Deep etched laugh lines getting you down?
A fascinating side of Chinese Medicine looks at the lines of the face and how they correspond to areas in the body and their state of health. The laugh lines or nasolabial folds are considered to be linked to the large intestine, and so it is thought that improving the health of the gut will improve the lines in this area.
Gut Cleanse - Food sensitivities are a common cause of gut related issues. Give your gut a gentle cleanse and time to repair by eliminating certain foods that can cause irritation. Cut out wheat, dairy and processed meats, and even try eating a raw food diet for a week. Also decrease caffeine, particularly if you drink more than one coffee per day and are prone to anxiety or insomnia. Avoid eating processed and highly refined foods. Generally this means foods that come in a box or a packet.
Eliminate processed sugars from your diet, including concentrated sweeteners, real or artificial high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, honey, agave, brown rice syrup, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Focus on increasing your intake of greens and fibre, eat fermented foods like sauerkraut to support your good gut bacteria and try to drink 2 litres of water per day. You can try digestive enzymes or drinking fennel, chamomile or peppermint tea to assist digestion and alleviate bloating.
Stress Reduction – Our gut and our brain are intricately linked and one can affect the other. Often referred to as our ‘second brain’ the gut has its own unique and complex nervous system. Our emotions can affect our gut function, for instance when feeling nervous and needing the loo! Conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be exacerbate by stress. Irritable bowel syndrome affects the large intestine with symptoms including pain, cramps, diarrhoea and constipation.
Regular massage is a great way of alleviating stress and anxiety and can even have beneficial effects on the digestive system too. Specific massage movements and pressure points can stimulate sluggish digestion to aid constipation, relax abdominal muscles and alleviate bloating. Research indicates that massage on acupressure points can also help to stimulate the colon and that regular abdominal massage can reduce gut symptoms such as constipation, bloating and promote regular bowel movements. Massage also has another function in treating IBS in that it's an effective way to relieve and to prevent stress and anxiety. What better and more valid reason to book in for that spa treatment!
Yours in natural health,
Always consult your healthcare professional before commencing a new dietary or exercise regime, before using any supplements and before making any changes to prescribed medications.