What Are Prebiotics & Should You Be Taking Them?

5th October 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

Digestive Health, IBS, Microbiome, dietitian, guthealth, prebiotics
What Are Prebiotics? Prebiotics are non-digestible, food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon and thus improve host health (1). WHAT? I hear you say!….. In other words, prebiotics are a form of fibre found in some foods,

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Leaky Gut Syndrome – Real or Not?

27th September 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

Digestive Health, Myth Busting, Uncategorized, dietitian, guthealth, leakygutsyndrome
Leaky gut syndrome is becoming an ever more popular diagnosis by many alternative health practitioners. But, what is leaky gut syndrome, is it a real condition and what should you do about it? As a specialist gut health dietitian, I get asked about leaky gut syndrome all the time. So, I have written this article

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Low GI, GF, Low FODMAP – Chocolate & Banana Breakfast Pudding

15th September 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

IBS, LOW FODMAP, PCOS, Recipes, guthealth, lowGI, lowfodmap
This breakfast recipe is perfect for those following the low FODMAP diet and also for those with polycystic ovary syndrome who need a low GI diet. I personally love this breakfast option because I have coeliac disease and PCOS – meaning that I need a low GI, high protein, gluten free breakfast. If this wasn’t

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Coeliac Disease, Oats & Avenin – to eat or not?

14th September 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

Coeliac Disease, Digestive Health, Uncategorized, coeliacdisease, dietitian, gluten free, glutenfree, guthealth
Introduction Avenin is a protein that has a similar chemical structure to the protein, gluten and so some people coeliac disease who react to gluten will also react to avenin. This article outlines who with coeliac disease the avenin protein affects, what foods it is in and how to find out if you are one

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Which Probiotics Are Good For IBS?

25th July 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

Digestive Health, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, LOW FODMAP, dietitian, guthealth, probiotics
Taking probiotics can work to reduce pain and symptom severity in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) but which ones actually work?(1). The following article outlines 3 probiotics which have good quality scientific evidence behind them to prove that they help with IBS symptoms. Please note that these outcomes are not  guaranteed and the level of change you

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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

5th July 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

Digestive Health, SIBO, dietitian, guthealth, short
Introduction Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) occurs when an increased or abnormal amount of bacteria is found in the small bowel. It can often cause symptoms of malabsorption such as stomach pain, bloating, diarrhoea and weight loss (1). It isn’t known just how common SIBO is as it is difficult to diagnose and thought that

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Reintroducing FODMAPs

16th June 2017 / Kirsten Jackson

IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, LOW FODMAP, Uncategorized, dietitian, guthealth, lowfodmap
The reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP diet is arguably the most important part of the low FODMAP process. Done correctly, when you reintroduce FODMAPs, you will start to get some answers around your Irritable Bowel Syndrome dietary triggers. Why Do We Need To Reintroduce FODMAPs? While the avoidance of FODMAPs can help reduce gas

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