How well do you know your digestive system?

Our digestive system (aka gastrointestinal tract) is vital for keeping us healthy. Its primary role is to break down your food into its basic nutrients for your body to use. What you eat and drink significantly dictates the health of your digestive system and therefore your overall well-being. It directly affects every system in your … Read more

Confused about dairy products? Should you be “dairy free”?

Dairy can be a confusing food group as there are many different types of dairy available.  Dairy products may be derived from cow, sheep and goat milk.  Dairy includes; milk, cheese, cream, icecream, butter, and fermented products like yoghurt and kefir.  Then we have A1 and A2 milk, lactose free milk and cheese, as well … Read more

Prebiotic food

Everything you need to know about prebiotics and probiotics

I’ve previously written about the human microbiome and the important role it plays in our health, so how can you create a healthy microbiome? Well, it all begins before you’re born….. A human is first ‘seeded’ with microbiota (bacteria and other microscopic organisms such as yeast and fungi) in utero, meaning your mum’s microbial environment … Read more

The importance of a good appetite and how you can improve it

Good digestion starts with a good appetite. Feeling hungry indicates your stomach and pancreas are producing hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes (sometimes referred to as gastric acid or juices) that are ready to break down the food you consume, and absorb the all-important protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals your body needs to keep healthy. … Read more

Fibre! How to ensure you get enough in your daily diet

It is easy to forget the importance of dietary fibre when you are inundated with information about important vitamins and minerals, or the latest ‘superfood’ on the market. And whilst quinoa porridge with nuts and fruit is not a very exciting subject (unless you’re a naturopath), dietary fibre is certainly vital to your ongoing good … Read more

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5 easy, effective tips to improve your digestion

Problems with digestion are some of the most common reasons why clients come to see the naturopaths here in my clinic. More obvious symptoms can include heartburn, bloating or sensations of fullness, indigestion, excessive flatulence or burping, constipation or diarrhoea. Less obvious signs that your digestion is not as good as it could be might … Read more