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.
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’
In December we wrote an article about the science and history behind the liver’s detoxification processes and what nutrients are essential to support these. This week’s blog gives some practical advice on what foods to enjoy and avoid during a detoxification period. There are lots of recipes available online – and we have provided a day’s sample menu at the end.
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.
“The health of the gut and its immune system is a fundamental factor for me to assess with every patient. Why? The gut and immune system are intimately related in their interactions and if they are not performing as they should then this can negatively influence the overall health of the person.” Continue reading
Did you know that there is more bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract than there are cells in the whole of the human body? Quite a staggering statistic and one that certainly highlights the importance of making sure that there is a healthy balance between the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria that populate this area of the body.