Friday, 30 November 2018

Zenflore To Help With Stress


I have been trying Zenflore for a month let me explain what Zenflore is.

“Zenflore is a new probiotic; it is one of the first ‘psychobiotics’. It contains 1714-
Serenitas™, a bacterial culture which increases the activity in the areas of the brain 
associated with emotions, learning and memory, and also reduces the level of the 
stress hormone, cortisol. The 1714-Serenitas culture in Zenflore has been shown 
in clinical trials to activate areas of the brain that are associated with emotions, 
learning and memory and to reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. 
How does it work? The unique probiotic strain in Zenflore works by becoming part of 
the gut microbiota which plays a role in the dialogue between the brain and the gut
known as ‘the gut-brain axis’. The gut-brain axis is the 2-way dialogue between the 
brain and the gut. Its main job is coordinating brain and gut functions, by 
transmitting information from the gut to the brain, and the brain to the gut. The 
vagus nerve is the physical link that relays the information between gut and brain. It 
is the largest nerve in the body, outside of the spinal cord.
• Approximately 80-90% of nerve fibres in the gut run from the gut to the 
brain. Evidence shows that the bacteria (also known as microbes) in the gut 
can influence the way the gut and brain communicate.
• The bacteria in the gut produce more than 50% of the dopamine and 90% of 
the serotonin found in the body - these are neurotransmitters which can 
affect mood and feelings of happiness and pleasure."

Those ‘gut feelings’? They’re real

"Most of us have had 'gut reactions’ to things in our lives; 'gut feelings’ about people or events. But a growing body of research is showing these may be more accurate than we could ever have imagined. 

While most people are aware of the crucial role gut bacteria plays in digestion with studies linking the microbes in our large intestines to everything from allergies to immunity to weight, its becoming increasingly acceptable in medical and psychiatric thinking that our gut flora can influence our mood and stress levels too.

Indeed, three years ago a team of researchers at University College Cork found that people who took a probiotic containing a strain of healthy gut bacteria for four weeks performed better in stress tests than those who took a placebo. The group taking the daily probiotic – which contained the strain bifidobacterium longum 1714which is the same one that is in the new Zenflore probiotic pill - also reported less anxiety and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their saliva than those on placebo.  Thefindings, which were published in 2016 in the journal Translational Psychiatry, add to a body of research linking the performance of our brains to the bacteria in our guts. 

Such studies show a consistent theme coming through of a potential role in stress, anxiety and possibly depression played by the influence of gut bacteria on the brain, says Paul Enckprofessor of medical psychology and head of research at the department of psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany whose research focus is psychophysiology and neurogastroenterology.

The world’s first targeted probiotic for mood, memory and stress

Indeed, while there are many probiotics on the market, Prof. Enck explainsnew strains are now being developed for specific purposes.  Probiotics were once marketed as a one-size-fits-all. But now, because there are so many different strains of probiotic bacteria – all of which do different things – certain strains are now being studied and developed for different purposes. For example, one strain called Bifidabacterium longum 35624(uniquely found in Alflorex) has been specifically developed and researched for its effects on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), with a large body of published data showing its effectiveness in helping alleviate IBS.

Regarding mood effects the strain bifidobacterium longum 1714has been developed and researched at the University of Cork specifically for its effects on the brain. Called a ‘psychobiotic’, it was launched this month as an over-the-counter probiotic, Zenflore which comes from the same stable as Alflorex.

Prof. Enck explains “For brain effects, the bifidobacterium longum 1714 has the most research behind it and has been the subject of a number of trials that show it can help what scientists call social stress – which refers to how well we respond to stressful situations.

Other convincing studies have shown the same probiotic strain may also have a positive effect on memory. While other strains have been studied looking at their effects on the brain, the company responsible for the research and development on bifidobacterium longum 1714 has taken a pharmacological approach, by rigorously testing it in three phases.

Such psychobiotics may have a role to play in everyday mood regulation,’ says Prof. Enck. ‘They’re probably not going to be as effective as central nervous system drugs like antidepressants but they show promising results especially for people with milder forms of depression or anxiety.

You have another brain in your gut

So, how can what’s going on in your gut have such an effect on your brainThe gut is home to your enteric nervous system, sometimes referred to as the 'second brain’ and that is where some 90 per cent of your body’s serotonin - a feel good chemicalused by the brain - is made

But we’re still only at the very beginning of research into how this 'gut-brain’ axis works, according to Dr Enck.   He points to the likely pathways through which your gut health has a direct influence on your mood.  “There is a nervous system in the gut and this nervous system communicates directly with the brain. Anything that happens in your gut has a direct effect on your brain.

