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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
The last thing you feel like when on holiday or travelling abroad is having to worry about a bout of diarrhoea!
Unfortunately, however, so-called “travellers’ diarrhoea” is quite common, particularly when in countries where food and water hygiene are less than ideal. This is because it can be caused by a wide range of organisms, including bacteria (such as E. … [READ MORE]
What is diabetes? The science bit…
Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to produce or properly use insulin – a hormone required for the conversion of sugar, starches and other types of food into energy.
For good health, the body has to maintain its blood sugar levels (or blood glucose levels) within a very narrow range. … [READ MORE]
What is body detoxification?
Nowadays, you will often hear people referring to the fact that they are “on a detox”. This might be because they have enjoyed a period of overindulgence or may simply be a means of “spring cleaning” their body.
Either way, many people feel that they get a much-needed boost from a period of detoxification, including support … [READ MORE]
When your immune system is struggling, you certainly know about it. With your defences down, flu, colds, and more serious infections can become a common occurrence. So what can you do to boost your immune system naturally? Thankfully, lots. Studies have proven that these 5 natural supplements, foods and lifestyle hacks help to protect your immune system and ward off … [READ MORE]
The trouble with dairy
It seems to be more and more common to hear that someone has a dairy allergy, lactose intolerance or has simply chosen to cut dairy out of their diet. Why is this?
While milk has traditionally been a mainstay of the British diet (with the UK consuming as much as 40% of the EU’s dairy products), … [READ MORE]