Do You Have an Emotional Stomach?

Do You Have an Emotional Stomach?

As soon you have an emotion, good, bad or indifferent, does it hit your stomach? Has your stomach put you on a schedule? Do you have to plan your activities around when your stomach will less likely to flare up? It usually starts with childhood. Someone says something unkind to you, a parent, teacher, or friend. The negative feelings land in your stomach. Innocently the pain starts there, which may lead into not wanting to go to school, not wanting to see friends, or not wanting to go to family events.  More times than not, these unkind words can begin the root of insecurities and possible digestive issues. As adults we think that we are equipped to handle these childhood emotions, but unfortunately most people are not taught as children how to process these emotions or how to effectively handle them where no residual negative emotions remain. Instead most children are taught to ignore unpleasant situations, or “to deal with the situation” (whatever that means), told not to do anything that might lead to confrontation. The most common advice received is “walk away,” “if you ignore it long enough it will go away,” or “you will find ways to handle it.” More times than not, emotional bullying begins the seeds to many physical and emotional illnesses. If we do not learn how to handle these stressful situations as children, we likely don’t have the ability of to handle them as adults. What’s worse, you may end up with a life time of thousands of layers of unresolved emotion stored in your body that are ready to explode at your “break the camel’s back” moment. What emotions don’t get resolved, get stored. You know who you are!  If you are the person who constantly makes reference to past events, go over the same conversations in your head, feel resentful of other’s successes, have regrets, hold grudges, feels like you are not getting your fair share, are envious of others, the list goes on… just imagine how many layers of negative emotions you have stored! If we can look inside of ourselves, we can see where these resolved emotions live. It starts with a hurt or a pain. The pain may get stronger and sometimes it spreads like a disease taking over the body. Notice where do you hurt? Our bodies respond to the ways we feel, think, and act – some would refer to this as the mind/body connection. What this means is that whatever thoughts or emotions that we have dwelled upon usually become either good or negative energy. All emotions are stored in our bodies regardless if we are aware of it or not. How does an emotion process in the mind you might wonder? People think that the mind and the brain are interchangeable. But in reality the brain is an organ and the mind lives in the brain. An easy explanation: the brain is the hardware and the mind is the software. The brain transmits electronic impulses through your body to create thoughts, coordinate movements, and run your internal functions. Your mind on the other hand, has the ability to process millions of pieces of information – interpreting information, perception, emotions, and memories. The next time you experience an emotion, notice where you feel that emotion...

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Stomach Problems and Constipation Relief Workshop – Hand Reflexology and Meditation

Stomach Problems and Constipation Relief Workshop – Hand Reflexology and Meditation

Do you suffer from the discomfort and embarrassment of frequent, severe or persistent: Indigestion? Heartburn?Constipation? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? If your answer is “Yes”! Digestive Disorder Relief Workshop  Reflexology and Energy Medicine Can Help You!! Join Reflexologist, Helen Chin Lui at the Healing Place on Tuesday, October, 21, 2014, 7-8:30pm at the Healing Place, 50 North Street, Medfield, MA. Did you know that millions of dollars are spent every year for over the counter digestive and constipation products? Do you want to learn how to be proactive with your digestive care without constantly reaching for medication and seeing the doctor?  What powerful information you will take away? The reasons behind blockages in the digestive tract How to remove those blockages through energy medicine Meditation to calm the body Hand reflexology tips to calm fussy stomach and move built up toxins (take away) Cost: $18. To register, click here Helen helps adults and children to find long lasting relief from chronic digestive disorder, chronic pain, and unbalanced hormones. She has written a 13 page free e-report, “Proven Alternative Ways to Heal Common Chronic Digestive Problems: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Keep You From Healing.” For your free copy go to www.chronicdigestiveproblems.com...

