Why many of us could benefit from taking a probiotic

Despite the remarkable complexity of the gut, there is a growing awareness and understanding that the health of our gut is central to our overall health. Irrespective of this, many of us have poor gut health and digestive disorders account for more than 10% of the work of GPs.1 Furthermore, according to research conducted by YouGov, there are many people in the UK that don’t think about their digestive system when it comes to overall health and are more likely to think about their weight, teeth, sleep, and heart.2 As will be discussed further on, the gut is intrinsically linked to all aspects of health and so should become an important focus when addressing our well-being.

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Gastric viruses

In July, it was reported that due to the easing of restrictions following the Covid19 pandemic, gastric viruses such as norovirus, which have been supressed due to social distancing, may become a  significant issue this winter, with numbers already increasing. Human noroviruses in the family Caliciviridae are a major cause of epidemic gastroenteritis, and pre-pandemic they were responsible for at least 95% of viral outbreaks and over 50% of all outbreaks worldwide. Norovirus infections can sweep through families and communities. They are especially likely to spread among people in confined spaces, causing fever, vomiting, diarrhoea and gastritis. In most cases, you pick up the virus from contaminated food or water, although person-to-person transmission also is possible.

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Agnus Castus: Herbal support to help balance female hormones the natural way

Agnus Castus is an aromatic shrub of the Verbenaceae family, which is notable for spikes or clusters of flowers that have an aromatic scent. The plant can grow up to 9 metres tall and is native to Europe and Central Asia. It has violet or rose-coloured flowers and small dark brown to black hard fruits the size of peppercorns. In herbal medicine, it is the fruits that have traditionally been used for a wide range of problems (mainly those associated with female hormonal imbalance), and its use can be dated back to the days of Hippocrates 2,500 years ago.

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The benefits of prebiotics and latest research

The influence of the gut microbiome on health has gained great interest and evidence in recent years. Much research has focused on the use of live bacteria supplements or probiotics for influencing and supporting the growth and diversity of the microbiome. However, an important adjuvant to probiotic use is the practice of including prebiotics in the diet and supplementation. This blog looks at the benefits of prebiotics and latest research for their influence on the microbiome and wider physiology.

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Teen mental health and sleep

According to the Mental Health Foundation, 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year. 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

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Nutrients to support male reproductive health

Male infertility is a significant an issue as female infertility however, it is much less highlighted in the public eye. Infertility or sub fertility is a problem for many couples in the UK, affecting 1 in 7 heterosexual couples. Unexplained infertility occurs in 5-10% of couples trying to conceive this is thought to be due to one third female causes one third male causes and one third combined cause.

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