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…
Most of us do not worry about our holiday health until we come down with something and then rush to the local pharmacy trying to explain the symptoms. Some forward planning can make this unnecessary since most common problems are easily preventable or treatable. I have put together some of the most common summer concerns that our customers contact me about, giving brief explanations and possible ways to prevent or treat them.
How to fend off traveller’s tummy
When people travel abroad, especially to developing countries, their risk of becoming ill increases. Your holiday can be ruined by unsafe or contaminated food. Many places outside of Europe do not have the investment and regulation for water supply, refuse disposal and sewerage that we take for granted in the UK. Food poisoning on holiday is often cause by contaminated or tainted water, poor hygiene by food handlers, contamination of food by insects such as flies and wasps and numerous other possible causal factors.
The normal treatment for food poisoning is prescribed antibiotics and whilst they perform their role of destroying the harmful bacteria, they are not without side effects and can disrupt the balance of the good bacteria in our gut. This does not mean that you should not take antibiotics when you have food poisoning, but you may be able to prevent this concern or certainly replace the good bacteria lost through antibiotic usage by using a good probiotic. Read More…
Probiotics have formed a vital part of Mediterranean diets for thousands of years. Usually in the form of pickled foods and fermented milk products, probiotics may in part be responsible for the relatively low rates of chronic age-related diseases in these regions even if these cultures were not aware of them.
Increasingly, research is now focussing on this traditional wisdom in the form of scientific investigations into the health benefits of probiotics, and you only have to switch on your television and see all the adverts on probiotic drinks and yoghurts aimed at the health conscious consumer.
So what are probiotics and how do they work?
The name probiotics is derived from two Latin words: Pro meaning for and biotic meaning life, in other words ‘for life’. From this we can begin to understand that probiotics are beneficial bacteria for life. These beneficial bacteria are mostly found in the human gastrointestinal tract and there are literally hundreds of strains with overlapping benefits. The word bacteria conjures up illness for the vast majority of us since we normally associate these with infectious diseases. What most people do not understand is that not all types of bacteria are harmful and that their potential to cause illness also depends on their numbers. Read More…
I am constantly asked which supplements I take and which supplements are essential to take on a daily basis for optimal health. I believe that certain high quality supplements work really well together to complement a healthy diet and they will help boost your health and wellbeing. There is so much conflicting information about correct supplementation and because not all supplements are created equally, I have written this article to help you make an informed choice.