When her 12-year-old daughter began demanding simple and factual information on why she should follow her mother’s advice to eat her greens, drink lots of water, avoid sugar etc., Catherine Rogers began a blog explaining the science behind all her maternal instructions. In time, she realised that what she had was a sensible all-round guide to a healthier lifestyle and this became the basis for her new book GUT WELL SOON. Thank you daughter!
With a wealth of information at our fingertips – and an ever-increasing number of self- proclaimed ‘experts’ all claiming to offer the latest health advice – it’s often difficult to work out what a healthy lifestyle actually looks like. Wherever you turn there seems to be a new diet plan or supplement promising to make you ‘happier and healthier’ but without any real explanation to how it works. At the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the dense, jargon-filled (and often difficult to find!) academic papers that throw you in at the deep end with statistics, methods and results, leaving you with an aching brain and no greater understanding of whatever it was you wanted to read about in the first place.
This is where GUT WELL SOON comes in. It is a practical and informative guide to achieving good gut health as a basis for mental and physical wellness. Catherine Rogers has explored the science underpinning the health claims we’ve all heard, but never really understood. She also brings to bear her 20 years’ of experience as an integrative therapist with clients in the volunteer and private sector, and her work with Oxford University PhD researchers looking at gut bacteria in relation to the immune system, schizophrenia and other areas, all of which has led her to believe passionately in the importance of good gut health for both mental and physical wellbeing.
Catherine has also experienced her own wellness journey. Having suffered from debilitating migraines and the ensuing low moods and low energy, Catherine took a practical approach to changing her diet and saw a drastic reduction in their frequency and a general significant uplift in her health.
Over the course of fourteen chapters, GUT WELL SOON explores key areas of ‘healthy living’ to arm readers with the tools they need to make proactive, informed and effective lifestyle changes. From nutrition and the importance of gut health in mind-body wellbeing, to exercise, stress and how to look after an aging brain, this book takes the reader on a journey through the fact and fiction (and several grey areas!) and explores the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ of current health advice.
‘Knowledge is power, and I wholeheartedly believe that we all have the power to have a huge impact on our health simply by learning to listen to our bodies and adapt our habits accordingly. We are in the midst of a major paradigm shift and one that, in my eyes, could revolutionise what it means to live a healthy, balanced life.‘ Catherine Rogers
Catherine Rogers has also developed the online course RESET YOUR GUT for individuals and healthcare professionals with the help of nutritionists, dieticians, doctors, recipe writers and scientists. The 4-week and beyond course includes recipe plans for any allergy or food preference (from FODMAP, vegan, and gluten free to meat eating and pescatarian), shopping lists and top tips on how to improve your lifestyle, all enabling readers to get their gut back on track.