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The Gut-Brain Connection: the link with anxiety and depression

The number of people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) worldwide is rising dramatically. This is also the case for mood-related conditions such as anxiety and depression. As many of you will already know, gastrointestinal problems, such as IBS are commonly linked to anxiety and mood changes. Did you know that we are more bacteria […]

How to prevent festive bloating

How to prevent festive bloating

Nutritionally speaking, the festive season is a total shock to the system. Suddenly we’re eating large roast dinners with rich desserts, devouring endless boxes of chocolates, and drinking countless glasses of champagne. December is, without doubt, the month when our digestive system takes its biggest hit with all the feasting. And while Christmas is a […]

What causes bloating?

We’ve all been there – overindulged on all the festive food and wound up feeling like a stuffed turkey, in the most uncomfortable of ways.  Stomach bloating is a common problem that occurs after eating too much. So it’s not really surprising if you feel permanently puffed up at the moment, with all the office […]

Can Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) cause IBS?

Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) is a common bacterium that can inhabit the stomach and has the ability to actually burrow deep into the lining of the stomach where it can begin to affect the production of stomach acid and cause acid reflux, as well as increase the risk of an ulcer. About 40% of people in the […]

Using nature to heal your gut and improve your skin

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 activated charcoal

I’ve been a natural health therapist for coming up to 30 years now, and I have carried out tens of thousands of consultations and treatments in that time. One of my go-to supplements to ‘detox’ the stomach and gut is activated charcoal. I’ve always recommended a charcoal cleanse when the seasons change in March, June, […]

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Why do we get constipated?

In my role as a colon hydrotherapist and the founder of Just For Tummies, barely a day goes by when I’m not asked about constipation.  This comes as no surprise to me. According to a recent study carried out at King’s College London, 1 in 7 adults and 1 in 3 children in the UK […]

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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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Psoriasis – More than Skin Deep

There are around 8 million people in the UK affected by psoriasis – one of the oldest skin diseases known to mankind. It is disfiguring and can cause social anxiety, isolation and depression. Whilst the symptoms of psoriasis may appear on the skin, the disease has strong links to gut health that are often overlooked. […]

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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 […]

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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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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 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 […]