How To Get To The Truth About Your Health

How To Get To The Truth About Your Health

Truth About Your Health

Have you ever experienced hearing something so profound, it made you feel differently about life? You felt it in your body. At your core essence you knew you had heard, and felt the truth? And it resonated so deeply that it changed you in some way?

We live in a world that is full of information, more than at any time in history. How do you get to the truth about your health, to know what’s right for your body with so much conflicting advice out there.

As I observe the crisis we have with healthcare, the increase in allergies in kids, the rise in obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle related diseases, and each time the record of not enough beds is exceeded, I know, deep down, we are looking in the wrong place for the answers.

The normal 21st century way of living is making us stressed, tired, in pain, overweight, overwhelmed or depressed. Yet never have we been more self-aware of our issues, flaws, weaknesses, so much to blame on our current stage of health and happiness. On my own journey, and helping others with theirs, I found that self-awareness has commonly turned into self-consciousness of all that’s wrong with ourselves. We feel vulnerable to those reasons for the rest of our lives, and seek solutions to work on what we think we have to fix in order that we may feel whole again.

We weren’t made to be this way.

We were born happy, our innate nature is good health, happiness, aliveness and wisdom. So what makes us think it’s not there? How have we forgotten?

As we look outwards seeking ways to make us happy yet it’s our innate nature to be happpy. We fill our brains with more and more information, thinking, stressing, that there isn’t room for anything else, new ideas, solutions, peace. There comes a time to question, are we even looking in the right place?

There is another way.

All of my adult life, I’ve had a thirst to explore more about health, and I’ve loved learning and enjoyed new information and knowledge. I’ve shared wonderful experiences helping others, and I’ve gotten to experience the value of joy with my students and graduate practitioners as they release themselves from pain, stress, and past traumas and go on to help others do the same.

We know intuitively that how we are feeling is connected to our thinking. We know intuitively that how we are feeling is also connected to what we eat, and how much we move our bodies.

By learning how our diet affects us long term, we can make better food choices. By reducing stress and letting go of fears and grief, we can return to better health and wellbeing. When we make health the focus and not just the absence of disease, the body naturally loses weight, we sleep better, and pain goes. The body knows how to heal itself. On our Balanced Health courses we teach people the whole person approach so our students can learn how to identify the underlying causes to health issues, empower their own lives and help transform their health and that of others. It’s the start of a rewarding career.

Aligning your life to seeking the truth in others brings real connection and presence to our lives, and I think we need more of that. The way to better health and happiness is to know it’s already there.

We just forgot.

Enjoy the journey of rediscovering yours.

Boost your Health with Apple Cider Vinegar


Boost your Health with Apple Cider Vinegar

There is tons of stuff on the internet about apple cider vinegar and alot of conflicting information so we wanted to keep it simple. We know people just want practical ways to get healthier and simple ways to feel better.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an age-old ingredient for healthy living. Drinking it can bring a number of health benefits. Apple cider vinegar is loaded with 17 amino acids, vitamins like potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus and minerals like B1, B6, and B12

Apple cider vinegar is an apple cider that’s been fermented. The sugar allows the fermentation process  to start allowing the sugar to turn into something called an organic acid. That organic acid levels the pH within your body.

High levels of stress, poor sleep, processed foods, too much coffee and alcohol can all make the body too acidic. The body starts to use its valuable minerals such as calcium, iodine, and magnesium to bring pH back into balance. If you are suffering from heartburn, poor digestion, headaches,poor bone health high blood pressure, low thyroid,  insomnia, muscle cramps, tiredness, weight gain—and poor skin, maybe your PH is out of Balance. That’s why adding apple cider vinegar can offer benefits to your Health balancing your PH levels.

Apple Cider Vinegar helping Diabetes

A study published in Diabetes Care looked at men and women with type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that when the participants downed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed with a snack (one ounce of cheese), they had lower blood sugar levels the next morning, compared to when they ate the same bedtime snack paired with two tablespoons of water.

Whole-wheat bread and other ‘healthy’ foods diet experts avoid. Another study published in the same journal compared the effects of apple cider vinegar on healthy adults, people with pre-diabetes, and people with type 2 diabetes.

Study participants in all three groups had better blood glucose readings when they consumed less than an ounce of apple cider vinegar with a high-carb meal (a white bagel with butter and orange juice), compared to when they the had the same meal and drank a placebo.

