Blood in your stool – when it’s time to visit your GP

Blood in your stool – it can be quite alarming, having a bowel movement, looking into the toilet bowl and noticing bright red blood in your stool, or perhaps you noticed it on the toilet paper.  Either way, it’s something that needs investigating by your GP. It may be that you are constipated, your stools […]

Yoghurts – the good, the bad & the ugly

Yoghurts – the good, the bad & the ugly. I’m sure many of you have heard about the gut healing benefits of yoghurts – the ones that are rich in probiotics, that is.  With a reputation as a health food superstar, yoghurt is a fridge staple in most homes.  It’s a quick and easy dessert […]

How stress affects digestion of food, absorption of nutrients and elimination of wastes

Digestive and gut upsets are strongly associated with high stress levels. During stressful periods, adrenaline and cortisol levels are elevated and digestive function is severely impaired, reducing the amount of saliva, stomach acid and digestive enzymes, and slowing down the rhythmic wave-like contractions (peristalsis) in the bowel, that can lead to constipation. Food cannot get […]

The digestive benefits of taking Charcoal supplements

Charcoal supplements have been trending for quite a while, with charcoal powder being put into everything from smoothies to shampoos and facepacks to toothpaste. People are even putting charcoal powder into their coffee! Did you know though that we’ve been sucking on charcoal for centuries to help alleviate stomach problems, and I’ve been recommending charcoal […]