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The link between the menopause and gut health

The connection between gut health and the menopause Not only does the menopause mess around with our weight, our mood and our brain, did you know that the menopause can also cause imbalances in your digestive system and gut, and increase your risk of developing uncomfortable bloating, constipation and acid reflux?  As if we don’t […]

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This has changed my life!

The Summer school holidays are almost upon us. If you’re going on holiday soon, I wish you a very happy, relaxing time and I hope that if you do have a ‘delicate’ tummy, it behaves itself! If you need any advice how to manage this when on holiday, without suffering with bloating, cramps and impromptu sprints to […]


Do antibiotics cause IBS?

What do you think? A few weeks ago I got really cross about something so I did a Facebook ‘live’ when I’d calmed down, and this is what I spoke about. There’s not a day goes by when I don’t get enquiries from people needing help with the most awful digestive and gut symptoms, including […]

Let me help you!

Every day I’m asked the same question – ‘Linda can you help me?’  Sometimes it’s several times a day.  The question is either from someone who has a digestive or gut problem like irritable bowel syndrome, painful bloating, constipation, diverticula disease, coeliac disease, crohn’s disease or colitis to mention a few, another health issue that’s bothering them, or the question […]

How can we help our men have a healthy prostate?

In my capacity as a natural health practitioner running a busy clinic and coming into contact with lots of women, whom have partners, the subject of prostate issues is one that is often discussed.   Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men with around 46,500 cases diagnosed in the UK every year. More than 80% of prostate cancers […]

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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 […]

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 […]


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). […]

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 […]

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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Do you find your energy levels flagging soon after eating a meal?

Do you eat lunch at work, then feel like you need a snooze? This could be because your meal is too high in carbohydrates that cause a spike in blood sugar, then a crash, creating a slump in energy!  Eating a protein rich meal will give you more energy for several hours.  Studies show that […]

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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 […]