People with pre-diabetes improved their blood glucose levels with vinegar by nearly half, while people with diabetes cut their blood glucose concentrations by 25%. –

Which brand of ACV is best?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It should be made from cider or apple juice and should have a pale to medium amber color. Pretty much any brand will do: Bragg and Heinz are two of the better-known ones.

If you want to experiment with drinking vinegar to soak up any of the benefits listed above, the safest and most effective way is to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar to one glass of water and drink it on an empty stomach immediately before eating. Don’t even think about drinking it undiluted. Mkae sure to dilute 1 tablespoon in at least 1 cup of water. Your esophagus isn’t designed to withstand all the acidity. Some people like to add lemon or cinnmon to their mixture.

Don’t overdo it, as you can see the benefits with one tablespoon, and significant effects with two, but there’s never a time when more than that is better.

Protect your tooth enamel with baking soda.
It’s not a bad idea to brush your teeth immediately before and after you drink ACV. Alternatively, rinse your mouth with a mixture of water and baking soda, which will counteract the acidity in your mouth and protect your teeth.

Hear more from Thomas De Lauer about balancing your body with ACV. –

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To learn more about helping and healing the body with natural holistic treatments, come along to our Taster events or find out more about our Balanced Health course. Visit

Zinc Deficiency Symptoms and the Best Food Sources


Zinc Deficiency Symptoms and the Best Food Sources

Zinc is an important trace mineral which is useful in the body in many ways. It is essential for cell division & aids normal growth & development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence.
Zinc deficiency is indeed something you should be concerned about especially if your body is already showing some warning signs of the condition.

Key facts on zinc

  • It is an important aspect of nutrition.
  • Deficiency can occur if there is not a high enough consumption from diet or supplementation.
  • Deficiency in children can lead to growth problems and increased risk of infection.
  • During pregnancy and lactation, women may need extra.

Some people use zinc for an eye disease called macular degeneration, for night blindness, and for cataracts. It is also used for asthma; diabetes; high blood pressure; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); and skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne.

Other uses include treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), blunted sense of taste (hypogeusia), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), severe head injuries, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, Hansen’s disease, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcers and promoting weight gain in people with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa.

Some people use zinc for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), male infertility, erectile dysfunction (ED), weak bones (osteoporosis), rheumatoid arthritis, and muscle cramps associated with liver disease. It is also used for sickle cell disease and inherited disorders such as acrodermatitis enteropathica, thalassemia, and Wilson’s disease.

Some athletes use zinc for improving athletic performance and strength.

Zinc is also applied to the skin for treating acne, aging skin, herpes simplex infections, and to speed wound healing.

There is a zinc preparation that can be sprayed in the nostrils for treating the common cold.

Zinc sulfate is used in products for eye irritation.

Zinc citrate is used in toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent dental plaque formation and gingivitis.

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Kinesiology can muscle test, to find out if there a deficiency in a particular nutrient, and determine is it necessarily to take more nutritional supplements. It could simply be that the body is out of balance, and not working at peak efficiency.

Nutritional deficiencies and excesses change from all the time, depending on the person’s lifestyle and condition.

Often people get nutritional deficiencies because they are consuming too many toxins, and the body has to use up what good nutrition it does get in getting rid of them. By visiting a Kinesiologist you can get tested for toxins and metals.

Supplements are available in the form of capsules and tablets. However, the tolerable upper limit for zinc is 40 milligrams for males and females over 18 years.

It has been proven isolating certain nutrients in supplement form will not provide the same health benefits as consuming the nutrient from a whole food. First focus on obtaining your daily zinc requirement from foods, then use supplements as a backup if necessary.

If you would like to get tested, visit a Kinesiologist in your area. The website has a list of practitioners nationwide –

If you want to know more about training in Kinesiology check out our Balanced Health Courses happening nationwide.


New Year – Make it the best one yet.

With the New Year comes the opportunity for a fresh start, we can turn January into an exciting new beginning. We put together our top tips and what we do to help achieve your goals …..

Makes small changes to your diet – Start slow/make changes over time. Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isn’t realistic or smart. Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet.

By just adding Ginger to your daily diet it can make a significant different .

