Saliva

We make around 2-3 pints a day and it holds a few surprises that many of us haven’t even thought about. Saliva is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, it is a natural acid neutraliser so it protects the oesophagus and gastrointestinal tract and this precious liquid also contains a pain killer which is up to six…

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Gut Bacteria and the importance of Probiotics

Good gut bacteria adds strength to our immune system and produces natural antibiotics to prevent the growth of pathogens. They also encourage regular bowel movements, synthesise Vitamin B and Vitamin K, assist with the digestion of protein into amino acids, break down bacterial toxins, balance intestinal pH, detoxify environmental toxins (i.e. heavy metals, pesticides and…

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

In the UK we have 15 million people suffering the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 50-60% of those visiting the GP with these symptoms are referred to a specialist and around 95% of these have negative results. This is a large burden on the NHS in terms of costs, but more importantly, many of us…

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Kale Chip Recipe

I often make these. They last a week in a glass jar, are great as a snack or for putting on top of salads and I have even tried adding them to warm soup but unfortunately they go soft. The younger the kale the better the taste but sometimes we just can’t be choosy so…

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Stomach pH

How often do you hear that someone is suffering from low stomach acid? Hardly ever I would guess. Yet most holistic practitioners would suggest that low stomach acid was far more common than high stomach acid. So why are so many people in the UK taking some form of antacids, whether over the counter or…

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Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori or HP)

HP is a bacterial infection of the stomach lining that affects approximately 50% of the UK population. There are various degrees of infection and various strains and it will affect us all differently. Some will have digestive symptoms and abdominal discomfort while others will not even know they have it at all. We contract HP…

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Hiatus hernia

This is a very common condition and occurs when the upper part of the stomach protrudes upwards and into the oesophageal opening. General symptoms are acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion, general abdominal discomfort, food repeating itself, belching etc. Some control their symptoms by eliminating those foods that they know cause discomfort while others use medication. Those…

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