Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing – and How to Restore It!

Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing – and How to Restore It!

September 21st, 2016

By Katrin Geist

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Shit Happens, Easily – Or Does It?

It may come as a surprise: your intestines play a vital role in your good health. If something’s amiss there, you’ll know it. Sometimes malfunction expresses as mere inconvenience, other times it points to severe imbalance or illness. Our gut is central to our wellbeing and may well be the most underrated and underappreciated organ of our body.

Let’s change that by understanding its function and service to us. Every day, your gut serves you. No matter what you offer it. Every day it turns muffins, coffee, pasta, vegetables, cake, bread, fast food and everything else into molecules we then use to generate energy and to build our own structure.

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Detoxify, Rejuvenate and Feel Fantastic – Fast!

Detoxify, Rejuvenate and Feel Fantastic – Fast!

By Katrin Geist

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

A Simple Way to Regain and Maintain Your Health

It’s funny: when searching for a nice image to go with this article, the only picture coming up for “fasting” was an empty plate with knife and fork. Quite unimaginative, let alone positive. But it probably shows what many people associate with the word “fasting”: lack, going hungry, no food allowed, a punitive act even.

To me, fasting represents none of those. While some people use it for weight loss, this is not my motivation. Shedding weight may be a welcome side effect, but not the reason for fasting. That is something else: to give the digestive system a break and to detoxify the body. Simple as that. One can fast for shorter or longer periods: we do it every night, breaking fast every morning, at breakfast. So don’t say you can’t do it, because, if you can read this, you’re already an expert of many years. 🙂

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Turmeric – Nature’s Powerhouse of Wellbeing

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Turmeric – Nature’s Powerhouse of Wellbeing

By Katrin Geist

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

If there has ever been one plant that “does it all”, turmeric (Curcuma longa), seems the perfect candidate. Its many health benefits and applications fill entire libraries: a search for “turmeric” on Web of Science returned 6.681 hits, and a search for “curcumin”, turmeric’s best known constituent, yielded a whopping 28.122 papers. At point of writing, the Cochrane Library holds 94 publications of controlled clinical trials involving turmeric: whoever says that knowledge of its health benefits is ficticious or anecdotal at best, has accomplished a high degree of ignorance. Even more so since turmeric has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes in Asia for over 6000 years (Hutchins-Wolfbrandt & Mistry 2011) – Western science today only confirms what people have naturally known and practiced for millennia (Goel et al. 2008). In the past two decades, turmeric and curcumin have been extensively studied for their therapeutic benefits as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, renoprotective, immunomodulatory, cancer chemopreventive, antidepressant, and neuroprotective agent (Pakfetrat et al. 2014, Chuengsamarn et al. 2012).

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Beetroot

The Amazing Health Benefits of Beetroot

22nd May 2016

By Katrin Geist

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

The one sentence summary of this article goes: organic beetroot is goooood for you! Find out more than you ever wanted to know below, including a delicious recipe at the end of this article.

An estimated 22% of adults the world over exhibit raised blood pressure (WHO 2014), and systemic hypertension remains the largest attributable risk factor for mortality worldwide – tendency increasing (Kapil et al. 2015).

On the brighter side: recent studies provide compelling evidence that ingestion of beetroot (Beta vulgaris rubra, red beetroot) offers beneficial physiological effects that may translate to improved clinical outcomes for pathologies such as hypertension (high blood pressure), atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. Beetroot positively influences the cardiovascular system. Regarding hypertension, numerous studies showed beetroot significantly reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure (Box 1) when delivered acutely as a juice or in bread (Clifford et al. 2015).

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7 Reasons Why Going Nuts Makes Perfect Sense!

7 Reasons Why Going Nuts Makes Perfect Sense!

16th May 2016

By Katrin Geist

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Nuts are amazing. Their properties and potential dietary uses has spurred intensive scientific investigation for the past few decades (Russo & Siani 2012). Provided there are no allergies present, incorporating nuts into your diet could be a worth while consideration with a potentially big pay-off.

