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Probiotics and prebiotics

What are probiotics? The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”. You are what you eat. Or more accurately, you are what you feed the trillions of bacteria that live in your gut. These organisms that inhabit the lining of […]

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Pregnancy, antibiotics and baby’s immune system

From the moment you fall pregnant, your body starts to change; what you might not know is that these changes can lead to an increased risk of picking up an infection, which can mean needing to take a course of antibiotics. Certain macrolide antibiotics have the potential to cause congenital abnormalities in newborns. The four […]

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Should I take supplements?

I have spoken before of my struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and depression during the early 1990s.  During that time, I tried every natural remedy and treatment under the sun in my quest to heal, and that was when I came across colon hydrotherapy and experienced my ‘light bulb moment’ to train in the practice […]

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Does good gut health boost your immunity?

Our digestive health has a lot to do with our immune health and vice versa. Its role in maintaining our immune health and, eventually, our overall wellbeing cannot be underestimated. The two systems work closely to keep us in good physical and mental shape. The immune system is the group of cells and molecules that […]

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How long should I take probiotics for?

In the modern world, there are so many things that detrimentally affect the levels of live beneficial micro-organisms in our gut; including drugs such as multiple courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics, long-term regular use of proton pump inhibitors (antacids), long-term regular use of steroid medications, to name just a few.  Throw into the mix a gut […]

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Antibiotics – do you really need them?

The over-prescribing and over-consumption of antibiotics is a subject that has long troubled me.  When I first went into clinical practice almost 28 years ago, I noticed even then a complete lack of responsibility from some GPs and their patients when it came to how antibiotics were being prescribed. Patients were coming to expect that […]

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Keep your tummy happy this Christmas

I can’t believe that we are coming to the end of another year – and that Christmas is almost upon us! I always feel a slight sense of panic at this time of the year. I begin to worry about how I’m going to get everything done – buying and wrapping gifts, shopping for all […]

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Heal your gut, heal your skin

On my 14th birthday, my parents gave me a book called Feed Your Face by Diana Binchin. The book is no longer in print. In fact, when I Google it, it’s nowhere to be found. The book included a number of recipes made from natural ingredients, full of the nutrients that are great for your […]

What are the best natural remedies for constipation?

What are the best natural remedies for constipation?

I recently received a rather uplifting review from a woman in her 60s, who had purchased my Digestive Enzymes. She’s suffered chronic constipation, bloating and indigestion for some considerable time.  This is some of what she had to say: “After suffering for many years with constipation and painful indigestion, particularly in the evening and at […]

The benefits of taking charcoal

I’ve been a natural health therapist for over 28 years and have carried out over 100,000 consultations and treatments in that time. I’ve always recommended a charcoal cleanse when the seasons change in March, June, September and December for a general gut ‘re-set’. However, you don’t have to wait until the seasons change before embarking […]

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All You Need to know about omega-3 fats

What are Omega-3 fats? Omega-3 fatty acids are essential building blocks for our bodies. Two types are from fish oils; eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and a third form comes from flax seed oil, which I will discuss later. As our bodies cannot manufacture Omega-3 ‘s, we need to get them from our […]

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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 […]