Each year the festive season poses a challenge to sustaining your health. You may give in to cravings for refined carbohydrates, sugary treats and alcohol – waking up in the New Year with a metabolic ‘hangover’ of weight gain and fatigue caused by erratic blood glucose (sugar) levels.

Stress is a natural, evolutionary body response. You will instinctively react to stress with a fight, flight or freeze type reaction. It may be an acute stressful event such as an exam or public speaking, or it may be the ongoing challenge of raising kids, the daily commute, or financial pressures.

A sign of a healthy gut is not only good digestion, but also passing regular, formed bowel motions and being free from uncomfortable symptoms. Bloating, intestinal pain, wind, constipation and diarrhoea are all signs of an unhappy gut; one that isn’t working optimally.

With it's abundance of processed food, increased stress and reduced opportunities for exercise; it's no surprise that modern life puts a strain on the body. The increased exposure to toxins builds up and can lead to health problems; a sign that the body is being pushed beyond its threshold of tolerance.

Stealth pathogens include bacteria and viruses that can hide from the immune system. They get into the body like any other pathogen but once inside they can hide by copying other molecules (so the immune system does not recognise them). Many also shield themselves in a special substance known as biofilm.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI's) are common, with over 50% of women experiencing one in their lifetime. They are mostly caused by a bacterial infection, and antibiotics are often prescribed to treat them.

You've probably heard about them and may even know somebody who has one - but what exactly is an autoimmune condition? Auto means "self", so an autoimmune condition occurs when the body's immune system loses it's balance and targets itself. It usually manifests with inflammation and damage to body tissues.

It is the time of year again when we all dread that tickle in the back of the throat that could mean the flu has arrived. This month we look at a few strategies for knocking down cold and flu or even keeping it away entirely.

The digestive tract is where you absorb the nutrients that power your body, so a healthy gut is important for overall health.  There are close to two kilograms of bacteria in the gut.  Literally billions of tiny micro-organisms known as ‘microbiota’.  The good bugs encourage healthy digestion and support the immune system by keeping the undesira

We are usually told to keep chemicals out of food wherever possible, however, naturally occurring plant chemicals or phytochemicals, are a great asset to health. They can improve a range of conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke and can even reduce the affects of ageing.