Food Intolerance

At ARCH, we understand that there are many factors that can affect your digestive health and leave you needing our help. One of the biggest of these is food intolerance, which is thought to affect up to 45% of people at one time of another.

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That’s why ARCH will soon be linking up with Lorisian laboratories, to offer our members training in professional food intolerance testing.

What is food intolerance?

Food intolerance is different from food allergy. With an allergy, you get an immediate, and often severe reaction, such as a rash, swelling of the tongue and lips and in extreme cases, breathing problems and anaphylactic shock. Typical food allergies include peanuts, seafood and eggs, but these type of allergies only affect around 2% of the population.

An intolerance reaction on the other hand is much slower and more subtle, with symptoms that are often quite vague and which can take anything from two hours to three days to show up, making it much harder to link then directly to the food you have eaten.

What causes food intolerance?

Food intolerance occurs when the body mistakes proteins in your food for foreign and potentially harmful agents. This triggers an immune response in which the body releases Immunoglobulin G antibodies, which cause inflammation. This inflammation can occur almost anywhere in the body, but is most common on the skin and in the digestive system.

What are the symptoms of food intolerance?

The symptoms may be vague and wide ranging, but often include things like the abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea that we see in our colonic clinics. Food intolerance can also result in low energy levels, headaches and migraines, sneezing and wheezing, joint problems, eczema and even psychological issues.

What kind of foods cause intolerance problems?

The most well known food intolerance is lactose intolerance, where the body lacks the enzymes necessary to break down the lactose sugars in milk and dairy products. (That said, as the only species that drinks milk into adulthood, it could be argued that this is in fact a normal way to be). Other intolerances include yeast and histamine.

Severe lactose intolerance involves much more than simply avoiding milk and cheese, as there are milk or milk derivatives, such as whey powder and casein, in a surprisingly large proportion of the products available on our supermarket shelves.

Similarly, yeast intolerance is not only triggered by the obvious candidates, such as beer and bread, but also things like stock cubes, mature cheeses, fermented foods and vinegar based products such as mayonnaise, as well as any food that is not consumed immediately, such as ripe fruit and left overs.

Histamine intolerance symptoms can be triggered by a wide variety of foods, including alcoholic beverages, processed meats, mushrooms, cheeses, tinned and smoked fish, dried fruit and chocolate. Many fruits and vegetables, while low in histamine themselves, can trigger the body to release histamine.

What about gluten intolerance?

Coeliac disease, where people have problems with wheat products, is sometimes described as gluten intolerance, but this is in fact a different process and it is classed as an autoimmune condition, rather than an intolerance.

How to identify an intolerance

If you suspect that you may have a food intolerance you can remove the suspect food or foods from your diet and see if your symptoms improve. It can take up to four weeks for you to see any improvement, and with so many possible factors involved, this can be a long and drawn out process of elimination.

Food intolerance testing helps you to narrow down your intolerance and identify the potential causes much quicker. Once you have removed a problem food from your diet, you will find that your symptoms gradually improve and will go away altogether after 3-6 months.

Living with food intolerance

Living with food intolerance means being constantly on your guard. This is easy at home, where you are in complete control of your diet, but becomes much more difficult when you are eating out. However, as understanding of the problem grows, you’ll find that many restaurants will be happy to provide dishes suitable for your specific diet, if you give them enough notice.

Shopping for a food intolerance diet means reading the labels very carefully. Food labels have improved dramatically in recent years, with many foods carrying warnings about allergens, however, as discussed above, you often need to be a real detective to expose all the different ways that foods you are intolerant to can sneak into your diet, especially in processed foods.

How can my ARCH therapist help?

Most ARCH therapists will take a holistic view of their clients’ digestive problems, considering all sorts of factors from stress and emotional issues to diet and lifestyle. So if you think you might have a problem with food intolerance, talk to your therapist about it. They may be able to offer intolerance testing themselves, or recommend a fellow therapist who has training in this field.

Take back control of your body

Food intolerance is a chronic problem that many people suffer from for years on end without ever knowing why. Yet the solution is simple and available to everyone. By taking the tests and identifying your problem foods, you could retake control of your body and feel healthier and more energized than you have for years.