• If you are exercising and feel the soreness it may reduce muscle pain and soreness
• Ginger May Drastically Lower Blood Sugars and Improve Heart Disease Risk Factors
• Ginger Can Help Treat Chronic Indigestion
• Ginger May Lower Cholesterol Levels
• Cold and Flu Prevention. Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia.

Fitness Goals – “Dear Santa, This year please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don’t mix those two up like you did last year.” Didn’t we all see this floating around before Christmas on social media. Plenty of us made healthy New Year’s resolutions for 2016 — “I will finally lose those 10 pounds,” “I will fit in my old jeans,” “I’m giving up carbs.” Yes, setting goals may be the first step to achieving them, but why do we almost always find ourselves back in our old routines, making the same exact resolutions over and over again every year?
Simple steps to help you really achieve your fitness goals this year . Set small, reasonable goals It’s easy to set unrealistic goals with the motivation boost we get on January 1st. Two weeks in and still way too far from reaching our goal, we start finding excuses not to go to the gym, or worse, completely give up and binge on biscuits. Set a series of smaller, more realistic goals that act as stepping stones. You are more likely to achieve specific and reasonable goals like “I will lose 1 pound this week,” or “I will walk 10,000 steps today,” than “I will lose 20 pounds,” or “I will run a marathon.” Start small and take it slow, it will pay off in the end.

Do something you actually like – I have started the Keto diet and some other staff members have taken up running. Hate squats ? Then don’t do them! Exercise is supposed to be fun and make you feel good about yourself, not the other way around. Try a new class or ask your friends what they like doing. Experiment to find the best fit.

Portion control – As boring as it sounds, portion control is still an effective way to cut down on calories without the pain of letting go of your favourite foods. Let’s be honest, none of us will be giving up our guilty pleasures for a whole year.

Drink Water – By simply increase you water intake can make a huge difference. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don’t drink water, we don’t flush out waste and it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems. Also combined with fiber, water can cure constipation. Make your skin glow. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the colour and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly. Drinking water also helps the skin do its job of regulating the body’s temperature through sweating. It can even improve your mood. Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water. Make this a new addition to your daily routine in he New Year,

Get to Bed on time
Are you a bedtime procrastinator? failing to go to bed at the intended time. Yes, how many times have you not gone to bed when you said you would even though there was no outside influence or circumstances stopping you from doing so (only yourself)? It is not so much not wanting to sleep, but rather, not wanting to stop what you are doing. You lose track of time looking at your smart phone, tablet, watching TV, or even doing chores, even though you will regret it in the morning. 
Sleep is very important for your body to recharge and heal itself. People actually sleep better when they are well rested rather than when over tired.

If you’re looking for the ideal time to turn the lights off, it’s 10.30pm. This comes form Traditional Chinese Medicine. Every meridian system which is connected to an internal organ has a two our window of focus time.Chinese Medicine practitioners use this clock to help them determine the organ responsible for disease. For example, if you find yourself waking up between the hours of 3-5am each morning, you may have underlying grief or sadness that is bothering you or you may have a condition in the lung area.

If feelings of anger or resentment arise, you may feel them strongest during the time of the Liver which is 1-3am or perhaps if you experience back pain at the end of your working day, you could have pent up emotions of fear, or perhaps even Kidney issues.

Most adults need between 7 to 9 hours per night. Women actually need 1 hour extra than men!!

Say ‘Yes’ to new opportunities – It is important that you need to respect your future self enough and create a plan. Look at some new training, research taking a careen break or changing career if you are not happy . Here at Kinesiology Zone we are offering new students a huge discount on our Spring Training Course . To find our more visit

Happiness Jar
Resolutions are a good concept, but suffer from mostly poor follow-through on the behalf of the majority. I think we all can agree that resolutions are pretty tricky to stick to . . . especially for an entire 365 days and beyond.
Which is why Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s revised resolution idea of a happiness jar is a great idea.The best part? It’s incredibly easy. Write down the day’s happiest moment on a slip of paper and put it in a jar (or any sort of container, really). It literally takes 60 seconds or less, and you’re pretty much guaranteed not to fail.

We want to hear your ideas and tips and feel free to comment below ….

Health Show Episode #15 – How to have a Healthy Christmas

In our Christmas themed Health Show we offer some tips on how to survive and thrive over the Christmas season. Practical and easy advice, while not coming across as the killjoy by those around you!! And download our Healthy Christmas Gift Guide below.

Healthy Christmas Gift Guide

Weight gain?

