UTIs – symptoms, risk factors and nutritional support

It  is estimated that 4 million British women suffer an attack of cystitis each year.1 The incidence of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is highest in women; in younger adults there is a 50:1 female to male ratio, while in patients over the age of 70 years of age the ratio is around 2:1.2 Incidence in both sexes increases with age and can be asymptomatic – it is estimated that up to 30% of people living in nursing homes and other institutions have asymptomatic bacteriuria.2,3

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Probiotics – what are they and how do they work?

Probiotics are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that help to keep the digestive system healthy by reducing the growth of harmful gut microbes and boosting the number and variety of ‘friendly’ gut microbes. In this week’s blog nutrition practitioner Miguel Toribio-Mateas discusses probiotics, their safety, how they work and their health supporting properties.

Miguel will be speaking about the gut microbiome at our practitioner roadshow events throughout 2018, you can find out more about the roadshow, including booking information, by clicking here.
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Sugar intake in Children – more than just a weight issue

Sugar intake, particularly in children, is a hot topic in the media these days. However government data suggests that children are still far exceeding the maximum recommended sugar consumption every day. Government recommendations are that sugar should account for no more than 5% of daily calories. When put into more practical terms this means 19g for age 4-6 and 28g for age 7-10 (28g is the equivalent of 7.5 teaspoons).

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In the news – health and nutrition research

In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:

  • Consider a vitamin D supplement alongside breastfeeding, UK government report suggests
  • Does exercise and fitness help shape our gut microbiome?
  • Could active folate help boost IVF chances? Fertility study backs 5-MTHF over folic acid
  • Sugar linked to raised Alzheimer’s risk
  •  Antidepressant prescriptions for children on the rise

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Supporting repair after injury

Injuries happen. From tripping on a curb and spraining an ankle, pulling a hamstring during a game of football, to suffering a knee injury such as an anterior cruciate ligament tear. Injuries can happen to anyone, but are more common in individuals who engage in regular physical activity and specifically those who play or compete in sports.

Scandinavian studies show that sports injuries account for 10-19% of all acute injuries seen in accident and emergency rooms1 with the majority of injuries occurring from sports like football, basketball, volleyball and hockey.2 Other injuries requiring treatment include burns, ulcers and pressure sores.
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