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Middle age and the gut microbiome

In this blog post, we’ll look at changes to the gut microbiome during middle age – our 40s and 50s. This can be a time of immense upheaval and change health-wise, especially for women, most of whom transition through menopause at this time.  The gut microbiome in middle age A quick search of research papers

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Digestive enzymes in pineapple

A focus on digestive enzymes

An enzyme is a protein within the body that helps speed up the rate of a chemical reaction. In the case of digestive enzymes, they do this by breaking down the food we eat into smaller particles that can then be absorbed and used by the body. Thanks to digestive enzymes, the nutrients contained within

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS Awareness Month 2020 - ProVen

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS Awareness Month

April is IBS Awareness Month and we thought it was a good time to pull together a comprehensive article summarising some of the information around irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to support those who might already have it or might be concerned that they have some of the symptoms. We have written a number of posts

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Exercise and gut health for a healthy life - ProVen Probiotics

Is exercise good for your gut?

Looking after our gut involves both diet and lifestyle – including eating healthily, exercising, staying hydrated and managing stress and sleep. The relationship between exercise and gut health is proving to be more intricate than was previously understood, with researchers starting to look at it in more detail. In what ways can exercise be good

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Signs of an unhealthy gut and how to heal it - ProVen Probiotics

Signs of an unhealthy gut and how to heal it

How to recognise an unhealthy gut? Many health issues have been linked to problems in the gut – ranging from digestive issues, to food allergies or sensitivities, mood issues, skin issues and more serious health issues such as diabetes and autoimmune disease. Recognising the symptoms of an unhealthy gut and implementing a positive change to

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Herbal tea with star anise, lemon and cinnamon for brew Monday

Are you celebrating Brew Monday?

Today, the third Monday in January has become known as ‘Blue Monday’. Apparently, it is the most depressing day of the year, although many dismiss this as nonsense! The Samaritans have turned it around and declared today ‘Brew Monday’, encouraging us to get together with a friend or family member for a cup of tea

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Support your gut health this Christmas

Are you feeling ready for Christmas? Have the parties and celebrations with friends and family started already? And how do you feel about them?  For people with sensitive digestion, the Christmas period can be one of discomfort and anxiety. This can include conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gastro-oesophageal reflux

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Bone broth in pan

Bone broth – a gut healer

We are bringing you a week of winter soups to end November and start December. To kick it off, here’s a bone broth recipe that is tasty on its own, or can be used as a stock for the other soups. Bone broth is rich in amino acids, collagen and gelatine; and has been shown

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Probiotics and prebiotics: fermented food in jars

What’s the difference between probiotics and prebiotics?

This is a question that we’re often asked. With such similar sounding names, many people assume that probiotics and prebiotics are one and the same, but there is a very subtle difference between them. One refers to the beneficial gut bacteria themselves, the other is the food that they need to thrive. So… which is

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Apple hanging on a tree

Celebrate Apple Day for gut health

‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’. Did you grow up with these words of wisdom as well? While an apple a day sadly isn’t the cure for everything, there is some truth in regular apple eating being good for gut health. It is Apple Day on 21st October, so we thought we’d take a

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