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]
[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]
It is a scary fact that, by the age of 60, 9 in every 10 people suffer with some form of arthritis – a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in joints. According to NHS Choices, around 10 million people have arthritis in the UK alone.
However, this condition needn’t be an inevitable part of growing older. In fact, … [READ MORE]
What is leaky gut syndrome?
If you suffer with chronically bad digestion (whether as a result of poor diet, a food intolerance or allergy, bowel disorder or other cause), the lining of your intestines can become irritated over time.
The lining of a healthy small intestine allows just the nutrients we have digested from food to be absorbed. However, where … [READ MORE]
Juicing fresh fruit and vegetables is a great way to ensure that you are getting your five-a-day (hopefully more), along with a healthy intake of dietary fibre and a broad spectrum of nutrients.
Why? Well for one thing, it’s quick and easy. Rather than having to prepare the ingredients and incorporate them into meals, you can just pop them into … [READ MORE]
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of those conditions that most people have heard of, if not experienced themselves.
It is very common, with up to 1 in 5 people in the UK developing IBS at some stage in their life. It can affect anyone at any age, but most commonly first develops in teenagers and young adults, and women are … [READ MORE]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]