In the past 30 or so years researchers and food manufacturers have become increasingly interested in a certain type of antioxidant, known as polyphenols, and the role that they play in the body. The main reason for this interest stems from the antioxidant properties of polyphenols, their great abundance in our diet, and their probable role, backed up by much research, in the prevention of various diseases associated with oxidative stress, such as cancer and cardiovascular and neuro-degenerative diseases.
If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you are certainly not alone – with a worldwide prevalence of between 9% and 23%, it is considered to affect around 1 in 5 people in the United Kingdom at some point in their lives.
Hippocrates once said that “all disease begins in the gut”, and as it is now widely considered that 70% of the immune system is located in the gut, his statement may not have been too far from the truth. Indeed, research is now frequently suggesting that poor gut health is closely associated with the development of many of today’s most prevalent chronic diseases.
“Nutritional therapist Jeanette Hyde has come up with the perfect plan to balance your gut bacteria, lose up to 13 pounds and improve mood, skin and immunity”, reported The Daily Telegraph just two weeks ago in reference to her brand new book The Gut Makeover. Jeannette Hyde is a registered Nutritional Therapist with a special interest in gut health, and is a regular commentator on nutrition on the BBC and in print and online media.
In this week’s article we look at some of the most pertinent health and nutrition stories to reach the news in recent weeks, four items comprising;
- ‘Parents urged to get free sugar app to check products’
- ‘Early-life exercise alters gut microbes, promotes healthy brain and metabolism’
- ‘Study links Irritable Bowel Syndrome with vitamin D deficiency’
- ‘How eating fish can stop middle-age spread: Foods rich in omega-3 found to help burn off calories’
Are you planning a post-christmas detox and not sure where to look? Whether you are or not, come the first week of January a large majority of us in the UK will be typing the terms ‘detox’ or ‘diet’ into ‘google’ in the hope of finding inspiration online. But with search engines throwing back page after page of results it can be quite difficult to know where to look for a detox plan that actually works.