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Nervous Stomach? Butterflies? Hand Reflexology Tip

Many clients of the Healing Place asked what they can do to alleviate a nervous stomach from the comfort of their homes or work. I made a video to help you all out! Try these easy-to-do hand reflexology tips. It only takes a couple of minutes to do the techniques on each hand and, best of all, you can do it anywhere and anytime.             The Healing Place has helped hundreds of adults and children to find long-lasting relief from chronic pain, digestive issues and heal hormonal imbalances naturally. Helen Chin Lui is a certified Reflexologist, Certified Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner. She is the founder and owner of the Healing Place in Medfield. She specializes in helping people with chronic digestive disorders. For her free report “Proven Alternative Ways to Heal Common Chronic Digestive Problems: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Keep You From Healing” click here.            ...

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Want to Eliminate Heartburn and Acid Reflux? Try Increasing Your HCl!

Want to Eliminate Heartburn and Acid Reflux? Try Increasing Your HCl!

From Helen Chin Lui’s book, “Digestive Health Secrets: Deactivate Sick Genes NOW!” coming out at the beginning of 2015. Continuation of “Do You Have Low Stomach Acid?” What does HCl, or hydrochloric acid, do for you?Everyone needs proper levels of stomach acid in order to break down foods and absorb nutrients, including minerals, vitamins, and folic acid. If you don’t have enough stomach acid, you can’t fight off infections or invasive bacteria. HCl is crucial in preventing bacteria from migrating from the small intestines and colonizing in the stomach. Think about the last time when you were sick – did it take a long time to get over it? People diagnosed with inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Celiac Disease, GERD, or IBS, have stomach acid problems. If you have made changes in your diet and lifestyles and you are not seeing results, check with your health provider. Symptoms If you experience acid reflux, heartburn, burping, gas, or nausea after eating, it is likely that you have low stomach acid. Why Does this happen? There is a constant pressure in the abdomen known as intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). A normal stomach has an IAP between 0 to 55 mm Hg.  When there is insufficient stomach acid, IAP increases and pushes against the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Since the lining of esophagus lacks the protective coating that the stomach has, any stomach acid that is pushed up into the LES touches the lining of the esophagus and produces a painful burning sensation. Some signs of low stomach acid are – •    “Acid stomach” relieved only by eating •    Acid indigestion •    Bad breath and body odor •    Indigestion 30 minutes to an hour after eating lasting up to 4 hours •    Visible undigested food in the stools •    Stomach upset causes by acidic or spicy foods •    White spots on your fingernails or breaking nails •    Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) •    Frequently taking antacid drugs What is happening in your stomach? If there isn’t enough acid in your stomach, the food is likely sitting and fermenting instead of breaking down. This fermentation produces gas. If you are burping and you still tasting your meal hours after you have eaten, this may be an indication that food is still sitting in your stomach and hasn’t moved into your small intestines yet. This is not a good sign. But you can help yourself! How? Try mindful eating to help increase your HCl level. How to increase your HCl? Making simple diet changes can usually help improve acid levels. Recommended foods: •    Wild-caught salmon, albacore tuna, avocados and sprouted nuts, •    Foods high in omega-3 oils and fiber •    At least 64 oz of filtered water a day •    Yogurt with active cultures Harmful foods: •    Alcoholic beverages •    Trans-fat •    Refined sugars and artificial sweeteners (sugar encourages bacterial growth.) •    Night shade vegetables, tomatoes, eggplants, and potatoes •    Simple (refined) carbohydrates and wheat •    Peanuts, sodium nitrite foods, MSG, •    Some common sense here, avoid any foods that give you heartburn ———————— The Healing Place has helped hundreds of adults and children to find long-lasting relief from chronic pain, digestive issues and heal hormonal imbalances naturally. Helen Chin Lui is a certified Reflexologist, Certified Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner. She is the founder and owner...

