Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two most common forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and together they affect more than 300,000 people in the UK. IBDs can trigger a wide range of symptoms including pain, cramps, weight loss, extreme tiredness, diarrhoea and swelling of the stomach. Due to the high prevalence of nutrient deficiencies in patients with IBD, routine monitoring of nutrient […]
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) remains a common and difficult to manage gastrointestinal condition. There is growing interest in the use of traditional medicine to manage IBS, as prescribed drugs often fail after time and revolve around symptom management of cramps and diarrhoea rather than addressing the cause of the problem. In particular, curcumin, a biologically […]
Fecal Microbiota transplant (FMT) is making the news this week. It is where faeces are transplanted from a healthy person  into another bowel to help change the bacterial make-up; the microbiota. Yes, you read this correctly! Why would you want to do this? It acts in the same way as a probiotic and although […]
Curcumin, an extract from the spice turmeric, can help to control the inflammatory responses within the body.
If you’ve ever uttered the words, ‘I’ve got a gut feeling about this’ or ‘I’ve got butterflies in my stomach’, you’ll understand the connection between your gut and your brain. What you may not know is that there is a real biological link between them. The gut is home to an important part of the […]
What we eat affects all our organs, but it’s the gut that has to deal most directly with our dietary choices. A poor diet, high in processed foods, can cause constipation and inflammation, and could lead to more serious conditions. How do we look after our gut? The traditional Mediterranean diet (without the processed meats) […]