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Gut health

Food & nutrition
January 29, 2017

Feast on fermented foods

Fermented foods are a firm favourite among the health conscious, and with good reason. They’re full of health-boosting nutrients, digestive enzymes, and beneficial bacteria called probiotics. Similar to the healthy bacteria found in your gut, probiotics are live microorganisms that when ingested are helpful for your health, especially your digestive system. According to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, probiotics can help improve whole gut transit time (how long it takes for food to travel through the digestive tract), stool frequency, and stool consistency. Probiotics can restore and improve the intestinal microbial equilibrium – the balance…

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Gut & digestion
September 16, 2016

What you need to know about ulcers

How easy is it to get an ulcer? Do they just affect older people? The answers are ‘easier than you think’, and ‘no’. Let's look at the details: What are ulcers? Basically, an ulcer is an open wound. The most common kind are peptic ulcers which form in the stomach or the upper part of the small intestine. What causes ulcers? Previously, people used to believe that ulcers were caused by spicy food, alcohol or stress. Today we know that most peptic ulcers are caused by: 1. A certain group of bacteria. H. pylori is a group of bacteria that…

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Gut & digestion
June 20, 2016

Gut health: fads and facts

It may be a hard fact to digest that we’re riddled with bugs, but in most cases, they’re not only important for a healthy gut, but your health in general! Let’s take a look at some gut health fads and facts…. (more…)

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Surgery
November 17, 2015

All about hernias

So, you noticed a lump near your belly button when you coughed last night - it's strange, because now you're lying down and the lump seems to have vanished! You may possibly have a hernia ... but what is a hernia, exactly? (more…)

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