One theory is that the vagus nerve – a long, critical nerve extending from the abdomen to the brain – acts as a neural highway for chemicals made in the gut to get to the brain.  In other words, chemicals that the microbes in the gut secrete could switch genes on and off in the gut lining, affecting the brain.

We also have our largest immune systems in our guts too,’ he continues. ‘This also has a direct connection to the nervous system of the gut.

The third way the gut is essential to the health of our nervous system is in the way the state of our gut bacteria impacts every biological process in our bodies, especially our brains.  Bacteria help our digestive processes by taking the foods we cannot digest such as fibres for instance and breaking them down into chemicals and nutrients we can use for metabolic processes such as brain function, says Professor Enck."

Zenflore, which contains the unique strain bifidobacterium longum 1714, is available from or Amazon and costs £29.99."

People are so busy nowadays alerting and updating the world to their every waking move without taking stock of what is around them.

I have been relaxing more of late as well I think it is very important not to compare yourself to other and it is something I have inclined to do. I find my own joy in things from a simple cup of tea to a blackbird lovingly singing in my garden , I think it is so important to appreciate what is around you for your own mental well being and stay of mind .Also being more relied and mindful does help you sleep better and sleeping well is something I do have an issue with.

And I’ve felt more rested since I’ve tried it and comparing to when I haven’t taken it I’ve noticed a difference that's not to say I haven't worried but I think it has been a kickstarter after a very stressful year.I only tried them for 4 weeks but I have seen other blog posts where they have taken them for 6 weeks.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Living In And Loving Life

Absolutely no problems at A&E when I mentioned I am autistic, professional staff with great care and good instructions at Derby Royal and pain killers for my back #ActuallyAutistic

And being treated with respect and not being talked down to is the bees knees , it actually makes your mood bouyant.My journey through life is much more sign posted now as I’m actually listened to and given the space to explain myself.

I was listened to from reception staff to the doctor who saw me and who kindly gave me directions not only telling me but showing me ~ fantastic. Yes there is negativity in the press and other places roundabouts about the overstretched NHS but I wanted to highlight one piece of a twinkling fairy light in the string of lights of life!

Bit of an opener for a blog post but I pull no punches in telling you about me well mostly me !

I exactly 2 months in my diagnosis and I’m doing alright I think , people can be incredibly irksome at times and this can cause me to have to reboot myself but oh life !

Live to love the life 

And love to live 

Talk your heart out to be one 

Friday, 23 November 2018

Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring that Helps With Snoring

Mr T says I snore but I can't hear it .. any way it's not about me as Mr T does snore and his snoring does disturb me greatly so I was extremely grateful when Mr T was given the opportunity to review the Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring.Mr T went into trialling this with an open mind as he does with anything except maybe the decorating although recently he has been hit by the decorating bug.

The ring uses eastern acupressure principals to reduce or allotter climate your snoring and Mr T followed the instructions to wear it on his ring finger as shown in the picture below.

The little bump needs to be placed on the inner part of your finger and you do this 30 minutes before you go to sleep.Selecting your size is very easy to do the sizes are small.medium and large.The ring fits on the smallest finger and you adjust to fit so one one of the 3 sizes will fit you.

The ring costs £30 and it comes with a a 100 % money back guarantee , the company do ask that you wear it for a minimum of 21 daysFor us it works MT T has perhaps only snored once every now and again and that is it.

For the ring to work you need to wear it correctly and if you're a heavy snorer you might need to wear 2 rings ( I am going to keep an eye and ear on Mr T is to see if this is the situation ) but the occasional snore is getting fewer and fewer now so fingers and ears crossed.

There is a FAQ questions on their website and I am extremely grateful to The Good Night people for allowing me to have more rested sleep ! and so is Mr T as he is more rested to be able to do loads of decorating!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

The Writers Block And That Sea Of White

When you start writing a blog post you do so to eradicate the blank page that stares before you in so many different ways and the words they either come easily or taking a little more coxing out. And the whiteness like a blanket of snow slowly gets covered as you type or write away or scribe I like the word scribe it is so intelligent and full of history.And with words you can damn well do what you like and I am not short of words though of late my mind has been stuck on the traffic light of society and it just remembering to pause push that button and cross the road. As I write I see the white just peeking out in between the spaces ; the words they are cradled by the white. I am trying not to be intimated by the the sea of white for it only a wonder not yet told and though it is as I have said a sea of white it is also a sea of opportunity.

And as you have written the first paragraph then simply you must soldier on and write more sentences because without your sheer resilientance the rest of your words won't have any support you must support the precious words that you lay down upon the page. These words that you write you might not think that that make sense you might think that you are furtling around in the dark with no chance of a lighthouse beam to guide your ship of words to safety, keep on going and be sure of yourself.

