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Could I have a food intolerance?

Could I have a food intolerance?

What causes a food intolerance?   A food intolerance (otherwise known as non-allergic food hypersensitivity), is a condition of the digestive system.    It involves some form of negative reaction, which is caused by the body’s inability to properly digest a particular food, food additive or other compound found in food (or drink).   Food intolerances are far more common than true food allergies. They also tend to occur more commonly in women, and one reason for this may be hormone differences as many food chemicals act to mimic hormones.   Only approximately 5% of people are born with an...

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The truth about food supplements

The truth about food supplements

What's in your supplements?   More and more people in the UK and around the world are turning to alternative medicine and natural remedies to support their health and well-being, or to help them achieve their health goals.   However, as with anything, when it comes to health supplements you get what you pay for.   If you walk into a supermarket, health shop or pharmacy nowadays, you will more than likely find a huge (and confusing!) selection of vitamins, minerals and other supplements - often with wide ranging price points.    The question is, are they all the same?...

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Digestive enzymes - the stuff of life...

Digestive enzymes - the stuff of life...

Types of enzymes   Enzymes are clever little molecules of protein that are made from amino acid chains. They act as catalysts (or triggers) to bring about specific biochemical reactions in the body, which produces over 3,000 kinds.    Every process in the body is driven by enzymes of one kind or another - whether acting alone, in combination or in complex chain reactions. They are therefore vital substances - without them, many biological functions would simply be impossible, or too slow for us to survive.   So, they are certainly worth finding out a little more about because they...

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Do I have IBS?

Do I have IBS?

What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of those conditions that most people have heard of, if not experienced themselves.  It is very common, with up to 1 in 5 people in the UK developing IBS at some stage in their life. It can affect anyone at any age, but most commonly first develops in teenagers and young adults, and women are affected more often than men.  While viewed with some skepticism by many GPs in the past, more and more IBS is being recognised as a genuine condition - not least because the effects of...

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Inflammatory bowel disease - Have you got an angry gut?

Inflammatory bowel disease - Have you got an angry gut?

What is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? If your tummy often feels sore, you regularly suffer with diarrhoea, have experienced weight loss and/or feel extreme tiredness, you could have an angry gut. Whether it is just your intestines that are inflamed or your whole digestive tract is affected, the first step (once the inflammation has been confirmed) is to reduce your intake of any aggravating foods and drink.  But even before that, it is important to have a proper understanding of your condition and how it affects your body, so that you can take the right steps to adjust your lifestyle...

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