The Role of Enzymes In Fungal Overgrowth

Candida albicans is an opportunistic yeast of the human body. Although many yeasts live in the body and can cause symptoms, c.albicans is the most prevalent.  C. albicans can be found on the surface of the skin, the oral and vaginal canal and within the digestive tract. Candida can exist in three forms: a budding yeast, pseudohyphae, and filamentous hyphae. In yeast form, candida is harmless and will not generate any symptoms or discomfort. Candida is kept in yeast form by the immune system and healthy gut bacteria. Due to its opportunistic nature, when the environment becomes favourable, Candida can...

DPA - The Missing Omega-3 Fatty Acid

By Karen Jones, Nutritional Therapist The benefits of fish oils are clear from the wealth of research available, most of which has focused on the two best known Omega 3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  However, there is a third Omega 3 fatty acid, docosapentaenoic acid or DPA, which is increasingly being shown by research to be critical to human health.  But why have most of us never even heard of it? The answer lies in technology.  It is only with the recent advances in purifying fish oil that it has become possible to extract consistent...

Fish Oils: a powerful fuel for microbiome diversity and gastrointestinal health

By Karen Jones Nutritional Therapist The gut microbiome refers to the collection of trillions of microbes that live within the gastrointestinal tract.  Research shows these organisms play a crucial role in digestive, immune and mental health. Any imbalance can lead to a wide range of issues, from digestive distress like wind and bloating, to broader systemic challenges such as obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and cancer. Positively influencing the microbiome is a major health goal for many.  “Seeding” the microbiome using probiotics and feacal transplants has often been the approach, but this has limited long term benefits as it...

The Therapeutic Use Of Digestive Enzymes In Upper GI Symptoms: Heartburn part II

"Eczema of the Oesophagus" By Leyla Moudden, Naturopath Heartburn is a problematic symptom that can result from a wide spectrum of digestive disorders, ranging from involuntary regurgitation into the oesophagus (GERD) to visceral hypersensitivity. Approximately 15% of the global population will experience heartburn that is severe enough to trigger a doctor's visit, and an even larger percentage of people will experience heartburn without reporting it. One driver of heartburn is a condition called eosinophilic oesophagus, or 'EoE', an "eczema of the oesophagus". EoE is a non-IgE mediated atopic food intolerance response occurring in the mucosal tissue of the oesophagus. The...

Food Intolerance: Fructan Intolerance, Can Enzymes Help? 

Fructans are beneficial carbohydrates with potent antioxidant effects that feed the beneficial gut bacteria that line the large intestine and colon. Fructans are carbohydrates found abundantly in many health-promoting foods such as grains, wheat, fruits, legumes, and vegetables.  So what happens when a client is having adverse reactions to fructan? 

The Therapeutic Use of Digestive Enzymes in Upper GI Symptoms - Heartburn Part 1

Over the counter medications for the symptoms of heartburn tend to focus on neutralising stomach acid. As a side effect, the pH of stomach acid is raised to above 3.5 rendering the digestion of protein, the absorption of minerals, and the neutralising of pathogenic microbes unlikely. 

Food intolerance or enzyme deficiency?

Food intolerance in the UK is increasing. Food intolerance most frequently manifests as a digestive disturbance or self-reported ‘allergy’ to food. It is estimated that approximately 30% of the UK population will report a negative reaction to food, but only 2% of the population will have a true allergy. [1] Food intolerance can be described as the body’s inability to accept a particular food or some of its molecules.

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