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Why a healthy digestive system should be top priority for busy people

Health and Wellbeing Consultant Lucie Lemay explains why a healthy digestive system should be top priority for busy people.

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THE MICROB-EO DIET

EAT LIKE OUR ANCESTORSIn 2009 the Yanomami tribe was discovered deep in the Amazon jungle. This tribe had remained untouched by outsiders for 11,000 years, and as a result of this they were found to be in possession of gut bacteria that are significantly more diverse than our own.

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GOOD NEWS! COFFEE & CHOCOLATE COULD BENEFIT GUT BACTERIA

Ever heard of ‘polyphenols’? Polyphenols are naturally occurring compounds found in many plants such as fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea and wine. They act as a prebiotic, meaning our good gut bacteria can metabolise them, therefore increasing the number of healthy bacteria in the gut.

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GUT BACTERIA & THE PILL

Today 1 in 3 women between the ages of 18 and 35 in the UK use the contraceptive pill. And many women use it because it can help with hormone induced migraines, acne, cramps and mood fluctuations to name but a few. But, did you know that it actually has a negative effect on the healthy bacteria that live in your gut?

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FROZEN BERRY YOGURT POPS

Just because it’s getting cold outside doesn’t mean the kids won’t be asking for ice cream this half term. But instead of heading to the supermarket freezer, why not make your very own healthy ice-lollies with real fruit and zero refined sugar? Plus, they’re so easy to make you can even get the kids to help!

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SUGAR FREE CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIE RECIPE

With news of the Great British Bake Off filling the airwaves recently, we haven’t been able to stop thinking about how much we really like eating cake. And with autumn well and truly here, we thought we’d rustle up a recipe for sugar-free chocolate treats that your good bacteria will enjoy too!

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