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The latest views, news and research for people who like to eat well and be healthy
Turmeric, the orange spice used in curries, is well known as an anti-inflammatory agent.  Recently, scientists at Leicester University found that curcumin, a plant chemical in turmeric, appears to lower the risk of colon cancer in the  city’s Asian population.  The spice is now being used in a trial with advanced bowel cancer sufferers.
To reap the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric for yourself  and your family, add generous amounts of this inexpensive spice to your cooking.
Ginger is another curry ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties.  Use grated root ginger liberally in soups, stews, curries and oil-based salad dressings.  Both of these healing spices feature in  my chicken curry recipe.
 

What's really going on in your gut?

 Stool testing is a useful, non-invasive diagnostic tool that provides a snapshot of the murky world of the intestinal tract. You can learn about the  balance, or imbalance, of beneficial and “unfriendly” bacteria residing in your gut. This ratio of good versus potentially harmful microflora is key to proper digestion, the efficient use of nutrients and elimination of waste material. Moreover, friendly bugs play an important role in supporting the immune system and keeping illness at bay. 
The information supplied by a stool test takes away the guesswork and provides invaluable information on the best way forward to restore optimum digestive health.
Contact me to find out more and for a recommendation of which test is right for you.
 
 

The Good Gut Guide

This newsletter is all about the gut because efficient digestion and absorption are fundamental to  good health.  Constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, bloating, pain, acid reflux and gut spasms are signs that all is not well. Patients with digestive complaints make up a significant part of  my case load. It’s unusual for me to see a health questionnaire that doesn’t  feature some digestive difficulty!
Our modern western diet with its over reliance on grains, sugar and fast food is not conducive to good gut health. You may know or suspect that certain foods make you feel uncomfortable and bloated.   Here’s an idea: jot down everything you eat and drink over the course of four or five days and highlight any foods that occur regularly. My guess is that wheat may be one of them. Often, just reducing the amount of wheat consumed can make a big difference to symptoms of bloating, constipation and acid. There are lots of wheat-free recipes on my blog, the most popular being gluten-free muffins (wheat is a gluten grain).
Choose a different coloured highlighter pen to mark foods that add fibre to the diet such as vegetables,  fruit, nuts, seeds and whole grains. If the tally is on the low side, say four portions or fewer a day, I recommend you start to increase your intake to help sluggish bowels to come to life. You’ll also be feeding the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut and are essential for good health and digestion.
Do you rush through meals or eat on the go? If so, you’ll  do your digestive system a big favour by slowing down and chewing your food thoroughly; smaller particles of food mean less work for digestive enzymes and stomach acid.
Stress is known to affect the digestive process. So being calm when you eat and taking time to savour what’s on your plate is another good habit to develop.
 Finally, don't put up with those uncomfortable symptoms. Contact me for a confidential chat to see how nutritional therapy could transform the health of your gut.

If you suffer from prolonged digestive discomfort or blood in your stool, it is advisable to visit your GP.
 


 
 


Natural medicine

Here's what one happy client had to say about her much-improved gut health:
'I'm feeling really well in myself and am pretty much back to normal now apart from not eating too much bread as I find that can give me a slight tummy ache. I had a follow- up appointment with the hospital last week who have confirmed that I don't need any more tests as I'm so much better. I don't think I'd be this well now without your help - so thank you so much!'

Many chronic illnesses have been linked to poor nutrition.  Ensuring that we get the nutrients we need to feel well physically, mentally and emotionally is an important step towards better health.

As a registered and experienced nutritional therapist,   I’ll assess your nutritional needs and recommend a personal healthy living plan to help you to achieve your goal of peak condition.
Contact me for a no-obligation chat to find out more.

 

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Summer Harvest


Make the most of summer vegetables with this Mediterranean summer stew
asparagus

aubergines
tomatoes
Jersey royals
peppers
courgettes
peas

watercress
rocket
salad onions
strawberries
raspberries
cherries

I'm always pleased to hear from clients old and new. If you have a health concern you would like to discuss in confidence before making an appointment for a nutritional therapy consultation, please get in touch through my web site contact form or send me an email with your phone number, rita@nutrimatters.co.uk.
Copyright © 2014 Rita Carmichael, nutritional therapist All rights reserved.
Rita Carmichael,Registered Nutritional Therapist DipION, FdSC, mBANT, CNHC

Clinics: PhysioDirect, 17, Villa Street, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2NY & The Open Door Natural Therapy Centre, 10a Gordon Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5LN
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