THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

The Chinese have a saying that all illness begins in the stomach. An oversimplification for sure, but our 9-metre long digestive system is indisputably a critical component for overall health.

It is responsible for taking in our food, breaking down our food and absorbing essential nutrients. A well functioning digestive system should also be expertly eliminating waste from our bodies.… [READ MORE]

WHY SUPPLEMENT OUR DIETS?

[Updated 31 March 2019]

Some people question and belittle the necessity and usefulness of supplementing a balanced diet with dietary supplements.

Here’s why it’s so crucial.

Greater Nutritional Needs

Our environments and lifestyles have changed drastically and more quickly than ever over the past century.

Modern day society is faced with far more stress than prior generations.

Environmental pollution is … [READ MORE]

INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE – HAVE YOU GOT AN ANGRY GUT?

If your tummy often feels sore, you regularly suffer with diarrhoea, have experienced weight loss and/or feel extreme tiredness, you could have an angry gut.

Whether it is just your intestines that are inflamed or your whole digestive tract is affected, the first step (once the inflammation has been confirmed) is to reduce your intake of any aggravating foods and … [READ MORE]

HELICOBACTER PYLORI AND STOMACH ULCERS

What is Helicobacter pylori?

During the process of digestion, the stomach uses a combination of enzymes and hydrochloric acid to break down food and its other contents. The stomach is protected from this strong gastric acid by a mucous lining.

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacterium, of which there are around 29 different strains. It lives in the mucus … [READ MORE]

GLUTEN-FREE DIET

Many of the foods we eat can irritate and damage the very delicate and critically important digestive system in our bodies, which can in turn lead to anything from inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract to an immune response. Even nutrient absorption can be affected.

One such food is wheat, which contains gluten.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein found … [READ MORE]

COULD I HAVE A FOOD INTOLERANCE?

A food intolerance (otherwise known as non-allergic food hypersensitivity), is a condition of the digestive system.

It involves some form of negative reaction, which is caused by the body’s inability to properly digest a particular food, food additive or other compound found in food (or drink).

Food intolerances are far more common than true food allergies. They also tend to … [READ MORE]

ABOUT FOOD FORM SUPPLEMENTS?

What’s in your supplements?

More and more people in the UK and around the world are turning to alternative medicine and natural remedies to support their health and well-being, or to help them achieve their health goals.

However, as with anything, when it comes to health supplements you get what you pay for.

If you walk into a supermarket, health … [READ MORE]

WHY DO WE NEED FIBRE?

What is dietary fibre?

Dietary fibre used to be referred to as ‘bulk’ or ‘roughage’, but we now know that it is so much more than that.

Broadly speaking, fibre refers to a group of substances in plant foods (such as fruit, vegetables and grains) that can’t be broken down completely by the digestive enzymes in our bodies. These substances … [READ MORE]

KEEPING ACTIVE FOR A HEALTHY MIND AND BODY

Why is exercise important?

There is a common misconception that, if you are slim, you don’t need to keep active to stay healthy. But regular exercise is important for everyone, not just for those people who are carrying extra weight.

Our bodies are designed to be in motion; they are not intended for a sedentary lifestyle (which is more and … [READ MORE]

Dysbiosis – too many bad bugs

What happens when your bad bacteria outnumber your good bacteria?

Dysbiosis is the technical name for a microbial imbalance on or inside the body; in other words, an imbalance of good versus bad bacteria.

This condition most commonly affects the digestive tract (and, more particularly, the stomach and intestines), but can also occur on any exposed surface or mucous membrane, … [READ MORE]

DIGESTIVE ENZYMES – THE STUFF OF LIFE…

Enzymes are clever little molecules of protein that are made from amino acid chains. They act as catalysts (or triggers) to bring about specific biochemical reactions in the body, which produces over 3,000 kinds.

Every process in the body is driven by enzymes of one kind or another – whether acting alone, in combination or in complex chain reactions. They … [READ MORE]

WHAT EXACTLY IS A BALANCED DIET?

A ‘balanced diet’ is a popular topic, in the media, on the government’s agenda and amongst the health conscious.

Why? Because, it is an essential part of maintaining immunity, a healthy weight and all other aspects of health and well-being through daily access to the broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients required to properly fuel the body. … [READ MORE]