Some studies claim it’s a mere 1lb while others say it’s as much as 5lb. But one thing’s for sure: the scales are more likely to go up than down. “We take in about 500 extra calories a day over Christmas,” says dietician Helen Bond. “And when you think a mince pie has about 230 calories and a small chocolate about 50 it’s easy to see how the nibbles tot up.”

Don’t know about you, but I’d say I eat way more than 500 extra calories.  But I no longer buy into the myth that calories matter – they do of course to a certain extent, but in the context of health, it’s the type of calories and the effect they have on your insulin levels.  So having 800 calories only consisting of sugar/carbohydrates will stop you from losing weight long term. Whereas 1300 calories made up of a balanced diet, of protein, low carb, and good fats, means you can enjoy foods without getting hungry, feeling deprived and even lose weight.  See Episode #14 of The Health Show for more info

Listen in to our Health Show where Siobhan will offer expert tips and strategies to help you thrive this Christmas, enjoy the season to the full and stay healthy from a whole person perspective.

First two minutes are audio only! Sorry about that!

Distractions and remained focussed

Intentionally removing distractions during Christmas is a great way to have more family fun and be more focused and present during the festivities. No email, no Facebook, no TV, (for some of the day) means you won’t miss the deliciousness of the foods on your plate and conversations around you. The people we love deserve our full attention and you’ll feel more fulfilled simply by being present!

At the end of the day there’s no point in worrying about elements of your life that you have no control over. For example, you can try your best to make a healthy choice when out to dinner but the meal that someone has gone to the trouble to make should be enjoyed. When it comes to Christmas stress remember it’s just one day and it’s about the memories you create.

When it comes to festive food getting the balance right is key.  You can pick healthier portions that will fill you up – turkey is high in protein; fill your plate with gorgeous vegetables, eating nine Brussels sprouts provides half our daily requirement of folic acid and all our vitamin C needs! And then ask yourself you really need all those roast potatoes? Have one and enjoy it!! You can always go back for more. And then there are herbs such as oregano, thyme and rosemary that have a high antioxidant content.  Simply by being mindful of what you eat, enjoying every mouthful, eating slowly and savouring all the nourishing food, will leave you feeling full and satiated.

We all know when we eat crap we feel crap, so fill up on proper food and there will be no room for too much junk!  You might surprise yourself at what’s possible.

And then some of the regular things we will be eating are GOOD for us – remember, when drinking red wine enjoy all the healthy antioxidants, dark chocolate contains magnesium (a feel good mineral), choose nuts instead of crisps or sweets to snack on (they don’t raise your blood sugar/insulin as much), and finally chew your food well as this will aid digestion.

And enjoy your family, breathe more, don’t take things personally, and relax more.  It IS only a day, and think about all you can be grateful for, rather than focussing on what annoys you!

Here are some more preparation tips from students  – which I didn’t have time to share:

  1. Plug in the extra camping fridge to keep stuff cool. Have extra AA and Triple AAA batteries and a small Phillips screwdriver handy. Buy in a few extra gifts in case anyone catches you unawares. Have loads of fresh carrots n celery n cucumber n tomatoes n Chillies n basil n coriander and natural yogurt so you can whip together a few dips in a hurry.  Have the fire ready to light and a few treats that you don’t like ready to share. Haha… that way you won’t feel tempted.   Thanks Ria
  1. My tips- get as much sleep rest as you can – try to get fresh air / walks some outdoor activities in – light into the pineal gland- try not to eat too much rubbish (which is difficult with crimbo parties etc) – plan to do mini detox in the new year – rub relevant NL points liver gall bladder prob – get in some rebounding if you can – and enjoy friends and family !!!! Thanks Debra
  2. Staying present is a present. We can get ahead of ourselves and so stressed out we end up missing the day and wrecked. “Breath” and be mindful rushing about won’t get it done faster. We aren’t all used to so much alcohol and rich food so drinking lots of water prevents getting blocked up and will cleanse the body. A good digestive enzyme for the foods that get at the gut just in case and at least 6-7 hours sleep at night.    Thanks Aoife.


To get our FREE Healthy Christmas Gift Guide click the image

Healthy Christmas Gift Guide


We hope you enjoyed our Health Shows this year.
We look forward to seeing you on our next one in January 2018.

