Gut Health

What is SIBO?

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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, SIBO, is an overgrowth of bacteria within the small intestine often due to a change in the microbiome, which is the environment of the bacteria that reside in the intestines. Read More…

Factors Which Compromise Your Gut Health

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The health of your gut depends upon the balance between the beneficial bacteria and the pathogens that reside within the gut, as well as the permeability of the lining of the intestinal tract. When these beneficial bacteria are at reduced levels or the lining of the gut is inflamed, your body is at risk from gastrointestinal concerns and disease.

Numerous factors play a role in compromising the microbiome within the gut, some of which may be unavoidable from time to time and include: Read More…

The Lymphatic System

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What is the lymphatic system? The lymphatic system is the largest circulatory system within the body and it is also a system which has not been fully investigated. In fact, most people are simply unaware of it, why it exists or what role it plays within the body.

The role of the lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, glands, spleen, thymus gland and tonsils which carry a clear fluid called lymph. Lymph’s composition is similar to blood except that it does not contain haemoglobin nor any blood proteins. The lymphatic system consists of organs, ducts and lymph nodes which act as filters for the removal of toxins. The lymphatic system is a detox system; a nutrient delivery system and is the home of the immune system. Without this system, life could not exist. Read More…

Does Your Stomach Growl?

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It is perfectly natural for the stomach to growl every now and then. Some people however find that their stomach growls loudly and frequently which can be embarrassing, frustrating and difficult to control. The medical term for stomach growling is borborygmus.

Main causes of stomach growl

Most people associate stomach noises and growling with hunger. Growling does not necessarily occur when you are hungry but it is usually louder when you have an empty or partially empty stomach. The noise occurs from the muscles lining the stomach and the intestines when food begins to be broken down. If the stomach is partially full, the noises are more muffled and conversely if the stomach is relatively empty then the noises are much louder. Read More…

What Can’t Probiotics Do?

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After birth, our gut is colonised by trillions of micro-organisms called probiotics which we are supposed to have for life. These micro-organisms, mostly beneficial bacteria, are important to the health and wellbeing of our bodies and carry out numerous functions which include enhancing immunity, digesting food and manufacturing energising B vitamins. Each of us have a unique probiotic profile which is influenced by genetics, gender and age, all of which cause it to change throughout our lifetime. This probiotic profile is of course also influenced by our diet and lifestyle.

With increasing research, we are finding out that many probiotic species have specific roles to play in the body including elevating mood, preventing gum disease as well as protecting our heart. So which probiotic supplement should you take? And can you take more than one probiotic supplement? Read More…

The Best Mucoid Plaque Cleanser

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What is mucoid plaque?

Mucoid plaque is not something that most people will have heard about. In fact, there is controversy between the medical profession and the holistic practitioners over whether this exists or not. Though there is little proof of whether mucoid plaque actually exists or not, there are many testimonies from thousands of individuals who claim to have got rid of it.

So what is mucoid plaque?

Mucoid plaque is thought to be the body’s reaction in the lower intestines to toxins and chemicals from the foods we eat. The body has many natural defence mechanisms and a good example is why sites of injury swell up with fluid which is basically to protect the injured tissues. Likewise, the ingestion of chemicals and toxins is thought to cause the release of mucus to protect the cells within the intestines and forms plaque in the gut. Although protective, this mucoid plaque may harbour parasites and pathogenic bacteria; it can stop the absorption of nutrients from food and it can slow the digestive process. Many practitioners believe that mucoid plaque may be the cause of numerous other concerns in the body such as allergies, food sensitivities, fatigue, low energy and constipation to name a few. Read More…