To find out more about food intolerance and allergies, visit Allergy UK, or the NHS website.

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The gut and the mind

Instinctively, we have always known that there is a link between our gut and our mind, and our everyday language reveals this link very clearly. When we are nervous we describe ‘butterflies in our stomach’, when we are stressed, we describe a ‘stomach in knots’, and we often talk about ‘gut feelings’ or ‘gut instincts’.

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What’s more, we experience this connection between the gut and the mind on a regular basis, such as the ‘sinking feeling’ we get the pit of our stomach when things suddenly don’t go our way, or when we get some bad news.

Stress related digestive problems

For many people, the gut mind connection goes a step further, causing digestive problems such as constipation or diarrhoea, which are seen by colon hydrotherapists on a daily basis. In many cases, the client is unaware of the link, or simply hasn’t joined the dots to make the connection, and simply doesn’t realise that it is not a physical problem that is disrupting their digestive system, but a psychological one.

So how does this gut mind link happen, and what can you do to find a balance and enjoy better physical, and mental, health?

The science of the gut mind link

There are as many neurones in the gut as there are in the spinal cord; hundreds of millions of them. What’s more, these neurones can operate independently of the central nervous system, forming their own enteric nervous system, often referred to as the second brain. This forms a direct link between the brain and the gut, which serves a number of obvious functions, such as telling you when you are hungry or when you need the toilet, but it also sends countless other messages too.

Most importantly, this link is a two way street, with messages from the gut affecting the brain, and messages from the brain affecting the gut. For example, stress messages from the brain can affect gut transit time and mucus production levels, which in turn affect the kind of microbes that thrive in the gut. In the other direction, microbes in the gut can affect the levels of key neurotransmitters, such as seratonin, which can significantly affect your mood.

Exciting new research

Exploration of the link between gut bacteria and the mind is a relatively new field in science, but is already showing promise. For example, John Cryan, a neuroscientist at University College Cork has found that disrupting the gut microbes in mice produced symptoms similar to anxiety and stress in humans, while adding selected bacteria back into the gut reduced these symptoms. Dr Cryan sees huge potential in these studies, with the possibility of a whole new field of psychobiotic drugs used to treat psychological disorders in the future.

Other studies have shown promising links between the gut microbiome and conditions such as autism. To read more about these studies, click on the links at the end of this article.

What does this mean to you?

Most ARCH therapists will attest to the fact that as many of their clients come to them with emotional problems as come to them with physical ones, though they may not have realised it or made the connection.

Your ARCH therapist will help you to understand how your gut and mind influence one another, and help you to move forward in dealing with the resulting digestive and emotional issues. They will guide you in taking control of both your stress levels and your diet, to try to find a balance in both your gut and your mind.

Along with this advice, your colonic treatment will cleanse the gut of excess mucus and ‘bad bacteria’ to normalise your digestive function and restore the balance of your gut microbiome, giving you the perfect start to the new you.

 

Links

Gut feelings – the second brain in our gastrointestinal systems

The gut brain connection mental illness and disease

Dr Cryan’s studies

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An introduction to probiotics

Chances are, you think of yourself as an individual; a single human being. But in fact, you are a walking zoo, which is home to thousands of different species that all work together to make your body function. It is estimated that the number of bacteria in and on your body outnumbers the ‘human’ cells by between ten and a hundred to one, and you couldn’t live without them.

Most of these bacteria are ‘friendly’ and play a vital role in your everyday life, helping you to absorb vitamins and minerals, protect yourself from infection and release the energy your body needs. However, the balance of these bacteria, known as your microbiome, can easily be upset by things like disease, medicines and antibiotics, and even your diet and lifestyle.

What are probiotics?

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Probiotics are friendly bacteria that can help restore the balance of your microbiome when it has been disrupted. Research into probiotics and the microbiome is still in its infancy, but the results so far have been very exciting, showing promise for everything from IBS symptoms to traveller’s diarrhoea. It is even thought that the health of your gut microbiome may be important for your mental health.

