Showing posts with label The Red Dutchess. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Red Dutchess. Show all posts

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

How Taking a Psychobiotic Has Changed My Social Life...

I’m alway curious about the latest research and findings regarding how our gut affects our brain, more specifically, our mental health. So I’m always asking questions to Paul, the pharmacist of Inish Pharmacy. Recently he mentioned ‘Zenflore’ to me. Zenflore is a psychobiotic.But first, let us get our heads around the Brain-Gut axis.

Understanding the Gut-Brain Connection

We feel our emotions in our stomach. We get feelings of nausea when we’re scared and ‘butterflies’ when we’re nervous. It’s also makes sense why people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) have flare-ups when they’re stressed or under pressure. Anxiety and Depression affect our stomach, and our stomach health can affect our mental health. They’re inextricably linked. However, this doesn’t always mean your mental health is the sole reason to why you may have stomach/digestive issues; there are other reasons why you may have digestive issues. Harvard Medical School state that “the gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut."

What are Psychobiotics and how can they help my mental health?

Psycho- relating to  mind; mental; psychological

Biotic’-relating to or resulting from living organisms (in our gut in this case).

You’ll be familiar with those advertisements for Yakult or Actimel and their association with ‘good bacteria’. Psychobiotics are probiotics and prebiotics that can improve your mental  health by changing the mixture of bacteria in your gut.500-100- species of bacteria live in the gut and are collectively known as ‘microbiome’.Our brains are subsequently affected by these species of bacteria, and the quantity of ‘Good Bacteria Vs. Bad Bacteria’ can considerably shift our moods, feelings of anxiety, thoughts and feelings. Nowadays, with the amount of processed foods and herbicides, we’re all likely dealing with some kind of microbiome distress and feeling it in our moods.

Introducing Zenflore

Last month Paul sent me two bottles of  the psychobiotic, Zenflore. I gave a bottle to my friend. I gave them to this particular friend because he has quite a demanding job and I wanted a first hand account from someone who deals with stressful situations to see if he felt that the Zenflore helped mitigated the symptoms of stress. Since he has started taking Zenflore he has claimed that he feels more equipped to deal with the onset of pressure and feels he can go to the gym more often after work because there were times he felt he didn't have the energy to do anything after work.

Zenflore is a psychobiotic developed by PrecisionBiotics in “partnership with scientists and clinicians from one of the world’s leading centres of research on the gut-brain axis.”Zenflore claims that “modern life can be busy and often means feeling stressed.Combining this unique culture with specially selected vitamins, Zenflore provides a complete solution to help support a healthy mind and combat stress related fatigue.”

My experience of Zenflore

It’s been two days since I’ve run out of Zenflore, and I don’t know if I’m imagining it or it’s genuine, but I have that old familiar heaviness in my stomach again, my mood is a bit subdued and I could sleep on string…

Alongside taking Zenflore I also take
-Vitamin D,
-Vitamin B complex

I also take my usual mental health medication.

For the last few weeks I’ve had motivation that I’ve never had before. I’ve been feeling more ambitious and doing much more work. Usually, I have to be careful with the amount of work I take on because my mental health condition can be easily triggered when I’ve overwhelmed. For once I can fulfill my ambition and get productive without feeling like I’m about to fall apart. I was even out at the weekend and even stayed out until closing. If you know me personally you’ll know that I turned from a partier into someone who couldn’t even deal with late nights never mind drinking.I couldn’t believe the energy I had and the mental energy I had to talk, to socialise and to actually just enjoy being out dancing without yawning every second and watching my phone to see if it was time to leave.On Saturday night I didn’t want to leave. A first in many, many years.So, whether it’s a combination of all my vitamins and supplements AND the Zenflore or not, I know the Zenflore is definitely doing something.
I'll be starting to take it again.
I don't recommend things to my clients unless I've tried them.

I sincerely believe you'll notice a significant change in your mental health, and feelings of anxiety in your gut, when you begin taking Zenflore

You can get in touch with Inish Pharmacy on their website if you’ve any questions to ask Paul.

