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DOES GUT BACTERIA AFFECT OUR SKIN?

The secret to clear skin may actually lie in our gut. But for many people the ratio of good bacteria to bad is out of balance, and as scientists research more into our gut microbes, we are beginning to see a link between the health of our gut and the health of other parts of our body. And as our skin is actually our largest organ, it’s not entirely surprising that problems in the gut can show on the skin with conditions such as acne, eczema and rosacea becoming more common.

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3 YOGA POSES FOR THE OFFICE

Sitting at a desk for hours at a time can leave us feeling a bit stiff and achy. Taking breaks and going for a walk at lunchtime can help to relieve tension and stress, but sometimes it’s just not possible to break away and we need to improvise. This is where a bit of desk yoga can really help! But don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you climb up onto your desk and start doing downward dog, just a few simple yet effective stretches to help stop that stiff sitting-down-all-day feeling and bring a sense of calm to what can sometimes be a stressful day.

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5 REASONS TO EAT PRUNES

There’s something about prunes that makes people wrinkle their nose. But actually, all they are is a dried plum. And many people don’t realise just how good for us this dried fruit is. So, why not check out these 5 reasons to pick up some prunes today:

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CROHN’S DISEASE & OUR MICROBES

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are two major inflammation diseases that affect the gut. Symptoms include: diarrhoea, stomach cramping and abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, weight loss and feeling sick. Around 115,000 people have Crohn’s disease in the UK, and 1.4 million in the USA suffer with either Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis which affects only the colon.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FASTING?

We’ve long been told that skipping meals and going days without eating will cause the body to go into ‘starvation mode’, but there is mounting evidence to the contrary as ‘intermittent fasting’ is growing in popularity. As with any form of diet eating too much or too little can harm your health, but there are some surprising benefits to pausing our food consumption for set periods of time.

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5 SNACKS TO BOOST YOUR MOOD

Sometimes it’s hard to break free from a bad mood, no matter how hard we try. But what if there was a way to eat our way to a better mood? Surely that statement alone is enough of a reason to be cheery, but if not then here are 5 snacks you can pack in your lunchbox to help keep the stress and grumpiness at bay.

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