Probiotics versus prebiotics

While they sound very similar and are often confused, prebiotics and probiotics are not the same, although they both help to enhance the growth of healthy bacteria in the body and aid healthy digestion. Probiotics are types of ‘living’ friendly bacteria similar to those that inhabit our digestive tract. They are naturally found in cultured or fermented foods such as yoghurt, buttermilk, aged cheese, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, miso, tempeh and kombucha a type of fermented tea and can also be taken in supplement form. Probiotics help to maintain healthy levels of good bacteria in the intestines, they support our immune defences, are useful for anyone suffering from the uncomfortable sympto

Probiotics not just with antibiotics

From my experience, I know that most of you who have heard about probiotics, it was likely associated with taking them when your doctor prescribed you a course of antibiotics. The reason we are advised to take probiotics whilst on antibiotics is because antibiotics destroy the gut flora (or inner garden). We don’t want that! If you suffer from Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) you will need specialised probiotics. If you're taking an antibiotic, don't simultaneously take the probiotic as the antibiotic is liable to simply kill the bacteria off. Instead, take them a few hours before or after taking the antibiotic. But antibiotics are not the only culprits. So are sugars and processed food as

Super foods from a super foodie

I’ve been asked by Naomi Buff from Naomi’s kitchen to review her superfood blends. I would start at the end and tell you that I’m giving it the thumbs up. Here’s the blurb…. You’ve likely heard conflicting information about nutrient supplementation, whether they come in pill or powder form. With thousands of multivitamins, minerals, and other unpronounceable supplements popping out of every corner, it’s no wonder people are confused. Which of these pills and potions are legit, if any? Are the people that buy these just investing in really expensive pee? Even worse, can supplements damage our body? Our diet shifts further and further away from nutrient-dense foods like high-quality animal pro

Iron deficiency in menopausal women

The most common deficiency associated with menopause is of the hormone oestrogen, however studies have shown that women going through menopause are also often iron deficient, which can lead to a variety of health issues. Below are some things to consider if you are approaching menopause or going through it. Iron Requirements Prior to Menopause Iron deficiencies are common in pre-menopausal women who get their menstrual periods monthly. This is because iron is lost through the blood on regular cycles. Since post-menopausal women at some point stop having their periods, many do not lose as much iron as they did before over time. However, other processes in the body may still lead to being iron

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