Healthy Christmas Gift Guide

Helping clients with Physio and Systematic Kinesiology

Margaret Fitzgibbon, physiotherpist and Systematic Kinesiologist

Margaret Fitzgibbon

Helping clients with Physio and Systematic Kinesiology

As a physiotherapist for the past 11 years, I encounter clients on a daily basis who have had an acute injury, e.g. ligament, muscle and joint injuries. When there is a mechanism of injury, a specific movement or event that caused the damage, it usually is ease enough to determine the type or structures affected, the type of treatment/ rehabilitation that will be administered and usually the length of time it will take to get back to pre-injury levels of mobility and comfort.

That said in private practice I find a large percentage of clients who come in with pain which is of unknown origin. Because it started insidiously without any known event and may be intermittent over time, it often progresses or affects activities of daily living significantly, and then they seek Physiotherapy intervention.

As with all Physiotherapy assessments we would consider whether there are any red flags, orange flags or yellow flags present for the client. As we know if someone had red or orange flags the treating clinician should refer onward to the appropriate speciality or A & E.

When it comes to yellow flags, like beliefs, unhelpful beliefs about pain, worry, fear, anxiety, and emotional responses to the injury, this might suggest a poor treatment outcome.  Chronic stress is also harmful to the physical body yet while I often found I would be aware of this, but I did not have any treatment tools, other than trying to reassure the client, using explain pain books, or gaining the client’s trust.

Having found Systematic Kinesiology over three years ago and completed the advanced training, I know I am much more able to assist clients in removing these barriers which gives their body the right environment to a full recovery. The approach works on the principle of “MCPE” which enables the therapist to use Kendall style muscle testing to ascertain the root causes of the client’s issues and promote health, wellness and a return from injury or pain.  In simple terms this means that the “whole person” is considered when treating clients and less focussed on symptoms only.

MCPE - the whole person approachThe MCPE approach, which covers the main areas of Mental (Mental, or emotional upset, past or present) issues, which can vary from fear of injury, to work or relationship problems or worries, Chemical issues (can range from food sensitivities, to bacterias and viruses to poor nutrient absorption), Physical issues (these are the areas we are already aware of, joints, muscle, ligament, tendon, spinal issues), and Energetic (disturbances in the meridian system) which can affect muscle strength and function.

Case Study

Recently I met a lovely lady, who had been involved in a serious accident six months prior to her visit.  She had had physiotherapy intervention for 3 months, consisting of manual therapy and soft tissue release, but she felt she hadn’t improved much over this period and then sought osteopathic treatments for a further 3 months. Although she felt both did have some benefit in the short term, the pain, tension and restriction in movement had not resolved.

When this client cam eto me we established that her sartorius muscle was a primary weakness (which in Kinesiology is found to be associated with the Triple Warmer meridian and the organ association: adrenal).  I was able to determine that she needed chemical, energetic and emotional work for the weakness to be fully resolved.  Her treatment consisted of working on the associated points for the adrenal organ, releasing chronic stressful memories of the accident and fear at the time of impact, and giving advice on appropriate nutrition that would help her system recover (such as B & C vitamins).

This is why I find Systematic Kinesiology as a fantastic additional tool in my Physiotherapy practice.

As physiotherapists we are already familiar with muscle testing which is a bonus; yet the difference in this approach is that we can consider issues other than those physical in nature.  On her return visit two weeks later she felt her symptoms had improved by 75%, her body had released some of the energetic, physical and emotional tension from the accident, her muscle testing results had improved, and her body seemed to have started to relax and allow recovery to happen.

Introduction to Systematic Kinesiology for Physiotherapists

As a KinesiologyZone Course Leader, I’m delighted to be running another CPD training specifically for physiotherapists to share these additional ways to help our clients.  The course is set up for you to learn how to easily identify other areas that may be blocking a client’s full recovery. Taking into account the meridian system without the need for acupuncture needles, how to balance the body using various points (Chapman and Bennett points), testing for basic food sensitivities, learning the relationship between specific emotions and certain muscle groups, as well as using emotional destress techniques, the weekend will equip you with simple yet powerful skills that will help a wide range of clients.

To find out more about the course in Westport, simply click this link

Kinesiology for physiotherapists

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Systematic Kinesiology and how I use it in clinical practice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  [email protected]

Margaret Fitzgibbon’s clinic is based in Westport, Co Mayo.

