Gut Flora is key to good health

sore tummyThis is quite a “sciency” article, but worth a look.  We’re learning more and more about how important it is to have healthy gut flora (meaning having plenty of good bacteria).  This article talks of the links between the gut flora and a healthy immune system which is being better understood through the study of IBS treatment.  As a GAPs practitioner, we understand this and can help people gain a better gut flora.  Contact me if you want to know more.  Read the article here.

Eight ways zinc affects the human body

pumpkin seedsZinc has been identified as one of the most important essential trace metals in human nutrition and lifestyle. Zinc is not only a vital element in various physiological processes; it is also a drug in the prevention of many diseases. The adult body contains about two to three grams of zinc. It is found in organs, tissues, bones, fluids, and cells.  Read more…

And for a reminder of what foods have lots of zinc, check here…  (you may be relieved to know that the list includes chocolate ;-) )

British limeflowers are ready for picking

Limeflowers, from the British Lime tree, are ripe and ready for picking just now in Scotland. Pick the flowers along with it’s attached leaf and spread out thinly on a sheet or screen to dry. Crumble or cut into smaller bits once dried. The smell is fantastic. This makes a delicious tea which is calming, especially to the heart. But be careful to mind the bees as they just love limeflowers.limeflower single limeflower1

Organic foods really are best

fruits-and-vegetablesHere’s a great study which supports what we know intuitively.  Organic food is best, and even better when you grow your own.

Organic and non-organic foods are compositionally different, says new study!  A new analysis appears to refuel the debate about the nutritional value of organic versus conventional foods, by finding that organic crops and crop-based foods contain up to 69% more of certain antioxidants, are four times less likely to contain pesticide residue, and have significantly lower levels of the toxic heavy metal cadmium.   Read more…

EU on evolving use of alternative medicines

HAlternative medicines will continue to influence health care decisions in many societies out to 2050. Alternative medicine is growing in popularity: homeopathic medicine, for example, is a more than €1 billion/year industry. Meanwhile, Western medicine faces up to ominous consequences for decades of antibiotic and pain medication overuse. A preferable future outcome may represent an integrated version of both Western and alternative care that avoids extreme positions on good health.  Read more…

Herbal treatments can help cystitis

Two scientists call for support in carrying out trials of herbal treatments for cystitis
Sir, A major part of the problem of antibiotic resistance (July 2), which Mr Cameron is right to highlight, is the prescription of these drugs for mild, self-limiting conditions seen in general practice such as respiratory or urinary tract infections.
One alternative to antibiotics, which may help to manage symptoms as well as having antimicrobial properties, is the judicious use of high quality herbal remedies.
We are currently subjecting herbal approaches to the rigorous scrutiny of randomised controlled trials for the symptoms of acute and recurrent cystitis.  We would welcome public support for these non-patentable evidence-based approaches.

This article by Professor Michael McIntyre and Dr Andrew Flowers appeared in The Times on  4 July 2014.