How do probiotics work?

When your ‘good’ gut bacteria have been disrupted by an infection, or killed off by a course of antibiotics taken for an infection elsewhere, your digestive system will not work as well as it should. The inflammatory effects of the stress hormone cortisol can also disrupt the gut microbiome.

Disruption of the microbiome not only reduces the numbers of ‘good’ bacteria, it also creates ideal conditions for harmful bacteria to thrive, slowing down the regrowth of the good stuff. Probiotics act in three ways to help restore the balance:

  1. They take over the role of the depleted bacteria to help your gut function properly until they have regrown
  2. By maintaining gut function, they create a better environment for ‘good’ bacteria to regrow
  3. Some probiotics, such as Sacchromyces boulardii, actually attack the harmful bacteria

You could think of probiotics as a peacekeeping force, sent in to keep control and prevent things getting out of hand while the local forces regroup and recover from an attack.


Which probiotic should I take?

There are a huge number of different probiotics, and each works in a different way. For example:

  • Bifidobacterium – supports your digestive system and reduces yeast and harmful bacterial over growth
  • Lactobacillus – supports your digestive tract and helps with the absorption of minerals
  • Sacchromyces boulardii – helps the gut recover after an infection, and even fights the bacteria causing the infection

It is important to remember that we are all different and so a probiotic that works for one person, may not work the same for someone else. Probiotics are not harmful in any way, so you can safely experiment with different types, with the help and advice of your ARCH therapist, until you find the right one for you and your condition.

What is the evidence for probiotics?

There is growing evidence for the use of probiotics for a range of conditions and research is expanding all the time. NHS Choices states that there is good evidence that probiotics given with broad spectrum antibiotics can greatly reduce the risk of getting a Clostridium difficile infection, while Lactobacillus rhamnosus can help children with gastroenteritis caused by rotavirus, and can also help people with traveller’s diarrhoea. It also states that probiotics can help with some symptoms of IBS.

Probiotics from your ARCH therapist

If you’re looking to try probiotics to support your digestive health, then your ARCH therapist is the ideal person to talk to. Many ARCH therapists are probiotic suppliers and can offer a range of products from reputable companies who are at the forefront of probiotic research. This means that they get training in how to prescribe probiotics, have the latest range of probiotics in stock and are kept right up to date with the latest developments in the industry.

If your ARCH therapist does not stock probiotics, they will be able to recommend someone who does, who can give you all the help and advice you need. Click here to find your local ARCH registered therapist.

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ARCH therapist leads the way on IBS

ARCH therapists have long been advocates of modern colon hydrotherapy as a way of helping clients to deal with the symptoms of IBS, such as bloating, constipation and abdominal pain. Now one of our former Committee members, Linda Booth, is leading the way for colonics with a seat on the Executive Committee of the UK’s IBS charity, The IBS Network.

We met up with Linda at her busy Nottingham clinic to find out more.Linda Booth @thetummyqueen

 

So Linda; how did you get involved in modern colonic hydrotherapy?

As soon as I began my training I absolutely knew that I was in the right place, at the right time, with the right person learning a therapy that would literally change my life, and the lives of many others, and it really has!

 

In your experience, how have colonics helped your IBS clients?

I have been running my IBS, Digestive Health & Gut Disorders clinic for 10 years and I have completed well over 12,000 colonic treatments. I have seen on a daily basis how colonic hydrotherapy can be extremely successful in the treatment of IBS, through reducing the symptoms of bloating and abdominal pain, as well as releasing trapped gases and regularising bowel movements. Patients walk into my clinic bloated and in pain, and an hour later walk out with a smile on their face. I don’t know of any other treatment can achieve that kind of result!
 

How did you become involved with the IBS Network?

I met Professor Nick Read, gastroenterologist, psychotherapist and Chairman IBS Network, through my work with the ARCH Committee. ARCH regularly exhibited at IBS Network events and our two groups have a great deal of respect for one another and a real synergy in what we are trying to achieve for IBS sufferers. Prof. Read asked me to join the IBS Network Executive Committee to represent colon hydrotherapy.

