Tag: probiotics

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Your Gut Health – Just the Tip of the Iceberg

April 16, 2019

The Gut and microbiome has certainly been an area of focus in both the medical world, the naturopathic world and the media in recent years as hundreds of millions of dollars is being forwarded to research in how the state of our microbiome affects our health or, in many cases, ill-health. And for good reason… the future is exciting for both the prevention and treatment of innumerable health conditions as Science finally recognises a connection between chronic disease and gut dysbiosis, whic....

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Foods to Eat for Great Gut Health

March 4, 2019

Did you know that in as little as twenty-four hours, the food you eat can be changing your resident gut microbiota? Most of you will now know that diversity is one key parameter of a healthy gut microbiome. Simply having a large variety of different bacterial species is beneficial to overall health. Studies done by Professor Rob Knight show that there’s a major link between the number of different types of plant food you eat and the diversity of your gut bacteria or microbiome. Another ke....

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Our Top Tips to Thrive in the Season of Excess

November 23, 2018

The Festive Season is just about upon us which means the season of excess. For many, the weeks leading to Christmas and into the New Year are filled with lots of social functions to attend. Which are fun of course but it also often means more exposure (and eating of) festive foods which are generally laden with yummy fat, sugar & salt. Couple this with increased alcohol or soft drink intake and we very soon tip over into excess eating and craving for more of this food. Now I’m the firs....

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Keeping it Regular

July 26, 2018

Constipation is a problem that can affect all of us from time to time but it does undermine our good health and vitality if it becomes a chronic thing. Constipation describes a condition of the digestive system in which there are hard, dry stools that are difficult and/or painful to eliminate. Constipation is not a disease but merely a symptom of another causative factor, for example dehydration or lack of exercise. Bowel Health is Essential for Good Health and Vitality The problem with h....

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from IBS you are not alone. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Australians will suffer from the condition at some time in their lives. Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a disorder of the bowel characterised by abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits (eg diarrhoea or constipation or a combination of both). Other symptoms include bloating, flatulence, mucus present in the stools, nausea and a feeling of incomplete evacuation. None of these symptoms are e....

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Gastro Care

July 20, 2018

Have you suffered from “gastro” recently, or know someone that has. Well you are not alone. There has been a spike in gastroenteritis infections of late. Gastroenteritis (or ‘gastro’) is commonly caused by viral infections and results in vomiting and diarrhoea. They are very easily spread from person to person. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms can take between one and three days to develop and usually last ....

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Solving the Ever-Growing Problem of Intolerances and Allergies

April 5, 2018

Allergies are considered one of the fastest growing chronic diseases in Australia where it is estimated more than 20% of the population suffers from food intolerance or allergy. By 2050 it is expected that this will rise a further 70% affecting around 7.7 Australians. Symptoms can range from typical hay fever symptoms of excessive mucous production, sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose & throat & watery eyes, to digestive disorders, to eczema and asthma. Regardless of the cause, be ....

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Are Probiotics the new Multi’s?

March 14, 2018

Supplementing with probiotics can influence the composition of our whole microbiome. They positively alter the microbiome environment and encourage the proliferation of what is now dubbed our “core” bacterial strains. Exciting research is also revealing that healthy people have a diverse variety of microbiota and conversely a reduction in this microbiota diversity is linked to diseases such as obesity, insulin resistance, inflammation and bowel disease. Interestingly data suggests that t....

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Gastro Care

September 5, 2017

Have you suffered from “gastro” recently, or know someone that has. Well you are not alone. There has been a spike in gastroenteritis infections of late. Gastroenteritis (or ‘gastro’) is commonly caused by viral or bacterial infections and results in vomiting and/or diarrhoea. They are very easily spread from person to person. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms can take between one and three days to develop and....

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Nip Hayfever in the Gut

July 12, 2017

Hay fever and allergy symptoms are a typical response to harmless substances such as pollens from trees, grasses and weeds that makes the immune system believe it is a harmful invader. The allergens trigger production of the antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE). This immune reaction stimulates release of histamine, causing inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages along with excessive mucus production and other symptoms such as sneezing, itching nose and throat, watery eyes and a clear, runny n....

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Immune-Boosting Foods

July 10, 2017

There are “germs” everywhere and we are exposed to them every day. Because our immune systems generally work efficiently these germs generally don’t manifest as viruses. However there are factors that do affect and compromise our immune system making it more susceptible to viral attack. Namely, emotional stress from relationships or work demands, poor food choices, lack of exercise, poor sleep and a general lack of ‘balance’ in our lives. Because most of us do live very busy and full....

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A Gut Feeling

November 2, 2016

Emerging research is increasingly highlighting the significance of the role of our gut and its influence on our mental health, our immunity, our weight, our metabolism and on disease prevention and treatment. The human microbiome is the collection of microorganisms or bacteria (known as microbiota) that ordinarily exist in and on the surfaces of the human body. The majority of our microbiota however, reside within the gastrointestinal tract and make up approximately two kilograms of body weight.....

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