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Gut Health Superheroes: Kefir, the Probiotic Powerhouse

Incorporating kefir into your daily diet is a simple yet powerful way to promote digestive health, boost your immunity, and support overall well-being. So, whether you're sipping it straight or getting creative in the kitchen, kefir is a gut health superhero that can make a positive difference in your life.What is Kefir?Kefir is a fermented dairy product made through the fermentation of milk by kefir grains, which are a combination of bacteria and yeast. It tends to be thinner than yoghurt, so e...

November 3, 2023

4 ways that stress can affect digestion

Chronic, long-term stress can have a major impact on your health, especially digestion with studies showing increased levels of stress hormones in people with IBS. Could stress be the trigger for your digestive symptoms, do stressful situations make them worse? Stress and emotions play a major role in many digestive problems and it’s often one of the first places where our bodies show that we aren’t well with symptoms of bloating, acid reflux, indigestion, abdominal pain, constipation and di...

January 11, 2022

The Magic of Magnesium

A quick lowdown… This magnificent mineral is incredibly important as it plays a role in so many functions of our body and is essential for maintaining good health.  In fact, it is involved in over 300 reactions with every cell needing it to function optimally. So, if you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, tired, not sleeping well, have a sluggish digestion and maybe feeling low or anxious, you could be needing a bit of a magnesium boost. How does magnesium benefit our health? There’s...

November 22, 2021

The Lowdown on Stool Testing

What is a stool test? A stool test involves analysing a sample of your stool (poo) for bacteria, microbes, parasites and other markers which test for digestive function, gut immunity and inflammation.  Stool tests can range from basic ones which simply test for levels of bacteria, determining the health of your microbiome to a fully comprehensive stool test to get the whole picture of your gut health. Which one is most suitable depends on each individual and their presenting symptoms. Why t...

October 22, 2021

12 Simples Strategies for Better Digestion

1) Look forward to your meals – this creates the cephalic effect which is the start of the digestive process.  The thought of your meal, the smell and the sight of it will start off saliva production in your mouth and the flow of gastric juices in your stomach to break down your food, digesting it properly. 2) Chew thoroughly – this help break down your food more, making it easier to digest and absorb, getting out of it the nutrients you need for good health.  Large pieces of undig...

January 10, 2021

20 Simple Strategies to Support Detoxification

20 Simple Strategies to Support Detoxification Strategy 1 -  Eat Real FoodEat whole, unprocessed foods which don't contain additives or preservatives which add to your toxic load. Removing or reducing them takes pressure off your liver so check the labels on packaging, ingredients should be natural as possible.Strategy 2 -  Go GreenGreen foods contain chlorophyll which rids the body of harmful environmental toxins like pesticides, toxic metals and cleaning products, so add green vegeta...

January 3, 2021

The Gut Brain Axis

Have you ever wondered why you get butterfly’s in your tummy when you’re nervous? Well, this is because of the gut brain axis.  This is the link between our brain and our digestive system, also known as our enteric nervous system or second brain.  It is connected by the vagus nerve, a huge nerve which sends signals in both directions.  It is for this reason that gut issues like IBS could lead to depression or anxiety, and vice versa, why mood related symptoms can cause digesti...

September 20, 2020

Top 5 Mood Improving Nutrients

If you are suffering from mental health issues like anxiety, depression and brain fog, it may be because there are certain nutrient deficiencies in your body.  This could be due to a poor diet, digestion issues, hormonal imbalances or various health conditions.  Here are some key nutrients and their food sources to include in your diet to support your mood, helping to improve your overall mental wellbeing, be more resilient to stress and feel more like ‘you’ again. B Vitamins B vit...

July 20, 2020

Symptoms of Stress Explained

Stress is an issue for lots of us and can result in many different symptoms and health issues. In 2018, the Mental Health Foundation found that 74% of over 4000 people surveyed had felt so stressed that they had been over whelmed or unable to cope.  The survey also found that 46% reported that they ate too much or ate unhealthily due to stress and 29% said that they started drinking or increased their drinking.  Can you imagine the results of the same survey in 2020 with a global pande...

July 14, 2020

Over 25 ways to increase your fruit and veg intake

1)   Make a large batch of veg soup which is handy to have with a meal.  You can cram a lot of different veg into a soup and it’s a great way to use up veg in the fridge – onions, leeks, carrots, parsnips, peppers, celery, potatoes, kale etc.  2)   If you’re making a Bolognese or a chilli add diced carrots, celery and peppers to your usual onions to increase the amount and variety.  They add more favour and you (and children) will never notice they are t...

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