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Tired all the time? If your diet is the problem, it’s also the solution

Posted: March 11 2020

Tired all the time, wiped out, exhausted, fatigued… my clients all had different ways of saying it, but the problem was essentially the same. As a nutrition consultant, I encountered the same health issues time and again. Top of that list, by a mile, was low energy, or however you prefer to put it. Most […]

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10 Things you need to know about inflammatory bowel disease

Posted: December 17 2019

1. It’s not just about poo When people think about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – the umbrella term for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – they tend to only consider the digestive symptoms, which include stomach pain, bleeding when you go to the loo, and diarrhoea. While these can be debilitating, IBD actually goes far beyond this. […]

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Let’s talk about ulcerative colitis

Posted: November 28 2019

What Is Ulcerative Colitis, Anyway? Ulcerative colitis: Even the name is a mouthful. But let’s break it down. UC is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the colon (that’s the colitis part) and rectum. That inflammation leads to ulcers (that’s the ulcerative part), or open sores, in the intestinal lining that can bleed […]

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Let’s talk about Crohn’s disease

Posted: November 28 2019

What Is Crohn’s Disease, Actually? Before we talk about what Crohn’s disease is, let’s talk about what it isn’t. Because the chronic condition is, well, chronically misunderstood. While Crohn’s tends to conjure images of grimacing on le toilet, it doesn’t just impact the bowels. Crohn’s causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. That means it can […]

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The role of sleep in diverse populations with IBD

Posted: November 7 2019

What was discuss the impetus for this study? Qazi: We found that patients with inflammatory bowel disease have poor sleep. We’re not quite sure why that occurred, but there appears to be a bi-directional relationship between sleep and disease activity, meaning that disease activity perpetuates poor sleep, but poor sleep also worsens disease activity to a […]

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Common mistakes that can make ulcerative colitis worse

Posted: October 22 2019

When you experience an ulcerative colitis flare, it’s easy to assign blame, be it on last night’s spicy dinner or on that extra-large coffee. In actuality, flares are unpredictable — there are no proven triggers or foolproof ways to prevent them. The most important thing to do if you have ulcerative colitis? “Take your medications as prescribed […]

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Health Benefits of Practicing Gratitude According to Science

Posted: October 15 2019

The health benefits of expressing gratitude are many, and some might surprise you. Scholars, spiritual leaders, and scientist throughout history have deliberated on gratitude. More recently, the scientifically-validated benefits of gratitude are better understood. Regardless of who you are, or the circumstances of your life, the health benefits of gratitude are undeniable. There are numerous gratitude […]

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Your wellbeing matters

Posted: October 15 2019

The brain and gut are in constant conversation through a network of neural, hormonal and immunological messages and if you are living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), these lines of communication are disturbed. It can be overwhelming and a bit stressful to start the conversation with your healthcare professional about how you’re feeling – but it […]

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Cold-water treatment? A weekend with the ‘Ice Man’

Posted: August 14 2019

Best known for trying to scale Mount Everest in only a pair of shorts and hiking boots, Hof has broken more world records than even he can count. His feats include a near-fatal 57-metre swim under ice during which he went temporarily blind, and a barefoot half-marathon in the Arctic. He’s also immersed himself in […]

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Study finds millennials have unprecedented rates of diabetes, depression, and digestive disorders

Posted: May 5 2019

Millennials, as a generation, are in overall poorer health than their predecessors, Gen X-ers, with higher rates of depression, hyperactivity, substance misuse, type 2 diabetes and Crohn’s disease, among other chronic conditions. The report authors warn that the healthcare community needs to be aware that millennials are facing growing and perhaps unprecedented health concerns that could […]

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