Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition characterized by an excessive growth of bacteria in the small intestine, leading to a number of gastrointestinal symptoms. Unlike the large intestine, where a high bacterial count is normal, the small intestine is meant to have relatively low bacterial levels. SIBO disrupts this balance, affecting nutrient absorption and causing discomfort. Symptoms associated with SIBO can include: bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, gas, fatigue, nausea,

  Discovered in 1982, H. pylori is unique in its ability to survive the acidic environment of the stomach by producing urease, an enzyme that neutralizes stomach acid. This bacteria is typically acquired in childhood and can persist throughout life if not treated. H. pylori infection is common worldwide and is associated with various gastrointestinal disorders, including stomach cancer. In South Africa, diagnosis is made through stool or biopsy tests. Treatment

  Nutritional psychiatry is a rapidly growing field that explores how our diet impacts our mental health. It's all about understanding that what we eat doesn't just affect our bodies—it also has profound effects on our brains and mood.  There are a few diets that have been studied for their impact on mental health, including a Modified Mediterranean Diet. However, in this blog I will address the Modified Ketogenic Diet which

Have you ever considered how much your gastrointestinal (GI) health affects your overall well-being? It might surprise you to know that taking care of your gut can lead to a happier, healthier life. Let’s dive into why your GI health is so important and how you can nurture it. Understanding Your Gut Your gastrointestinal system, commonly known as your gut, includes all the organs involved in digesting food, absorbing nutrients, and expelling