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Alison Bell
The Gut Brain Connection

The Gut Brain Connection

The Truth Behind ‘Gut Feelings’  Sometimes, I get a feeling in the pit of my stomach when something huge is about to take place. It’s happened ever since I was a kid. It can sometimes be caused by dread, by excitement, by nerves, happiness or sadness. For years I thought it was unique to me; this gut feeling. As it turns out, it’s a feeling; a sensation and almost a knowing that all of us have. It all comes down to the existence of a network of neurons (about 100 million) that line our guts and have resulted in the...

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Alison Bell
Resistant Starch – Why Leaky Gut Sufferers Should Avoid Grains.

Resistant Starch – Why Leaky Gut Sufferers Should Avoid Grains.

If you to suffer from leaky gut syndrome, you are likely to have also been through countless dietary adjustments to find a solution that suits your case and lifestyle. Healing a leaky gut is no simple or quick fix. There are obviously full diet plan options such as the GAPS diet, but if, like many people who suffer from this common but potentially debilitating ailment, you don’t want to completely miss out on foods you love, some minor dietary adjustments/additions might be your preferred avenue. Removing problematic foods and including foods that are gut healing can, depending in the severity...

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Alison Bell
What the FODMAP!

What the FODMAP!

What is the FODMAP diet all about? The name FODMAP refers to specific nutrients that are to be avoided under the guidelines of this diet. More specifically, it is an acronym for those nutrients. It stands for; Fermentable…              Meaning they are broken down by bacteria in the large bowel. Oligosaccharides…       Meaning few sugars. Disaccharides…           This is a double sugar molecule. Monosaccharides…      This is a single-sugar molecule. And Polyols…                      These are sugar alcohols. Catchy, isn’t it?! This diet is commonly referred to as the Low FODMAPs diet as the...

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Gut Health - Why is it so important?

Gut Health - Why is it so important?

Trust Your Gut There was a time when gut health was a bit of a mystery. These days, just about everyone knows that it’s important, they are just not 100% certain as to why. Believe it or not, the unsuspecting gut can affect a large percentage of our bodily functions. Have it in mint condition and you barely even notice it, but don’t look after it and you’ll know about it pretty quickly. You know when you don’t feel right, you know when you get a feeling it the pit of your stomach that just won’t go away. Yes, sometimes...

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