The clocks have changed, the beautiful colours of autumn are all around us and the weather is getting colder. It is that time of year again when cold and flu become more widespread and we start thinking about how we can boost … Continue reading →
Childhood obesity rates have tripled in the last 30 years and the UK has seen the highest rate of obesity in Western Europe. Figures from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) show that up to 79% of children … Continue reading →
Hay fever is an allergy, a disorder of the immune system in which it decides harmless substances such as pollen are dangerous. White blood cells are activated and histamine released resulting in inflammation and leading to skin rashes, excess mucous, … Continue reading →
In the UK 13% of women and 5% of men are effected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a collection of symptoms which effect the digestive system. This makes IBS the most common gastrointestinal disorder. It is, however, poorly understood with no … Continue reading →
So now we are being told that we should be eating at least 7 fruit and vegetables a day. A study by University College London has found that those eating at least 7 portions of fruit and vegetables a day were 42% … Continue reading →
Scientists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands have found that dark chocolate (containing 70% cocoa solids) helps to reduce cardiovascular disease.
The study found that the chocolate restored flexibility to the arteries and prevented white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels, which leads to inflammation. Both these factors play a key role in Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which is a major risk for heart disease.
A new study by the British Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that those suffering from digestive problems and IBS may see an improvement in symptoms by switching from modern wheat to an ancient grain such as Kamut or Spelt.
Modern wheat has been bred for hardiness and pest resistance. Some believe that this results in the plant becoming toxic, resulting in digestive complaints in many people.
The study took a number of people with IBS and showed that those given modern wheat had elevated inflammation. Their digestive symptoms remained the same.
Those given the ancient grain had a significant reduction in inflammation markers along with reduced symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating and improved stool consistency.
So if you suffer with digestive symptoms it may be worth giving the ancient grains a go!