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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Sorry

I have made a mistake that I am deeply sorry for. In my latest book, What am I Supposed to Eat? I used a word to describe Down Syndrome that I thought was a current medically used word. It has since been brought to my attention it is a word that is used in a […]

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Do you feel out of control if you’re not on a diet?

When I suggest to someone that they stop dieting, the biggest roadblock I hear is: “But how do I manage my weight if I’m not on a diet?” For so many people, dieting has become the only way they feel in control of their bodies and their weight. So, they jump in and out of […]

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Are you getting enough zinc?

In today’s world, meeting our zinc requirements from food alone is much harder than it was even 50 years ago. Zinc used to be present in our soil. As such, we obtained it gradually across the day in foods such as fruits and vegetables. Even grain-based foods such as breads and cereals provided us with […]

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