So – Why Go Nuts?

Sometimes, health solutions are simple and effective healthcare naturally tastes great! Tree nuts represent a dense, highly nutritious source of mostly unsaturated fatty acids (predominantly oleic and linoleic acid) and protein. They also contain a plethora of known health promoting components such as antioxidants (e.g. ellagic acid), flavonoids (e.g. catechins), polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and many more (Venkatachalam & Sathe 2006). Together, these constituents turn nuts into a nutritional powerhouse.

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Biophotonics – The Science Behind Energy Healing

Biophotonics – The Science Behind Energy Healing

By Katrin Geist

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

I’m in a wonderful position: I may witness people’s wellbeing improve, sometimes dramatically, while practicing Reconnective Healing. Watching them come in with pain and leave without it, dance through the room trying out movements they couldn’t do in months, or get up saying: “I’m not depressed anymore!”, move on the massage table so much in response to frequencies of energy, light and information that I feel compelled to hold the table in place, speak what seems another language fluently without conscious knowledge of it, heal from a severe accident a lot faster than predicted — it makes you wonder what exactly happens to people experiencing this, and what the Reconnective Healing phenomenon is based on.

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Canned – Do Energy Drinks Truly Give Us Wings, Or Is It All Real Bull….?

Canned – Do Energy Drinks Truly Give Us Wings, Or Is It All Real Bull….?

By Katrin Geist, MSc

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

They have been on the shelves for years, touted to boost energy levels, increase alertness and wakefulness, and to provide cognitive enhancement. In short: to improve performance. Quite fitting for a performance driven, time-scarce society that seems to run on legal drugs such as caffeine, alcohol, and prescription drugs, suggesting a state of constant and ever increasing productivity as the gateway to lasting happiness.

Some people think there’s something amiss when they don’t feel stressed. Stress has become the new normal, the predominant being state for many. In go the cups of coffee to sustain us a wee while longer. In go the so-called energy drinks, too, their use and effects extending to ever younger customers (Ibrahim & Iftikhar 2014). But how do those drinks actually affect our physiology? How do they influence individuals, and perhaps even society at large? Do they truly give us a beneficial boost? Or is it all just bull….? Let’s find out.

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Navigating the Plastic Jungle – Understanding What’s What PLUS Easy Ways to Adjust Your Plastic Use

Navigating the Plastic Jungle – Understanding What’s What PLUS Easy Ways to Adjust Your Plastic Use

By Katrin Geist

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Ah, the curse of plastics! They surround us on all levels, in all areas of life. They also cause major health and environmental problems. One of my earliest memories is that of Mom tightening and tying up the (plastic) diaper straps around my groin. Not nice when too tight.

Fast forward 40 years: to this day, disposable diapers – while doubtlessly a huge aid to parents everywhere – contribute a mountain of plastic waste that is not easily dealt with. And of course it’s not only diapers. This is but one example of a large problem: introducing exorbitant quantities (245+ million tons of plastic each year — Lithner 2011) of substances to our planet that it has no concept of integrating.

Nature works perfectly in all of her cycles. There is no such thing as waste. Everything is food. Not so in our world. Initiatives like “Cradle to Cradle” and “upcycling” are slowly beginning to change this, however.

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9 Reasons Why Sauna Bathing is an Awesome Healthy Living Habit!

9 Reasons Why Sauna Bathing is an Awesome Healthy Living Habit!

By Katrin Geist

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Have you ever wondered why sauna bathing feels so good? Or why it’s supposedly so healthy? As a child, I didn’t like the steamy, hot air and couldn’t fathom what adults enjoyed about taking a sauna. Today, I’d love to have one at home, especially in winter. View points change.

