Rachel Tate, from Energise & Optimise, spoke to staff at Katie Bell Physiotherapy and Wellness recently – her talk was so good I just had to share…

Here Rachel tells us why she believes gut health is the absolute core of our health and well-being. She shares some top tips to help support your gut health too:

‘If your gut bacteria is out of balance then this can cause many health related problems on both a physical and mental level.With our 21st century lifestyles of convenience foods, stressful lifestyles, nutrient depleted soils and constant bombardment of toxins around us, our gut health is constantly being compromised.

In the Spring of 2014 I suddenly became very ill after suffering from a urine infection. After many months of antibiotics and numerous tests I was finally diagnosed with a debilitating illness called Chronic Fatigue (also known as M.E. or Fibromyalgia).  After 12 months of getting weaker day by day, I somehow found the inner strength to seek a better quality of life. I made some lifestyle changes, followed a simple nutritional plan and took some targeted nutritional supplements. Gradually I started to feel human again. I was more alert, my symptoms were disappearing and I was starting to get that lust for life back. After just a few months my energy levels had improved so much that I decided to set myself the ultimate goal of completing a 5km obstacle event. I continued to go from strength to strength and 6 months later I finished the 5km event and loved every minute of it!

This brings us to the Winter of 2018 and the birth of Energise & Optimise. After experiencing such amazing results I’m now dedicated to helping people regain control of their own health. I use a simple nutritional plan, lifestyle advice and targeted nutritional supplements based on scientific research and rigorous clinical trials to improve the health of my clients.  I run a fully supported 21day gut reset program which aims to detoxify your system, replenish the good bacteria in your intestine and start the healing process caused by inflammation in your body. This can have profound effects on your health on both a physical and mental level. It can improve your sleep, give you better energy, reduce bloating and IBS symptoms, boost your immune system and even improve your sports performance.

My top tips to help support your gut health:

1. Start the day with a few slices of lemon in your water to aid detoxification.
2. Include something green in every meal.
3. Drink 2 to 3 litres of water every day.
4. Eat a selection of probiotic and prebiotic foods every day.

I wish you all a happy, green and healthy weekend!’

Chat to your Katie Bell Physiotherapist about gut health and your own recovery or contact Rachel at www.energiseoptimise.co.uk