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Metabolic Acidosis and Digestive Problems

There is currently a rise in over-acidity in the body, known as metabolic acidosis, which is causing an increased incidence of digestive disorders including bloating, cramping, constipation, diarrhoea and lower abdominal pain. Metabolic acidosis occurs when the body produces too much acid, or when the kidneys cannot efficiently remove or neutralise this acid. This may occur despite normal blood pH and bicarbonate levels. The tendency to consume more red meat, sugar, alcohol, coffee and refine...


Why Eat Organic?

Most of us choose organic produce for various health reasons: for the higher nutrient content, or so as not to ingest agrochemicals with resultant adverse reactions, or because organically produced crops do not interfere with the biosphere of bees, worms and other beneficial species, or just because they taste much better. However, there is another most important reason to eat an organic diet which has been recently revealed. The substances that plants produce to protect themselves fro...


I’ll Drink to That!  

Most of us enjoy a glass of wine with our dinner or a beer with our mates around the barbie, but how do we know when our social indulgence takes over our lives completely? We are told that red wine in moderation is beneficial to the heart, but moderation is the operative word. It is not how often we drink, because the French and Italians drink wine every day with their meals wishing each other health and the Germans and the Scandinavians skol their schnapps. It is not just how much we drink eit...


We Are What We Digest

As our eating patterns become more erratic and our interest in healthy eating diminishes, we are becoming more eager to take vitamin and mineral supplements with the aim to cover these nutritional deficits. Some of us are even of the opinion that the supplements will sustain us better than will the food we eat. However, if our digestive system is not functioning properly we are not going to gain the full benefit of either our diet or the supplements. Our food needs to be digested bef...


Is a Gluten-free Diet Always Necessary?

Many people decide to go on a gluten-free diet for various reasons. These may be either experimental, because they have read that this diet can help their IBS, or because it was suggested by a healthcare practitioner. In many cases these people are only reacting to wheat and not gluten. Removing nutritious foods from the diet presents a number of problems, can lead to nutritional deficiencies, and is not good for one’s social life. It is not always easy to know which foods to su...

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