The best probiotics: Eat supplements NOT fermented food, expert claims

Article from the Daily Express by Lauren Clark – 15th May 2017

PROBIOTICS are ‘good’ bacteria which help keep your gut healthy and can be found in a number of fermented foods. However an expert says consuming them in supplement form can often be better.

Full of live bacteria and yeasts, probiotics are great for the digestive system and have a number of other health benefits for mental health, immunity and obesity.

While it can be helpful to consume them every day, they’re particularly essential after a gastrointestinal infection or after taking antibiotics, which can negatively affect the diversity of your microbiome.

They can be found naturally in fermented foods – where “good” bacteria breaks down the nutrients into a more digestible form, and “bad” bacteria is kept under control.

These include kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, miso, yoghurt and sourdough bread.

Two particular strains of bacteria, lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, have been found by research to be particularly beneficial to your gut.

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How DO you beat that dreaded hangover? Doctors give their 5 top tips for coping with tomorrow morning


  • Summer is the time for cocktails – and therefore painful hangovers
  • Two doctors have given their top tips of what they would do to beat it
  • Their advice includes skipping bar snacks, drinking water, drinking coffee 

Read the full article from the Daily Mail online here

Milk Thistle is commonly used to relieve the after effects of over-indulgence


Thisilyn Milk Thistle and Thisilyn Milk Thistle Maximum Strength capsules are traditionally used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over indulgence of drink and food such as indigestion and upset stomach, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy.

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Are YOU blighted by back pain? We reveal how tackling your anxiety can banish the torture for good

Back pain

  • Persistent back pain is not just annoying, it can profoundly affect your life
  • Many patients struggle with sleeping, socialising or even doing their jobs
  • New studies reveal worry and anger can make the problems much worse

Read full article from the Daily Mail online here

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FlexiHerb Muscle & Joint Relief tablets contain Devil’s Claw, traditionally used for the relief of backache, rheumatic or muscular pain, and general aches and pains in the muscles and joints, exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy.

Stressed?  Anxious?

RelaxHerb Passion Flower tablets are traditionally used for the relief of the symptoms associated with stress, such as mild anxiety, exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy.

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Are you struggling to get a good night’s rest? Expert tips reveal what you can do TODAY to ensure you sleep well tonight

Article from Mailonline Austrialia 20th July by Josh Hanrahan


There are few things more frustrating than lying in bed, tossing and turning for hours and just wishing you would fall asleep.

And while we’re told to stay off our phones and leave the day behind before jumping between the sheets, it’s often easier said than done.

But sleep expert Professor David Hillman from Perth, Western Australia, has come to the rescue, listing a number of things that you can do during the day to help you sleep better at night


There’s barely enough hours in the day to begin with, but according to Professor Hillman managing how your time is crucial to a good night’s sleep.

‘One important principle is to get the day completed within 16 hours so you can sleep for eight hours at night,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Most people know how many hours sleep they require at night and so it’s good to get into a routine to achieve that.’


If you work a changing shift pattern or have young children prone to waking up in the middle of the night, keeping a permanent routine can be hard.

However, managing to get your work, exercise and other activities done in a regular time period could be the key to sleeping better.


It’s a lot easier said than done, but leaving your work or any big issues outside of the bed is essential to ensuring you aren’t up for half the night.

‘Dealing with the day’s problems or tasks during the day and getting on with them as best you can is a big one,’ Prof Hillman said. 


Getting a ‘work-life balance’ is a buzz term thrown around a lot, but Professor Hillman said that when it comes to sleep, it’s actually very important.

‘Exercise is a good idea but of course the way and intensity with which we do so changes from our 20s to our 30s and then up to our 60s,’ he said.

‘Technology like apps can help to remind you what you’ve done during the day, but avoid too much exercise too close to bed, because it can be stimulating.’


If you’ve had a busy day at work getting home late sometimes just happens, but not eating a mountain of food before trying to go to sleep is vital.

‘Late heavy meals are an issue for a lot of people,’ he said. 

‘Indigestion is an issue when you eat too close to bed and it’s affected not only by quantity of meals but also whats in them.


It always seems that no matter how long you sleep in the day after a big night out, you still get tired very quickly.

‘Alcohol is another issue and it’s about being careful around the quantity you’re drinking because it can lead to sleep apnoea,’ Prof Hillman said.

‘It works in two ways. Firstly, if you have a tendency to snore or you get sleep apnoea like a lot of people alcohol will increase that because it relaxes the throat muscles.

