NMO Gut Health Journal


Superfood Spotlight: Milk Kefir

May 31, 2017 Kriben Govender

  Kefir seems like it is taking the world by storm. You can see it in stores everywhere, but do you really know what it is? If you don’t, now is a good time to get familiar because not only are there a host of beneficial effects from including it in your diet, it’s also quite tasty! Let’s take a look and see what the hype is about and get familiar with Kefir.        A Time Honored Traditional Beverage, With Good Reason Kefir is a tradition beverage from the Caucasus mountains, where Europe meets Asia. Named after the...


Have You Caught on To the Fermented Food Revival?

May 24, 2017 Kriben Govender

  Fermenting foods is an age-old practice, used for generations to preserve food in a time before coolers and refrigerators, it has been popular across the globe with each continent having its own form of popular fermenting processes. Different cultures have used a variety of additives, all with the same lasting effects. Over time people began to notice that there were other positives to fermentation other than just food preservation.   For example, Romans were known to eat sauerkraut because of the beneficial health benefits, ancient Indians enjoyed an appetiser like yogurt called lassi, which was known to ease stomach...


Gut Health and the Mind Body Connection

May 09, 2017 Kriben Govender

  By now, many of us know that we need to look after our gut health!  The question is how – there’s so much information out there and much of it is conflicting.  Take this, don’t take that, eat this, no wait that’s bad for you, do this, no that’s bad too!  It’s no wonder we are confused.  Let’s start with diet – there is no one size fits all answer to this.  Wholefoods work for some, paleo works for others.  I personally find that low carb high fat, or keto, works best for me.  It helps to get professional...


Fermented foods: the best kept secret for weight loss

March 15, 2017 Kate Dalgleish

    If you’ve tried different diets, pills, shakes and you still can’t shift those extra few kilos I might have an answer for you. Balancing your gut microbiome could be the key to a healthier, happy version of yourself.    In​ ​recent​​ ​​years,​​ ​​researchers​​ ​​have​​ ​​proven​ ​that​​ ​​the​​ ​​type​​ ​​of​​ ​​bacteria​​ ​​in​​ ​​your​​ ​​gut​​ ​​control​ everything from your mood and immunity to blood sugar levels and even how satisfied you feel after meals. They also play an important role in weight regulation, with studies showing that​ ​normal​ ​weight​ ​people​ ​have very​ ​different​ ​gut​ ​bacteria​ ​to​ ​those​ ​who​ ​are​ ​overweight​...


Why Your Gut May be the Answer to those Breakouts

March 09, 2017 Kriben Govender

By Yoko Inoue, founder of Shokuiku     While your first instinct to achieving a healthy, glowing complexion is nailing your skincare regimen - there’s another aspect of your body that is equally important - and that’s your gut.    What you put in your mouth impacts so many elements outside your stomach. Food and alcohol not only influences your digestive system and overall health, but it plays a significant role in the health of your body’s largest organ - your skin.   Coming off the back of the silly season, we tend to notice that our skin doesn’t look as clear or...