Anyone who has been shopping lately knows how hard it is to find the right cooking oil. Many of us, including Fiona Tuck, nutritional medicine practitioner, stand in front of the shelves just gazing at the endless choices – canola, olive, avocado, and rice bran – the list just goes on-and-on. Then, we recall the latest research and other published findings, further complicating the issue further – don’t go for animal fats vegetable is better, hang on, it may be better to switch back. Duh-oh! So, which oil is the best for our health?
Research indicates that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of illnesses such as heart disease and stroke. However, this diet is a lifestyle choice rather than a short-term craze to lose weight and improve health.
We all know what we eat affects our gut bacteria but did you know that an imbalanced gut bacteria can cause weight gain?
Prebiotics are in plants, mostly vegetables. These plant fibres cannot be digested. Instead, they make their way through our small intestine to our colon relatively unchanged. When they get to the colon, they act as food that can stimulate the bacteria. The bacteria ferment them, and that’s why you often hear them called ‘fermentable fibres’.
Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Stress is a cause of many illnesses as it creates physiological changes in our bodies. For instance, our body reverts back to its primitive instincts when stressed. Should it fight or should it flee?
Have you ever wondered about the bacteria in your gut and what foods it takes to make them happy. This is the Gut Loving Diet. These foods feed your good bacteria and starve out the bad bacteria. They are whole foods, not too expensive, readily available. You also don’t have to be a Cordon Bleu Chef to whip them up in your kitchen…
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth — ‘SIBO’ for short — is exactly as its name suggests: an increased amount of bacteria in your gut. It can also refer to changes in the types of gut bacteria. SIBO causes hydrogen, methane and or hydrogen sulphide gas production causing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) type symptoms and can also damage to the intestinal wall. So, you ask, how does SIBO sneak its way into your body?
We have ten times more bacterial cells than human cells in our body. Ten Times ! We now know that not only do these gut bacteria influence our digestion, but they also affect many other areas of our health.
Although a food intolerance is usually not life threatening. It can be downright embarrassing and debilitating…
DIGESTIVE NEWS & REVIEW: By Columnist Ange Sinclair – Founder of Digestive Detective: Photo credit: Gluten Free Aisle via photopin (license) It is well known that if you have gluten intolerance then you may have digestive symptoms such as IBS, constipation, diarrhoea. There are also many more conditions that could be a red flag for gluten intolerance that you […]