October 2011


Nutrition Link Newsletter October 2011
October, 2011
Hello and welcome to our October newsletter. This month we will be taking a look at that all too common problem – acidity in the digestive tract – why it occurs and what you can do about it. We will also be reviewing some of the new ‘free from’ products now available in the shops, as well as sharing with you a tantalising recipe for a healthy  lentil bake and giving you the usual roundup of all the latest health and nutrition news

Stomach Acid – Too Much or Too Little?


 Often it is assumed that any acidity in the digestive tract is a problem wheras in fact having an adequate level of acid in the stomach is actually crucial to good digestion. This is because this acid is essential for denaturing proteins so that they are easier for enzymes to begin digesting them once food moves down to the small intestine. If this process does not work properly it can lead to symptoms such as bloating, flatulence and acid reflux.  The other key role that stomach acid plays is to kill off harmful bacteria from ingested foods. So if you are someone who is prone to attacks of food poisoning then inadequate stomach acid could be a factor.
Too Much or Too Little?…
So when does enough acid become too much?, Well not as often as you might think. Although some individuals do certainly produce too much acid (a condition known as zollinger – ellison syndrome), often the feeling of excess acidity in the digestive tract is not caused by excess acid and in fact may be caused by a lack of acid.
So why is this?
Sometimes the feeling of excess acidity in the digestive system is caused by acid moving up into the oesphagus where it is not designed to go. As the oesophagus is not protected by the same lining that we have in our stomachs, then we experience a burning sensation from the acid in this scenario.
The second thing that can happen is that the lining of the stomach itself can become inflamed or slightly irritated and when this occurs we feel the acid in our stomach more than we should do. This can happen due to stress, food intolerances, bacterial overgrowth and a bacterial infection called helicobacter pylori.
At  The Nutrition Link we can help you to optimise your digestion to get rid of that acid feeling and feel comfortable again. For more information or to book an appointment give us a call on 01727 764 832 or email paula@thenutritionlink.co.uk


Recipe – Vegetable and Lentil Hotpot


This is a warming hearty and wholesome dish, perfect for those cold dreary evenings that we are having at the moment. Lentils are inexpensive, a good source of protein and fibre and are rich in a number of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, B vitamins and….
3/4 cup of red lentils (no need to pre- soak)
5 medium potatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
3 sticks of celery, chopped (optional)
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tsp of curry powder
5 medium ripe tomatoes
, peeled and chopped
1 large vegetable stock cube, crumbled
1 cup of water
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsps chopped fresh parsley
15g butter, melted
1/4 tsp paprika
Add lentils to large saucepan of boiling water, bring to the boil, rduce heat, simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes; drain well. Boil, steam or microwave potatoes in their skins until tender.
Heat oil in a large saucepan, add onions, carrots, celery and garlic, stir over a medium heat for about 5 minutes or until onions are soft. Stir in curry powder, cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, stock cube, water and paste, bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover, simmer for 10 mins. Stir in parsley and lentils; spoon into large oven proff dish.
Slice potatoes, arrange over lentil mixture. Brush potatoes lightly with butter. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes or until lightly browned.

Well that’s all for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed our health and recipe news. Please feel free to contact us on 01727 764 832 email paula@thenutritionlink.co.uk regarding your health and weight loss issues and don’t forget to check out our wide range of health tests in the ‘shop’ section of our site at www.thenutritionlink.co.uk . Talk to you soon!  

Exciting New Food Products!
Wot No Dairy?
Wot No Dairy - Black Cherry Dessert
Dairy foods are a problemfor a lot of people yet up until now there have been limited alternatives for dairy yoghurts, particularly for those also sensitive to Soya. Help is at hand, however as Redwood foods have just launched a delicious range of non- dairy yoghurts stye desserts using pea – protein. They come in natural flavour, raspberry, peach and apricot and black cherry and are available in some health food stores (Natural Health, Welwyn Garden City)
Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry

 Shortcut pastryFor those of you who have tried to make gluten free shortcrust pastry you will know that it can be somewhat challenging to say the least!

Now Genius have made life easier with frozen gluten free pastry available from larger stores of Tesco
Latest Health News

More Good News For Chocolate Lovers!

A recent meta- analysis which looked at the results of 7 different research studies found that  5 out of 7 of the studies reported a beneficial association between chocolate consumption and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Sweet news indeed!


Garlic Link to Weight Loss in Mice

Could garlic be one of the keys to unlocking weight loss? A recent study with mice found that garlic reduced body weight and the mass of adipose tissue. It also normalised abnormal plasma and liver lipid profiles.

For more health news remember to visit our blog at www.thenutritionlink.co.uk 


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