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ESSENTIALS MINERALS: CALCIUM & MAGNESIUM

Calcium & Magnesium

Calcium and Magnesium are both classified as “essential minerals” which humans require for good health. Like all minerals, they cannot be made in our body and must therefore be plentiful in our diet in order for us to remain healthy. Calcium is a major constituent of bones and teeth (99%), where it plays two roles. First, as…

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FAECAL RETENTION AND CONSTIPATION

FAECAL RETENTION AND CONSTIPATION

The GI Tract A normally functioning gastrointestinal (GI) tract is an often overlooked important part of good health. The GI tract is responsible for the digestion and absorption of nutrient and fluid as well as protection from absorption of harmful agents. When the GI tract is not well, we can feel quite miserable with stomachache,…

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FRUCTOSE MALABSORPTION

Fructose malabsorption

Fructose malabsorption is a gastro-intestinal disorder, characterised by the inability to absorb fructose efficiently. This will usually induce bloating, cramps, osmotic diarrhoea along with other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and can be seen in about 50% of fructose malabsorbers.

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WHAT IS BIOTIN?

Biotin Poached Egg

Biotin is a water soluble vitamin, generally classified as a B-complex vitamin and is required by all organisms. It is obtained from food however most foods are poor sources of biotin, so a low intake is common (exceptions are biotin-rich foods such as egg yolk, kidney, liver and some cheeses).

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THE GUT IMMUNE CONNECTION

Gut Immune Connection

This article discusses the connection between our gut and the immune system, and the importance of maintaining a healthy gut for a strong immune system

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