Nearly everyone experiences some sort of Gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort at some point or another. It can manifest as abdominal pain and cramps, bloated belly and flatulence, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn, acid reflux and nausea. Apart from the impact on quality of life, a third of those who suffer say they can’t find […]

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One of the most common gut infections of all is an overgrowth of a kind of yeast called Candida albicans – a tiny microbe which has the potential to cause myriad health problems. The infection is technically called candidiasis. This is what is meant by a yeast infection. The minute microbe Candida albicans multiplies, migrates […]

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What is a fungal infection? If it shows up on the skin, does it mean I also have it in my blood and it can be in other areas of the body? P.D. DR ADELE PELTERET REPLIES: Fungal infections are classified according to the tissue levels first colonised, and include superficial mycoses, limited to the […]

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is really a catch-all term for any bowel discomfort that doesn’t fit into other recognised bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis. There is no clinical test that can confirm IBS – rather the term encompasses a wide range of symptoms, the most common of which are abdominal cramping and […]

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