If you support the idea that ‘bread is the staff of life’, you may change your mind after examining some facts about how it can affect the human gut, as well as other body systems. Even high-fibre or wholegrains may contain some surprising substances that don’t do the body any good. The problems with grain […]

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PROBIOTICS The intestinal tract all the way from the mouth to the anus is inhabited by a mosaic of bacteria. There are 400 – 500 types of bacteria in the digestive tract, each of which has many strains, with a total of one hundred trillion bacteria and a weight of about 2 kg (about the […]

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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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This favourite Indian remedy is comprised of many herbs and spices designed to fight all diseases, rejuvenate and invigorate. Long ago, an Indian sage named Chyawan lived and meditated in the forest for many years. His hair grew matted and he became covered in tree growth. One day a blindfolded princess danced by and accidentally […]

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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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We are all familiar with the term ‘probiotics’ – those ‘good’ bacteria that keep the bad bacteria in our gut at bay. Now there is a new buzzword doing the health rounds – ‘prebiotics’. Prebiotics are fast gaining interest and respect as a broadening field of research reveals how they have always played a crucial […]

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You probably have more friendly bacteria in your intestinal system than there are cells in your body, and they perform a host of useful functions. A healthy adult can have more than 400 species of good bacteria in the digestive tract. In total, the micro-organisms may collectively weigh anywhere from two to four kilograms. Because […]

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