The word “sauna” is of Finnish origin, apparently the only Finnish word that made it into the English language. Merriam-Webster defines it as: “A Finnish steam bath in which the steam is provided by water thrown on hot stones; also : a bathhouse or room used for such a bath.” The recommended temperature is 80 – 100 °C (176 -212 °F) at face level and 30 °C at floor level. The air has a relative humidity of 10-20% (Hannuksela & Ellahham 2001). A usual sauna bath consists of several short stays between 5 and 20 minutes, interspersed with cooling-off periods, and followed by adequate fluid intake.

So while sauna bathing is an old, traditional practice the world over for cleansing and rejuvenating the body, what does current science say about its health benefits? How often should we enjoy a sauna? What’s the best practice, and are there pitfalls to avoid while sauna bathing? Let’s take a look.

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Striking the Balance: Why Optimal Body pH Matters and How to Achieve It

Striking the Balance: Why Optimal Body pH Matters and How to Achieve It

By Katrin Geist

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

When I was 22 years old, I felt drained and tired, had little motivation to do anything, and experienced a general lack of energy. My hair had changed from shiny, full, and curly to falling out and less full, dry, and straight, even strawy. Something was amiss. Curious about the cause, I saw a general practitioner. He told me I was in good health, and that everything was just fine. What he said and how I felt did not match. If everything was well, why did I not feel it?

To cut a long story short, it was not until many years later when I tried wheatgrass juice that this changed dramatically. What happened? Seemingly negligibly little. I had changed nothing except for drinking three wheatgrass shots every other day, within one week. The effect was amazing. It gave a powerful reminder of what it’s like to wake up wide awake in the morning, ready to excitedly jump out of bed and greet a brand new day – a feeling I hadn’t experienced for nearly two decades but recognized instantly. It was awesome and familiar, along the lines of “wherever have you been all this time?!”

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The FAT Facts: Butter vs Margarine

The FAT Facts: Butter vs Margarine

By Katrin Geist

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The one sentence summary of this article goes: I prefer butter from grass fed cows to margarine. If you would like to know what led to this conclusion, find out below.

Both butter and margarine serve the same purpose: they enhance flavor. We use them in baking, cooking, and as spreads. We’re so used to multiple options of both on supermarket shelves we hardly stop to think what we’re actually looking at, let alone how it’s made and what it contains.

For butter, that’s simple: the label on the one I just bought reads: “Cream, water, no added salt. Contains milk. Milk fat 80% minimum”. Butter has been a staple for millennia and is obtained from churning cream until hard. That’s it. You can make your own in under 5 minutes. Four cups of 35% cream yield c. 500g butter. Margarine, on the other hand, is a more recent 19th century invention using mostly plant oils, rather than animal fats. It is an engineered food. As such, it requires more processing steps to turn a liquid vegetable oil into a solid spread.

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10 Significant Reasons Why Regularly Drinking Green Tea Is An Awesome Healthy Living Habit!

10 Significant Reasons Why Regularly Drinking Green Tea Is An Awesome Healthy Living Habit!

By Katrin Geist

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Tea is one of the oldest drinks (used for almost 50 centuries in Asia) and – after water – the most common beverage people enjoy the world over (Mandel et al. 2008). Native to China, it comes from the evergreen plantCamellia sinensis. A cup of tea contains numerous compounds in varying quantities: vitamins, polyphenols, caffeine, fluoride, sugars, amino acids, proteins, minerals, chlorophyll and others (Zhao et al. 2013). Which tea is produced (white, green, oolong or black) depends on the subsequent processing of harvested Camellia leaves. Teas can be classified as non-fermented (green and white teas), semi-fermented (oolong tea), and fermented (black tea).

The health promoting effects of green tea are attributed to the rich antioxidant polyphenol content of its leaves (flavonols & catechins), making up c. 30% dry weight of a tea leaf, and exhibiting biochemical and pharmacological activities (Siddiqui et al. 2006). Recently, many of these beneficial effects were traced back to the most abundant catechin, EGCG (Wolfram 2007).

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