Health Can Be Such A Pain In The Guts

There is a link between the mind and body, so it makes sense that if we nurture both body and mind, we are on the path to optimal health. 

It’s no wonder our mental clarity is lacking when we are sick and run down. It’s also no surprise that when we are mentally under stress that physical ailments rear their ugly head. 

Studies have now confirmed this link between the mind and body, which means FINALLY people on masse are finding out what many Naturopaths have known for what feels like forever, and the approach to health is changing. There is now a focus on achieving health and wellness by establishing the smooth connectivity of the whole body. 

Susan Byrne Your Naturopath Bellarine Peninsula

Here are five steps to a healthier body and mind:

Taking care of your gut health improves mental health

Ever felt so nervous you felt sick in the stomach? We now know there is a link between the gut and the mind. A troubled gut sends signals to the brain and can trigger anxiety or depression. A Harvard study found that patients significantly improved their digestive symptoms with psychological approaches rather than receiving only conventional medical treatment. Probiotics and supporting the Microbiome is vital. 

Many conditions respond to dietary changes via the reaction in the gut microbiota. Scientific evidence supports the theory that diet has a major impact on the gut microbiota and overall gastrointestinal health. Dietary interventions and supplementations customised specifically by a health professional, is highly recommended. Have you heard the buzz word Microbiome recently? Naturopaths have been yelling this from the rooftops for EVER! The Microbiome is defined as the collective genomes of the microbes that live inside and on the human body. We have about ten times as many microbial cells as human cells. Your immune system relies on this universe to be reliable. A Probiotic boosts your Microbiome. However,- see a health professional – AKA your local #Naturopath to find out the correct one for you. Not all Probiotics are equal. The Microbiome is a very personal aspect, and one size does NOT fit all. Gut health must be taken seriously.

Susan Byrne Your Naturopath Bellarine Peninsula


Exercise not only improves self-confidence but raises your happiness levels. Researches from Yale and Oxford asked more than 1.2 million people how many times they felt mentally unwell. They found that people that exercised feel bad for an average of 35 days per year while inactive people felt sick for an additional 18 days. 

Maintain a healthy weight

You do not have to be ripped. There is never any fat-shaming here; we all come in different shapes and sizes. However, the facts remain, whether you are a size 22 or a size 2, excess belly fat is NOT good for your health. A new study has found that women who carried more weight in their abdominal region had a 10% to 20% greater risk of heart attack than women who were just heavier overall.

Proactive is better than reactive

By proactively taking steps to improve your health, you’re investing in your future self. Prevention is better than waiting until you need a cure. It is much better for you in the long term. It costs less in the long term to invest in great preventative care. 


The idea that self-discipline is all that is needed is a myth. Sometimes we need a little help. Hypnotherapy can help your unconscious brain to re-learn and re-align itself with healthier outcomes and actions. A study was conducted that compared hypnotherapy to simple diet advice for weight loss. All 60 participants lost 2% to 3% of their body weight, and then the hypnotherapy group lost another 8 pounds on average at the 18-month follow-up. 

Along with a good program, re-establishing gut health and regular exercise can help you achieve a healthier you. There is nothing wrong with feeling good about your inner health and your outer shine. 

Want to find out if your gut is doing its best job for you? Click here to chat to Susan today.  Also ask her about the True Self Weight Management Program

Susan Byrne Your Naturopath Geelong Clifton Springs Bellarine Peninsula Gut health



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