Is your work weighing heavy on your body?

Many of us now work at desk jobs which require the expenditure of very little physical energy but need a lot of mental concentration.  This sedentary lifestyle could certainly be adding to the overweight/obesity increases occurring in the UK and beyond.  If we take in more calories than we use then the excess is stored […]

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Can essential fatty acids help children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

The long summer holidays have ended and children are heading back into their classrooms.  Over the last few years the press have been giving increasing coverage to a condition known as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).  Today I would like to write about essential fatty acids, one of the many nutritional aspects associated with the condition.  […]

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Get a good gut feeling about digestive health – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Part III

On the 16th July I wrote about artichoke leaf extract (ALE) supplements for cholesterol lowering.  Evidence is also mounting for the usefulness of this plant supplement in the reduction of IBS symptoms (1,2).  In one study (2) 208 adults with IBS were given ALE for a two month period.  The individuals had a significant improvement whilst […]

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Get a good gut feeling about digestive health – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Part II

Both of the review studies(1,2) that I mentioned yesterday discuss the growing evidence that probiotics, supplemental beneficial bacteria, seem helpful in managing IBS.  Probiotics may help by reducing the level of inflammatory chemicals (cytokines), implicated in IBS.  Imbalances in gut bacteria can lead to chronic low-level inflammation in the intestines and the measurable presence of […]

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Get a good gut feeling about digestive health – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Part I

Two review papers(1,2) have recently been published in the journal ‘Nutrition in Clinical Practice’ which look at the therapeutic approaches to dealing with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  They cover everything from cognitive behaviour therapy and hypnosis to diet and nutrition.  The papers are timely, this is a topic I am often asked about and have decided […]

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