On Changing My Business Name

NEW NAME WHO DIS?⠀
When I first decided to create an Instagram account for the work I’m doing, I was SO afraid. I was afraid anyone would see me, I was afraid I’m not smart enough for people to listen to, I was afraid people would judge me or “come for me” - like, what does that even mean?⠀
But I’m not that girl anymore. ⠀
I’m not the person who’s afraid of my opinions. ⠀
I’m not the person who doubts how clever I am. ⠀
I’m not the person who thinks “what if I can’t help people? What if my stuff doesn’t work?”⠀
Not only do I work incredibly hard to deliver top-quality healthcare outcomes for people, but I know myself better now. I know what I do.⠀

I help people get connected to what’s happening in their bodies. I help you get connected to what YOU need. The people who work with me get better, feel better, get better connection to their bodies, their minds, and their health.⠀

And I no longer need to hide that. I get to choose openness, YOU get to choose to get better, to feel better, and to build a better life in your body. And I can help you with that. Now is the time to get Connected with Belinda, and get connected to You.

Working Out Around Your Cycle

There’s a significant different in men and women in the way our hormones function – obviously. Male hormones reset on a 24 hour cycle, whereas female hormones work on a 28 day cycle. What what? No wonder our bodies fluctuate and change so much through the month! Here’s how to hack your monthly cycle to get the most from your body.

 

Week 1: From Day 1 of Your Period Week

1.     Recommit to your fitness goals – This is a great time to recommit to your fitness goals. It might sound counterintuitive, but as estrogen begins to rise, you get a great boost in energy and mood. Personally I know the release of finally starting a period, the cloud lifts, and usually by Day 2 or 3 I’m ready to go.

2.     Strength train – The rise in estrogen also helps build muscle, so focus your training on lifting.

3.     Practice smaller, healthier meals – Estrogen acts as a slight appetite suppressant. The sugar cravings have typically passed, so use this time to focus on nutrient dense foods, practicing portions and think quality over quantity

4.     The Flip Side – This can also be the time where you get hyper-focused on controlling your food. Through our periods we can feel imbalanced, like we’re holding more weight (nope, it’s just swelling, it’ll pass), but the negative side of this natural lower appetite is that some people can zero in on what’s wrong with them, and start trying to fix it. Just something to keep in mind, it’s fine to use this as a motivational time, but if that starts to become dysregulated thought patterns, reach out to someone to step out of your head for a moment.

Week 2: Post-Period, Feelin’ Balanced

1.     Keep stress levels low – The peak in estrogen and the energy you get through your first week make it easier to work out moving in to the second week but they can also tweak your stress response. Utilise your self-care practices, like following your meditation practice, giving yourself some time to yourself, and focus on your sleep.

2.     Use the energy swing to work smart & hard – The energy boost can push you through some more high intensity or HIIT focused workouts. Be careful not to over-extend yourself, as this is a time when women are more prone to injuries too.

Week 3: Move It, Move It

1.     Cardio ain’t so hardio – As progesterone rises, fat-blasting also increases. The combination of estrogen and progesterone peaking can burn up to 30% more fat during aerobic exercise for the last two weeks of your cycle.

2.     Eat more fibre – This is when digestive issues can kick in, resulting in constipation, bloating, and water retention. Combat it with focusing on whole foods with plenty of fibre, followed by plenty of water.

3.     Be nicer to yourself – As the bloating and constipation kicks in, the Mean Girl can step in and start to tell you all the things that are “wrong” with you. Shush, Mean Girl. Be sure to take care of yourself, move mindfully, eat mindfully, and be kind to yourself.

Week 4: The Slow Down

1.     Make space for treats – The rise in progesterone gives you an appetite boost, so bringing in mindfully-consumed delights to the senses. Eat the things you want without going overboard, and focus on higher fat and protein foods to feel satisfied and indulgent for your cells.

2.     Be nice to yourself – As estrogen takes a nose-dive, so too can your mood. Treat yo’self to nice times, like a movie by yourself or a soothing massage. Choose less intense forms of exercise, and maybe hang around with a buddy and take more chill walks.

3.     Get your slow flow – Hatha and Yin yoga are your jam now. Your body is more relaxed, you could find yourself having an easier time getting in to gentler poses and relax in to your mind more. Find yourself a sweet candlelit class and get internal and gentle.