I am writing because I want to not because I have to , you can't force the words you just have to let him come to you and being Autistic my words can get a bit back to front to at times and what I think I am saying or writing isn't want is on the page or I have actually spoken. I need that little bit of extra processing time like a super computer on a tea break and then when bam I am there fast as lightning.

As I write how I feel gets a little easier and the Autism/Aspergers is pushed aside not defining me but just part of my everyday life, when you have yourself explained it takes a while to feel your feet again ( and speaking of feet I haven't put my socks on yet and it is rather chilly out there and I have a cold ) .

There above us is magnificence in those words there is silent bravery there is heart there is soul there is me.

Tea any one ?

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The Slowness Of Time

It’s 5 Am 

You can’t sleep 

You try to get back to sleep but you can’t 

You finish the internet 

It’s now 5.01 

You get up to find even your cat is asleep 

It’s not even 5.05 

You drink tea and more tea 

The cat wakes up and you do edgy band photos with it 

It’s now only 5.10 

Time is very very slow early in the morning!

And this is good because it’s a good time to reflect and one of the biggest kindnesses you can have is being kind to yourself.You have got to try and love yourself and not left the self doubt win life is really honestly too short to let it drag yourself down.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Friendship Is A Lot Like Socks

 Friendship is a lot like socks ,the oddest of pairings will and does work.

Why should some socks (friends) not be paired ? 

If we're were the odd one and you didn't get to get that special friend or friends ; then you'd feel quite left out. If you think someone is aloft, weird, unique and not running with the crowd who is to say that they couldn't be the friend that you didn't think you needed.

Opposites attract.

Give an odd pairing a chance.

It could be the new joyful lease of life that they need.

Say Hi to someone

The simplest kindnesses are everlasting.

Open that door for someone.

Thank people.

Reach out and be the the kindness in someones life just letting someone know you're there really helps.

It is anti bullying this week and I better in my life than I have been in a long time , I was bullied as a child because I was different I have Autism but no one knew it then . Children could see and sense I was different and I was bullied without bullied and hard as I tried it got worse I spoke to my parents and teachers and people did their best but my bullying followed me from school to school.With Autism it is really hard to articulate yourself and when your are bullied you end up in a tailspin and bullying can leave you without a lifetime of hurt.

I struggled to make friends because of my issues with social communication and when sometimes people did decide to be my friend it was to use me , they said horrible things behind my back . They hid my glasses then suddenly found them to get praise from the teacher , they were in a word manipulative.

Which each new school there came the hope that everything would be ok and everything would be different , I didn't understand how you were supposed to be . I didn't understand how you were meant to make friends and people just thought I was weird.I hate the name calling ,the silent treatment , the spreading of rumours like you had sometime contagious, the polls to see if people like me the physical bullying , the bullying happened outside school as well. I was beat up on the way to my piano and harpsichord lesson people could just sense and see I was different like a injured zebra I suppose.

Being Autistic I take things literally and you believe what is being said to you , someone is telling you are stupid and worthless and no one ones to be your friend then being autistic why would someone tell me something that wasn't true.

My school reports are sad there is no getting away from it and it screams that schools should have seen that was something up with my learning and done more to help me but if I can help people recognise the struggles of others then I am doing good !

I was the little girl who couldn't ballet it was just dancey and pink i was the child who loved and was lost in their thoughts in a museum.

Life continued like this well into my adulthood as being in work it was like school but with a whole new list of social rules that you had to figure out and as a result I drifted in and out of jobs .

You are not the child who cried buckets when they were bullied because you can not express your emotions this is why it is so important to have perpetual kindness and I know life isn't play sailing and the ripples of emotion cause various problems but talking and reporting is a must.

Also tomorrow is World Kindness day but let us all be kind each and every day and not just for the day , kindness should be natural and part of our being.

BetterYou Magnesium Sleep Mineral Lotion


I was kind enough to be send for review some BetterYou Magnesium Sleep mineral lotion for me to try and I was really excited as the older you get the more you struggle to sleep and whilst I refuse to be a number age wise ! I do have autism and this messes up my sleep no end and I welcome anything to try and get some sleep.I struggle to fall asleep and sometimes find myself waking every few hours.So when this arrived I was hoping it would be my miracle saviour cure.

The mineral lotion is rich in magnesium chloride, lavender and camomile, designed to relax your tired muscles, slow sensory activity and quieten the mind to promote a restful night's sleep.I love that the formula is free from paragons ,synthetic fragrances and colour , it also contains 100 percent natural ingredients ,making it gentle enough to be used during pregnancy ,BetterYou is also against animal testing.Each 5ml dose will provide you with an impressive 150mg of magnesium which is 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance.

