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Signs your adrenals need support

Ever wake up feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck? It could be that your adrenal glands are struggling to keep up with what you’re asking of them. Only the size of a walnut, these mighty glands—you have two—are part of your endocrine system and they sit just on top of your kidneys. They […]

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Are your sleep habits sabotaging your energy?

12.00am, 2am, 2.15am, 3.00am – do these times look familiar? When was the last time you actually slept through the night? Or better still when was the last time you woke up feeling refreshed? Unfortunately more often than not I hear the phrase “I can’t remember.” Can you imagine a world free from sleep anxiety […]

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Is there such a thing as too much exercise?

Physical exercise is good for us right? Of course! Movement is an integral part of any healthy lifestyle and we would benefit from including more incidental exercise in our daily routine if we don’t do so already. However, exercise, depending on its intensity, can sometimes put additional pressure on the body and in certain circumstances […]

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Ways to Avoid Constipation

The health of the gut is central to every aspect of health. It is through our digestive system that we absorb all of the goodness from our food, a process that is essential for life. Our gut is (obviously) also one of our key elimination channels as well, and it’s important that we keep our […]

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The low-down on probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics

The impact that gut health has on overall health never ceases to amaze me, and the bacteria living in the gut is an important part of this. We have anywhere from one to three kilograms of bacteria residing in our large intestine, and this is collectively known as the gut microbiome. It could almost be […]

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Ask Dr Libby: Why do I get so bloated in the afternoon?

Many people tell me they experience their tummies getting more and more bloated as the day continues. There are many reasons why this might be happening; one of the first to explore is stress. The production of stress hormones causes blood to be diverted away from digestion to your periphery so that your arms and […]

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The Gut-Brain Connection

We’ve all heard the term ‘go with your gut’ when it comes to decision-making.  But is there really such a thing as gut feelings? And just how connected is our brain with our gut? Well, scientific research has found that our brain, our gut, and the gut microbes inside it (the different strains of bacteria […]

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Are you one of the one in five?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects around one in five New Zealanders and Australians, with women being twice as likely to be affected than men.  This common condition is not normal—food is not supposed to bloat you—and it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few of the common reasons people experience IBS and […]

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