 

Plus: How To Incorporate Seed Cycling

Seed cycling is a technique to eat to support your hormonal balance. I use it in clinical practice even with people who haven’t had a period in some time, and even in people who are yet to get their periods. If you haven’t had one in a while or your period is dysregulated, continue to follow along the cycle where you think Day 1 might be, and continue until ovulation. Some signs of ovulation can be things like being super hungry, or if you’re feeling yourself – literally, ovulation is when your body wants you to get busy, so if you’re feeling leaner or like you look like a million bucks, you might be ovulating. Some people who don’t have a cycle can also have phases when they feel what might be PMS or like a period, with symptoms like cramps, teariness, swollen or painful breasts, or moodiness. This can also be why it’s important to track your periods and your symptoms. After some time you’ll start to see some patterns, and your apps will be able to indicate when it might be coming on.

·      The first two weeks of your cycle (Day 1 = the first day of your period), estrogen is rising, and we want to support it with foods that help. This is your menstrual and follicular phase. Add 1 tbsp of flaxseed and pumpkin seeds each day in the first two weeks to increase estrogen through this part of the cycle. Plus, often the symptoms associated with PMS and feeling low at the start of your period, like period headaches, are often because of the drop in estrogen. Eating this way can help you move past this phase.

·      The next two weeks, or after ovulation, progesterone starts to rise through your ovulation and luteal phases. Progesterone is what we call the “foot off the gas pedal” hormone – it allows your body to relax and release. Mix it up by adding 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds and sesame seeds from here on until your period starts, or for the next 14 days.

 

What about menopause? So long, cycle! Moving through menopause is still super important for your health, your bones, and your mood. Here are some ways to keep it moving when your hormones are on a new program.

·      Get your strength on – Building muscle is the key to keeping your metabolism trucking, plus supports bone density and continues healthy movement patterns through life.

·      Prioritise sleep and stress management – Stress and sleep loss can wreak havoc on your hormones. Stay ahead of the game by taking care of your levels, feel free to say no to things, and keep doing you!

 

Cover image by the wonderful Gemma Correll

Brain Engage: How to Fire Up your Brain For Increased Focus & Concentration

1.    It starts the night before…

Omg are we really going to talk about sleep? Again? Isn’t that soooo obvious? Bingo. It is so obvious. So why is it still something that still needs to be hammered home? While you sleep, your body is resetting and restoring its systems. During sleep, your brain shrinks in size to allow the gunk to clear out. Sounds wild? It really is! Without this time to reset, which is called “synaptic homeostasis”, the synapses can become overloaded and burned out. Sound familiar? To quote the researchers, “sleep is the price people pay for brains that are able to keep learning new things”.

Sleep is also where your brain develops its neural networks, replaying the information it took in that day. At the same time, the size of the brain shrinks down, allowing for toxic waste products to flow out, leaving you with a fresh, clear mind the following day. Make sure you are getting the hours of sleep you need, to go in to the next day having held on to what you took in the day before, and ready to learn and create more!

Bonus tip: Starting your day with protein keeps your energy levels satisfied for longer than a grain-based breakfast. Switch out your morning toast or cereal for a smoothie with protein, greens and berries with a source of fat (nut butter, coconut oil or a quarter of an avocado), or “shower eggs” (Step 1: Put eggs on to boil, Step 2: Shower, Step 3: Grab your eggs and go) for longer, sustained energy.

 

2.    Get Quiet

On average, the amount of information we take in in one day is equivalent to the amount of information our ancestors took in in one year. That is a significant amount of stuff to be loading our brains with! And these brains haven’t really evolved to catch up! Taking time to “brain off”, without any distractions – no tv, or food, or music, or what-have-you, gives yourself time to settle and actually receive information.

We need to give our brains time to create the neural pathways that lead to long-term memory. We are constantly bombarded with distractions and every little thing we add in, we fill our tank of what we can absorb. I used to have moments when it was quiet in my brain that I would think “oh no, I don’t have anything to worry about!” and then create a problem to worry about, or rehash an old stressor. Um, what? That is genuine disordered thinking behaviour. (Note: I have been previously diagnosed with OCD; a whole lotta conscious CBT and deep self-awareness have helped A LOT.)

