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Reset the gut to improve symptoms of bloating

What role does our gut play in terms of causing/preventing bloating? What you eat influences the amount of gas you will produce and your gut microbial composition. In other words, if you find certain foods cause you to bloat now, improve the balance of your gut bacteria and you should find that bloating reduces. Think […]

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Everything you need to know about food intolerances

What’s the difference between and allergy and an intolerance? True allergies are a reaction between the body’s immune system and a usually harmless substance. Each time a person comes into contact with that substance their bloodstream is flooded with antibodies, leading to an intense and unmistakable reaction. An example of this would be the airways […]

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How to prevent constipation

Many digestive problems begin as a condition of stagnation. This stagnation can be worsened by other factors such as a lack of water, lack of fibre, stress (which slows down digestion), dysbiosis (gut bacteria being out of balance), lack of exercise etc. It is easy to see why so many people can now suffer from [...]

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How stress impacts the gut

Your gut health is influenced by how and what you eat as well as your emotions and experiences – remember the nervous tummy churning that accompanies job interviews, first dates and exams, how heartache either annihilates your appetite or sends it into hyperdrive, and the painful gut tightening caused by stress? Research shows there are [...]

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Dairy-free do’s and don’ts

The Gut Plan Clinic menus cut out dairy during the early phase as it can be a common gut irritant. You may be concerned you're lacking calcium, a bone-protecting mineral. While dairy products are the richest source of it, there are plenty of other foods you can eat to ensure a healthy skeleton. Going dairy [...]

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Foods that can trigger bloating

Ever feel like your tummy’s been inflated by a bicycle pump? Everyday bloating or IBS, usually caused by wind or water retention, can make you feel self-conscious, and your clothes tight and uncomfortable. Once you’ve ruled out food intolerances or more serious gastrointestinal conditions as the cause, such as IBS, coeliac or Crohn’s disease, making [...]

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Is your digestive system in need of TLC?

Do you often feel bloated or puffy, suffer heartburn, find you gain weight quickly and struggle to shift it? Poor digestion could be the cause! If this sounds like you, take my Gut Plan Digestion quiz below, then read on to find out why it happens, and the practical steps on how you can love [...]

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Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that is growing in popularity due to its probiotic benefits which make it a healthy alternative to sugary fizzy drinks. Kombucha normally has a slight fizz and a gentle sour taste which is a natural result of the fermentation process. Historically, it was homebrewed using a mixture of black [...]

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Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is fermented food made by pickling cabbage with salt. It’s been a traditional staple throughout central Europe for years, and is gaining popularity in the UK as a valuable source of probiotics to boost not just digestive health but overall wellbeing. This soft slightly sour cabbage is produced via lactic fermentation. This means, when [...]

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Kimchi

Kimchi (which can also be written as kimchee) is a traditional fermented food from Korea. Usually made from vegetables including cabbage, radish or cucumber and a range of spices and seasonings like chilli, garlic, ginger and salt. The name comes from the Korean word for ‘salting of vegetables’ – which is a very accurate description [...]

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