

These foods are rich in essential nutrients, antioxidants, and bioactive compounds that can strengthen your immune response and help protect against illnesses.

Below are a variety of immune-boosting foods that can provide a natural and delicious way to fortify your immune system. Whether you're looking to ward off seasonal colds, enhance your overall immune health, or simply give your body a nutrient-packed boost, these foods will nourish and empower your body's defense system.

LIST OF IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS

  1. Citrus fruits (e.g., oranges, grapefruits, lemons): rich in vitamin C, which enhances immune cell function and supports the production of antibodies.
  2. Berries (e.g., strawberries, blueberries, raspberries): packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and flavonoids, which help protect immune cells from oxidative damage.
  3. Leafy greens (e.g., spinach, kale, Swiss chard): abundant in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as antioxidants and fibre, all of which support immune function.
  4. Capsicums: high in vitamin C and antioxidants, making them excellent for immune support and reducing inflammation.
  5. Garlic: contains allicin, a compound that has antimicrobial and immune-enhancing properties, helping to strengthen the immune response.
  6. Ginger: possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can support the immune system and help reduce inflammation.
  7. Turmeric: contains curcumin, a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that may help enhance immune function.
  8. Kiwifruit: packed with vitamin C, vitamin E, and antioxidants, making it a great addition to support immune function and protect against oxidative stress.
  9. Almonds: Almonds are a source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect immune cells from oxidative damage.
  10. Sunflower seeds: Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, selenium, and zinc, all of which play important roles in supporting immune function.
  11. Green tea: Green tea contains flavonoids, antioxidants, and catechins that can boost immune function and reduce inflammation.
  12. Salmon: Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and support immune cell function.
  13. Mushrooms (e.g., shiitake, maitake, reishi): Certain mushrooms have immune-enhancing properties and contain beta-glucans that can stimulate immune responses.
  14. Probiotic-rich foods (e.g., sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, yoghurt, miso): Probiotics help maintain a healthy gut microbiome, which supports immune function and reduces inflammation.
  15. Bone broth/chicken soup: contains various nutrients, including vitamins A and C, zinc, and protein, which can support immune health and ease symptoms of illness.

WHAT FOODS WILL YOU TRY?

Share with me in the comments below which of the above foods you’ll be adding more of into your diet to support your immune system during the winter season.

Yours in Health & Happiness,
Sheree xo

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A Letter From My Higher Self

A LETTER FROM MY HIGHER SELF

5 / JULY / 2023
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Dear Beautiful Soul,

You’re not going to believe where you are right now. The smile on your face cannot be shaken and the love in your heart will never fade. You are sharing your light, you are sharing your gifts with the world and you are expanding and exploding with joy.

Your soul aligned mission on this earth that has been divinely guided is being lived in right here, right now.

I know where you are in this moment is tough, I know that it feels like the world is crumbling around you and at times like it is all too much. I know that this is not where or how you pictured your life at this point and I want you to know that it is okay to grieve that.

I also want you to know that it is all coming. This is the initiation. A chance for you to reset. To realign your life to your higher calling, to your deeper purpose and also a chance for you to be the fullest, most beautiful expression of yourself.

It is by stepping into this version of yourself that you will attract everything that you’ve ever wanted and more, and let me tell you… it is SO MUCH MORE than you could’ve ever dreamed.

I want to take a moment to see you, to recognise the strength you have had, the vulnerability you have shown, the beauty you have been amongst the chaos and your willingness to continue the fight.

I also want you to take a moment to acknowledge how far you have come and how much you have accomplished, your younger self would be so proud of you if she could see the woman you have become now. Honour that.

You are beautiful, loving, kind and beyond words. This life may not be kind at times, but remember… No one else in this world can do what you do, the way you do it, and that my darling is your superpower.

It is my hope for you that you will trust the path you are on right now, and know that God/Universe/Source has your back every step of the way.

I wish you could see yourself the way the world sees you, you light up every room you are in, your heart transcends the time, space and fear and allows others to feel safe and seen, your ability to simply be is enough. You are enough, exactly as you are.

I love you. I love you. I love you. Thank you for being you, thank you for existing and remember to never stop shining your beautiful light, the world needs you. I need you. You are enough.

And so it is.