 

What does the IBS Network do?

The IBSN do wonderful work helping support many thousands of people that suffer with the most debilitating of symptoms. They offer advice, diet plans and access to qualified IBS nurses – all for as little as £2 per week. The IBSN Executive Committee meets every month in Sheffield. I am the only complementary therapist on the Committee and I sit amongst Gastroenterologists, Doctors and Dieticians.

 

What have you learned about IBS from being part of the IBS Network?

Sitting on the IBS Network’s Executive Committee has given me an insight into how the NHS ‘manages’ IBS. A GP can only refer an IBS patient to either a dietician (where the patient will probably be put on the FODMAP diet), or for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or hypnotherapy. However even these services can be restricted depending on what funding is available in particular areas.

 

And do you think the NHS approach works for IBS?

In my opinion the battle for the successful treatment of IBS within the NHS ‘model’ is not working. Unfortunately, even though as therapists we all know how much colonics can help IBS, we don’t get referrals from the medical profession because we don’t have the formal research to back up what we all achieve and experience in our clinics day in and day out.

 

How are you working to get the colonics message out?

I passionately believe in the benefits of modern naturopathic colonic hydrotherapy for IBS patients and I am quite prepared to shout it from the rooftops if necessary. Although my clinic is fully booked, I try to devote as much time as possible to promoting our therapy, through ARCH, through the IBS Network and through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

 

You’ve also written a book. What was the inspiration behind that?

Over the years I have become increasingly incensed with the uninformed opinions of certain individuals towards our wonderfully effective therapy, so I decided to put my head above the paraphet and write a book about the benefits of modern colonic hydrotherapy. It is called ‘The Inside Story – how your colon holds the key to your wellbeing and what you should do about it!’ and it will be available as a download on my new website in August.

 

Finally, what advice would you give to anyone suffering from IBS symptoms?

I’d tell them to talk to their local ARCH registered colon hydrotherapist. Our members could offer them the kind of help, both in physical relief and practical advice and guidance, which they simply won’t get from the NHS. I’ve seen colonics work for so many IBS sufferers, and they could work for you too.

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Destroying our gut instincts

We all know what a sanitised world we live in, with every surface cleaned with antibacterial products, every cough and cold treated with antibiotics and so much of our food processed and pasteurised. But what effect has this had on the microbes in our gut, known as the microbiome, and how is this changing our health?

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The recent discovery of an untouched, ancient tribe in Venezuela has given us a unique insight into the effects of modern life of the microbiome, and the effects this may be having on our health.

Who are these people?

The Yanomami tribe were discovered by chance by low flying military helicopters in the remote Amazonas region of Venezuela. It is thought that the tribe have had no outside contact since the ice age, and so have never been exposed to modern lifestyles or medicines. You can read more about this exciting discovery here.

The tribe agreed to have the microbes in their faeces examined and compared to those of modern cultures, as well as to developing tribes who are mid-way between their ancient way of life and modern living.

What did they find?

The researchers were expecting to find a more diverse microbiome in the Yanomami people, but were surprised by size of the difference. The gut bacteria of the tribe were 40% more diverse than comparable microbes from modern man. At the same time, so-called modern diseases, such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease were unheard of in the tribe.

Dr Dominguez Bello, from the New York University School of Medicine, explained their surprise at the findings. “In the intestine they had a diversity that really shocked us, which we think is providing a lot of important roles in digestion and in communicating with their immune system.”

Can we use this discovery?

These findings could have far reaching implications for the way we treat and prevent diseases, as Dr Dominguez Bello explains: “We want to understand what the bacteria are that we have lost, what their functions were and find out whether we can restore them eventually”. Her colleague, Dr Dantas from Washington University agrees, seeing a future in which such microbes are ‘bioprospected’ and synthesised to create a more diverse microbiome that is better suited to maintaining the immune response and fighting disease.

How can we use these findings now?

We may be a long way from synthesising the kind of gut microbe diversity that protects the Yanomami, but we can still work at balancing our own microbiome. Colon hydrotherapy is a great way of cleansing the gut of an imbalanced of bad bacteria and of creating the ideal environment for good bacteria to thrive. What’s more, most ARCH therapists will be able to recommend a course of probiotics to give the good bacteria in your system a boost.

