An Israel-based team of scientists may have found the reason for yo yo dieting. It seems to be the fault of our gut microbes – the “microbiome”. Continue reading Weight loss to weight gain? It could be your gut
Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that dietary fibre can protect the intestinal wall, guarding against the invasion of unfriendly bacteria and pathogens. Continue reading How a low-fibre diet can damage your colon
I wanted to have my microbiome analysed, so I sent off a sample to uBiome. The results indicated pretty good gut health, though it wasn’t a perfect picture. Continue reading What does a gut sample say about your health?
Hemp is one of the richest sources of non-animal proteins there is. It is also very high in essential fatty acids, with a 3:1 balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and it’s rich in vitamins and minerals too. Continue reading How to make hemp milk
Brain damage. Breast disease. Cardiovascular risk. All of these mental and physical health problems can have an association with iodine deficiency. Yet if you’re reading this in the UK and many other European countries, it’s likely that you are at least slightly iodine deficient.
Most of us have no idea of how potentially serious a health issue this could be. Continue reading How iodine deficiency could be putting your health at risk
Over the past few years, a growing number of people have been taking doses of iodine ten times the daily amount of 150mcg recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Most of them – but not all – claim to have improved their health in this way, sometimes dramatically.
Continue reading The high dose iodine protocol: what you need to know
Vanilla extract has a beautifully fragrant smell and adds a subtle, sugar-free sweetness to recipes. It can be bought in large supermarkets, but it usually has alcohol and sometimes sugar added.
You can make your own alcohol-free vanilla extract easily and cheaply – however you have to leave it for a few weeks before using to allow the vanilla flavours to steep into the liquid. Continue reading How to make alcohol-free vanilla extract
The smoothie bowl has to be one of the most delicious breakfasts ever created – or you could serve it as a healthy, nutrient-rich dessert. All the ingredients are from nuts, seeds and fruit. Continue reading How to make a smoothie bowl
Probiotics are live micro-organisms designed to add or replenish friendly bacteria in the gut. Foods can be probiotic if they contain live bacteria. Live yogurt is one of the best-known probiotic foods – others include raw cheese, sauerkraut, miso soup, kefir, kombucha or any other foods that have been fermented or use live cultures. Continue reading Prebiotics and probiotics
Bacteria have a terrible reputation. They are seen as disease carriers and signs of a dirty home or an unclean body. They are seen as a dangerous invisible presence that should be eradicated wherever they might possibly appear.
This is in spite of an enormous body of medical and scientific research showing that bacteria are essential for all life. Continue reading Friendly Bacteria
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by a tick. You don’t have to be in a tropical country to contract it, but infection is more likely to occur when the skin is exposed. This is why hikers are often advised to wear clothing that covers their legs when walking in areas with long grass or high vegetation. Continue reading Don’t let Lyme disease get a look in
Nutmilk adds a creamy flavour and texture to smoothies, smoothie bowls and vegan ice cream. It can also be added to soups – as long as they’re not going to be served to people with a nut allergy of course. Continue reading How to make nutmilk
A smoothie is a drink made from fruit blended with water or fruit juice. A green smoothie is just a smoothie with greens added – any leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale or chard. Continue reading Green smoothies: health, convenience and vitality
This recipe is for a 350-500ml green smoothie. When making green smoothies it’s not important to use exact amounts of ingredients – what’s more important is the balance of ingredients. Continue reading How to make a basic green smoothie