NMO Gut Health Journal


How can fermented foods have so many health benefits?

June 10, 2016 Kriben Govender

From curing digestive issues to fighting off colds, improving skin conditions and increasing energy levels, the range of health benefits associated with fermented foods is as varied as the products themselves. Whether it’s apple cider vinegar (ACV), sauerkraut, pickles, kombucha, kefir or even yoghurt, research and anecdotal evidence have both established these products as superfoods. Sceptics, on the other hand, wonder just how much difference they really make. Is it really possible to get so many health benefits from one product? While some claims may be outlandish, and more research really is needed, the reality is that fermented foods do have...


Top natural sources of probiotics – part two

March 21, 2016 Kriben Govender

Including probiotics in our diet is a great way to support our gut health and can also help resolve many other health issues. As part one of this feature explains, there are many probiotic supplements available that can offer some health benefits – but there is also an abundance of natural sources. Here, we look at six more sources that are easy to incorporate into daily life and have many other benefits.    Miso   This fermented soybean past is popular in Asian cuisine, particularly in Japan. The paste can be used to make a soup or broth, as well...


What Is Lactic Acid?

November 29, 2015 Amy Bradney George

Lactic acid is one of those terms you hear a lot when learning about healthy lifestyles. From fermented foods to fitness, this particular acid plays a very important role in our lives, but is hardly ever explained in detail. So what exactly is lactic acid and what does it do to (and for) us? Lactic acid is, as the name suggests, a type of acid that often has a colourless, syrupy quality when separated from other elements. On a more scientific level, it’s described as an organic chemical that’s formed “when sugars are broken down for energy in the absence...


How Fermented Foods Can Help Reduce Sugar Cravings

November 12, 2015 Kriben Govender

These days there is a lot of talk about the amount of sugar people consume, both through foods and drinks. While the sugars that make up simple and complex carbohydrates can be an important part of healthy and balanced nutrition, too much is often a bad thing. Refined sugar, in particular, has been linked to a number of health issues, including yeast imbalances, bloating, water retention, lethargy, nutrient deficiencies, weakened immune systems, and the list goes on. This kind of sugar is also highly addictive, with some health experts even comparing it to illegal drugs.  As more research reveals the...


Probiotics and Prebiotics: What’s the Difference?

November 08, 2015 Amy Bradney George

There’s an abundance of information on gut health, and almost all of it features the terms “probiotics” and “prebiotics”. With both of these terms frequently scattered through content on our gut’s micro flora, it’s clear that both probiotics and prebiotics are an important part of keeping us healthy. What’s not so clear is the difference between them. So let’s take a closer look at both probiotics and prebiotics to see how exactly they fit into the bigger picture of our gut’s health. Probiotics are “healthy bacteria” The term probiotics literally means “for life” and is used to describe microorganisms –...