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058 How the gut affects your mood and hormones | Brittney Prendergast

I wasn’t a person who suffered with tummy related issues… for me it was the emotional and mental struggles with anxiety and depression was how my gut issues were showing themselves
— Brittney Prendergast

A difficult childhood with anxiety and panic attacks gave Brittney the drive to learn how to heal. Sadly after miscarriages, her thirst for knowledge led her to exploring more about hormones which in turn uncovered the linkage between gut health, mood and hormones. Brittney is an author, holistic wellbeing coach and now trains others to follow their passion in the wellbeing space.

We cover a lot of ground in a short time and you will come away with a clear understanding that your health begins in the gut.

Inspire yourself with these essential insights from Brittney Prendergast

We spoke about

  • From a childhood with anxiety and panic disorder to teaching gut health

  • What does good gut health look like

  • What is leaky gut

  • Linkage between leaky gut and chronic disease

  • 3 step process to heal the gut

  • Eliminating troublesome foods through substitution

  • Relationship between mood disorders and gut health

  • The link between poor gut health and your hormonal function

  • Appreciating and nurturing our body

Value Quotes 

“We have more bacteria in our bodies than we do human genes and good bacteria have a purpose”

“Foods that would normally have been contained in the gut are now floating free in the bloodstream which was intended to be completely sterile”

“Leaky gut is present in a majority of diseases and therefore leads to this chronic state of inflammation in the body”

“I wasn’t a person who suffered with tummy related issues… for me it was the emotional and mental struggles with anxiety and depression was how my gut issues were showing themselves”

“Foods created in a laboratory are wreaking havoc on our bodies as they do not understand what these foreign objects are”

“There is nutrition in raw honey that there isn’t in refined white sugar and second the body understands it”

“Little by little when you take on just one thing at a time, a year down the road you can have a complete transformation and transition in the way you are eating”

“Beside food culprits of leaky gut, things like pain killers and pharmaceuticals are a big big cause of gut permeability”

“Most of our serotonin, our happy juice is produced in the gut”

“The gut flora is transferred to your baby when it’s born” (by natural birth)

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Until next time fabulous podcast listener, I’m Bev and I invite you to live the fab life with me now!

Episode Links

You can find Brittney Prendergast at:

Website:  www.holisticwellnesscoaches.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/holisticwellnesscoachingacademy/

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025 Transform your stress | Margie Braunstein

You need to be willing to live fabulously. Keep seeking and don’t accept less than living fabulously
— Margie Braunstein -

To open the series on mental health, I spoke with the highly experienced and beautifully pragmatic Margie Braunstein from Heartnicity™ about stress, it’s impact on our lives and health and simple things to do to turn negative stress around. I really love that we spoke science, biology and avoiding stretching ourselves to breaking point with there being no value to soldiering on.

Inspire yourself with these essential insights from Margie 

We spoke about 

  • Reducing the overwhelm people are living with

  • The role of personal development and purpose in Margie’s life

  • Background to the term stress and it’s definition

  • The difference between positive / good eustress and negative / bad distress

  • The role of good stress

  • The disservice of soldering on

  • Awareness of the signals you are reaching the tipping point

  • How stress affects people differently

  • The interrelated impact of stress on an overloaded nervous system

  • Building in our “insurance” against stress

  • The physical impact of stress on the body

  • The relationship between stress, poor sleep and how we function

  • The 3 step Heartnicity™ method of awareness, acceptance and action and it’s application

  • Living on a path of heart being constantly aware of moving toward or away from a stressful life

  • Simple practices for managing daily stress

  • The impact of ruminating thoughts and how to manage this more effectively

  • Indulging in loving self-care every day

Value Quotes 

“When people practice relaxation and meditation the nervous system is given a chance to relax a bit”

“There’s nothing better than discovering that there’s more to discover”

“It’s all about actually how to use your heart to have a better life and to manage your feelings better to manage your life better”

“Stress is generally seen as something to be avoided, stretched too far or stretched to breaking point”

“When you reach a limit, you need to replenish yourself”

“In our world we keep getting the message, keep going, soldier on and we go over the tipping point and head over the other side of the hill towards exhaustion and breakdown”

“We need to give our nervous system as much rest and support to come back to a relaxed state as often as we can throughout our day, our week, our life”

“Between our comfort zone and the tipping point there’s a sweet spot that’s very joyful and vitalising”

“Too much inflammation in the blood especially by cortisol is really seen as underpinning most disease processes”

“When you are stressed your amygdala becomes hyper vigilant to anything that could be dangerous even sleep”

“Becoming aware of how you think and feel. Once you become aware then you can make different choices. You can transform the way you see the world.”

“If you resist people or situations they don’t actually go away. But by resisting it you give more of your attention to it and it becomes this vicious cycle”

“Once you let go of resistance you kind of liberate yourself, body, mind and spirit”

“Moving away from the victim mentality and then you move into a kind of state of heightened personal power”

“When you act from a place of personal meaning it activates all the chemicals in our body that are really good for us”

“Consult your heart not just your mind when you make decisions”

“Feelings come and go, thoughts come and go, but I remain stable”

“You don’t want to believe everything you think. Most of it is delusional”

“There’s no thought without a feeling.  They are parallel, they always there together”

“Bad stress really underlies so many of the problems we have in our world and so I really want people to transform stress”

“Once you start to give your body a little bit more support, the nervous system more support to relax you actually find you start to have more energy for life and relationships”

“You need to be willing to live fabulously. Keep seeking and don’t accept less than living fabulously”

If you got value from this episode if you have not yet done so please Subscribe, Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher. You can follow the instructions here.  If you know someone else that would get value from this episode as well please share it with them.

Until next time fabulous podcast listener, I’m Bev and I invite you to live the fab life with me now!

Episode Links 

You can find Margie Braunstein at:

Website: www.heartnicity.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Heartnicity/

The path of heart exercise can be downloaded here

If you experiencing a personal crisis help is available by calling Lifeline Australia on 131114 or find resources at https://www.lifeline.org.au/