Ways To Boost Your Immunity This Summer

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Is it  just me or do more and more people seem to be getting colds and flu during the summer? And not just in the UK but everywhere. The last time I visited South Africa (during their summer) I was absolutely amazed at how many people were ill. It seemed like the entire population had a nasty virus whilst under a bright blue sunny sky.

Here, nutritionist Fleur Borrelli, explains what’s going on and what we can do to minimise the risk of falling prey to summer colds.

How to Avoid Bloating and Indigestion

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Ok this is going to be a bit like a biology lesson so get a nice cup of tea, snuggle up and concentrate. Digestive enzymes are very important and decline rapidly with age, stress, if you don’t chew your food properly or if your nutrition is poor. Fortunately you can take Digestive Enzymes as a supplement and I now take them with each meal (see which ones below). They are, however, important for everyone, and lack of them can cause nasty day to day problems. Who hasn’t suffered from bloating? An uncomfortable and totally unattractive occurrence! Ignore this at your peril!

Pharmacist Shabir Daya tells it like it is.

Do You Experience Bloating, Gas Or Indigestion?

Peas in a pod!

Bloating is a very common and annoying concern; occasional bloating may be attributable to over-eating or eating foods that do not agree with you, however constant bloating may be associated with hormonal insufficiency, irritable bowel syndrome, food intolerances and high stress levels, to name just a few.  At the centre of all of this is our digestive system:

What exactly is the role of the digestive system?

Our bodies obtain nutrients from foods that are broken down efficiently by digestive enzymes, which are released as soon as we ingest food. The effects of improper digestion are widespread and include feeling lethargic, uncomfortable, a bulging stomach, bloating, rumbling or gas and wind.

It is often said that ‘you are what you eat’ and whilst this remains true to a certain extent, what is equally important is the state of your digestive system. Even if you were to eat a healthy, nutritious meal, if your digestive system is not functioning at its optimal level, then the body will not receive all the nutrients that it depends upon. Every single cell within the human body depends upon the supply of vital nutrients and an optimal digestive system depends upon the production of digestive enzymes.

So what are digestive enzymes?

Enzymes are necessary for all functions carried out within our bodies.  Currently, more than 3000 enzymes have been identified and experts believe that there are literally thousands of enzymes that have yet to be identified. Such is the complexity of the human body.

Enzymes basically act as catalysts working to quicken any process that they are involved in.  Every organ, tissue and cells have their own specific enzymes designed to carry out appropriate processes. Without enzymes one would not be able to digest food, breathe, move or even think.

We are constantly being reminded about drinking plenty of water, eating high fibre foods and consuming lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and yet large numbers of the population still experience constant bloating, gas and indigestion.   The reason could be the lack of digestive enzymes.  Our bodies require sufficient amounts of digestive enzymes to break down food as it passes through the gastrointestinal tract.  The foods we eat require to be broken down into smaller bits in order to obtain nutrients from them. They are generally grouped as containing fats, proteins, carbohydrates, fibres and other components.   As soon as we ingest food, these digestive enzymes are released in the small intestine from the liver, gall bladder and pancreas.  Digestive enzymes are specialised proteins and can be generally classified as:

Proteases to break down proteins
Lipases to break down fats
Amylases to break down carbohydrates

Digestive enzymes are produced naturally by the body but their production can diminish for several reasons including:

  • Ageing – as we age, our production of digestive enzymes diminishes.
  • Stress because our bodies are not equipped to digest food under stressful conditions.
  • Poor eating habits such as not chewing food properly or rushing through meals.
  • Imbalanced diets that do not have the right mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
  • Eating insufficient raw foods which contain naturally occurring enzymes.
  • Inadequate vitamin and mineral levels
  • Exposure to artificial colours and preservatives.

With so many factors affecting digestive enzymes, is it a surprise that vast numbers of the population suffer from minor digestive concerns?

Healthy EatingMost people neglect the first step of digestion and that is to chew food thoroughly.  Chewing food thoroughly has great benefits by breaking down food into smaller particles that are easier to digest, by stimulating the flow of saliva which has its own digestive enzymes and the actual action of chewing sends signals to the pancreas and other digestive organs to ensure digestive enzyme production.  By the same token, do not chew gum because this fools the digestive organs into releasing digestive enzymes resulting in possible glandular exhaustion.

