Well the man in red is nearly here! Which means it is time for me to say thank you for reading and responding to my messages over the past year. I do very much appreciate your feedback and hope that I have been able to help you. Festivities (and associated excesses) can cause our minds to worry and our bodies to suffer! We take on additional commitments with shopping, parties and the need to fit everything in, often pleasing others before ourselves! Read on for tips on training your mind how to handle any worries you may be experiencing and a pomegranate recipe to aid recovery of your body.Read More
Many people suffer from digestive discomfort these days. Symptoms range in severity from sluggish bowel movements, diarrhoea or loose stools, often alternating with constipation. They may get bloated frequently and pass excess wind, with sometimes foul-smelling stools, or general discomfort after eating. Another symptom is mild acidity, known as acid reflux.
The main symptoms which are ‘red flags’ to get checked out medically initially is blood in the stools or any severe pain in the stomach or abdomen. Another common symptom is excess acidity or gastric reflux, often the bacteria h.pylori is the underlying cause.
Once these problems have been eliminated you may be told that you have ‘IBS’ and that there’s nothing much you can do for this apart from over-the-counter remedies such as Rennie, Gaviscon or Colpermin (peppermint oil). You aren’t ill, however daily life is uncomfortable for you as you never know when you’ll feel discomfort and need the loo. Not really something you want or need to live with.Read More
When we want to make healthy decisions around food choice, whether it's to improve digestion, improve hormone balance, lose weight or just feel better tomorrow, we often talk about willpower and whether we do or don't possess it.Read More
I've always been interested in how food affects the human body and the mind. We often hear it said that 'we are what we eat' but I believe 'we are also what we digest and absorb'. Nutrition provides the raw materials for the many hormones that we produce to help the body to operate effectively and maintain good health.Read More
There's a lot of discussion these days about the importance of having a good balance of gut bacteria for general good health. It used to be that we thought of good bacteria as necessary for a healthy digestive and immune system. However nowadays research shows that a diversity of gut bacteria helps to reduce anxiety, improve cholesterol, encourage weight loss and generally help inflammatory conditions as they heal the gut.
Here 4 simple tips on what to add to your diet to boost the bacteria levels.Read More