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Constipation

Why does it happen? Think of your digestive system as a very long and winding muscular tube. At the lower end (the large intestine), the muscles help to push out the waste products through your anus as stools. When you are constipated, the muscles can struggle to push the waste out. This is usually because […]

Peppermint and IBS

Peppermint has a history of being used as a treatment for IBS. It is even used as a medication in a capsule that ensures it reaches the digestive tract where it is most useful. Peppermint, or more precisely menthol, relaxes smooth muscle and as our bowel is composed of layers of muscle fibres, peppermint can […]

Depression: Can the right food, help mood?

Depression: Can the right food, help mood?   Depression is common mental health condition. As part of National Depression awareness week premier women’s health channel healthista published an article on this topic too. Helping to raise awareness around this condition that according to Mind affects 1 in 4 of us. Check it out here   “Eat […]

Can drinking your daily coffee lead to a longer life?

Coffee is one of the world’s most commonly consumed beverages. The coffee culture is an undeniable feature of modern living, but over the years science has presented mixed messages regarding its benefits. This article first appeared at Huffington Post UK. To read the article there click here   Recent research published in the British Medical Journal suggests that three […]

Dry January – Love Your Liver

January is upon us again, the festive eating is over and for many, a period of abstinence from alcohol after the holiday excess to give their liver a break is sorely welcomed. This article first appeared at Huffington Post UK. To read the article there click here   The festive period brings a level of alcohol […]

Turmeric – medical jack-of-all trades, or just a great curry ingredient?

http://www.compoundchem.com/ Turmeric is a wonderful ingredient to add to a curry – it also has been exalted as a wonder food with lot’s of great benefits for health. Some of the more pervasive anecdotes with regards to turmerics ‘heath benefits’ are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects and benefits for digestive health and IBS. I have […]

Celebration trifle – low fodmap

It’s New Years eve and if you want a celebration dessert that can help people following a low fodmap diet but is also tasty for all your New Years Day party guests, this is ideal – it is made with lactose free mascarpone and lactose free creme fraiche (you can buy these at Tesco) plus […]

Mini chocolate orange panettone – low fodmap

This is an ideal Christmas recipe for low fodmappers who want to have a festive bread without marzipan and probably one of the only bread recipes that I have managed to produce that has risen well! It is based on an enriched bead dough mix produced using a standard purchased bread flour. Recipe 250g gluten […]

Coffee, caffeine and the complexities of digestion.

Struggling with sleep? Constantly wired? Have to dash to the toilet immediately after drinking your morning brew? It’s possible that coffee is causing these symptoms. The caffeine contained in coffee is a gastrointestinal stimulant, this means caffeine increases the contractions that move the contents through the bowel, risking diarrhoea and urgency. For those with slower […]