Since finding Systematic kinesiology, it’s has changed the way I look at my own health and well-being and that of my clients. The ability to ascertain what is affecting my health most at any given time, be its emotional stress, my diet or lack of energy, through muscle testing, allows me to simply find out what I would be best focusing to create change quickly. It has also helped me find long lasting ways to balance my lifestyle for promote my own physical & emotional health.

With regard to the clients I see in the clinic, the main response I hear post muscle testing and explaining the root cause of their personal issue is “that makes sense”. It allows clients to feel the effects specific thoughts, emotions or stressors have on the strength of their physical body & teaches them ways to reduce the effect. I love that it allows me to work holistically with the entire person and find the root cause or causes of their issue be it digestion, diet, emotion or energy.   It makes me feel fulfilled as a practitioner and “makes lots of sense to me”.

Since Systematic Kinesiology has made such an impact on my clients I hope to inspire other physios to learn this integrated healthcare solution and am delighted to be offering Systematic Kinesiology courses to physiotherapists around Ireland.

Health Show Episode #14 – World Diabetes Day

Health Show Episode #14 – Diabetes and insulin resistance


World Diabetes Day (14 November 2017) is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign. Diabetes gives rise to damage of blood vessels throughout the body which causes blindness, retinopathy, heart disease, kidney disease, amputation, and even early mortality.

Diabetes Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, where little or no insulin is produced by the pancreas.
Diabetes Type II is a chronic disease caused by our lifestyle. Over 226,000 people in Ireland alone have been diagnosed, but many more will be in a pre-diabetes stage of Insulin Resistance. If your blood insulin levels have been high for years, the cells of your body start to ignore it and becomes less effective at this important job in your body.

Insulin is a hormone that reduces blood glucose in your body by pushing it into your cells that use it or burn it to make ATP (our pockets of energy). If you don’t use up your ATP then any glucose left over will be stored as fat.

If you eat too many carbs and over processed foods, have abdominal obesity, get hungry and cravings for sugar, high blood pressure and PCOS, then you have some of the signs of elevated insulin. The problem is we get used to how we feel, and don’t realise the problems being stored up for later in life. Perhaps the most alarming of all though is that this was once considered an adult-onset disease, but now children are being diagnosed earlier and earlier.

In the jam-packed Health show, we covered a range of topics including :

* Understanding and reversing type 2 diabetes
* How in Systematic Kinesiology we test for insulin resistance
* Steps to Reduce the risk of Developing Diabetes

* Importance of Essential Fats

While so many people being regularly diagnosed with this chronic disease, and millions more people walking around with the disease and don’t know it (27.8 percent of people with diabetes are undiagnosed). Symptoms of diabetes vary from person to person. But, the earlier you catch them, the better it is for your overall health and diabetes care. It is worth getting to know, and keeping a lookout for the symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes


Your Plan to Reverse Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

Certain foods negatively affect your blood sugar levels, cause inflammation and trigger immune responses. To reverse diabetes naturally, the first step is to remove these foods from your diet:

Refined sugar: Refined sugar rapidly spikes blood glucose, and soda, fruit juice and other sugary beverages are the worst culprits

Grains: Grains, especially gluten-containing grains like wheat, contain large amounts of carbohydrates that are broken down into sugar within only a few minutes of consumption.

Remove Dairy: Stay away from all other forms of dairy because the A1 casein produced by conventional cows will harm the body and trigger an immune response similar to gluten.

Include Foods high in chromium:Chromium is a nutrient that’s involved in normal carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Broccoli has the highest amounts of chromium, but you can also find it in raw cheese, green beans.

Use Cinnamon: Cinnamon has the ability to lower blood sugar levels and improve your sensitivity to insulin. (Several small studies have linked cinnamon to better blood sugar levels)

Add Magnesium-rich foods: Magnesium can help regulate blood sugar levels because it plays a role in glucose metabolism. Research shows that diabetes is frequently associated with magnesium deficiency. Eating magnesium-rich foods, like spinach, pumpkin seeds and almonds.

Use Healthy Fats: Use coconut milk, grass-fed butter (Kerrygold) can also help balance out your blood sugar levels.  Eat oily fish 2-3 times a week (or more).  Eat avocado, and use avocado oil (great for cooking due to a high smoke point).

In an effort to control blood sugar and weight some people are turning to Ketogenic diet.

