Today I am chatting about the benefits of probiotics. Having been in discussions with the team at Water for Health- a fountain of knowledge on the topic- I asked them to come on board and create this guest post, explaining how gut bacteria works and giving an overview of current research, as well as tips on using probiotics. Not a day goes by, it seems, without one hearing about probiotics. Doctors, nutritionists, and gut experts are among those loudly chorusing the far-reaching benefits of good bacteria, provoking a sharp rise in the sale of ‘live culture’ supplements in both Europe and the US. Suffice to say, more attention than ever before is being paid to the complex workings of the microbiota. It is not easy to say what ignited this explosion of… View Post

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on the low FODMAP diet– a diet that’s had considerable press of late but is still as poorly understood as ever. I felt that low FODMAP ( a diet that reduces certain carbohydrates) has become faddy; with everyone trying the extremely restrictive diet- without guidance or support.  It’s been proven that it can quickly alter our gut bacteria due to the limitation of foods- which got me thinking. If low FODMAP was so restrictive then what about low residue? For those of you don’t know, low residue is a popular diet prescribed to patients with inflammatory bowel disease who are flaring or have strictures and is also sometimes used for IBS-D. However, while it (like low FODMAP) is undoubtedly… View Post

If you are struggling to track what foods affect you or want to keep accurate records for your doctor, then today I have the post for you! Today you can download a free 7-day food diary printable to help you in your journey to figuring out what foods work for you. It’s specifically designed for those with Inflammatory Bowel Disease but if you are struggling with other gut issues, you will still find it useful.  What you get: A FREE 7 Day food diary- with space to track food AND symptoms. Useful tips and tricks to interpret your food diary- with ideas on what to look out for and how to monitor patterns from a trained Nutritional Therapist with crohn’s. Want it? Then click here to grab it- just pop in… View Post