Turning off can be one of your greatest powers. Try not listening to a podcast or music on your commute, or take time sitting in silence (without your phone) in moments of quiet. Heaven forbid, might I even suggest taking 5-10 minutes of meditative quiet once you have finished a chapter in a book, or writing something important, to allow what you’ve taken in to actually soak in to your brain? This is valuable quiet time where your brain can thread together webs of information, and seed the information you have been working so hard to learn in to retained memories.  

 

3.    Time yourself

Allocate time for different tasks. I am a huge fan of the Pomodoro Method – you set a timer for 25 minutes, followed by a 3-5 minute break at the end of that chunk of time. After 4 pomodoros, take a longer break, like 15-20 minutes. This is such a great way to chunk out your time, which allows you to set yourself up for focused success. As hard as it is, I really recommend not mindlessly scrolling on your phone in your breaks. If you have a message to respond to, sure, I get that, respond away. Take time to gaze off in to the distance (see 4), stretch, go for a walk, refresh your water, do a couple of push-ups (see 5); whatever you need to do. This is such a great practice when you have lots to do, as it gives you a deadline, allows you to set timelines for tasks when you have multiple to achieve, and gives you time to ease in to “The Zone”. When I don’t want to work but need to, I’ll use the pomodoro method to at least get me going. The first few mightn’t be my best work, but they get the gears turning, and eventually I find myself sinking in to the flow and needing my breaks less and less.

 

4.    Try the 20-20-20 Rule

The 20-20-20 Technique is used to help reduce eyestrain. Unsurprisingly, looking at a screen for hours on end can make your eyes tired, which makes your brain tired, which makes working all the more challenging. Use your Pomodoro breaks to look at something 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds. I’m terrible at estimating distance, so to me, this means “look out a window for a minute or two, allow all the pieces that are floating around in your brain to reconnect in to an actual thread of thought, then refocus”. No window? Go outside! It’s raining? Just open the door and look out!

Bonus tip: The catechins in green tea can help lubricate your eyes, so maybe gaze out the window while the kettle is boiling, then get back to it with a cuppa (or an iced green tea cuppa with some lemon, if you’re in the Australian summer).

Bonus bonus tip: Do you catch yourself yawning even through you don’t feel tired? This might be a symptom of dry eyes! Especially if you’re in air conditioning. When the sleepy feels strike, try reaching for some artificial tears. It can help keep your eyes moist, stopping the signal to your brain that you’re tired, and helping you get on with it.

 

5.    Get moving

Classic PT tip – The more you move, the more you oxygenate your brain, the more you increase BDNF (brain-derived neurotropic factor, the part of your brain that gives you focus, creativity and increases your memory and neuroplasticity), the more you can do! Amazing! Try a few push-ups, flowing through a handful of Vinyasas, play with inversions or arm balances, or spend your breaks getting your steps in. There’s nothing better than a forward fold and a few jumping jacks in the loo when your brain is threatening to vacate your office hours.

Bonus tip: NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis), the trendy new term for “incidental activity”, is one of the best things you can do for your health and fitness without stressing the body. Getting in a daily amount of steps that works for you can reverse some of the damage done by being on our butts all day.

 

6.    Snack It Up!

Fresh things are best! Some great ideas include edamame, boiled eggs (bonus points in choline – eggs are one of the greatest sources of this brain-boosting badass!), apple or banana with nut butters, smoothies, veggies + dips, a small amount of nuts + seeds (max 1/3 cup), a small amount of dark chocolate – my personal favourite snack is a small bowl of nuts with chocolate drops mixed in!

 

7.   Have a Flow Zone Prep List

Find the things that work for you. I have a mini focus prep list in my head of things that can help me focus. It includes things like doing a forward fold to change the direction of blood flow, making a cup of coffee/tea/matcha/bubbly water, put on one of my Daily Mix or Deep Focus on Spotify, breath work practises, meditation with journaling and pulling cards, putting my phone on Do Not Disturb and far far away from me, getting a snack, clearing up my space, changing where I am working from. From that list, I decide what I need that day. Maybe it’s water and an outside space. Maybe it’s air conditioning and a coconut oil coffee. Maybe it’s a slow start to the morning with yoga and breathwork. Whatever you need that day, set yourself up for success with your focus list and get to it!

