Have you heard of Casein Sensitivity? Casein is the major protein found in cow's milk, and for some, it is a problem.
Dairy consumption worldwide is astoundingly high. It is estimated that between 94-99% of people regularly consume dairy products1 and up to 36% of people drink 2-3 glasses of milk a day2. Dairy is often recommended as highly nutritious and beneficial.
However, there is a negative side to dairy and it has been linked to several conditions. Lactose intolerance is known to give gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, gas, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort.
There has been an increasing amount of talk about the connection between our healthy gut flora and disease. Recently the research has widened to include the effect on behavior, mood, and feelings. Two recent studies reflect the critical role the gut-brain connection plays in children.
Dr Leila Masson reports on this critical research…
Understanding Gluten Sensitivity is firmly placed as one of the most controversial topics in nutrition, and indeed medicine as a whole.
Firstly, many will argue that gluten sensitivity is simply a health trend or fad. It's hard to argue with that; the topic displays all the hallmarks of a nutritional fad including celebrities espousing the benefits of gluten-free living.
Simply taking an over the counter probiotic may not be enough to fully restore the healthy function of our microbiota.
The microbiota of humans consists of approximately 10-100 trillion microbial cells. Put into perspective, this is approximately ten times the population of the human cells in your body.
Your microbiome comprises as much as 3% of your body mass. Primarily, microbes reside in the gut; however, no surface of the human body is free of them.
In analysing Childhood Sleep patterns, children who sleep less have been shown to be prone to a higher body mass index (BMI), and increased anxiety or low self-esteem.
Paradoxically, anxiety and low self-esteem may affect sleep duration and predict increased BMI, according to a recent cross-sectional study.
Spanish researchers analysed the sleep patterns of 291 schoolchildren aged around 9 years old. Using BMI measurements, anxiety and depressions scales, and parent interviews, they aimed to establish how anxiety, low self-esteem and less sleep interact with an increase in children's weight.
Digestive Health is vitally important as the digestive system is designed to absorb nutrients and block out toxins.
Nutrients are converted into proteins, hormones, neurotransmitters, growth factors and other naturally occurring chemicals that support and direct all body systems.
If the digestive system is not working due to Gastro Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut), Dysbiosis and/or inflammation then the brain and body are adversely affected in many ways.
Research has shown that the gut and brain are intricately connected. They even communicate regularly through a 'nervous system language' of small molecules and proteins. And both have a direct effect on overall health. So, when either the brain or gut are disturbed, it can create physical and physiological imbalances. This may lead to a gastrointestinal complaint, anxiety or depression, or all of these.This situation can occur when someone suffers from what is often called 'leaky gut syndrome'.