How to alleviate constipation naturally

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Having regular bowel movements is absolutely vital for your health. Unfortunately, many people suffer from constipation and resort to the use of laxatives or drugs that may have side effects. Constipation is a very common problem and yet it can be remedied easily with some simply dietary and lifestyle changes.

The accepted definition of constipation is fewer than two or three bowel movements a week and yet ideally everyone should have at least one bowel movement a day, if not two or three. If you are having just one movement a day, or less, than I would recommend that you take some simple steps to relieve constipation safely.

Regularity is imperative because without it, toxins accumulate in the gut and are absorbed into the bloodstream. Without regularity, you increase your chances of haemorrhoids, will always feel full and in many cases feel bloated. Read More…

In need of a Fibre Fix?

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A reader who had chronic constipation despite consuming lots of water and vegetables recommends Complete Fiber Cleanse. ‘It works effectively without giving me a headache, unlike remedies from the chemist.’ Pharmacist Shabir Daya says it is safe to take long term. It costs £21.00 for 168g (mix with water).

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Hair loss (alopecia) affects about eight million women in the UK and is invariably distressing. One of the most common types, particularly in older women, is all-over thinning known as androgenic alopecia (female pattern baldness), which seldom improves on its own. A colleague of mine, now in her 50s, started suffering post-menopause. After trying various over-the-counter supplements and haircare products, she consulted trichologist Philip Kingsley’s London clinic. Here’s her report.

‘My hair used to be so thick that a man on the tube once said, “Please get it out of my face”. It started to deflate after the menopause, then one day I noticed glimpses of pink scalp. Holding mirrors over my head revealed a general thinning.

‘For a while, I tried different pills and potions, which made virtually no difference. Feeling desperate, I remembered that when my mother had some hair loss she found help from Philip Kingsley’s clinic, so I booked an appointment. First came a consultation with trichologist Carole Michaelides. We discussed my general health, diet and fitness (tick, tick, tick). Carole explained that in my case the problem was lower oestrogen levels and simply getting older. Read More…

Preventing & Treating Haemorrhoids

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Haemorrhoids are badly swollen, inflamed veins located both around the anus and along the very lowest part of the colon in the rectum. The swollen veins that are external are commonly referred to as piles or external haemorrhoids. Haemorrhoids are unique to humans, no other animal has this problem. It is estimated that nearly 75% of all adults in the Western world will suffer from haemorrhoids at some point and that is why the causal factors are thought to be predominantly dietary and ageing.

The symptoms of external haemorrhoids, those that protrude outside the body, are typically itching, pain and bleeding. When faecal matter passes through the anal region, some of these inflamed veins cannot resist the pressure and hence rupture releasing their contents which causes pain in the region, itching and blood spots. External haemorrhoids can cause discomfort and disruption in your daily activity.

Internal haemorrhoids on the other hand are usually painless. Whilst you may see some blood spots or staining, the discomfort is significantly less, however one should go and visit your GP at the first sign of blood to rule out any possible links to other diseases. Read More…

A Gut Reaction To Good Digestion

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

We all know that stress affects our digestion. For some, it’s butterflies in the tummy (and a quick dash to the nearest loo) but for many others, being on ‘high alert’ causes a sluggish digestion and constipation. Gudrun Jonsson, a qualified biopath who uses the principles of nutrition and homoeopathy to treat the whole person, explains that ‘if we’re in stress mode, our bodies prioritise other systems such as the heart and brain, and that can disrupt the smooth passage of food through our bodies. So an efficient gut is vital to feeling well’.

One of her patients, ‘Rose’, says she has benefited greatly from regular sessions with Gudrun, a longtime leading figure in the nutrition field. ‘I learnt that what comes out is just as important as what goes in. Going to the loo regularly every day makes us feel lighter and healthier – mentally and physically – as it eliminates toxins from the system. So the key is not only to manage stress – Gudrun advised me to lie down and breathe slowly in and out of my stomach, do yoga and meditate – but also to manage your gut.’ Read More…

What’s All The Fuss About Fibre?

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Most people will tell you that fibre is important for health. We keep reading about fibre on cereal packets and through advertisements on billboards and mainstream television. In fact, there is universal acceptance of a well-balanced diet containing fibre and yet just how important is fibre? How much do we require on a daily basis? How can we increase our intake, if required, and what are the best food sources?

What is fibre?

Fibre is the roughage found in cereals, fruits and vegetables and is basically the cell structure of plants and vegetables that give shape and rigidity. When we eat vegetables and fruits, we get numerous benefits from the nutrients that are present in these but we also ingest fibre with its positive effects on the digestive tract. It is estimated that by the time we reach the age of 20, we will have ingested 15,000 meals and all of this food must be flushed out correctly otherwise we can end up with constipation or equally worse nutrient deficiencies or toxin build-up due to the stagnation of food in the intestines. It is the fibre in our diet that is important for gastrointestinal movement! Read More…