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Month: January 2017

Stress alters our gut microbiome leading to increased colonic inflammation during infections.

The mutualistic (friendly) bacteria in our gut is vital for defences against infections because it works in concert our immune system to kill and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. For sometime it has been proposed stress can alter the populations of friendly bacteria leading to vulnerability to acute or chronic infections and inflammation. People with  Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis have significantly different bacteria populations to healthy people , but scientists are still not sure how much the alterations of gut bacteria has to do with the progression of these diseases. This study below… Read more Stress alters our gut microbiome leading to increased colonic inflammation during infections.

The Pros and cons of PPIs (Anti-acid drugs)

Christmas is over and for some it was time to enjoy the food and drink in plenty! Unfortunately it may have left you with  some digestion problems and you may find yourself reaching in your pocket to use your new prescription of PPIs or an over-the-counter brand. The Christmas holidays is a common time to experience reflux , heartburn and indigestion. Many people will choose  this class of drug to provide fast relief. However PPIs were never intended to be taken long term or for mild reflux. The OTC drugs were originally… Read more The Pros and cons of PPIs (Anti-acid drugs)