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.
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.
The formalities of the Christmas period are essentially wonderful, with time off work, nice food and spending time with your family and friends. But in reality it is also a stressful time of year for many people. Then we have the excitement of the New Year and the psychological impact of a new calendar year and perhaps the post seasonal ‘blues’ as winter sets in.
Unfortunately a course of antibiotics may be unavoidable in helping to treat certain colds and flu. Antibiotics frequently disrupt the digestion causing diarhhoea and discomfort. In this article we look at advice on how to minimise antibiotic associated digestive upsets, and advice on diet and nutrition to help speed recovery. Continue reading