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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In Professor Ali’s experience, turmeric and ginger are the safest and most potent anti-inflammatory spices – and neither is too expensive if you shop around. My interest in turmeric was aroused some decades ago when one day I happened to ask my wife why she uses turmeric when cooking her curries. ‘Because they last longer […]

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In the list of common chronic disorders of digestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ranks high in the ability to wreak havoc on the sufferer’s social life, occupation and personal comfort. The symptoms that accompany IBS (also known as spastic colon or mucous colitis) – constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and flatulence, searing abdominal pain spasms – can […]

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Today’s trend towards natural methods for promoting health has made probiotics a hot topic. These ‘good’ bacteria promote health, balance and efficient functioning of the digestive system. They have a number of benefits and uses, and offer a proactive approach to health and well-being. With the development of modern society, our way of life is […]

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Living with IBS often turns food choices into a fatiguing challenge. New information on FODMAPs may help IBS sufferers select the foods that work best for them, while avoiding those that aggravate symptoms. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most frequently diagnosed gastro-intestinal disorders and accounts for almost a third of all cases […]

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The wheat you eat today bears little resemblance to the wheat mankind has eaten for thousands of years. Not surprisingly, many of us do badly on this food, with varying degrees of intolerance. COELIAC DISEASE – A GROWING PROBLEM It is now clear that coeliac disease, which can be fatal, is much more common than […]

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Easy, undemanding and prolific, a clump of lemongrass is an investment in every garden, no matter how small! A favourite in the herb garden, lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) has become more and more popular. It’s used fresh as a flavouring in many dishes and drinks, as an essential oil, and commercially as an ingredient in soaps, […]

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Because irritable bowel syndrome has such a wide range of symptoms, the diagnosis has become something of a ‘catch-all’. Before you start any medication regimen it’s therefore essential to rule out other conditions that may be causing your digestive problems. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one the most commonly diagnosed digestive disorders. If you haven’t […]

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With the continued increase in the cost of functional testing and supplements in South Africa, practitioners are once again reminded of the importance of dietary intervention when it comes to managing chronic disease and functional imbalances. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal condition worldwide. It can be a debilitating functional disorder, which […]

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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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