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More Food Intolerance and Food Allergy Testing

More Food Intolerance and Food Allergy Testing

Part 3 of our “Food Intolerance and Food Allergy” series: Food Challenge Anyone can schedule a food challenge if you are not completely sure what foods you are allergic to.  A food challenge is usually done over several hours in a controlled environment at an allergist’s or doctor’s office. The objective is to see how much of the suspected foods can be eaten over a period time before a reaction occurs. There are two types of food challenge tests; the first is single-blind test which is administered by a doctor or allergist. The patient is given a suspected food or a placebo that will not cause an allergic reaction. The second test is called a double-blind test where neither the test administrator (usually a nurse) nor the patient knows if suspected foods or placebo are being given. The double-blind test would eliminate any guesses or psychological reaction to the suspected food. In a food challenge the first step is to rub a small amount of the suspected food on the lip and wait about 15 minutes for a reaction. If there is no reaction, then a small amount of the suspected food is placed on the tongue and, if again there is no reaction, then the suspected food is eaten starting with small amounts and then increasing the amount over a two hour period. When an allergic reaction develops the testing stops immediately and the proper medical attention or medication is given.  (source: National Jewish Health) Bowel biopsy In rare cases some food allergies can cause intestinal damage. Some signs? Some are unexplained diarrhea or gastrointestinal bleeding. Testing will show if bacteria, parasitic infections or other abnormalities are causing the diarrhea or bleeding.  A doctor trained in endoscopic procedures will extract a tissue sample from the small intestines or bowel and sent it to a laboratory for evaluation. A bowel biopsy usually results in a definitive diagnosis. The doctor will recommend an appropriate course of treatment and action plan. The biopsy is especially helpful to diagnose food allergy reactions in the small intestines due to inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestinal tract known as gastroenteropathies. In the large intestine the bowel biopsy is helpful to diagnose inflammation of the colon and the small intestine known as enterocolitis and inflammation of the colon known as colitis. Helpful Hints to Know Most people are NOT allergic to more than two foods.  When the test comes back with many “allergic foods” the test results may show a false positive. If your food allergy is severe enough, wear a medical alert bracelet. Keep a list of your allergies on a card and place it in your wallet or post it on your telephone. If you are at risk of having an anaphylactic shock reaction, always carry an Epipen with you.  An unexpected episode that you are unprepared for can leave you dead very quickly. ————————————- The Healing Place has helped hundreds of adults and children to find long-lasting relief from their chronic pain and digestive issues and heal hormonal imbalances naturally. Helen Chin Lui is a certified Reflexologist, Certified Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner. She is the founder and owner of the Healing Place in Medfield. She specializes in helping people with chronic digestive disorders. For her free report “Proven...

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How to Test for Food Intolerance or Food Allergy

How to Test for Food Intolerance or Food Allergy

Continuing of our blog post series, “Food Intolerance? Food Allergy? What is the Difference?,” We will examine the various food allergy testing methods. Elimination Diet If you and your doctor feel that you have a food allergy, your doctor will help you to figure out what foods trigger your allergic reactions. Starting with an elimination diet, your doctor will help you decide which foods to start eliminating, probably starting with the common food allergies: dairy, soy, wheat or gluten, nuts, strawberry and shellfish. Your doctor will recommend which food to reintroduce over time. Again, keep a dairy. Record any allergy symptoms as you are reintroducing. Your doctor will probably direct you to repeat the elimination diet again with the foods that are still causing an allergic reaction to eliminate any doubts. During this time you must read all food labels carefully. If you are eating out, bring to the attention to your server, emphasizing that you are highly allergic to reduce the risk of contamination. Many restaurants still do not understand the severity and the liability of a customer having a food allergic reaction at their establishment. Also ask how the food is prepared. Many restaurants use already prepared sauces and foods in their dishes. There are many hidden food allergens such as MSG, preservatives, food dyes, and some allergens hide under different names. For example if you have a wheat allergy, you need to avoid soy sauce as it has wheat in it (opt for tamari sauce instead). As mentioned in my previous post, there are many apps that you can use to help you to keep track. Healthy Body Antibodies Skin tests are helpful and useful but they have their downfall. Allergy skin tests will detect only the antibodies in the food. Antibodies are proteins found in the blood that function to help your body to rid itself of viruses and bacteria. They are also called immunoglobulins. Your body has many types of antibodies to destroy different types of viruses or bacteria. There are many things you can do to increase your antibodies and stay healthy. Eat food rich in vitamins and minerals will increase your antibodies production. These foods are considered “functional foods”. They contain healing properties above the basic nutritional value that can stimulate immune functions, increase resistance to infections and stop or slow down pathogenic growth. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish containing high vitamin C and E such as strawberries, pineapples, kiwi citrus fruits, cantaloupe, watermelon, broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, garlic, salmon are consider part of the “super antibody” list. They contain a natural antibiotic that helps to build the immunity in the intestines. Skin Tests There are three types of skin tests – 1. Skin prick or puncture or skin scratch test. This is a 60-minute test where the physician places drops of extracts of the suspect foods on the skin, then uses a short needle to puncture the top layer of skin to allow the droplet to enter directly under the skin. 2. Intradermal Test. This is also about a 60-minute test where a small amount of allergen is injected under the skin. 3. Patch test. This is a 48 hour test where allergens are put on individual patches and are placed directly on the skin. Avoid getting patches wet. All tests are observed,...

