What is diarrhoea? Diarrhoea is an increase in the frequency of bowel movements or a decrease in the form of the stool (i.e. greater looseness and water content). It is usually a symptom of an underlying illness, infection or other condition or external factor (such as poor diet or stress). Although changes in frequency of […]
Is dairy bad for me?
Some people swear by dairy, claiming that it’s essential for strong bones and teeth and a generally strong constitution. Others feel that their bodies react poorly to dairy, with resulting increased mucous levels, stomach pains and congestion. So is dairy good or bad for you? Well, as with most things, the answer depends on a […]
Why am I constipated?
Constipation is something that most people have to deal with at some point in their lives, but quite understandably, it is a topic that few want to openly discuss. However, for those suffering with this problem, it can be unpleasant, painful and frustrating. So what can be done about it? Well, it is a completely […]
How does diabetes affect your health?
What is diabetes? The technical bit Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, where the body is unable to produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is required to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy. The human body has to maintain its blood glucose level within a very narrow range. This is […]
Why am I always bloated?
The most common causes of bloating Stomach bloating is a common condition that affects as many as 1 in 5 people. While it’s most commonly associated with women, men can be just as prone. Bloating can be very unpleasant, with the stomach swelling up like a balloon and making it difficult to wear tight-fitting clothes […]
Could I have Candida?
What is Candida albicans? Candida (also sometimes referred to as a thrush, yeast or fungal infection) is a single cell, plant-like fungi. It starts life as a yeast, which everybody has in their digestive systems and other mucous membranes from birth. It also lives on the skin. In terms of how it acts in the […]
Healthy blood sugar levels
What is your blood sugar level? A person’s blood sugar level (also known as serum glucose level or plasma glucose level) is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in their blood at any given time. Why is glucose important? Glucose (also known as dextrose) is a simple sugar that is made by the body using […]
Carbohydrates and weight loss
Cut down on carbs to lose weight faster You should eat fewer carbohydrates if you want to lose weight quickly. Having said that, there is no need to cut out carbohydrates entirely if you are trying to lose weight and, in fact, that would not be a healthy step. Carbohydrates are an essential energy source […]
Why do I have bad breath?
What is bad breath? Bad breath can come in many forms, levels of severity and can even be triggered by many a wide range of factors. Simply speaking, it is an unpleasant odour eminating from the breath of a person. Chronic bad breath is referred to as halitosis. Less commonly, it is also called fetor […]
What are probiotics? Probiotics are live micro-organisms (often bacteria) that are thought to have a positive effect on the health of the host organism (i.e. our bodies) and, in particular, digestive tract health. They are more commonly referred to as “friendly bacteria” or “good bacteria.” Most probiotics are bacteria similar to those naturally found in […]