My World-Famous Tahini Dressing

This is something I brag about all the time. Literally, I am insufferable about this sauce. I think it’s the greatest thing on Earth and it’s literally so simple. I put it on everything - poké bowls, salads, roast salmon, veggies, even on my breakfast. There’s no shame in my tahini game. Tahini is a fancy word for sesame seeds, which are the highest, more bioavailable source of calcium. As I don’t eat dairy (unless it’s a sometimes ice cream or a bit of goat’s cheese), getting calcium from tahini and green veggies is pretty important for my heart and bones. Here’s my spicy delicious sauce that I recommend to everyone for everything.

2 tbsp tahini

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp (or more) of sriracha

1/2 tsp sesame oil

1/2-1 tsp tamari (gluten-free soy sauce; add your levels to taste)

Warm water

  1. Start with the tahini and the sriracha, sesame oil and tamari in a small jar. Mix together

  2. Slowly add a little bit of warm water and mix as you go until you achieve your desired consistency

  3. Put on EVERYTHING. No jokes. You’re welcome.

Nutrition for Skin: Acne-Prone, Oily and Ageing Skin

Acne plagued me from 7 years old, well before any of my classmates knew what a zit or a period was. Not a few pimples – big, raw, cystic acne on my face, chest and back. There was very little I could do to control them, and doctors put me on any drug possible under the sun. Which was ironic, because I was never allowed to be in the sun. And because they can’t test drugs on kids, it was mostly experimental and the side effects weren’t very well known. Clearly skin is near and dear to my heart! As well as it being our largest organ, etc. But if you’re reading this, you’ve probably already read that somewhere else!

 

Here are my favourite nutrients to keep and to cut to improve your skin.

 

1. Remove dairy

Here’s the thing – the proteins in dairy products can bind to testosterone receptors on the skin, developing acne. Skim milk is worse, as it’s missing the fat component of the molecules, which can protect against this binding. Dairy is also highly inflammatory to a ‘leaky gut’, aka intestinal permeability, as the large proteins can easily pass through open gap junctures through the gut. Which takes us to…

 

2. Take out any foods that you may have an allergy to

For some, it might be gluten, nightshades, dairy, sugar, or alcohol, among other foods. While the gut naturally is permeable to allow nutrients to be taken up in to the body, the condition of intestinal permeability is caused when these tight gap junctions is broken further apart by a protein called zonulin. Other factors that influence gut permeability include stress, infections, age, and toxic load, including medications and plastics. When the gap junctions allow particles into the bloodstream more readily, the body realises these ‘foreign invaders’ don’t belong here, and attacks them. For more on leaky gut, see my other blog (here)

 

3. Increase fatty acids

Not only are fatty acids anti-inflammatory, they’re full of fat-soluble vitamins that your skin loves! As a big ol’ fat-loving organ, increasing fatty acids in your diet improves skin texture and elasticity, as well as reducing the inflammation on the skin. This goes for dry, mature, oily and acne-prone skin. I like increasing fatty fish, preferably fresh over tinned, and cod liver oil, which has more Vitamin A and D.

Does it matter if I get capsules or liquid? Honestly, capsulated fish oils aren’t great quality. Those ones in the big $10 containers are often rancid. To determine rancidity, bite on the gel cap. There should be a very mild odour. Anything more than that means you should chuck them.

But I struggle to take liquid fish oil! Try taking it with food, especially with fatty foods and a digestive enzyme. If you have problems with the fish oil repeating on you, try taking it with dinner, when you’re on your way to bed and it can settle overnight.

 

4. Balance gut microbime

Your gut is home to trillions of microbes. An imbalance caused by toxic food intake, such as excess sugar, alcohol, infection, and foods that can upset it, throws off your whole tummy ecosystem. Ensure balance in the gut with a probiotic (mix up your brands to get a range of probiotic strains; also consider soil and spore-based probiotics), eat lots of good fibre, and consume good prebiotic foods – sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, asparagus, collard greens, dandelion greens, pickles, kimchi, kvass, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, leek, onions, jimica, under-ripe bananas, apples, konjac root, flaxseed and seaweed.

