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Do your fingernails chip, peel or break easily?

Fingernails that chip, peel or break easily are a sign of low stomach acid, a damaged intestine and a number of nutritional deficiencies including trace minerals, protein and essential fatty acids. The nutrient deficiencies are caused by poor eating habits and an inability to digest food due to low stomach acid and poor pancreatic function. Low stomach acid is a really common problem and leads to lots of digestive complaints, including: H. pylori infections (H. pylori prefers it when your stomach acid is low) Toxic bowel (which can also lead to bad breath and body odour) IBS SIBO and...

Do you get belching and gas after eating?

You shouldn’t really have belching or gas after a meal and if you do, it’s a strong indicator of digestive problems. But don’t worry, you can take simple steps to improve things, as I describe below. Belching and gas typically indicate that you have low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) or pancreatic insufficiency (low pancreatic enzyme levels), or that you have bacterial overgrowth in your gut (SIBO). The sooner you belch or feel bloated after eating, the more likely it is to be low stomach acid causing the problem, and the longer the symptoms take to kick in, the more likely...

Do you feel like skipping breakfast?

Skipping breakfast can be a sign of low stomach acid… If you feel like skipping breakfast, it can be a sign that your digestive system is out of balance. Specifically, we see a lot of people who struggle with breakfasts who have low stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes. This isn’t an ideal situation to be in as it can cause knock on effects with energy, mood, skin and other areas of health. Why does the pattern develop? We quite often see this pattern in people who eat a large dinner without chewing it properly, and often too close to...

Gut transit time and how to assess it

Gut transit time can be tested at home very easily and it gives you a nice estimate of how well your digestive system is functioning. Disorders like IBS, chronic constipation and diarrhoea are very common so it’s wise to regularly gauge your digestive health. You don’t always need expensive lab tests or trips to the doctor to do this. If your gut transit time is too fast, you wont digest and absorb nutrients properly. On the other hand, if it is too slow, you will get backed up, constipated and actually reabsorb toxins that your body is trying to...

Is sulphur intolerance making you ill?

Egg-smelling gas? Frequent headaches? Hives/itchy skin? Nausea? Diarrhoea? Problems with energy and blood pressure? Many health experts – myself included for some clients – recommend a high sulphur diet (NB: spelled sulphur by our friends in America) Sulphur molecules help produce a chemical glutathione which is the bodies major anti-oxidant and is essential for optimal detoxification. But some people really struggle with foods that are high in sulphur and develop inflammation when they eat too much of it. These people need to be on a low-sulfur diet for a period of time in order to reduce inflammation and heal....

Histamine intolerance: is it causing your symptoms?...

If you have heartburn, bloating, wind, abdominal pain, headaches, a blocked nose and other common symptoms, the culprit may be histamine intolerance. Red wine. Aged cheese. Citrus fruits. Sauerkraut. Bacon. These foods are ok, right? Yes, for many people these foods work great, but not if you have a histamine intolerance. These and other popular foods are capable of causing all manner of symptoms, including migraines, hives, anxiety, acid reflux, and nasal congestion. What is histamine intolerance? If you haven’t heard of histamine intolerance, don’t worry. You’re not alone. It’s hard to diagnose and can cause a lot of...

Parasites aren’t just a tropical problem

Each week we hear from people who’ve been told by their doctor that their digestive symptoms couldn’t possibly be caused by parasites in their gut. “Parasites are tropical problems“, they say. “You can only have parasites if you’re vomiting or have serious diarrhoea“, they claim. Both statements are wrong. A new report released this week found a tiny parasite called Cryptosporidium (let’s call it ‘Crypto’ for short) in the Arctic! Here’s what the article in Nature News said: “Cryptosporidium, a potentially dangerous intestinal parasite common in the tropics, has been spotted for the first time in the Arctic. This...

Benefits of a home stool test (case study)

Hello – it’s Dave here. You have asked lots of questions recently about how a stool test from us differs from the ones your doctor might give you, what the benefits are and how it can help you feel better, faster. This 30min presentation takes you through a recent stool test result from one of my clients who’s had IBS, fatigue and host of other symptoms for more than 13 years. You’ll see how the test was able to find a ton of stuff that the docs had missed. Click here if you’d like to learn more about a...
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