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Homemade Kefir Recipe

Kefir is a delicious probiotic drink, useful for improving gut microflora, if taken regularly (e.g. each morning). It is made with kefir ‘grains’, comprising a mother culture that digests sugar in a fermentation process. The easiest way to make it is to use a kefir starter kit. These are readily available online.

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What’s on TV? Trust Me I’m A Doctor Review

Hooray for Kefir!

Trust me I’m a Doctor returned this month and the first episode included a small study on probiotics. Thirty volunteers were split into small groups and consumed either an ‘off the shelf’ probiotic drink, kefir or prebiotic foods for four weeks in an effort to improve their gut health. Whilst the other groups showed some improvement, they found that the group who consumed the kefir had the greatest increase in all types of Lactobacillus bacteria.

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Case Study: Fatigue and Bloating

Tracey, age 36, Mum of one and living with partner.

Name has been changed to protect confidentiality.

 

Health concern(s):

Feeling tired all of the time and suffering with frequent constipation and bloating.

 

Reason for Contacting Louise Digby Nutrition

Had previously tried seeing her GP Read More

Are Probiotics Suitable For Everyone?

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are bacteria that are know to be beneficial. Everyone has bacteria in their gut, and everyone has some good bacteria and some bad. How much good and much bacteria you have can determine how well your gut works.Read More

Probiotics in the spotlight for heart disease and stroke risk

We’ve been conditioned think of antioxidants as the nutrients that protect us from damage and rightly so. But now it seems that probiotics may provide better protection when it comes to stroke. Researchers have found that having an altered or compromised gut flora could be linked to stroke and symptomatic atherosclerosis. Read More

Gut bacteria may play an important role in obesity

A team of researchers at the Arizona State University have found that when there are variations in the macronutrient content of our diet, the structure of the gut bacteria can change within a few days. These altered gut bacteria have been found to be involved in energy extraction and energy regulation. Read More

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