Hi, I’m Ance. Let me tell you a little about what I do and how I do it.
The work I do with clients focuses primarily on restoring gastrointestinal (gut) health, but as a side effect clients may see improvement in other health conditions. Often gut issues do not stand alone and you might be one of many experiencing other seemingly unrelated and unexplainable health issues. It could be that many of your health symptoms stem from the same root cause, and could be alleviated or even resolved by healing your gut. Our digestive system forms the foundation of our health.
For example, did you know that -
80% of your immune system lives in your gut
that your gut and brain is connected by something could the vagus nerve
that you have an independent ‘brain’ with between 100-500 million neurons in your gut, 90% of which travel up to the brain
that your cells of your body are outnumbered 10 to 1 by bacteria
that you have an abundance of bacteria and other microbes living in your gut, many of which are responsible for creating nutrients and chemicals like neurotransmitters that support emotional regulation, *essential fats that support brain health and reduce inflammation, essential amino acids that support immune function and muscle repair, and so much more. Did you also know that many of the things we consume can wipe out these good guys, drastically compromising our health. Antibiotics and certain pesticides are two of the main culprits. *Essential means we do not make these ourselves, we rely on our microbes to do it for us!
that your stomach is your first line of defense against parasites, viruses and other pathogens, and is responsible for breaking your food down so that the body can utilise its nutrients, and therefore that low stomach acid poses a risk to your health
that your intestines are full of little finger-like structures that are responsible for absorbing nutrients into the bloodstream and that these structures can become damaged through lifestyle factors leading to malabsorption of nutrients
that the gut has a lining of cells one layer thick and has the ability to open and close. Many environmental and lifestyle factors can cause this lining to stay open, leaving your body vulnerable to the dangers of undigested food particles, pathogens (bad bugs), and toxins (e.g. chemicals like pesticides).
that you can have gut issues without experiencing gut symptoms?
I hope I’ve been able to convince you of the absolute importance of a healthy gut in overall health.
As a psychology professional, I incorporate a holistic, psychology coaching approach that pays attention to the role of your brain and mental wellbeing in healing. Our gut and mind is connected - as you now know - and ignoring the powerful role of our minds, our knowledge, our beliefs, thoughts and intentions is a big oversight in this journey.
Often when attempting to make significant changes in our lives to support our health, we go straight to the 'doing' - a vital piece of the puzzle but not the only piece.
The secret to sustained commitment to our health goals is in the mental work we do before and during this journey. Let me be clear: Commitment is not about willpower or self-discipline (for most of us at least) - these are personal resources that use tremendous energy and will eventually run out! Thankfully, we don't need to rely on either of these.
Success requires a solid foundation. It lies in creating your health vision. It's in acceptance of your circumstances. It’s in recognising that your body is not betraying you. It's in getting clear about what really matters to you and putting your health into perspective. It's in anticipating what obstacles you may face and how you will overcome these. It's in the planning.
That is why I have created a range of health coaching programme options, each of which offers a slightly different approach, but all of which are tailored toward healing the body. If you feel that a structured, long term option as offered through my coaching programmes is not right for you right now, I am more than happy to work with you at your own pace, where you decide how many sessions you want.
get in touch with me
If you’re interested in working with me but just have some questions for now, or perhaps would like an initial consultation, go ahead and email me - prioritise your health today! This is a no-obligation, no-charge offer, and an opportunity to find out what you may gain from working with me.