If you do not have sufficient digestive enzymes then taking the above steps will have no major benefits from the relief of bloating, occasional constipation, reflux, abdominal discomfort and other related issues.  I am not going to bore you with all the individual digestive enzymes and their role in great detail except to say that the use of a digestive enzyme supplement can help and may put less strain on the digestive system.

Digestive Enzyme Production Declines from the age of 20!

An incredible statement, studies indicate that the body’s natural digestive enzyme production starts to decline by the time you reach 20.  These studies further indicate that digestive enzyme production decreases by an average of 12% with every ten years of age so that by the time you reach your forties, it is roughly 25% of when you are young.  To make matters worse, hydrochloric acid production in the stomach also declines with age and this is crucial for activating all of the stomach’s digestive enzymes.  This digestive enzyme depletion can not only result in many of the digestive concerns such as bloating and gas but it can result in nutrient depletion in the body and there are several studies that show that using digestive enzymes can increase nutrient absorption by hundreds of percentages.

Digestive Enzymes help to reduce inflammation

In addition to playing a role in digestion, digestive enzymes also help to reduce inflammation in the body and speed healing after surgery.  In general, protein digesting enzymes can help to prevent tissue damage, inflammation and swelling.  Inflammation is linked to virtually every single chronic disease that affect our bodies including heart disease, poor cognitive function and joint function.

 Super Digestive Enzymes

There are hundreds of digestive enzyme supplements on the market and many people find it difficult to choose which one to take.  I am a great fan of Life Extension, a pioneering research based company and I have no hesitation in recommending Super Digestive Enzymes.  This digestive enzyme supplement fits my criteria because:

  • Super Digestive Enzymes contains a mixture of enzymes to break down all the food groups.
  • It contains the enzyme activity rather than just the weight of each ingredient.
  • It contains the optimal strengths of digestive enzymes to help break down foods without affecting the body’s own digestive enzyme production.
  • It is from a very reputable and research orientated company, and is easy to use.
  • Super Digestive Enzymes are free from known allergens such as dairy, wheat, yeast, shellfish, artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.


Eating a balanced diet all the time is next to impossible for most of us on a daily basis.  If we ate a diet of raw and whole foods only, which contain naturally occurring enzymes, then our bodies would not need to work overtime to produce more nor would we end up with digestive exhaustion.  Instead we are, for all the reasons mentioned within the article, putting a huge burden on our digestive system.

Most of us would benefit from the use of Super Digestive Enzymes because this supplement will help:

  • Break down all food types efficiently thus helping to prevent bloating and many digestive concerns including constipation.
  • Enhance energy production
  • Fight infections through their effect on immunity
  • Speed healing time of tissues
  • Fight inflammation in the body
  • Enhance vitamin and mineral absorption in the body
  • May help to regulate cholesterol and triglyceride levels
This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

The Importance of Bacteria

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Bacteria have been on this earth longer than humans and were indeed one of the first life forms on the planet. They are very resilient and have even been known to flourish on manned spacecraft. We tend to think of them as gross, dirty and bad.  Some, indeed, are very dangerous but others are vital to our survival and to our well being. Looking after your gut bacteria can actually transform your health. However, getting the balance right can be very difficult and it’s resulted in numerous health problems for many people (maintaining a healthy weight without this balance is impossible for example). Probiotics can be very helpful to achieve this, especially if you often use antibiotics which upsets the balance of bacteria in the gut. I make sure I use antibiotics very rarely and take probiotics every day.

Here nutritionist, Fleur Borrelli, explains why bacteria are so vital.

(She advises that many probiotics aren’t up to the task but recommends the one I use which is Mega Probiotic-ND and also Bio-Kult Advanced Probiotic.)

The First Year of Ageless

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Glynis BarberSince the launch of this site just over a year ago, I have posted close to 100 articles. Phew! Not a week has gone by without one and for the first few months there were 2 articles a week. We have covered so many different subjects ranging from the benefits of turmeric to hair loss to the pros and cons of getting the flu vaccine. All the subjects cover the basic “tools” needed to remain healthy and ageless. These include exercise, nutrition, supplements, stress management, beauty treatments and products. ALL these things are important and no ONE thing is going to miraculously and suddenly make you look younger (and beware anyone claiming otherwise).