We may not be able to take you back to the bacterial resistance of your ancestors, but we can help you fight the rigors of modern life and diet, to give your guts, and your immune system, the best possible chance when it comes to fighting disease.

 

 

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Dealing with IBS – IBS Awareness Month

April is IBS Awareness month, highlighting a condition suffered by up to 20% of the UK population at some point in their lives. But what exactly is IBS and how can you manage your symptoms if you are a sufferer?Colonic Hydrotherapy

What is IBS?
IBS is a catch all term for a range of bowel symptoms that do not have an obvious cause. These can include constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and wind, and your bowel habit may alternate between loose and compacted stools from one day to the next. IBS symptoms often come and go, with periods of relative normality in between, depending on what you eat, how much exercise you take and how stressful your life is.

The symptoms can be very uncomfortable and can significantly impact on your quality of life, and so it is no surprise that many people with IBS suffer from depression or anxiety as a result.

What causes IBS?
As the term ‘syndrome’ suggests, conventional wisdom has it that the cause of IBS is unknown. Some researchers suggest it is due to over-sensitivity in the bowel, while others suggest neurological problems with the link from the gut to the brain. Some researchers say that IBS is a purely psychological problem, even though it can produce very real symptoms.

However, the very latests research from the United States may provide a breakthrough in identifying the cause. Dr Mark Pimentel, from Cedars Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles has carried out research that suggests that between 40% and 84% of cases of IBS could be caused by bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine – called SIBO.

Can IBS be treated?
Many IBS sufferers are told by their doctor that there is nothing that can be done; that they simply have to learn to live with their symptoms. However there are a number of things you can do to manage your IBS symptoms and make your life more comfortable and more manageable.

  • Change your diet – many people find that IBS is triggered by certain foods or food groups. Keep a diary to help you to identify and eliminate the trigger foods.
  • Take more exercise – exercise helps the bowel to work effectively, so even just a short walk each day can make a real difference
  • Reduce your stress level – many people find that the gut-mind link means that they experience more symptoms when they are stressed, so develop ways to combat stress, such as meditation or yoga
  • Visit your therapist – if you still experience IBS symptoms, especially constipation and bloating, colon hydrotherapy can be a real help in providing relief.

The future of IBS treatment
Dr Pimentel’s work in the United States includes the use of antibiotics, such as rifaximin, to treat SIBO and the associated IBS, however this treatment is not widely available here in the UK as yet. What’s more, while these antibiotics may be successful in treating SIBO, there are other things to consider in using antibiotics in this way, so this may not be the ‘miracle solution’ IBS sufferers have been waiting for.

As an alternative, you can try following a diet that is designed to combat SIBO, such as the low FODMAP diet. This removes the complex carbohydrates that the small bowel bacteria thrive on, naturally reducing their numbers. You can find out more about low FODMAP diets online, however you should only follow this kind of diet in association with a qualified nutritionist. Your ARCH therapist should be able to recommend someone near you.

ARCH therapists are here to help
It is important to remember that IBS symptoms are very common and nothing to be ashamed about. You don’t have to suffer in silence or struggle on alone, because your local ARCH therapist is here to help with advice on diet, exercise and stress management, as well as practical help in relieving your symptoms.

Further reading visit:

http://www.ibstales.com/a-new-ibs-solution.htm

http://digestivehealthinstitute.org/2012/09/18/antibiotics-for-my-ibs/

http://www.romecriteria.org/

http://www.thefunctionalgutclinic.com/november-ibs-road-show/

http://www.theibsnetwork.org/

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Top ten reasons to choose an ARCH registered therapist

At ARCH, we work hard to uphold the highest standards for our therapy, and we’re proud of each and every one of our therapists. We believe that you should always choose an ARCH therapist for your colon hydrotherapy, and here’s why…

1. Clinical background – to become a member of ARCH, you must demonstrate extensive experience in a medical or other therapeutic profession. We do not accept anyone without the appropriate background and skills.