With love,
Your Higher Self

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5 Easy Ways To Start Balancing Your Hormones Now

5 SIMPLE STEPS TO START BALANCING YOUR HORMONES TODAY

24 / MAY / 2023
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Here are five powerful ways to start balancing your hormones and restore balance within your body.

START BALANCING YOUR HORMONES WITH THESE STEPS

1️⃣ Nourish with leafy greens: incorporating more leafy greens into your diet can have a profound impact on hormone balance.

These nutrient-packed greens, such as spinach, kale, and Swiss chard, are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support hormonal health.

2️⃣ Embrace daily sunshine: getting regular sunlight exposure is crucial for hormonal balance.

Spend at least 15 minutes outdoors each day to soak up the natural vitamin D from the sun.

This not only helps regulate hormones but also boosts mood and overall well-being.

3️⃣ Connect with nature: nature has a way of bringing harmony to our bodies and minds.

Make it a priority to spend time in nature, whether it's a walk in the park, hiking, or simply sitting under a tree.

The serene environment can help reduce stress and promote hormonal equilibrium.

4️⃣ Deep belly breaths: taking deep belly breaths throughout the day can activate the relaxation response and help regulate your hormones.

Practice deep breathing exercises by inhaling slowly through your nose, allowing your belly to rise, and exhaling fully through your mouth.

5️⃣ Cultivate mindfulness: carve out time each day for a mindful activity that brings you joy and tranquillity.

It could be meditation, yoga, journaling, or simply savouring a cup of herbal tea.

Mindfulness helps reduce stress, promotes emotional well-being, and supports hormonal balance.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Remember, these steps are not only beneficial for your hormones but also for your overall well-being.

Start incorporating these practices today and experience the transformative power of balanced hormones in your life! 🌸💫

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Is Sugar Really That Bad For You

IS SUGAR REALLY THAT BAD FOR YOU?

19 / APRIL / 2023
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Sugar is such a controversial topic in the health and wellness world. The truth is, sugar is sugar, regardless of its form or name (IMO). And consuming too much sugar can have a detrimental effect on our gut health, leading to digestive issues and inflammation in the body.

Unfortunately, there are many different names for sugar, which makes it difficult to identify in the ingredient list of food products. Common names for sugar include agave, cane, caramel, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. However, it's important to understand that they all contain a high amount of fructose, which can be damaging to our bodies in excess.

Consuming too much sugar can cause an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in our gut, leading to inflammation and a weakened immune system. This is why it's crucial to be mindful of our sugar intake and choose whole, natural foods that are low in added sugars. By understanding the various names for sugar and being more mindful of our food choices, we can take control of our gut health and overall wellbeing.

ADDICTION TO SUGAR

Did you know that sugar can be more addictive than cocaine? It's true! When we consume sugar, our brains release dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. This flood of dopamine can create a feeling of euphoria, which can lead to cravings for more sugar. Studies have shown that sugar activates the same areas of the brain as drugs of abuse, such as cocaine and heroin. In fact, in one study, rats were given the choice between sugar water and cocaine, and they chose the sugar water every time. This suggests that sugar may be even more rewarding and addictive than cocaine. Crazy right!?

But the problem with sugar addiction goes beyond just cravings and pleasure. Over time, consuming too much sugar can lead to a host of health problems, such as hormonal imbalances, bacterial overgrowths in the gut, poor sleep, lethargy and fatigue, as well as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. By reducing your sugar consumption and making healthier choices, you can improve your overall health and wellbeing.

INCREASED SUGAR CONSUMPTION + WHAT YOU CAN DO

This may surprise you, but you could be consuming more than 35 kilograms (77 pounds) of sugar per year without even realising it! Statistics suggest that as recently as 100 years ago, the average person only ate around 1 kilogram (2 pounds) of sugar per year. Now, it is reported to be about 35 kilograms (77 pounds) per person, per year! That is 35 times more sugar than what our (great) grandparents were eating, and it's unlikely that the increase is from an extra consumption in vegetable intake.

The increase in sugar consumption is mainly due to hidden sugars, processed sugars, and overconsumption of them. The condiments from the grocery store, tinned foods, and even bread sometimes contain added sugars. This is why it's so important to learn the balance when it comes to sugar, as you may be consuming far more than you realise.

