Author Archives: Linda

Do steroid inhalers cause IBS?

I‘d like to clear up a misunderstanding about steroid inhalers used to help control asthma, and the effect they have on the gut microbiome. I made a Facebook video recently highlighting the fact that steroid inhalers may detrimentally affect the gut microbiome, and increase the risk of developing lower gastro-intestinal problems, in particular bloating, cramps and irregular bowel […]

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A natural medicine view of IBS

If you have recently been diagnosed with IBS, or you’ve had the condition for decades, and you feel you’re getting nowhere with your GP or Gastro, do think about getting a second opinion from a natural health practitioner who specialises in this area. New criteria for diagnosing functional gastrointestinal disorders were released in June 2016 […]

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What is diverticular disease?

Nearly 1 in 10 people over 45 have diverticulosis, pocketing in the large bowel. This may increase to around 8 in 10 people by the age of 85. Around 2 in 10 people with diverticulosis will go on to develop symptoms of diverticular disease at some point. (BUPA) Diverticular disease and diverticulitis are related digestive conditions that affect the large intestine (bowel). […]

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My Dragon’s Den experience

What I Learned From Being in the Dragons’ Den I have been watching the popular BBC TV show, Dragons’ Den, for many years. When it’s on, it’s one of the highlights of my week.  Even if you don’t watch it, I’m sure you have heard of it – the show looks for fantastic business ideas […]

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Clean up your gut, cure your Psoriasis

How can I cure my psoriasis, and what’s my stomach, gut and liver got to do with it! Psoriasis is one of the oldest skin diseases known to mankind. It is disfiguring and can cause social anxiety, isolation and depression. It is characterised by thickened red or silvery, scaly patches on the body that can […]

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April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel cancer kills more people than breast, prostate and cervical cancer put together, but gets less attention, probably due to the embarrassing nature of where the problem is – the bowels and the bum! The legendary BBC foreign correspondent Jeremy Bowen was speaking this morning on BBC Breakfast about his experience of bowel cancer and […]

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Home-made broth cubes

Do you buy your stock cubes from the supermarket? If so, does it concern you that they may be full of salt, starches and artificial ingredients? In no time at all, you can make your own bone broth ice cubes, and you can do this for gravy too.  Just get a silicone or stainless-steel ice […]

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Three ways to Christmas-proof your tummy

Seasonal Survival Starts Now! The festive period is by far my busiest time of the year, both in my digestive health clinic and with Just For Tummies. I think it’s a real shame that for many, Christmas and the New Year festivities can be a source of stress and anxiety. People who suffer with digestive […]

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What’s the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance.

Do you know the difference between a food sensitivity – as in an allergy to a certain food – and a food intolerance? Physical reactions to certain foods are common, but what are the causes?  It can be confusing trying to pinpoint whether the bloated stomach you get after eating bread or the diarrhoea you […]

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What’s causing my psoriasis

Psoriasis is a global skin disease, affecting more than 100 million people worldwide. It is also one of the oldest inflammatory skin diseases known to mankind. Psoriasis can be hugely disfiguring and has a detrimental impact on quality of life. Sufferers can become isolated and depressed due to the scaly, silvery skin lesions that can, […]

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One woman’s story makes it all worthwhile

There is absolutely nothing glorious or glamorous about starting a business. I knew when I set up Just For Tummies that it would not bring me the lifestyle of a rock star entrepreneur. I didn’t have visions of fancy offices, fast cars, and fat expense accounts. That level of success is rare and never built […]

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What’s causing my bad breath!?

You’re just about to pucker up and give your partner a kiss when he makes a comment about your smelly bad breath! You’re offended by the remark, but in a way you’re also glad that he has highlighted this; the thought of subjecting those around you to your halitosis is mortifying, to say the least […]

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Laugh like a teenager – even when you’re 60!

Laugh like a teenager – even when you’re 60! On Tuesday 25th September, it was my husband Kevin’s 60th birthday. My brain is still processing how out of the blue this seems to have happened. We had a wonderful time celebrating this milestone birthday with our son, Colin, and his wife, Anzhelika, by spending a […]

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Don’t leave all your inheritance to your kids – spend it on yourself!

Don’t leave all your inheritance to your kids – spend it on yourself! “Every time I eat I get uncomfortable bloating and indigestion.” I’ve heard this statement thousands of times over the years, especially from people aged 45 plus. If I had £5 every time someone had said this to me, I would be swanning […]

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What will enable me to live longer, healthier and happier?

What will enable me to live longer, healthier and happier? If we want to remain healthy and independent into our more senior years, we need to ensure that we are properly absorbing nutrients from our food. We are not what we eat, we are what we absorb through our human ‘root’ system. The digestive system […]

How damaging is alcohol to my liver

How damaging is alcohol to my liver? If you place your right hand over your abdomen, just below your right ribs it will cover the area of your liver. The liver is the largest gland and the largest solid organ in the body and that is because it is such an active, busy organ.  The […]