What is the keto diet?

Special diets for type 2 diabetes often focus on weight loss, so it might seem crazy that a high-fat diet is an option. But the ketogenic (keto) diet, high in fat and low in carbs, can potentially change the way your body stores and uses energy, easing diabetes symptoms.With the keto diet, your body converts fat, instead of sugar, into energy.

 Understanding “high-fat” in the ketogenic diet

Many people with type 2 diabetes are carrying extra weight, so a high-fat diet can seem unhelpful. The goal of the ketogenic diet is to have the body use fat for energy instead of carbohydrates or glucose. A person on the keto diet gets most of their energy from fat, with very little of the diet coming from carbohydrates.

The ketogenic diet doesn’t mean you should load up on saturated fats, though. Heart-healthy fats are the key to sustaining overall health. Some healthy foods that are commonly eaten in the ketogenic diet include:

Books we recomend– 

If you are interested in learning more, the books recommended on the Facebook live event are –
The Insulin Factor – Anthony J Haynes
Keto Clarity – Jimmy Moore
The Obesity Code – Jason Fung
Why we get fat -Gary Taubes

Episode 11 we also discussed sugar and insulin, so to learn more, click here for Health Show #11.

Our next Health Show- episode #15 will take place on the 6th December and with Christmas almost upon us we will talk about ”Surviving Christmas” in healthy and happy way.

And if you’d like to learn more about Systematic Kinesiology and how life could be easier! you’re invited to a Taster Event taking place in Enniscorthy next week. There you’ll learn how to reduce stress, identify food sensetivities, and discover how you can feel great with simple yet powerful techniques using our whole person approach, then ome along to one of our Taster events happening in Enniscorthy this month.

The Cross Crawl: Increase your Mind Power

Cross Crawl is one of the first techniques learnt on a Kinesiology course, and it is so very powerful.

Did you know..that cross-crawl technique is one of the easiest ways to activate your brain development and nervous system. It gives the proper motor and sensory stimuli it needs to take control of your bodily functions thereby preventing or rehabilitating health problems. Often knows as the ”supercise”.

It is essentially an exaggerated walk which facilitates the crossover of energy between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The brain is bathed in Cerenro-Spinal Fluid or C.S.F for short. Stimulating the flow of the vital C.S.F yields great benefits. A list of some of the real advantages of using this exercise can be seen below.

You can use it regularly to both discharge and recharge your attention and energy. It’s a great break from over focusing and it works just as well to bring body and mind online.

Signs that your cross-pattern movements could use some sharpening include:

  • Lack of coordination and balance
  • Difficulty reading
  • Exhibiting learning disabilities, such as dyslexia
  • Clumsiness
  • Stuttering
  • Saying things backwards

Fortunately, you can reprogram your nervous system and strengthen the connection between the right and left sides of your brain using cross-crawl exercises. Remember, nerves are very much alive and willing to learn new things.

How Do You Cross Crawl?

When you Watch someone do her first Cross Crawl the first thing you will notice is the person will begin to smile!

Stand with your feet apart and your arms open parallel to the ground. Shift your weight to your right foot, lift your left knee and touch it with your right hand.  Step back to both feet and immediately shift weight to on your left foot as you lift your right knee and touch it with your left hand. Repeat this several times in a comfortable, upbeat, rhythmic way.Breathe fully and enjoy.

The Cross Crawl movements should be performed very slowly. When the exercise is done slowly, it requires more fine motor involvement and balance, consciously activating the vestibular system and the frontal lobes.


Anyone who wants to find out even more about potentially life changing techniques to boost the health and well-being of you and your family,you may like to consider investing in some Kinesiology Training.

Our next course starts in Spring. We have Taster events coming up for anyone who wants to find out more before they commit:

Halloween made healthier with Pumpkins

Halloween is one of our favourite holidays we love the scary movies and Halloween decorations.Halloween is also the a big sugar high season withbags and nags of sweets on offer in every supermarket. And while it’s pretty hard to avoid sweet treats, having altogether, it is possible to make better choices and not overdo it. Having Healthy snacks available and healthy options helps the kids not overdo it on the sugary treats and with Pumpkins widely available this time of year we should make the most of them.

