Prebiotics and probiotics - what is the difference?

I often hear these two terms being used fairly loosely, but do we really understand the differences between the two? I’ll help out with some definitions. Probiotics are the good bacteria that help keep our gastrointestinal tract healthy by controlling the growth of harmful bacteria. They are live organisms, and when taken in large doses, they can help maintain our gastrointestinal health. These friendly bacteria are essential to maintaining overall good health and vitality.

Rachel Jesson
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New Year Detox

It has come to the time of the year where you will hear heated discussions in the media about the use of detox diets to clear away the excesses of the festive season. Health shops will sell many supplements that have the word ‘detox’ on the label and complimentary health practitioners will provide various types of support, ranging from a single nutrient supplement, through patches that are thought to draw toxins out of your skin, to multi-day juice fasts.

Ian Craig
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Powerful Papaya (pawpaw)

This delicious tropical fruit has been around for centuries and I don’t believe we give it enough credit. Did you know that you actually get superb benefits from eating both the flesh and the seeds? This fruit is certainly packed with punchy enzymes and flavonoids that will keep you looking young and feeling satisfied.

Rachel Jesson
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The Benefits of Organic Food - by Joe Thomas

Surprisingly, currently where information is widely available, a lot of the population is still confused about organic food and its superiority to commercial sourced food. Organic food, be it plant or animal based, is anything that conforms to organic farming standards. These vary worldwide of course, but in the United Kingdom they are set by organisation such as the Soil Association. A study conducted by this association shows that half of the people buying organic food do it for the health benefits and lack of chemical residues, while others do it to protect the environment and support animal welfare.

Ian Craig
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