Top ten foods for a healthy tummy
Colonic Health series No7
It’s important for our digestive system to be in good health because we rely on it to break down the food we eat and extract the essential nutrients our body needs.
A Healthy Digestive System
Colon Health Series No 1
Keeping our digestive system healthy is straightforward. We all need to have a good diet that provides plenty of fibre and water to keep the bowels moving smoothly. Smoking, drinking too much alcohol and eating too much fatty and spicy food can irritate the lining of the stomach, causing indigestion, so these triggers need to be avoided. Keeping stress to a minimum and doing a little exercise every day will also help the digestive system work well by reducing the chance of constipation and acid indigestion occurring. It’s also very important to eat regularly throughout the day, not to rush meals or overeat and to leave a few hours between supper and going to bed.
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Digestion is crucial to good health. Here's how to help your digestive system to work at its best
Good digestion is the foundation of good health. Without proper digestion, our bodies struggle to receive the nutrients from our diets. Poor digestive function can lead to numerous health problems from fatigue and skin disorders to inflammation and allergies. Let's take a look at some supplements that will help with good digestion.
Why you should STOP DIETING!
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We all know that DIETS DON'T WORK long term, and here are reasons why:
Your body goes into starvation mode If you reduce the amount you eat so that your intake of food is less than your output, the body goes into starvation mode. This is its way of conserving energy and lowering the amount of calories you need to survive. To do this, the body decreases its basal metabolic rate - that is, the amount of energy it expends while you're at rest. But running the body on the economy setting means it's burning fewer calories whereas it needs to be high maintenance, burning lots of calories. The only way to increase your basal metabolic rate is to be more active.
Go with your GUT INSTINCT!
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Enzymes are vital part of digestive health.
We take a look at the role they play.
A regular, well-functioning digestive system is vital to good health. Without proper digestion, our bodies struggle to receive the nutrients they need from our food and we are left feeling sluggish and tired. Also, toxins begin to accumulate in our bodies, leading to poor health and disease. In this article we will take a look at some supplements to help support the digestive process.
Going through the Motions
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When you bowels work propely, it's easy to take them for granted. When they play up, however, bowel function - or lack of it - has a major impact on you quality of life.
The nature and consistency of our motions can reveal a lot about our digestive health as it indicates how rapidly food passes through the gut.
To help us know what to look out for, a team of gastroenterologists from Bristol devised a stool classification scale in 1997 known as the Bristol Stool Scale, which defines 7 different types of bowel motion.
Types 1 & 2 are abnormally hard (ie constipation) and result from a slow bowel transit time. These seem to be linked with an increased risk of gallstones. Types 3 & 4 are described as "perfectly normal bowel motions." Type 5 is poorly formed, soft and verging on abnormal. Types 6 & 7 are abnormally loose (ie diarrhoea). Types 1,6 and 7 are considered abnormal and suggest a possible-bowel problem or increased risk of developing one in the future.
Since the Bristol Stool Scale, more guidelines have been released in an attempt to make sense of functional digestive problems The most recent are based on new understandings of the way the gut works, and how it responds to stress and changes in bacterial balance. These guidelines offer doctors a way to help diagnose some bowel problems according to their without necessarily having to refer patients for invasive tests.
Bowel problems are not something you should diagnose yourself, however, as an examination is also important to rule out more serious bowel disorders. Always seek medical advice if you notice a change in bowel habit, recurrent abdominal pain, or see blood or slime in your motions.
The Power of Probiotics
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They are said to help everything from IBS to colds and flu but can bacteria really be beneficial?
Probiotics have had a tough time of late. As you may have noticed, many probiotic products have recently changed their names – look out for phrases such as ‘live bacteria’ or the names of the specific bacterial strains used in supplements or yoghurts. The reason? The term ‘probiotics’ was banned as of December 2012 on the grounds that it constitutes a ‘health claim.’ And, under existing EU law, foods or supplements cannot make such a claim unless they have been approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). So far, probiotics have failed to gain this level of approval despite compelling scientific evidence of their efficacy.