zinc & digestion

Zinc is needed for the production of stomach acid. If you don’t make stomach acid you don’t absorb zinc and vice versa.  So lack of zinc can cause lack of stomach acid, which can also occur when taking proton pump inhibitors. Problems in the digestive tract such as IBS, IBD or insufficient production of enzymes […]

How to Restore and Maintain a Healthy Gut

The first step in maintaining a healthy gut is to avoid all of the things listed in the ‘Why is the GUT so important’ article e.g. avoid taking antibiotics and pharmaceutical drugs. Sometimes these are necessary, so when you do take them, take a good quality probiotic supplement, especially during and after for a few weeks.  However, at times […]

why is the gut so important?

Hippocrates wrote over 2,000 years ago that “ALL DISEASES BEGIN IN THE GUT.’ The GUT is responsible for normal gastrointestinal function: it contains more than 80% of our immune system; it provides protection from infection; regulates metabolism; makes vitamins our bodies need and utilize, such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, A & K. […]

dry skin brushing

When we think about detoxification we often think it’s all about the liver. However, our skin plays a major role in the elimination of toxins and therefore its health is important to ensure effective detoxification. The accumulation of dead skin cells decreases the skin’s ability to perform this very important function. Dry skin brushing helps […]

Effective Treatment for Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux

Sometimes great things happen in natural medicine which go almost unnoticed to the general public.  A recent independent study has identified a herbal preparation which is as effective as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Nexium and Losec, in the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux.  PPIs are drugs which are meant to be used in the short term […]