-Inish Pharmacy (You can even talk to Paul on a Live Chat on the Website)

-Read more about Zenflore

* This post has not been sponsored or in any way affiliated with Zenflore 

Monday, 9 July 2018

Moscow, Russia 2018

"Does that mean I can come to Russia then?" I said to my boyfriend when he told me the World Cup of 2018 would be held in Moscow and he'd be there for six weeks as part of his job.

"Absolutely!" Stephen said.

It was Friday 29th June 2018 and I touched down in Moscow, a city that I've always wanted to visit but never really thought I would. But sure here I was, ready to witness for myself all that my A-Level Russian History taught me, and what I've forgotten in that subject... a lot of 'Red' was involved, I know that for sure. 

I cosied up in the 5 star Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow where my boyfriend and his team where staying. Let me tell you, that was a luxurious hotel for sure. I felt like Jack Dawson walking about the top deck of the Titanic.  

The breakfast was nothing short of majestic, but I'm not one for eating so early in the morning. In true Irish nature, I was just gasping for a cup of tea!  Even when I fancied a cup of tea in my room during the day, up came room service with a tray of what could only be likened to a priest's altar with little sliver pots and trinkets that seemed to be integral to the ritual of making a cup of tea... Amen!

...but I'm used to a teabag and a kettle? Are there instructions? 

On the mornings when I could eat...
We visited the 'Red Square', which is the centrepiece of Moscow. St Basil's Cathedral is convincingly like 'Whoville' with its candy-esque structures and colours. However, the only Grinch about was Putin.

St Basil's Cathedral 

And just right in front of you Ladies and Gentlemen we have Bowser's shell...

Eyebrows, feet, doors? They all are better with a good arch!

Kazan Cathedral in the Red Square

The Red Square is prominent for being the location used for significant government ceremonies, and was used for the coronation of Tsars. I'm sure the Romanov family was 'Tsar-y' for ever stepping inside that Square...  (Terrible joke, I'm sorry...I Mos-cow') 
State Historical Museum in the Red Square

That evening we went to the Bolshoi theatre to see Raymonda, a beautiful three act ballet. The theatre itself was absolutely astounding and I couldn't help but squeeze Stephen's hand in excitement as we took our seats and took in the awe-inspiring view in front of us. It was a sight to behold!
A bucket-list moment indeed by all accounts.

Bolshoi at night

The next day we went exploring, absorbing the vibes of the city. I enjoy seeing fresh food markets and stalls, and I love seeing the texture, repetition and colours of all the fruits, vegetables and spices.

Street Art

Ice Cream

 We visited  Izmailovsky Park, a gorgeous natural area ideal for walks, a fairground for kids and further on Izmailovo palace, which is convincingly like Disneyland. It is often used for marriage ceremonies and celebrations, and of course Russian Doll Souvenirs.

Ismailov's Kremlin

O.K ladies now let's get in formation...

I love taking photos of Russian Dolls

And now, for the real reason I was in Moscow...

I never actually thought I'd mention football on this blog, but here we are.

Let's be honest, I'm not a football fan. Never was.
However, I've always enjoyed the cultural element of the World Cup. Before I met Stephen, I would always watch some of the World Cup matches. So, when I was given the chance to see a match (with hospitality thrown in there I think as a subtle bribe) I thought it'd be an experience I'd enjoy.

I watched the Spanish Vs Russia match. Stephen wore a Spanish jersey and I wore a Russian one. 

The number of people in the stadium

Things were getting tense when it came to penalties, and I was electrified by the crowd's energy and atmosphere, and I'll never forget that moment Russia won.

Would I recommend Moscow, Russia? Absolutely! It's an eclectic mix of European culture dazzled with generous lashings of influence from the Orient upon the unwavering foundations of the traditional Slavic cultures. 

I hope you enjoyed getting an insight to my time in Russia.

More travel posts coming soon...

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