Got any digestive symptoms – Bloating? Constipation? Diarrhoea? Abdominal pain? Excessive flatulence?
Perhaps your digestive tract needs particular types of foods which can be supportive in gut healing?
Below are some of my favourite gut healing foods (clockwise from top left): 1. Turmeric – turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and can reduce some of the inflammation in your digestive tract and reduce the intensity of symptoms. You can add turmeric to your eggs, curries,
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria that can infect the human stomach. For a long period of time, many believed that the stomach was not a hospitable environment for bacteria but the discovery of H. pylori defies this belief. H. pylori’s structure enables the pathogen to cross the mucous barrier of the stomach to reach the gastric epithelial cells and enhances colonisation of gastric mucosa and avoid extermination. As we all know the stomach is an acidic environment
Food intolerances are one of the most common conditions I see daily with my clients and yet I haven’t written anything about them on the blog! Food intolerances come up throughout the consultation process as many people have symptoms that can be identified as appearing or worsening when eating particular foods and once the food intolerance is identified, improvement can follow. Australia has one of the highest rates of food intolerances worldwide. Why do you think this is? Is
Gut health is something that is extremely personal to us all but that does not mean we should not address our concerns if something is abnormal. Also sometimes what we believe to be normal is not necessarily true. When we experience symptoms on a regular basis they can start to feel like our normal, but this does not mean they cannot be improved. As a naturopath, the symptoms I consider to not be normal in relation to gut health include: 1. Bloating. Whether you wake bloated,
Probiotics are talked up especially in recent times! We all know that they can be beneficial in some circumstances but there is also a lot of incorrect information floating around in regards to their function, dosing, probiotic use in infants, and probiotic rich food. So we are here to bust some myths! Myth #1: Research on one strain can be used for for all strains of probiotics. Truth #1: False! Research is strain specific. For example, studies conducted on Lactobacillus aci
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional chronic gastrointestinal disorder which is symptom based and affects 11% of the population globally. What are the symptoms of IBS? Symptoms include abdominal pain and altered bowel habit, with either predominant diarrhoea (IBS-D), constipation (IBS-C), or both (IBS-M). Causes of IBS There is no “official" cause of IBS however it is suspected that small intestinal overgrowth (SIBO) may have a role. There is also a link between an
I love probiotics!
As a naturopath, I use probiotics with a lot of my clients and not only for gut related conditions (although they do work great for supporting the gut!).
In addition to the gut, I use probiotics in immune cases, skin conditions and mood related conditions.
No, I am not going crazy!
Probiotics and the gut can have massive impacts on other parts of the body (more on this in coming posts!)
So what am I talking about when I talk about probiotics? Probi
Low FODMAPs is a short term diet protocol that can be implemented with a healthcare practitioner to improve digestive symptoms in some individuals. FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. These are short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that can be rapidly fermented in the digestive tract and can be poorly absorbed in some individuals. A low FODMAP diet is sometimes used in individuals with IBS, IBD and other digestive c
More and more studies are confirming the importance of the gut microbiota in our health, including mental health. Gut bacteria not only help us to maximise the absorption of nutrients and energy, but also are essential in the healthy body status. Polyphenols are naturally-occurring compounds found in plants. They are commonly found in fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea and wine. Once consumed, only 5 to 10% of polyphenols are absorbed directly into the small intestine, the remai
Feeling all tied up? Constipation is one of the most common medical complaints in Australia. What is constipation? Constipation is having difficulty passing a bowel motion and your incidence is less than 3 stools per week. However if we are consuming food daily, passing a stool motion daily is ideal. Constipation is also associated straining, haemorrhoids, dry stools and pain. Constipation can be caused by a wide range of issues: a phobia of public toilets, certain medication
There are many well known herbs and spices that are beneficial for gut health. Herbs and spices such as: turmeric, oregano, garlic, ginger, thyme, lemon balm, bay leaves, chives, cinnamon and dill are some that you can include in your meals. How do you add herbs/spices to meals? - add some turmeric, coriander seed, bay leaves, ginger and garlic to curries and dahls - mix cinnamon in with your breakfast smoothie, coffee or even sprinkle on your porridge - add fresh herbs such
This month we are focusing on gut health and before we begin we should talk about what is the gut? We use the word gut to mean digestive system. However there are many other players within this system - did you know that digestion begins in your mind? We also include the liver, pancreas, gall bladder, small and large intestine, mouth, teeth and stomach in the digestive system. Throughout your entire digestive system, there is chemical and mechanical breakdown. Chemical breakd