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December 15, 2020
The 12 Nutrients of Christmas dinner

Christmas can be a nightmare for lots of people, not just those with IBS, as it is traditionally a time for overeating.  If you have IBS, avoid all your known triggers, especially gluten and dairy but as there are so many alternatives out there these days you should be able to over-eat as much as the […]

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November 30, 2020
Stool Testing and IBS – Why?

The composition of your microbiome is fundamental to health. Being able to monitor the gut microbiome and consider digestion is fundamental to obtaining a view of a client’s current health as well as predicting future health trajectories.   It is part of my first step on the ‘4 Steps to IBS Relief’ programme and the information I […]

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November 18, 2020
What's the Low-FODMAP Diet all about?

Those in the IBS “community” are constantly trying to find relief for their symptoms and the Low-FODMAP diet is touted very frequently [...]

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July 17, 2020
Why balanced blood sugar is so important

“You can only have one teaspoon of sugar in your blood at one time” When I was studying for my degree in Nutrition, I remember my lecturer telling me this and the image has stuck in my mind ever since. We are frequently told how many teaspoons of sugar are in drinks and food for […]

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June 17, 2020
Stress, Fat and Gut Bacteria

Our biology is cued to hold onto weight whenever it perceives you to be in danger. Now this makes sense when you think the biggest danger our ancestors had to face was lack of food (and the occasional mammoth). Back then, you needed body fat to protect you against the cold, as well as to […]

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June 6, 2020
IBS, fibre and gut health: Which fibre is best for me?

There are thought to be over a 100 different types of fibre coming from a diverse variety of plants foods. However, when we usually think about eating more fibre it is more in the form of something like bran (and some people religiously stick to eating this most mornings for fear of becoming constipated!). Types […]

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May 27, 2020
Stress and I.B.S

“Gut instinct”, “I could feel it in my guts”, “I was sh**ting myself [with fear]”,“sick with worry”,“my tummy aches”, “I’ve got butterflies” are all phrases we know and use regularly and which show how our guts are very closely linked to our emotions. Stress along with fear, worry and tension is a negative emotional state […]

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May 27, 2020
The Menstrual Cycle and I.B.S

"Why do my IBS symptoms get worse when I have my period?" No, you’re not imagining it. IBS symptoms can and often do get worse around the time of your period. This is due to the fact that the same hormones that fluctuate throughout your menstrual cycle have receptors in the gut and IBS symptoms […]

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April 20, 2020
The importance of rhythm.... (written during lockdown April 2020)

Not the type that I've tried to harness whilst desperately trying to prove to my daughters that I CAN do the dance to "you'll never have a friend like me" on TikTok, but the natural one that controls our inner biological clock..... The circadian rhythm If you’ve ever noticed that you tend to feel energised […]

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