 

4. Eat all the fresh, brightly coloured fruit and vegetables you can get your hands on

Well maybe not all the fruit, keep it to approximately 25g a day, or 2-3 servings. My golden rule is always aim for at least 3 different colours of vegetables at each meal. Fruits and veggies contain bioflavonoids and polyphenols and lots of other cool-sounding chemical names that improve skin texture and tone. Plus our #1 friends, antioxidants, to fight oxidative damage, and stimulate cell production.

 

5. Take magnesium and zinc

Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzymatic processes in the body. Magnesium provides power to your cells, helping with cell turnover. Zinc is one of the most important nutrients for skin – zinc decreases skin inflammation, improves wound healing, prevents bacterial infections, reducing acne breakouts, and keeping moisture in skin. Add a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds to a meal a day to get a great zinc boost.

 

6. Include collagen in your routine

Ah collagen, the supplement of the season! Everyone seems to be about collagen these days. And for good reason. Collagen can improve skin elasticity, reverse signs of ageing, helps heal inflammatory markers on the skin, speeds up wound healing, and tightens stretching of the skin, which can prevent cellulite and stretch marks. I personally prefer gelatin, as it can have some greater benefits for internal

 

7. Drink green and white tea

These teas contain skin-boosting antioxidants and show fresh, bright-looking skin. Drink up! Do stay mindful about caffeine consumption in the afternoon. Caffiene has a half-life of 5-6 hours – that means that if you have a caffeinated drink at 4pm, you’ll still be buzzing at 9-10pm.

 

8. Bump up your selenium

Selenium is an incredible antioxidant that boosts skin firmness and elasticity. Fun fact: 3-5 Brazil nuts will give you your daily requirement of selenium! It can also be found in walnuts, tuna, red snapper, herring, other seafood, onion, brown rice, chicken and turkey.

 

9. Vitamin C for super skin

Vitamin C is my favourite nutrient. It’s used in soooooo many different processes. Vitamin C helps improve the synthesis of collagen, the absorption of iron, and the bioavailability of selenium. Plus it improves wound healing, which, you might have picked up, is pretty essential for skin! Bonus: if you’re stressed, your body loves Vitamin C even more, so throw a teaspoon or 2 in to your water. Or add in citrus fruits, strawberries, guava, kiwifruit, broccoli, capsicum, chilli pepper or parsley.

 

10. Silica for success

Silica is a trace nutrient that I feel is often left out when talking about skin. Guess what silica does? Improves wound healing! Silica can also help regenerate skin cells. Silica is found in leeks, strawberries, mango, celery, asparagus, cucumber, red lentils and green beans.

 

Recipe for Skin Success

I love a good smoothie. What better way to fill your body with fast-delivered nutrients to the body? This is a pretty filling smoothie, with a great amount of protein and fats to balance the sugar in the fruits, as well as excellent fibre.

 

Skin Smoothing Smoothie Bowl

1 scoops protein powder (optional)

1 handful frozen spinach

½ cup strawberries

½ frozen kiwi

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

¼ avocado

1 cup coconut, almond or cashew milk

1 tbsp hemp seeds (add 1-2 tbsp on top if not using protein powder)

1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

1-3 chopped Brazil nuts

1.    Add all ingredients except the hemp and pumpkin seeds to a blender. Blend on high speed until all ingredients are combined.

2.    Pour in to a glass. Top with Brazil nuts + hemp and pumpkin seeds. Adding the seeds on top will encourage you to chew your smoothie, which will help encourage the release of digestive enzymes to better absorb this nutrient rich concoction.

Set Yourself Up For Digestive Success

Poor digestion is one of the most common things I see in my practice that leads to compromised health. We lead the charge of celebrating busy – busy working, busy moving, too busy to catch up, too busy to not be glued to social media, too busy to take care of ourselves. Funny enough, this is the exact thing that is leading us to greater dis-ease.  Here are some ways to take a step back and optimise your digestion.

 

1.     Take 3 deep breaths

Breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, that beautiful mechanism that is ruled by our vagus nerve. It is in charge of “rest and digest”. When you are in a stressed state, the body shunts blood away from the digestive and reproductive organs and instead promotes blood flow to the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system. Doesn’t this mean sick gains and cardio for no action? Negative. What this does mean is that you’re primed and ready to run from a tiger, not primed and ready for that primo lunch you, or a café, so painstakingly prepared for you. Taking a few deep breaths before a meal tells your body “Hey man, we are safe, it’s all good, let’s have this delicious (insert favourite meal here) in a peaceful state”. Blood starts to come back from the peripheral tissues and circulate in the centre, where you need it most at that time. Don’t think you’re stressed? Bruh. Your nervous system would beg to differ. Give it a helping three-deep-breaths and see how your whole body seems to slide back in to place.