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Drippy Nose? Post Nasal Drip? Scratchy Throat? – Hand Reflexology Tips to the Rescue!

Drippy Nose? Post Nasal Drip? Scratchy Throat? – Hand Reflexology Tips to the Rescue!

So many people are looking for relief for that drippy nose that won’t stop running! And what about that postnasal drip that is burning your stomach? Is your throat also scratchy? Do you just not feel well? Relief is here! Try these simple hand reflexology tips to help you find relief from your cold, flu or other respiratory symptoms. Try these tips every day for a couple of minutes on each hand until you feel better. It is suggested to drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins. Remember these tips are NOT a substitution for traditional medicine intervention. If your symptoms get worse, please visit your medical provider.       —————— If you would like to incorporate energy work into your wellness program or want to learn how you can tap into your ability to self-heal, please schedule a FREE 60-minute consultation by calling 508-359-6463. The Healing Place has helped hundreds of adults and children to find long-lasting relief from their chronic pain and digestive issues and heal hormonal imbalances naturally. Helen Chin Lui is a certified Reflexologist, Certified Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner. She is the founder and owner of the Healing Place in Medfield. She specializes in helping people with chronic digestive disorders. For her free report “Proven Alternative Ways to Heal Common Chronic Digestive Problems: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Keep You From Healing” click here.  ...

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Food Intolerance? Food Allergy? What is the Difference?

Food Intolerance? Food Allergy? What is the Difference?

I have many clients who come to see me with various stomach discomforts. Some of the common ones are queasy, stomach ache, acid reflux or heartburn. Clients ask me what causes these discomforts and what can they do to help alleviate symptoms.  Many discomforts can be avoided if you know what your triggers are. In this post I am focusing on what is food intolerance and what is food allergy? What is the difference? Foods that can make your stomach uncomfortable and rebel. Your stomach was built to be your lifelong friend; unfortunately this isn’t always the case. There are many situations that can cause stomach distress.  In many cases, people have food intolerance or food allergies that they are unaware of. You are probably scratching your head asking yourself what is the difference? What is Food Intolerance? Food intolerance is different from food allergy.  Food intolerance is when you have problems with digesting certain foods such as dairy products, gluten or grains contain gluten, beans, and cabbage because they can cause gas buildup. The food usually sits in your stomach trying to digest longer than normal. Food intolerance is more common than food allergies. What are Food Allergies? This is the biggie! This is when the body’s response to allergens in food (such as eggs, tree nuts, milk, shellfish, strawberries and tomatoes) cause the immune system to have an allergic reaction, raising the level of histamine in the blood. The proteins in the food cannot be broken down during the cooking process, or by the acid in the stomach or intestinal digestive enzymes. The allergens enter into the gastrointestinal lining, then the bloodstream and cause allergic reactions throughout the body and attack the immune system. For some people, these foods can cause them to go into anaphylactic shock. About 3% of adults and 6-8% of children have clinically proven allergic reactions. Children may grow out of their food allergies, but adults do not. Most food allergies are genetic and usually both parents have food allergies. Subtle, Painful Symptoms Do you have any of these symptoms, especially after you drink milk or eat wheat? •An urge to eat too much and/or too fast •A craving for chocolate, fatty, and/or spicy foods •Cravings for excessive caffeine, alcohol, and/or carbonated drinks •Gallstones •Gas •Bloating •Diarrhea •Acid Reflux It may take weeks or months to detect food sensitivities. Some long-term signs are subtle and easy to overlook or blame on other things going on in our lives: •Brain fog •Lack of concentration •Aggression •Hives, Eczema rash, etc •Being overweight •Insomnia Another sign of food sensitivities is being overweight? Did you know that people who have a food intolerance can easily gain excess weight? Most people don’t realize that they have food sensitivities.  It usually starts off with food cravings; sugar, wheat, corn, dairy, nuts, sugar, etc. Food intolerance causes weight gain that won’t come off until the person eliminates the problem foods from their diet. Medical Intervention An easy food allergy test can be obtained at your doctor’s, allergist’s or immunologist’s office. A small amount of food extract, usually starting with the most common allergens – wheat, dairy, soy, corn, and nuts – is injected into the skin. If the skin reacts in the form of hive, this is an indication of a food...

