Confused about food labels? Four things best ignored on packaging.

When we walk into a supermarket, we are exposed to a huge amount of marketing. Everything from shelf placement to the colours and the words on food labels are designed to convince us to make a purchase, whether that is in our best interests or not. While it is essential that we choose mostly real, […]

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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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