 

2.     See, smell, taste

Digestion is a lot like love – it happens at first sight and first smell.  Our brains register the smell and sight of food, which stimulates the production of saliva in our mouths, which sets off the production of hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the gut, which tells the brain to expect yumminess and the small intestine to flush out some digestive enzymes to further break down your food. The better relationship you have with actually looking at, smelling, tasting and appreciating your food, the better the response from the nervous system, leading to better digestion from the brain all the way down.

 

Point of interest – This feedback loop from the first taste in the mouth tells the tummy to expect some goodness pretty soon. This can be an issue when it comes to sugars and artificial sweeteners. The brain registers “sweet”, which triggers an insulin response. Insulin is the hormone responsible for how sugar is sued in the body – do you use it to create energy and action, or is it stored in fat cells? Even if you put a jelly bean in your mouth, swill it around and spit it out, the brain has already registered “sweet”, leading to a surge in insulin. In this case the insulin, unsure of what to do with itself, will take any glucose in the body and store it as fat. If fat loss is your goal, or something you are monitoring, this is an important consideration.

 

3.     Stay engaged

Distracted eating = poor digestion. Plain and simple. Have you ever finishes a meal and felt heavy, swollen, and like you’re about to give birth to a 3kg burrito baby? Yo. You need to slow.it.down. Stay on that “look, taste, smell, take your time, enjoy” train. Chew your food. The enzymes in your saliva are the first steps in the cascade of digestion through the body. They start the breakdown, which is finished in the small intestine, and tell the body what to expect. Help your guts out by chewing each bite and breaking it down as much as possible.

 

Bonus points: Step away from your desk. I know, I know. It looks super great if you never take a break and you are always at your computer and you’re fully engaged every minute of the day at work, right? Nope. There are legally mandated breaks for a reason. Take your 15/30/60 minute breaks away from your desk. Repeat after me: Time to myself isn’t selfish, it’s essential. If you boss doesn’t believe me, book them in for a discovery call with me. I’ll tell them what’s what.

 

4.     Support Your Guts

Have you heard the term “you are what you eat”? It’s close, but not quite on the money. You are what you digest. You might have mentioned the word “enzymes” pop up a few times. Digestive enzymes catalyse, aka break down, macronutrient molecules from large particles to smaller, more easily absorbed particles, that are carried in to the bloodstream for the body to use for all those magical things we use food for, like growth, repair, immune building, creating the structure of our body, fuelling our brains, etc etc. You can help your body out by including digestive enzymes with your meals. There are enzymes that contain Betaine HCl, which replaces your stomach acid, or use apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to increase your own intrinsic production of stomach acid. This is super helpful for the first break-down phase from the mouth before the larger particles reach the duodenum. There are digestive enzymes, which help with the breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the stomach and duodenum. Other digestive enzymes can support the production of bile from the gallbladder, which is essential for the break down of fats.

 

How do you know if you need digestive enzymes or HCl? People with any kind of compromised gut can benefit from taking digestive enzymes. Leaky gut, IBS, IBD, low stomach acid, liver disease, diverticulitis, iron or B12 deficiencies, Vitamin D deficiency, acid reflux, gas, bloating, candida, SIBO, malabsorption, diarrhoea, constipation, liver disease, you name it. Also, as we age, our bodies secrete less HCl on their own accord. Adding HCl or apple cider vinegar can help boost the levels of acid in our stomach.

Bile support can be very helpful in people with liver or gallbladder conditions, those who have nausea or reflux on ingesting or smelling fatty foods, and those with changes in bowel motions when consuming fatty foods.

How can you tell if this is right for you? Along with the above conditions, digestive enzymes may help you if you’re feeling bloated, tired after eating, have headaches after eating, tummy pain, changes in stools (too fast, too slow, floating, sinking, funny colour, particularly odorous), feeling like food is sitting in you stomach, and more. These may also be a sign of something else going on in the body, which we can chat about further in a discovery call, however digestive enzymes can be a great starting point.