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Yoga Breathing Through Uncomfortable Moments

Yoga Breathing Through Uncomfortable Moments 🧘🏼‍♀️

Living with digestive disorders such as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and Irritable Bowel Syndrome can definitely bring up some challenging moments. Many yoga poses help aid in digestion. Twists that compress the colon will actually improve the movement of food through the intestines. Along with this, yoga breathing can help relax the body and mind through those difficult times.

Ujjayi Pranayama
1. Begin in a seated, comfortable position. Relax your body and gently close your eyes. Let your mouth drop open slightly. Relax your jaw and your tongue.

2. Inhale deeply through your nose, and exhale deeply through your mouth. Feel the air of your inhalations passing through your windpipe.

3. On your exhalations, slightly contract the back of your throat, as you do when you whisper. Softly whisper the sound, “ahhh,” as you exhale. Imagine your breath fogging up a window.

4. As you become comfortable with your exhalations, maintain the slight constriction of the throat on your inhalations, as well. You will notice your breath making an “ocean” sound, softly moving in and out, like ocean waves.

5. As you continue with this breathing, concentrate on the sound of your breath; allow it to soothe your mind. It should be audible to you, but not so loud that someone standing several feet away can hear it.

6. Let your inhalations fill your lungs to their fullest expansion. Completely release the air during your exhalations.

7. Start by practicing this breathing for five minutes while you are seated. For longer relaxation, increase your time to 15 minutes.

Gut Health and Hay Fever

With Spring on the horizon, so are seasonal allergies. With so many health trends on the rise, studies have been popping up surrounding gut health and hay fever. Improving your gut health has been shown to reduce the symptoms of hay fever and seasonal allergies. So start working on those gut healing foods, or get tested for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and see what all the fuss is about!

What’s Trending – Probiotic Growth

What’s Trending – Probiotics Market Growth in Coming Years👨🏼‍⚕️💊

With the rising growth and awareness surrounding digestive issues (such as SIBO and IBS), the market for nutritional supplements is also on the rise. Probiotics provide numerous health benefits, particularly for the digestive tract. Products including yogurt, fermented foods, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut naturally contain probiotics. There’s a rapid increase in demand for these products as the probiotic market is expected to continually grow. This rising production scale poses growth for companies in the food and beverage industry including Nestle and PharmaCare Laboratories. Companies are launching products such as probiotic juice and chocolate bars. Probiotics can balance gut microflora, treat diarrhea, improve mental health, reduce allergies, and prevent digestive disorders.

Sourced from: The Guardian

What’s Trending – Celery Juice

Celery juice is trending heavily in the #GutHealthworld. The main hype around this veggie juice is something called “Luteolin.” It’s known to have positive affects on the gut, reduces inflammation, and shares antioxidant/antimicrobial properties. Another highlighted compound in celery juice is POQ, which also lowers inflammation. Celery juice is low-calorie, and packed with Vitamin K, Folate, and Potassium. Celebrities are also jumping on this juice train, including Rosie Huntington, Selma Blair, Jenna Dewan, and Pharrell Williams.

Common Breath Test Errors

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic explaining common sampling errors in regards to the Hydrogen Methane Breath Test, when testing for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (also known as SIBO).