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…

Soak Star

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There is nothing like a long soak in a scented bath and YOU testers recommend fragrant Lavender Hill Bath Soak by Soapsmith, containing coconut milk powder, Dead Sea salts, Epsom salts, oat powder and cocoa butter. ‘It’s deeply relaxing, leaves my skin wonderfully soft, is luxurious yet very affordable,’ comments one tester. £12

HAPPY NEW FAMILIES

Lambs frolicking, blossom blooming – and this morning alone I opened three emails announcing new babies. I am directing them to nutrition and fitness expert James Duigan’s new Clean & Lean Pregnancy Guide (Kyle Books, £12.99*), which he wrote with his wife Christiane after their baby Charlotte was born in November 2012

As well as detailed advice on diet and exercise for fertility, pregnancy and early motherhood, James (whose fans include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Holly Valance) gives advice on helping your baby to sleep including swaddling (see right) – and adjusting your own sleep routine, plus an enlightened section on surviving the day as a new mum. Here are some of these last thoughts, which are also relevant to anyone going through life changes or under pressure.

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