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How Mel beat months of gut symptoms and lifted her energy in just 7 days…...

Mel thought she’d need a complex and expensive solution for her ongoing digestive symptoms. A stool test was too big of a step for her, so she did my 14-day diet challenge instead. Imagine her surprise when her symptoms practically vanished in a week just by making a few simple tweaks to her diet. Here’s what she said: “I took your advice and have been gluten free for a week now and I’ve already seen a huge difference. For the first time since May I’ve not had any pain or discomfort. I’d forgotten what that felt like! I even...

How Candida causes heartburn, bloating and other nasty symptoms...

I’m shocked that the medical system doesn’t really consider Candida overgrowth when people have irritable bowels and other ongoing symptoms. Apart from H pylori infection, Candida overgrowth is probably the number one challenge I’ve helped people deal with over the years. It’s really common and causes a whole host of digestive symptoms – oral thrush, white coated tongue, bad breath, heartburn, bloating, constipation, IBS and diarrhoea. Candida can also cause fatigue, mood and memory problems, skin problems, athletes foot, jock itch and dandruff. Here’s a short video explaining Candida in a wee bit more detail: What causes Candida? Candida...

How to do a simple home stomach acid test

A home stomach acid test isn’t difficult to do, but it can provide an awful lot of important clues about your health. As you saw in the previous article, I was in my mid thirties when I discovered I had low stomach acid. My zinc deficiency, B6 deficiency, a history of H. pylori and high urinary indican were indirect indications. I then did a gastro-test (described below), which a home stomach acid test that confirmed a low stomach acid level. It is BIZARRE that doctors don’t measure stomach acid. Most natural health experts agree that low stomach acid levels...

What is SIBO and how does it cause IBS?

What is SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) and is it making you feel unwell? The food you eat, the way you eat it, and infections like H pylori, parasites and Candida can all cause digestive symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome. But there’s another common, yet frequently overlooked problem that isn’t very well known. SIBO – or ‘small intestinal bacterial’ overgrowth – is a relatively common condition among people with digestive symptoms. But what is SIBO, exactly? Well, it’s a condition in which large numbers of bacteria from your large intestine, or colon, end up in your small intestine...

Poo colour and what it tells you about your health…...

Poo colour can tell you an awful lot about your digestive and general health, but it’s not something folk generally like to discuss. Believe it or not, we get quite a few emails where people send photos of the poo with the question, “is this normal?” I can be pretty graphic, and not always the best of things to bear witness to! Don’t worry – I won’t share the details with you here, but let’s quickly discuss poo colour because it’s really important. In my opinion and experience, we have a tendency to overlook the simple signs and symptoms...

H pylori and inflammation – a crucial whole body connection...

H pylori and inflammation – from heartburn to heart disease? In this post – the fifth in my series on how H pylori might cause heart disease, we’re going to explore the relationship between H pylori and inflammation. Not just inflammation in the stomach where H pylori lives, but also inflammation in other parts of the body, notably the cardiovascular system. So far in this blog series we’ve looked at how  H pylori infections can: Increase the risk of developing heart disease Increase the risk of developing high blood pressure Affect insulin and blood sugar levels, possibly resulting in...
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