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Got a Queasy Stomach and Don’t Know Why?

Got a Queasy Stomach and Don’t Know Why?

Sometimes you may get a bloated and uncomfortable feeling after you have a meal, especially if the meal is big. There are many reasons why this is happening, but you don’t know why. All you know is you feel uncomfortable. Your queasy stomach may feel like nausea, dizziness, gas, or heartburn which can inhibit some of your activities if it is not alleviated. Most of the time you take action by medicating or examining what you have just eaten to cause this discomfort. Physical causes There are many causes of a queasy stomach. Here is just one possible cause – Dysmotility Dysmotility is a condition that gives you a feeling of fullness or bloating. People sometimes describe it as feeling like a dull stomach ache or heartburn. The feeling persists, even when you haven’t just finished a large meal, very much like mild heartburn. As an excess of gasses are trying to be processed through your digestive system, there is often a lot of belching and it is extremely uncomfortable. How does this happen? Consuming too much alcohol. This can lower the stomach’s ability to process food in a timely manner. Eating a heavy, late-night snack before bed can cause bloating. The food sits in your stomach and does not process. The secretions that are required for digestion are not being produce. Eating heavy, rich and fatty food is extremely difficult for the stomach to process, which slows the entire digestion process. Eating meals on the run, not chewing food properly, skipping meals or failing to eat on schedule can lead to a queasy stomach. When your stomach becomes confused with your eating schedule, it holds onto food instead of processing it, because it is not certain when it will have its next meal. Traditional Remedies Try sitting or lying down to settle your queasy stomach Do you feel constipated? Try passing stools, this may give you instant relief Try making a tea by thinly slicing 4 or 5 slices of fresh ginger with lemon juice. The acid of the lemon juice will neutralize your stomach while the ginger will calm it. Avoid acidity, spicy and fatty foods Try mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a 8oz glass of water Take an antacid Take 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar directly or mix it with 8 ounces of water If it is a severe case, call your doctor to ask for advice Holistic Remedy A combined ear, hand and foot reflexology therapy has helped 100% of my clients find relief from queasy stomach in a relatively short time. The reflexes for the stomach, small and large intestines, and diaphragm help relax the spine and are worked on the feet, hands and ears. Average results are achieved within 3-4 sessions with a professional Reflexologist followed by a monthly maintenance reflexology program once dysmotility symptoms have diminished. For temporary stomach and constipation relief relief, try this hand reflexology tip on my youtube channel. It is easy, quick to do, and best of all you can do it anytime and anywhere. Conscious Awareness Being aware of your health habits will help you to eliminate many dysmotility symptoms. Start by incorporating a healthy lifestyle habits consisting of a balanced diet, stress reducing activities, exercising, getting enough rest, limiting alcohol intake, and quitting...

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