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Gut Feelings


Did you know our bodies are just 10% human and 90% Bacteria?  Well bloomin’ heck, neither did I.  That was the astonishing opening line of my first lecture.  A lecture at Grayshott Spa where I have checked in to restore calm and inner peace not only to my mind but also to my innards.


For Grayshott’s philosophy and the ‘Gut Restoration Regime’ they have put together to promote this, is thus: Good health starts with a healthy gut and they have a wealth of knowledge and research to prove it.  So here I am with 9 fellow guests on a 7-day programme which rests the digestive tract, allowing the lining of the gut to heal and regenerate.  This involves 2 days of intermittent fasting and eliminates all grains, dairy foods and starchy vegetables.  Combine this with an abdominal massage or two, several castor oil compresses (said to draw out toxins in the liver), throw in some digestive bitters (a drop or two added to water in a shot glass) add a spoonful of fermented sauerkraut (would never have worked for Mary Poppins) and away you go – good bacteria (or gut flora) reigns once again.


The digestive bitters are said to stimulate gastric function while the sauerkraut given at the beginning of every meal supports a healthy gut environment.  While this is about good health, the Nutritionists and Naturopaths tell us that research has shown that a by-product of the programme is weight loss and detoxification.  It also explains why the majority of us are on the, shall we say, chubbier side of the scale, but that’s a good thing because, fat people are funny and united on our journey we laughed long and hard, right down into our bad bacteria-infested bellies.


In order to maintain this internal serene-ness, we are advised that managing blood sugar levels is key.  The good news is that Saturated Fat is back on the menu (in appropriate quantities I hasten to add).  They are also big fans of Bone Broth (essentially stock, but Bone Broth sounds cooler and is about to become all the rage) as well as fermented foods.  I’ve already mentioned the sauerkraut and just as we’ve learned how to pronounce Quinoa enter stage right, Kombucha (pronounced kom-boo-ka), a sparkling drink made by fermenting black or green tea with bacteria and sadly the closest thing to a Prosecco that I’ll get to for a while.

  
Another is Kefir, a fermented milk, and a great source of good bacteria but being dairy-free this week, I am yet to try it.  Relatively hard to come by, it can be made at home, the only downside being that the Kefir grains are a combination of live yeasts and bacteria that need to be fed frequently (they devour the sugar in Milk) so unless you have a friendly neighbour willing to feed your Kefir at the same time as your cat you could come unstuck.


Although, apparently there are now Kefir ‘hotels’ in America so your friendly bacteria can go on holiday at the same time as you… no really… Talking of America, they also tell me there is a Digestive Bitters Bar in New York – but I can’t see how that works, it’s hardly a session drink and you’d certainly be getting a raw deal if you got the first round in.


Taking this one step further I googled Wellness trends for 2016 and the Telegraph says ‘Stool Banking’ – I’m sorry WHAT? Poo transplants?  Well not exactly, also called faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is to extract healthy bacteria from the faecal matter of a healthy individual and transplant it to repopulate another not-so-healthy person’s intestinal garden. Again this is mainly practiced by our friends over the pond and I guess it’s an easier choice to make than say, donating a kidney, but really REALLY? I’m sorry.  Just No.  No, No, No - not for me.


We’ve addressed all sorts of topics during my stay.  The Carb Conundrum, Fats – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and my personal favourite from Head Nutritionist - Stephanie Moore, Stress Makes you Fat, (because I love an excuse) she also tells us she’s currently writing a book, ‘Why Eating Less and Exercising More Makes you Fat’, I think love this woman.  But if you’re looking to de-stress you certainly don’t need to travel as far as Grayshott; for a relaxing Facial or Massage can work wonders on mind and body as well as the skin.


When discussing how we would continue on leaving the programme, one lady smugly said – ‘it’ll be easy for me, my husband will cook anything I ask him to’.  I thought about Mr S&S and the various responses I’d get if I asked the same of him.  Let’s just say ‘Of course dear’ was not at the top of them and leave it at that.


For more information visit Grayshottspa.com or health-in-hand.co.uk (Stephanie Moore’s blog).  Alternatively, for a 1:1 nutrition consultation visit Lindsay Redman our resident Sports Massage Therapist and Nutritionist.



First published, Dunmow Bystander Magazine February 2016