Hormones are some of the most powerful chemicals in the body, travelling through the bloodstream, giving instructions to cells and triggering a wide range of biological processes.
For women, certain hormones in particular (sex hormones, such as oestrogen and progesterone) control a sequence of changes that do everything from maintaining fertility and the menstrual cycle, to ultimately triggering menopause.
Hormone … [READ MORE]
While we often talk about the immune system, it can be hard to visualise exactly what it is and how it works in practice.
The immune system is one of the most incredible and complex systems in the body, able to spring into action in defence against harmful ‘invaders’ (like bacteria and viruses) within minutes by releasing antibodies.
As one … [READ MORE]
Humans have evolved over a period of approximately 4 million years. For the vast majority of that time, our ancestors ate a combination of raw and living foods. It is only relatively recently (in the last 250,000 years, in fact) that humans began to cook their food.
What are living foods?
Living foods are whole foods from nature (such as … [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]