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Looking After Your Digestive System

“All disease begins in the gut.” Hippocrates said this more than 2,000 years ago, but we’re only now coming to understand just how right he was. Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

In fact, many researchers believe that supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier will be one of the most important goals of medicine in the 21st century. It certainly is a necessary step if you want to improve your digestion.

There are two closely related variables that determine our gut health: the intestinal microbiota, or “gut flora”, and the gut barrier. Let’s discuss each of them in turn, because if you keep the detoxification pathways open and look after your digestive  system, they’ll look after you. Read More

Christmas Gourmet Foods and Over-Indulgence

Christmas has come and gone – but have those extra pounds?

The golden days of summer and the festive nights of Christmas celebrations have arrived and gone.

It really gives us something to look forward to emotionally, but what about the toll on our bodies from the exposure to the hot weather and all those sumptuous foods and drinks!

You needn’t turn down social invitations to keep healthy this summer season, but you do need to be responsible – take extra precautions.

The first step is to stay hydrated … especially if you exercise or work out-of-doors, you will need plenty of clean water to replace any excessive sweating and fluid  losses … and drink plenty of water between alcoholic beverages to prevent dehydration. Read More

Pregnancy: Getting all the Needed Vitamins & Minerals for a Healthy Baby!

Vitamins and minerals help give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and repair any damages that may occur throughout your day-to-day life. Eating a healthy, varied diet in pregnancy (and preferably well before conception) will help you get some – but not the optimal levels – of the vitamins and minerals you need for the healthy development of your baby.

It is best to get as many vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, but when you are pregnant you will need to take some supplements as well if you want to ensure optimum health for both mother and child. Do you know what vitamins and minerals are especially important?

While a well balanced diet should give enough of the macro nutrients required for you and your baby during pregnancy, there are many trace elements and co-factors required for good health, that will be almost impossible to get without supplementation with good colloidal minerals. Plus, if you are vegetarian, you also might find it hard to get enough iron and vitamin B12, even with a varied and balanced diet.

For both the mother’s health and the health of her baby, it is advised to take specific multivitamin and mineral supplements, especially ones that include the trace elements, during both pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding after the birth of the baby.

Preparation is a Key To a Healthy Baby . . .

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EFA Supplements Better Than Ritalin Say Scientists

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a rapidly growing problem in the Western world.

It is estimated that 5-10% of school-age children (mostly boys) in Europe suffer from the disorder. Comparative figures for the USA and Australia are 3-7% and 11% – which is a frightingly high statistic for something that requires enforced medication.

Major symptoms of the disorder are difficulty in sustaining attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD is also associated with learning difficulties in reading, spelling, and math and may involve psychiatric problems that follow the child into adulthood.  Read More