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Tasty Gluten Free Snacks – by a Nutritionist

Gluten Free Snacks

 

If you are trying to avoid gluten because you are intolerant to it or simply like to branch out a little and reduce your gluten intake then this guide to tasty gluten free snacks is for you. These snacks are all readily available in supermarkets and health food stores and are a great substitute for a chocolate bar as they are all chocolate based.”Why chocolate?” you may ask… Because who doesn’t like chocolate?! Well okay some may not but I love it and it’s easier to compare the nutritional value of like for like products. Or not like for not like if you don’t ‘like’ chocolate. In which case you will have to wait for my next post about something that is non-chocolatey 😉

Here is a photo of the products I have reviewed below… Continue reading


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Expert Interviews – Digestive Wellness Series

Did you know that IBS is one of the most common digestive problems experienced by 10-15% of the population at some point in their lives. IBS sufferers are thought to account for: woman holding belly

  • 3.5 million Physician visits each year
  • $8 US billion in medical costs[1].
  • 40% of all referrals to hospital Gastroenterologists in the UK[2]

….and yet

90% of patients are still symptomatic 5 years later!

These stats and my own personal and professional experience with Digestive Wellness have prompted me to get in touch with some of the top experts on Digestive health and run some interviews. I’m so excited to be doing this and hope that as many people as possible will listen to the series, learn cutting edge info and get the help they deserve.

To get on the earlybird list for the series register here!

To hear my Intro (and first foray into podcast-ing!) listen here by clicking on the play button:


[1] (Viera AJ, 2002)

[2] (Murga M, 1998)

 

Image courtesy of: James Island Chiropractic

 


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Is my poo normal? (Stool analysis by a Nutritionist)

Stool Analysis

Nutritionists are quite interested in stool as it can tell us a lot about the state of the body and in particular the gastrointestinal system and the state of mind. Descriptions can vary from person to person so I find it useful to have an image to refer to – saving embarrassment in many cases! This photo is from Channel 4 but I now use it as it is very concise and accurate. So for those who have eaten their breakfast take a look at this stool chart….

If your stools are regularly white, bright yellow, bright red or dark black then you should get this checked out by a health professional. Colour variation can be due to infection but also due to low bile which is linked to toxin overload, lack of digestive enzymes or simply a change in diet.

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1= can be a sign of an infection, or more serious bowel conditions, such as IBS and Crohn’s. Usually a sign of constipation indicating spasm of the colon or of stress, dehydration or anxiety.
2= can be a sign of an infection, or more serious bowel conditions, such as IBS and Crohn’s or of dehydration and slow transit time due to sedentary lifestyle.
3= normal
4= normal
5= can be a sign of an infection, or more serious bowel conditions, such as IBS and Crohn’s. Often a sign of food intolerance.
6= can be a sign of an infection, or more serious bowel conditions, such as IBS and Crohn’s. Often linked to nutritional deficiencies due to increased transit time.
7= can be a sign of an infection, or more serious bowel conditions, such as IBS and Crohn’s. Usually due to overeating and food intolerance or sluggish liver.

How does yours compare? Are you worried about your stool? You can take a lab test if you are worried.

Emma