Health benefits and nutritional breakdown

Many people think of pumpkins as little more than a Halloween decoration craand if you make it a family event and crave the pumpkins you most likely dump the insides of the pumpkin on the bin.But a Pumpkin is a highly nutrient-dense food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals but low in calories. Pumpkin seeds, leaves, and juices all pack a powerful nutritional punch.

Health Benefits

Support Prostate Health
Protect againist Diabetes
Lowers Cholesterol by 13%
100g seeds provide 30g Protein
High in zinc
Regulating blood pressure
Help supplement the fiber shortage
Pumpkin can protect immunity.

Nutritional breakdown

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database one cup of cooked, boiled, or drained pumpkin without salt contains:

  • 1.76 g of protein
  • 2.7 g of fiber
  • 49 calories
  • 0.17 g of fat
  • 0 g of cholesterol
  • 12.01 g of carbohydrate

This amount of pumpkin also provides:

  • more than 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A
  • nineteen percent of the RDA of vitamin C
  • ten percent or more of the RDA of vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese
  • at least 5 percent of thiamin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus

Preparing fresh pumpkin at home will deliver the most benefits for your health.Steer clear of canned pumpkin pie mix. This is usually placed next to the canned pumpkin in grocery stores, and is sold in a similar can. It contains added sugars and syrups.

Adding Pumpkin into your diet

There are many ways pumpkin can be incorporated into desserts, soups, salads, preserves, and even as a substitute for butter. We love roasting seeds and roasting pumpkin seeds is very easy.

Roasted Pumpkin seeds

Wash the seeds. This is easiest just after you’ve removed the seeds from the pumpkin, before the pulp has dried. Put the pulp and seeds into a large bowl of cold water.

Boil seeds in salted water. Simmering them first, in salty water for about 10 minutes, solves this problem helps them roast evenly. Dry the seeds Drain the seeds in a sieve and dry with towels. Place them on a baking sheet

Drizzle the seeds with about 1 teaspoon of oil. If you prefer, omit the oil and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with Achill sea salt and bake at 325 degrees F. Roast until toasted, about 25 minutes. Stored in an air-tight container, your pumpkin seeds will keep for 1-2 months in the refrigerator, or at room temperature for about a week.

Living with Fibromyalgia: Kinesiology can Help

Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome, is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.

The name fibromyalgia comes from three Latin words:

  • ‘fibro’ meaning fibrous tissues, such as tendons (tissue that connects muscles to bones) and ligaments (tissue that connects bones to bones)
  • ‘my’ meaning muscles
  • ‘algia’ meaning pain

Earlier this month, Lady Gaga announced the cancellation of the upcoming leg of her world tour due to her ongoing battle with fibromyalgia syndrome alot of people had never heard of Fibromyalgia until them and wonder exactly what was Fibromyalgia.

How common is fibromyalgia?

The number of people who suffer from fibromyalgia in Ireland is not known but approximately 14 million people in the EU have the syndrome and 1-3% of the global population. In most cases, fibromyalgia occurs between 30 and 60 years of age, but it can develop in people of any age, including children and the elderly.

The number of people who suffer from fibromyalgia in Ireland is not known but approximately 14 million people in the EU have the syndrome and 1-3% of the global population.

Fibromyalgia can be a difficult condition to diagnose because there is no specific test and the symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions.

Many people with fibromyalgia syndrome may have:

Pain and tender points
Sleep problems
Concentration and memory problems, known as “fibro fog”
Anxiety or depression
Morning stiffness
Numbness, and tingling in hands, arms, feet, and legs
Irritable bowel syndrome
Problems with peeing
Painful menstrual cramps
Pain and Tender Points

Almost all people with fibromyalgia ache all over. It can feel similar to osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis, but it’s over your entire body. This is usually what makes you go see your doctor.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition which can be treated multi dimensionally. There is a clear physical component and chemical component that Kinesiology can address, the first line of defence is to decrease pain then to address the cause, and Applied Kinesiology can pinpoint exactly what nutrients and herbs will be effective for you. Lastly fibromyalgia is almost an emotional component. Kinesiology can identify the stress and where it is coming from in your life.

Roberta joined our course last year and just recently spoke publicly about her struggles with Fibromyalgia and how Kinesiology has helped her come off her medication. Hear her powerful story here.

You can make an appointment with Roberta or connect through her facebook page.

Wellness is vital in fibromyalgia, and Kinesiology can give you tools to be willing to take care of your mind and body with education. Because when you are willing – anything is possible!