With new technology and advice on health, wellbeing, beauty and aesthetics cropping up everyday it can be hard to know exactly what will work for you and what you as an individual should be doing. We decided to team up with industry experts in health and beauty to answer your burning questions in our Expert Panel Series, covering everything from gut and digestive health to the best fat reduction treatments available.
We begin with our health panel; we asked personal trainers to the stars Matt Roberts, specialist Colonic Hydrotherapist Victoria Cooper and cold pressed juice experts CPRESS to answer your burning questions!
Victoria Cooper – The Colonic Hydrotherapist
Victoria is a specialist in digestive gut health, utilising the gently healing process of Colonic Hydrotherapy to soothe issues in the bowel, diagnose food intolerances and help her clients make healthy lifestyle decisions. Victoria is a committee member of ARCH (Association of Registered Colonic Hydrotherapists) and has also contributed as part of the working group for ARCH to the development of National Occupational Standards in conjunction with Skills for Health. Here she answers questions commonly asked about digestive health and Colonic Hydrotherapy.
I eat healthily but bloating is a big issue for me. How can I change my diet to help this?
There are many reasons why someone would experience abdominal bloating, despite having a healthy diet. It isn't just a question of swapping burgers and chips for salads. The causative factors are highly individualised, many and varied, and cannot be addressed in a blanket "one-size-fits-all" type of approach. When a client books in for a colonic session a full medical history is taken, which can often throw some light onto the cause (or, more often, causes) of the bloating for that particular individual. We discuss general gut conditions and lifestyle factors which may not be optimum for the client or alternatively, which may need to be "managed".
Clearing the gut of old and trapped residues by means of a gentle colonic, some of which can be contributing to the dreaded bloat, is a good place to start. Further feedback and guidance is given during the session for steps to take which, if followed, may reduce this problem.
What is involved in Colonic Hydrotherapy?
When a client arrives at EFMEDISPA for a colonic, a detailed medical history is taken as the first port of call. Our Practitioner will ask several questions about what is on the form, to firstly ensure that the treatment is appropriate for the client and secondly, to see how best we can help the client. An explanation of the treatment itself is given so the client can understand the procedure as it occurs.
- The client lies on the couch whilst a new packet of disposable tubing is prepared (the tubing is ergonomically designed for comfort) and subsequently inserted, using plenty of lubricant. This insertion should not feel painful.
- The client's position is adjusted and once comfortable, the treatment begins. A gentle inlet of water is allowed to make its way into the first few inches of the colon to begin the process of dislodging waste material, followed shortly after by the opportunity for the body to release again. This process is repeated and the water reaches slightly further in with each inlet.
- The client will feel the abdomen gently rising as the water inlets, and will feel it subsiding again as the body releases. This process continues, with gentle abdominal massage, for the duration of the session, which should remain comfortable at all times.
- The client is then transferred to our en-suite loo at an appropriate juncture, where further releases may occur. Once abdominally stable, the client can get dressed and has the opportunity to raise any further questions.
Matt Roberts - The Celebrity Trainer
Matt Roberts is the go to trainer for those serious about getting in shape, including many celebrities in London. His clubs offer exclusivity and privacy, the perfect environment for getting results! He answers commonly asked questions on achieving fitness.
There is a lot of different advice out there on exercise, but how much exercise should we actually be doing?
The quantity of exercise that someone does is ultimately dependent on their goal. In order to promote optimal health we should be as active as possible; especially as so many of us are sat at desks all day! Walking at least 2000 steps a day and monitoring this via a Nike fuel band or Jawbone is a great way to keep healthy and active. If your goal is for something more specific like fat-loss then you need to exercise enough to burn excess energy. Along with a controlled and healthy diet we should be exercising 4 to 5 hours a week; over several months this will cause enough changes to your body for you to notice a difference.
What is the best type of exercise for fat loss?
Fat loss can be a difficult goal to achieve with exercise alone, so much of your success will be determined by your diet. When you have a fat-loss goal it is imperative to make changes to your current diet by reducing portion sizes, cutting out calorically dense foods and filling yourself up on low calorie foods. Along with these dietary changes there are certain forms of exercise that will help accelerate fat loss. The best type of training tends to be the high intensity training; intervals which require you to work as hard as possible for a short amount of time, then rest and recover and then repeat, work the best. You can even set yourself a big circuit of exercise and then look to complete it as fast as possible. Should you be new to exercise it's important to build a good base of fitness first. Be patient and take your time and you will soon be able to push yourself to these limits.
CPRESS – The Juice Experts!
Their delicious cold press juice recipes are bursting with health benefit, offering daily boosts for when you need them most. The health ingredient experts answer your questions on why juicing is important and how you can incorporate them into your lifestyle.
What are the health benefits of juicing?
Cold pressed juice provides an immediate supply of immune boosting nutrients. Since there is no fibre to slow them down, vitamins, minerals and enzymes flood our system instantly. Imagine over one kilogram of fruit and vegetables laid out on the table. Now think of trying to eat all of that in one go, if you are to be good and eat all your recommended greens for the day, that’s a lot of salad! Think of juicing as a pre-digestion process. When we drink cold pressed juice, we give our digestive organs a much needed rest. As a result, our body finds new energy source to be used to boost productivity and overall performance.
How can I incorporate juices into a healthy diet?
Juicing can be a tricky business, especially when you want to do it right and have only that much time to spare. Traditional rotary juicers expose the juice to heat and air, which causes them to oxidise and lose valuable nutrients. Using the cold press is a superior method of extracting nutrients from fruit, roots, vegetables and leafy greens and is a preferred way of juicing. Once you got your bottle of cold pressed juice, we recommend you start your day with a green juice that is highly alkalising. This will give you the much needed morning kick and press the start button on your metabolism, digestive and detoxification systems.
Boosters are also a great way to get your vitamins on. They are much smaller in size, highly concentrated with nutrients and each one was created with a specific mission. CPRESS’s Liver Flush does what it says - helps your liver to flush out toxins more efficiently. G Force gives your immunity system the force it needs to fight off any invaders. If you are completely new to juicing, we recommend you start with more fruit based juices, which might go down a little easier till you get used to the textures, flavours and abundance of newly found energy levels and health.
What is the most important thing in juicing?
Juices are great, but not all are created equal. Non-organic juices can contain many harmful chemicals and pesticides that increase the total toxic load in our body. Many of the juices have also been altered by heat or additives to artificially extend their shelf life. Any of these processes would have killed a significant amount of nutrients otherwise found in raw organic cold pressed juice. This completely defeats the purpose of juicing in the first place. We can’t purify our system by pouring more toxic substances in it. So drinking organic cold pressed juice is the key.
Watch this space for the next stage of our Expert Panel Series where our experts answer your biggest questions on facial rejuvenation!