Magnesium is a natural sleep aid which has a calming effect on the body ,relaxing muscles and easing the tensions of the day away.
Application is made easy by a pump bottle, you simply twist the top to unlock and push the pump down to release the lotion.The lotion is smooth and easy to apply it is just the right consistency.It is quickly absorbed into the skin it is highly moisturising, and my skin was left feeling soft and nourished. I am a huge fan of lavender though I don't like it to be overpowering which this is not. Lavender is well known for promoting relaxation and sleep.

For best results,BetterYou recommend applying after showering or bating, up to 30 minutes before sleep , it is now part of a my bedtime routine and I look forward to sleep more know rather than fearing it.The lotion is suitable for use all over the body and BetterYou suggest focusing on area such as the neck shoulders and legs.

BetterYou's new Magnesium Sleep Lotion is available now, priced at £9.95

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

My Blog My Identity

This is me the person behind the blog , the beating heart warts and all , I share in order to help myself and other people.Whilst on twitter my picture is of my late cat that’s because of my blog so it’s all emcompassing.

So cat photo on twitter or not it really doesn’t matter it’s really at the end of the day words that matter.My words are very important and I struggle to get them out at times and plain and simply it’s my autism .I don’t mind the disability not in the slightest it has list me friends who didn’t understand me.This was before the official diagnosis.

My blog is very special to me it’s a testament to my survival and that’s what I feel and having a diagnosis is part of my personality.I am now pulling all parts of my life together and sorting out things that should have been sorted in my childhood.

I’m am learning to roll with my brain and jumping about in a conversation or my writings is just part of me in this world.
I put my heart into everything I’m very much heart thoughts and deeds , I go above and beyond .I’m no matyr but I’m just a genuine human to the core , I help where I can and I love a happy conclusion though it’s not always so.

I seek my minds eye it soothes my heart and head and soul, I’m slowly knitting myself back together but I can’t actually knit.A cup of tea steers me through the day 

Monday, 5 November 2018

Cats Have Their Own Agenda

Cats I really do love cats they’re my favourite pet so much so that they’re my only pet, despite being allergic to cats I keep them.My allergy is lessened because I grew up with a cat but I didn’t know I was allergic then.

Cats have their own agenda like Jack sitting on the sky remote and fast forwarding to the conclusion of the program.

That time you changed the door and installed a new cat flap and they weren’t impressed especially as they really prefer the front door.

You just know in your heart of hearts you shouldn’t have watch the Shining with your cat.

Cats are the only entertainment you need to watch , try anything and they know it.

You save cardboard boxes just for them even though your efforts are weak in your cats eyes.

Cats dramatic divas that they are will control every aspect of your life , really you’re their servant.You are at their servant and they will never let you forget that you’re further at their beck and call.

You’ve fed the cat , played with cat , talked to the cat yet you find yourself reasoning with the cat that you’re doing the best for them.

Cats they rule 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

HoMedics Deep Sleep White Noise Machine


I can either sleep or not sleep and this quite frankly is down to my Autism where I either struggle to sleep or don't sleep , sometimes sleep is perfect and I am joyous then other times it is not. I do all that you are meant to do put down the life sapping soul destroying social media a few hours before bed.But I have a few tricks up my sleeve and one comes in the form of a white noise machine

The HoMedics Deep Sleep White Noise Machine is the only white noise machine that is truly adjustable. Its simple design and elegant speaker helps block outside noise and mask excess inside noise for a more peaceful sleep. Tone and volume controls allow you to create the perfect white noise for your environment. With four distinct white noise tones to choose from – including soothe, mask, relax and calm – you can easily fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. The Deep Sleep White Noise Machine is perfect for at-home bedside or portable use.

Advanced white noise therapy offers 4 distinct tones to help you fall asleep and stay asleep:

·         Soothe: Like a gentle rain, this tone has the lightest pitch - gently easing your mind
·         Mask: Designed to mask external distractions including noisy neighbours and road traffic
·         Relax: Modulated to disrupt interfering room noise, such as snoring
·         Calm: The deepest of all tones. Perfect for small children
·         Tone control allows you to manually adjust the tone of the white noise to best fit your needs
·         Bedside or portable – use adaptor or 4 “AA” batteries to get a good night’s sleep wherever you are (batteries not included)
·         Built-in timer – set for 30, 60 or 90 minutes

And I am finding it not only useful for nighttime relaxing but also when I need to do some work at the computer or perhaps some jobs that need doing round the house.

I am finding the calm sound on this particular useful as I am suffering from tinnitus and I have got to wait till January till I get the the local ENT clinic about it.

You can buy this direct fromHoMedics Deep Sleep White Noise Machine – RRP £49.99, PROMO £39.99
Available from:, Amazon

Disclosure I was sent this very kindly for review and I love it.



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