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Supplement Recipe: Tommy’s Turbocharged Electrolytes

Supplement Recipe: Tommy’s Turbocharged Electrolytes

This is my own homemade recipe for electrolytes. It's a little different from other electrolyte drinks because I've added some extra ingredients. Here's what you need... Ingredients ✅ A fresh lemon (or half a fresh lemon) ✅ Himalayan pink salt ✅ Magnesium malate...

Podcast Episode 15: Tommy’s Turbocharged Electrolytes Recipe

Podcast Episode 15: Tommy’s Turbocharged Electrolytes Recipe

Welcome to another episode of Gut Heroes! This is a bonus episode, where I'm going to share one of my homemade recipes with you (MUCH cheaper then buying expensive sachets). This one is for electrolytes and I call it... wait for it... Tommy's Turbocharged...

Podcast Episode 9: Nathan’s Ankylosing Spondylitis Success Story

Podcast Episode 9: Nathan’s Ankylosing Spondylitis Success Story

Welcome to the first in our Ankylosing Spondylitis Success Story series! In this episode, I'm thrilled to be joined by my friend and fellow AS warrior, Nathan Mennel. Nathan has battled ankylosing spondylitis for many years, and today, he shares his incredible journey...

Arthritis and Weather: Everything You Need to Know

Arthritis and Weather: Everything You Need to Know

In this article, we're going to look at the connection between weather and arthritis. This is something that could have a huge impact on pain levels and inflammation and I'm really excited to cover this. We'll start by discussing what the science has to say. There are...

Podcast Episode #7: 70% of Your Immune System is In Your Gut

Podcast Episode #7: 70% of Your Immune System is In Your Gut

So many of the health problems we face in modern life are caused by, or exacerbated by, gut health issues. That's because at least 50% of what makes you 'you' is microbial. More importantly, 70% of your immune system resides in your gut. That means when microbial...

Your First Rheumatology Appointment: What to Expect

Your First Rheumatology Appointment: What to Expect

The lead-up to your first rheumatology appointment can be a little scary or overwhelming, if you don't know what to expect. What will your rheumatologist be like? What tests will they want to run? Are they going to push a certain medication onto you? But it can also...

Sugar, Ultra Processed Food and Autoimmune Disease

Sugar, Ultra Processed Food and Autoimmune Disease

Welcome to another Gut Heroes podcast! Changing your diet is hard, really hard. We don't all have time or headspace and modern life makes it even more difficult. We are bombarded with temptation, from every angle. In this episode, I look at why refined sugar and...

Fasting to Manage Ankylosing Spondylitis Flares

Fasting to Manage Ankylosing Spondylitis Flares

Welcome to another Gut Heroes audio podcast. Fasting is a HUGE part of my ankylosing spondylitis protocol. I rarely get flares these days but they do happen from time to time.  When I feel one coming on, fasting is the most effective method I've come across to beat...

Gut Heroes Podcast Episode #2: Sauna

Gut Heroes Podcast Episode #2: Sauna

Welcome to the second Gut Heroes audio podcast! Today I'm talking about sauna, cold exposure. I share the exact methods I follow to reduce pain and stiffness, lower stress levels, boost energy and improve mood. Enjoy!

Podcast: Nathan’s Ankylosing Spondylitis Success Story

Podcast: Nathan’s Ankylosing Spondylitis Success Story

Resources🔎 Tommy's 'flare-free' emergency routine🔎 The Nun Study: "Healthy Ageing and Dementia" [Original Paper]🔎 The Nun Study: Great Write-Up of the Key Findings🔎 Information about mouth taping to help correct breathing🔎 Histamines and possible allergy-like symptoms...

Podcast: Thriving With Ankylosing Spondylitis Through Gut Health

Podcast: Thriving With Ankylosing Spondylitis Through Gut Health

https://youtu.be/Cw1mSfvKqdY?si=WHoFIg0fO450Urzc This video interview (including the idea for it) and the fantastic production and editing was the work of Nathan Mennel. If you enjoyed this interview, and have a spare moment, please like and share it over on YouTube...

How Cold Exposure Changed My Life

How Cold Exposure Changed My Life

When you hear 'cold exposure', you might picture hardy Nords flinging themselves into Arctic pools cut into the ice. That is certainly one way of doing it. (And if you live in Finland, own a private jet, or work from an Antarctic research station, that may well be the...

Experiencing a ‘Mystery’ Flare? Here Are 5 Possible Causes

Experiencing a ‘Mystery’ Flare? Here Are 5 Possible Causes

  Key Points:   Sickness, stress, allergies and hormonal changes can trigger inflammation These factors can be asymptomatic (do not display any other obvious symptoms) as in the case of COVID-19 for 40.5% of victims One (or more) could combine to trigger 'mystery'...

Weekly One Hour Sauna: Results After 60 Days

Weekly One Hour Sauna: Results After 60 Days

Key Findings:    30%+ joint pain decrease (when combined with cold exposure) Boost to mood and overall feeling of calm Lower resting heart rate (during sauna days)   Sauna is reputed to have a huge range of health benefits, particularly cardiovascular and hearth...

Starch Free Diet for Ankylosing Spondylitis: Year 2 Results

Starch Free Diet for Ankylosing Spondylitis: Year 2 Results

Key Findings:   328 days (90%!) 'pain-free' in year 2, following the AS diet Stress, alcohol and illness appeared to be primary triggers 46% of flares measured as 20% or under in severity (again!)   Since starting the AS diet, I've kept detailed daily records on...

7 ‘Secret Starches’ You Need to Be Aware Of

7 ‘Secret Starches’ You Need to Be Aware Of

If you're trying to cut out starch to manage your ankylosing spondylitis there can be a few unexpected hurdles to navigate... One of these is the 'secret starches' you'll find hidden in everyday food. These are starches that food manufacturers often use to bulk up...

Name Change! Your Happy Back is Now ‘Gut Heroes’

Name Change! Your Happy Back is Now ‘Gut Heroes’

Just a quick note for anyone who is coming back to this site and wondering why the address of the top and the name has changed. (It was previously yourhappyback.com and now it is gutheroes.com). This is intentional and nothing else is changing other than the name. I...