‘The other thing about alcohol is that while it’s sedating you, later on in the night your system starts withdrawing from it so your sleep is more disrupted.’


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Half of women ashamed to talk to doctors about the menopause: Many say they feel the change is something they just have to ‘put up with’

Article by Ben Spencer for Mail Online


  • More than two in five women said symptoms were worse than expected
  • Over a third confessed they felt they just had to put up with menopause
  • Doctors warned women are missing out on advice on easing symptoms
  • Others said there is little awareness about treatment and support options

Half of women going through the menopause suffer in silence and avoid talking to a doctor because of the stigma surrounding the change, a report warns.

More than two in five said in a survey that symptoms of the menopause had been worse than they had expected.

Yet half had not consulted a doctor – more than a third of whom said they felt the menopause was something they just had to ‘put up with’.

Doctors last night warned that women are missing out on advice about lifestyle changes that could ease their symptoms. Others said that there is still very little awareness among women of the treatment options and support available because of long-lasting misconceptions.

The menopause usually strikes women in their late 40s or early 50s and is triggered as the body starts producing less of the hormone oestrogen.

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Bloated or suffering from IBS? Try the FODMAP diet: Revolutionary plan ‘significantly reduces symptoms’


Article written by Anna Hodgekiss for Mail Online

  • Diet is based on cutting out foods that contain certain carbs and fibre 
  • These can trigger embarrassing and painful symptoms in many with IBS
  • Foods to avoid include bread, garlic, onions, some fruit, veg and dairy 
  • New US study found diet ‘can significantly help ease pain and bloating’

Read more here

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Herbs for Summer

shutterstock_390559846 summer herb garden May16

Article on by Jane Garton

Easy to grow and ideal for adding flavour to cooking, here’s our pick of the bunch for health.

Fresh herbs at your fingertips are among the best things about summer. Grow them in a pot on your windowsill or patio or in a special corner of the garden. As well as adding flavour to salads and hot weather foods, they can help ward off summer ills and boost health.

Try: MINT… to help ease indigestion and bloating Menthol, the active ingredient in mint, stimulates the production of bile as well as relaxing the stomach muscles, both of which help to improve digestion. Grow it This striking plant with distinctive white veined leaves grows best in well-drained soil in a sunny position.

THYME… to boost immunity and soothe a sore throat Rich in the volatile oil thymol, thyme has powerful antiseptic, antibiotic and anti fungal properties. It is good for summer coughs, throat and chest infections. Grow it With its colourful, fragrant foliage, thyme likes a sunny spot and a well-drained, slightly stony soil. It is best to start off with plants, which you can also grow in pots filled with compost.

SAGE… to cool down hot flushes and night sweats Traditionally associated with longevity, sage is rich in plant oestrogens. Made into an infusion, it may help to combat hot flushes and night sweats and can also be used as a gargle and mouthwash for sore throats. Rubbing fresh sage leaves onto insect bites and stings can also help to bring relief. Grow it Start with plants, which will need a light pruning in the summer after flowering to encourage a bushy growth. The leaves should be harvested just before the plant starts to flower

LAVENDER… for pain relief and insomnia Lavender contains chemical compounds that are thought to help relieve pain and reduce irritability. It can be used to soothe burns, bites and stings as well as to ease insomnia. A few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillowcase can help to bring sweet dreams. Grow it Start with plants, which can be grown in pots filled with gritty compost or in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. If growing in pots allow the compost to almost dry out between watering and keep on the dry side in winter. Lavender should be harvested in summer just as the petals start to open

VALERIAN … for stress and sleeplessness Sometimes described as nature’s tranquiliser, valerian contains valerenic acid and substances known as iridoids, which are thought to help calm the nerves and promote sleep. Grow it This pretty plant, which produces large clusters of vanilla-scented white or pink flowers in the summer, thrives in a moist or well-watered soil in a sunny or partially shaded position. You can start off with seeds or plants. Once established, you should cut back stems as the flowers fade to prevent plants from self-seeding.  For traditional herbal medicines containing Valerian, try or

LEMON BALM – for relaxation Volatile oils, such as citral and citronella, give lemon balm anti-spasmodic properties, which can have a calming effect on the central nervous system. Grow it Instantly recognisable by its fragrant leaves, lemon balm thrives in any well-drained soil in a sunny spot. You can start off with seeds or plants. Regularly trimming the shoots will keep plants bushy and produce the tastiest leaves. They can be used dried or fresh to make an infusion.

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