With an ARCH therapist you can be sure of a professional treatment.

2. Approved training – all ARCH members must be trained in an ARCH approved training school. This includes extensive anatomy and physiology, as well as comprehensive safety training.

With ARCH you will be treated by a knowledgeable therapist, not just a technician who has been taught to use the machine.

3. Inspected clinics – all ARCH members are subject to regular clinic inspections to make sure that they are adhering to our high standards, such as having an en suite toilet and working in a way that protects your safety and your dignity.

With ARCH you can be sure of a clinic that is clean, comfortable and designed for the therapy.

4. The highest standards – the ARCH code of conduct is the most comprehensive and detailed in the industry and all members agree to uphold these standards.

When you choose an ARCH therapist, you can rest assured of the very highest standards of care.

5. Continued professional development (CPD) – all ARCH members are obliged to undergo a minimum amount of training and learning each year to keep up to date with the latest developments. Members must show their CPD as part of their membership renewal application.

With ARCH your therapist will never be behind the times or stuck in old ways.

6. Independent regulation – it is a condition of membership that all therapists must sign up with an independent regulator.

ARCH therapists are confident in their therapy and practice and happy to submit to independent regulation to reassure their clients.

7. Backed by experience – ARCH is run by therapists for therapists, with a team of our most experienced members always available to advise and support our members.

With ARCH, you get the benefits of the whole organisation behind every treatment.

8. Largest colonic association in the UK – ARCH is the UK’s biggest colonic association, with members from Scotland to the South Coast.

More therapists choose ARCH than any other organisation, so you can be sure of the widest choice of therapist available wherever you are in the country.

9. Quarter of a century of care – ARCH has been setting the standard for our therapy for over 25 years, and we have an impeccable record for client care and safety.

Our experience makes your experience better.

10. A professional approach from approachable professionals – our slogan says it all about how ARCH and its therapists go about our work.

We hold ourselves to the highest possible standards, yet we remain friendly and approachable to put you at your ease for a relaxing and effective treatment.

 

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Colonics in the media – Colonic Hydrotherapy what is the truth ?

Hardly a week goes by these days without some lazy journalist, facing a deadline and stuck for a story, taking a cheap shot at complementary therapies.

Most of the time, these stories are based on hearsay, and have very little evidence to back them up – which is ironic when one of their common complaints is that there is no evidence to back up the effectiveness of complementary therapies.Colonic Hydrotherapy

Bowel perforation?

A classic example happened recently, when the guest doctor on Jeremy Vine’s lunchtime Radio 2 show denounced colonics as dangerous because ‘people have ended up with perforated bowels and nasty infections’. There was of course, no evidence of who these ‘people’ were.

The bowel perforation ‘risk’ is a favourite claim in tabloid scare stories, but what are the real facts?

  • The speculum used in a colonic is not inserted as far as the bowel, so it cannot perforate it. There is much more risk of perforation from a routine colonoscopy, where the equipment is inserted along the full length of bowel.
  • The speculum is a piece of medical equipment that has been specifically designed for its purpose. What’s more, it is inserted by a trained therapist, who has been taught exactly what to do and how to do it safely.
  • The water pressure of a colonic is less than the natural pressure from bowel peristalsis and so does not put the bowel under stress.

The only real risk from perforation is if the client has a severe bowel condition, such as diverticulitis or Crohn’s disease, which weaken the bowel wall. However, these conditions are known as contra-indications, which means that ARCH therapists will not perform the treatment if you have them. You’ll find a full list of contra-indications for colonics here.

Your safety is of paramount importance to us and we would never knowingly put you at risk.

No evidence

Another favourite of the tabloid press, and media ‘medical experts’, is the lack of scientific evidence to back the effectiveness of colon hydrotherapy.

In truth, we do only have anecdotal evidence for our therapy at this stage, but when does anecdotal evidence start to carry weight and show that something really is happening? When a hundred people report the same thing? A thousand? ARCH members perform over 200,000 treatments every year for people who find genuine, tangible benefits from the therapy.

