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Digestive Health

The Second Brain

The second brain is a phrase that has been mentioned in various books and articles, but what actually is our second brain, what does it do and how can we look after it? Many studies have been conducted over the past few years which have analysed the importance of the second brain and its connection to various chronic illnesses that in the past would have been...

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What is Gluten Allergy & Intolerance?

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, oats, rye, barley and oats. You will find gluten in foods such as bread, rolls, cakes, flour, pasta, biscuits, pastries, noodles, pizza, muffins and couscous. These are just a few examples, but you can see that gluten is present in many foods that are consumed in a western diet. We are exposed to a lot of gluten on a daily...

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How Good Bacteria Can Prevent Obesity

A new study has discovered that good bacteria can play an important role to prevent obesity and type -2 diabetes. These findings suggest that foods that stimulate the production of bacteria in the digestive system could help to facilitate faster weight loss than eating less and exercising more. The study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,...

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Homeopathy for Gastritis

Gastritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. The usual causes of this condition are anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Steroid medications such as prednisolone and iron supplements can also lead to gastritis. Excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, stress and a bad diet can also lead to this condition. So is there any treatments in...

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Health Benefits of Bromelain

Health Benefits of Bromelain

Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory enzyme that is found in pineapples. This natural enzyme has been used for centuries in Central and South America to treat indigestion and reduce inflammation. It is found in the juice and stems of pineapples. This enzyme helps to break down proteins, which in turn helps to digest proteins. This is why eating pineapples can...

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Tips to Avoid Norovirus

The number of cases of the winter vomiting bug has reportedly affected over 800,000 people in the UK this year. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that this represents an increase of 83% from 2011. Because of these outbreaks, many people are looking for ways to avoid norovirus Many hospitals have had outbreaks and have closed off wards to prevent...

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Crohn’s Disease and Homeopathy

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease of the bowel. It usually affects the lowest part of the small intestine, but this disease can affect other parts of the digestive tract. The main symptoms of Crohn’s disease are abdominal cramping, diarrhoea, rectal bleeding and weight loss, tiredness and anaemia. This disease affects approximately 60,000 people in the UK....

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Natural Supplements for Constipation

Following on from the article Natural Treatments for Constipation, there are a number of natural supplements that can be taken to support the digestive system and treat constipation. These supplements generally work by softening and adding bulk to the bowel motions. You should notice the benefits within a few days. All of these natural supplements should be...

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Natural Treatment of Constipation

Constipation is defined as a difficulty in passing stools or the infrequent passing of dry and hard stools. This condition can occur at any age, and most people will suffer with it from time to time. Constipation occurs as a result of food moving slowly through the digestive tract. Bowel habits vary widely in most people. It can vary from a bowel motion a few times...

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Natural Remedies for Flatulence

Flatulence also known as wind is an embarrassing problem that can sometimes be extremely uncomfortable. This condition occurs when there is an excessive build up of gas in the stomach and intestine.  This gas is caused by bacteria and yeasts that are found in the gastrointestinal tract. Candida is a yeast that is often responsible for flatulence. This yeast thrives...

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Homeopathy for Piles

Homeopathy for Piles

Piles (haemorrhoids) are basically varicose veins of the anus, which can occur internally or externally. They usually occur as a result of constipation. Chronic long term constipation can cause straining which leads to an increased pressure in the veins causing them to break through the anus and protrude externally. There are several recommended treatments in...

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Probiotics

Probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum are beneficial bacteria that are normally present in the digestive tract. Probiotics are naturally found in the body and they have a number of important functions in the body. They are essential for proper digestion, preventing overgrowth of yeast and other harmful bacteria. Probiotics also...

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