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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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WARMING BEETROOT SOUP

It’s bloomin’ cold outside now we’re into November, and that means we get to start experimenting with seasonal veg and see what tasty, gut healthy soup we can cook up in the kitchen. And we decided to use beetroot as it is not only really good for us, containing iron, folate and magnesium, but just like our Daily Cultures Tea, this soup is sugar free, dairy free and great for our good gut bacteria!

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PUMPKIN BREAD RECIPE

As we wave goodbye to yet another Halloween and begin to finally emerge form the candy coma, the real clean up can begin. But what do we do with the pumpkins? Waste not, want not! we always say, so instead of flinging them onto the compost heap, why not bake them into a lovey, gluten free, autumnal tea time treat? Pumpkin is chock full of fibre and vitamins, so this is the ultimate guilt free comfort food!

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