When 200,000 people every year report the same benefits from a therapy, surely that stops being just anecdotal evidence and becomes, well, evidence.

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Time for a fresh start? Forget fad diet New Year’s resolutions!

Now that 2015 is well under way, and those fad diet New Year’s resolutions are just a distant memory, it’s time to make some real changes to your diet and lifestyle.Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels!

We all make grand promises to ourselves at New Year, so why do so few of us keep those promises? In most cases, the problem is that we’re just too ambitious. Changing your diet and lifestyle to improve your health is not about losing a stone in a month on the latest American diet craze, or joining an expensive gym on an intensive programme. It’s about making small but sustainable changes that you can maintain long term; small changes that can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing. You could call them New You Resolutions.

There so many easy wins available – such as dropping the sugar from your coffee, dropping the carbs, such as rice or pasta, from a couple of meals a week, and increasing your overall intake of fruit and veg – that are so much simpler than trying to follow some complex diet plan that deprives you of all your favourite foods. You may not lose a stone in a month, but as these changes become the norm, you’ll start to consistently lose weight over a sustained period – and without all the effort and heartache that goes with ‘being on a diet’.

The same is true for exercise. You don’t need to join a gym or buy expensive fitness equipment; you can introduce a little more exercise into your routine naturally, almost without trying. For example, walking round to the shops instead of getting the car out, or taking the stairs at work instead of the lift. These small changes soon become habit, and are much easier than motivating yourself to hit the gym after work on a cold, dark night. What’s more, you’ll be surprised how quickly those habits start to make a difference to how fit and healthy you begin to feel.

As ARCH therapists, we don’t do ’quick fix solutions’, nor do we promote colon hydrotherapy for weight loss. However, what you will find in your therapist is a real person who understands the best ways to make healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle. Your ARCH therapist is there to support you with real life advice, based on what has worked for thousands of our clients, just like you.

Better still, you’ll get a real kick start to the new you with the clean, fresh, energised feeling that comes from having a treatment.

So if your New Year’s resolutions didn’t work out, don’t beat yourself up. Make some New You Resolutions instead. Book a treatment today and talk some sense on health and wellbeing with your local ARCH registered therapist. Click here to find healthy help near your.

 

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Are you ready to eat, drink and be merry this Christmas?

strawberry santasWith the Christmas season almost upon us, we’re all getting ready for the fun to come; buying new outfits for the Christmas do, buying new furniture for our homes, buying food ready for those festive feasts. With so much to do, it’s easy to forget to get yourself ready for all the indulgence that is to come.

At Christmas, we all eat and drink far too much of all the wrong things. Huge Christmas dinners, mountains of cheese and chocolate and endless alcohol will all put our guts under huge pressure. No wonder we all feel bloated and full at some point over the holidays, and many of us will still feel the after effects well after the celebrations have ended.

Gut ready for Christmas

With such punishment on the way, it makes sense to get your guts in the best possible shape for the festive season, with a visit to your local ARCH registered colon hydrotherapist. A colonic will clean out your gut, just like you clean your home ready for festive visitors. And if you combine your colonic with a short course of pro-biotics, you’ll give yourself the best chance of surviving the season without problems.

The stress of the staff party

As therapists, we understand that stress can play a big part in digestive disorders, and few things are more stressful than Christmas. And if that triggers your IBS, you could end up bloated with no chance at all of fitting into your favourite festive outfit.

A colonic will not only help to reduce your bloating, and help you fit your party outfit, your therapist will also help you to feel better by talking about your stress and giving you strategies to help you deal with your symptoms.

Happy New Year

If you don’t have time for a treatment before Christmas, then why not book in to kick start your New Year. Colon hydrotherapy is a great way to wash away the sluggish feeling from all that over indulgence, and it’s the perfect treatment to support all your New Year’s resolutions.

ARCH therapists have got lots of friendly advice on diet and lifestyle to help you enjoy a happier, healthier New Year, so book your appointment now and make 2015 the year you take control of your health.

Merry Christmas from us all

Whether you’re planning to see us before Christmas, or after, we’d like to take this chance to wish all our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year from everyone at ARCH.

 

 

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