You may be new to the site or perhaps didn’t have a chance to see all the articles so here are my top 10 personal favourites:

Keeping the Weight off over Christmas

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Roast Turkey Christmas DinnerIt’s just inevitable isn’t it? Days of overeating, drinking, slouching on the sofa, TV watching marathons and the pounds piling on. Lovely to let go like that for a week or so but not great to start the new year feeling bloated and in need of a diet. Probably the number one New Years’ resolution is to start a diet. I wonder how many people last longer than a day on it? January to my mind, is not the most conducive month to diet. Cold and grey (I’m talking about us Brits here), one longs for hot comforting food.

But what if we didn’t gain all the pounds to begin with? And still managed to eat heartily and fully over the holidays? With just a few little adjustments to our eating habits? Aha now you’re talking!

Nutritionist Fleur Borrelli comes to the rescue.

I’m Not Grumpy I’m Just…Hormonally Challenged

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Two Women ArguingThere’s no escaping it. Sooner or later we ladies get mugged by our hormones. If you happen to have teenage children, or more specifically a teenage daughter at this particular stage of your life……then good luck! As one friends’ daughter said to her, “You didn’t time this very well, did you??” Quite frankly it seems hugely unfair that woman having gone through child birth and raising children, then get to go through a reverse form of puberty that is even worse than the first one! Even more unfair I suppose if you haven’t even had children!

Whether Or Not To Get The Flu Vaccine

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Vaccination SyringeLast weeks article on colds and flu sparked a lot of queries on twitter about the flu vaccine. People wanted advice on whether they should get it or not. A lot of people said they get it every year and genuinely believed it stopped them getting ill. Would I personally get it? The answer is no. Perhaps if I was a person at high risk I would consider it, but I do know I would do everything in my power to avoid it. Why? Because I believe some of the elements, like the preservatives used, to be highly toxic and damaging to health. This is a controversial subject and many would disagree with me so I asked psycho-neuro-immunology clinician Fleur Borrelli to give us an all round view of the situation.

How Best to Fight Colds & Flu

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Woman with a runny nose in pharmacyColds and flu may be common place but they are a real pain in the neck…and the nose, throat and head! A cold won’t get you any sympathy (on the contrary people will physically back away from you) but can make you feel completely miserable. Not quite ill enough to be in bed, but hard to work properly or enjoy anything. So can you do anything to reduce the amount of colds you get? Absolutely! A healthy lifestyle means a healthy immune system and coupled with an arsenal of supplements, I believe it’s possible to prevent colds most of the time or to zap them quickly when you do succumb. Here, nutritionist Fleur Borrelli explains that the vitamin most important for prevention is not C but D! Nothing wrong with taking some vitamin C when feeling a bit run down or fighting a cold, as it’s a great anti-oxidant, but the vitamin to take regularly through the winter is D!

Wholistic Dermatolgy – From Health Comes Beauty

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Ageless ToolboxAbout 7 years ago a friend sent me to see a friend of hers who had just opened a skin clinic in Los Angeles. The incentive to go was that apparently she was setting out to get great results by using as natural methods as possible. And so I met Dr. Julia Hunter for the first time. There was an instant recognition of kindred spirits, of mutual passion for optimal health, of working from the inside out to achieve glowing youthful skin. It was Dr. Hunter who said to me that there is no ONE thing that will act as a magic bullet to make you look younger, but rather a toolbox and only by using all the tools will you get a meaningful result. (Take a peek at my Toolbox article on homepage)

The Science of Staying Younger

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DNA Anti-Ageing TestIs staying younger really possible? Is it all just a desperate and ultimately futile attempt to hold back the years? Ageing chronologically is inevitable, but being “old” I believe is something we can most definitely do something about. Being older can be very positive. With age comes experience, wisdom, confidence and less agonising (hopefully) over the little stuff, caring less about what others think which is very liberating. Physically we can not only maintain good health but even improve it as we learn to appreciate it’s value more. 

Here, Shabir, pharmacist at Victoria Health, gives us some important information to optimise and understand our health as we age.