If you want to detox your body from sugar and support your body in sleeping better, increased energy, improved moods, more balanced hormones, and a happier gut, join me in the 30-day sugar-free sprint. This program can help you reduce your sugar intake and improve your overall health and wellbeing. Check out the link here for all the details.

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I'm Over The Medical Gaslighting

I'M F*CKING OVER THIS MEDICAL GASLIGHTING!

12 / APRIL / 2023
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It's time you were taken seriously when you have concerns about your health.

It has brought me to tears the last few weeks, not just what I’m about to share, but all the stories that followed in your messages and comments on my Instagram post about this very topic.

I am a huge advocate for patient/client care and believe that the holistic approach, and the work myself and other like minded practitioners do, should be a collaborative effort with medical professionals like doctors for whoever needs care that is in front of us, it’s not one or the other.

But I wanted to share this story with you, because I know too many women who have been told their blood work was ‘normal’ and that they just have to live with it… this is not the case, and certainly wasn’t the case for my client whose story I am sharing with you below.

ADVOCATING FOR YOURSELF

So this happened just over a week ago…

I had a client that just couldn't shift weight, a few things had popped up in the limited blood work her doctor had permitted her to do, but things just weren't working.

She was eating PERFECTLY, like I take my hat off to her, whole real nourishing foods, following protocols 100%, yet the weight wasn't shifting and I knew there was more to the picture (another reason why testing is so important)... we have to get to the root cause.

She went to her doctor about the weight loss issue, asking to investigate this further and requested a few more bloods. To which the doctor refused the blood work, blamed her weight on assumed case of PCOS, and then told her she shouldn't be working with a nutritionist (aka me) because we don't know what we're talking about - she actually said a lot worse about me but I'll leave it out.

So I took matters into my own hands, reached out to my own personal doctor to enable her to get these extra tests done, and GUESS WHAT HAPPENED?

She was diagnosed with an AUTOIMMUNE CONDITION of her thyroid, and her blood readings were off the charts! (meaning that this has most likely been going on for a long time under the radar).

This completely explains why she's been unable to lose the weight, and has actually been feeling progressively worse no matter how many healthy changes she made in her diet and life.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Left untreated and ignored this could've been so much worse, and I am so grateful we pushed and got to the root cause for her... we both knew something wasn't right and there was more to this picture.

So let this serve as a reminder... no matter what YOU know your body best, trust your intuition, and if something doesn't seem right, don't be afraid to keep questioning it until you get REAL answers!

Yours in Health & Happiness,
Sheree xo

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Why You Should Avoid Horror Flicks For Your Hormone Health

WHY I AVOID HORROR FLICKS FOR MY HORMONE HEALTH

22 / MARCH / 2023
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Why I avoid horror flicks (for my health) …. And not just because I’m a scaredy-cat.

Even though I might actually hate scary movies because they are well... SCARY haha, there's another reason I avoid them, and that is to do with taking care of my nervous system.

HOW HORROR FLICKS EFFECT YOUR HORMONES

Scary movies or tv shows send your body into fight or flight response - activating your sympathetic nervous system and increasing the cortisol circulating around your body due to the sensory overload you're experiencing

This then wreaks havoc on your hormones because unfortunately your body isn't aware you're watching the scary movie for 'fun' and genuinely thinks your life is in danger. So it does all it can to protect you

Scary movies aren't the only thing that puts us into sensory overload, we are bombarded with these things on a daily basis including:
- loud noises like phones ringing, and honking cars
- rapid visual effects in movies + games, flickering of screens
- radio + EMF waves
- fluorescent lighting
- extreme work hours + workload
… and of course the violence in things like scary movies

You may be prone to experiencing sensory overload if you are consistently doing any of the following:
- listening to music at a high volume whilst training
- watch or play fast-moving or violent movies/video games often or before bed
- stare at a computer screen for a large portion of your day
- always have music on in the background
- constantly exposed to fluorescent lighting throughout the day

This not only affects our hormones, but our neurotransmitters, particularly one called GABA which is what helps keep us calm and our anxiety at bay

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

If this is resonating, then here's what you can do...

1. See what of the sensory overload you can reduce/remove
2. Create time and space for silence and stillness throughout your day
3. Consider adding in some GABA supporting compounds such as lemon extract, passionflower extract or CBD oil

Where will you start with boosting your immune system? Let me know in the comments below.

Yours in Health & Happiness,
Sheree xo

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