You have most likely heard of the gastrointestinal microbiome and even the vaginal microbiome if you read our last blog. This week’s topic may be new to you however. It is about the bugs (the good, the bad and the ugly) that live in our oral cavity. [Read more…]
Poly-what?? Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get mainly from plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses, chocolate, herbs and spices. They are the reason why red wine, dark chocolate and green tea are known to be so good for us. It’s thought that polyphenols can improve or help many aspects of health, including IBS, weight management, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease and cardiovascular diseases.
You really can’t beat beets. In a study of 40 healthy people it was demonstrated that they were able to better perform on cognitive tests 90 minutes after drinking 450 ml of beetroot juice compared with placebo (apple/blackcurrant juice). The reason for this is the presence of dietary nitrates. These lead to more nitric oxide to encourage oxygen flow to the brain. Remarkable how quick the effects were.
Immunoglobulin A (IgA) is an antibody playing a critical role in immunity. In its secretory form, sIgA is the main immunoglobulin found in mucous secretions and provides protection for us. The antibodies are proteins that our immune cells make to fight off bacteria, viruses, and other harmful invaders. [Read more…]
You might consider parasites or pathogenic bacteria something quite unsavoury you don’t want to have in your gut, however we have definitely had more than one patient who has actually been pleased to discover the presence of these critters! It is not unusual to be happy about finally finding out what might be at the root (or at least a contributing factor) to digestive issues, fatigue or other unexplained symptoms.