We all live stressful lives in one form or another; it's a facet of modern living. We are bombarded everyday with messages that our brain determines are urgent which leads to a constant state of low-level stress. For others, this low-level stress can graduate into persistent worrying, anxiety, depression and ultimately ill health.
Earlier this month I was diagnosed with stress-onset acute IBS. I've met several people with IBS before and I think it is more common today than ever before. That said, I had never be informed that it was a side-effect of stress. I truly believed my life wasn't that stressful, but, as it turns out, it kind of is! I run this blog; work nine hours a day in Central London in a highly pressured role; manage my home; plan my wedding; and all the other tasks expected of a functioning home, every single day. It's hard to balance my time and I often feel busy as hell, but I never saw myself as 'stressed'.
I've suffered with other stress-related conditions in the past (constant headaches, brain fog, exhaustion, lack of motivation etc) but have always blamed things like my diet, inconsistency with exercise, boredom or lack of sleep. I've not really ever made the connection between my day-to-day life and the effects on my health. In many ways this is completely ridiculous - I'm always reading articles about stress and it's effects on your health, I'm a food and fitness-led person and I am a true devotee to sleep. Why I expected to go on running my busy life in the way I have been with no effects on my health, I have no idea.
So that's where I am now - stuck with a life-long illness that is causing me daily pain. I wake up in the night in pain, I feel sick throughout the day, I'm learning to avoid certain food and I'm feeling unhappy with my constantly bloated appearance. Although there is no cure for IBS there are things you can do to alleviate the symptoms and that's where Indigo Herbs come in.
I've worked with Indigo Herbs quite a lot in the past. I think their products are fantastic and the range is truly mind-blowing. I mean who even knows what mushroom extract is or how to use it! The team at Indigo Herbs reached out to me recently and I explained my IBS diagnosis. On the website they have blog posts and product pages dedicated to digestive health and specifically IBS. I picked out the Super Cleanse Bundle - a four piece set including tea, essential oil, pulse point roller and massage oil - and peppermint herbal tea which was recommended by my GP.
- 4 Product Super Cleanse Bundle
- - Super Cleanse Tea
- - Super Cleanse Essential Oil
- - Super Cleanse Pulse Point Roller
- - Super Cleanse Massage Oil - this can be rubbed on your stomach to ease strain and relax you!
- Peppermint Herbal Tea
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