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Health Conditions

Natural health products can provide support in preventing or alleviating the symptoms of many common health concerns. While we’ve categorised some of our products by ‘health conditions’ for the sake of convenience, if you are currently suffering from a health condition, we’d always recommend that you seek the advice of a suitably qualified health professional.

Learn more about the causes of many common health conditions, which can be alleviated through taking scienced-based natural health products.

Anti-ageing

The two most important issues with regard to skin ageing are:lessening growth factor production with advancing age, which slows down healing and repairing of skin tissue loss of collagen from skin tissue with advancing age, which causes skin to sag

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Autism

Custom Probiotics has formulated a D-Lactate Free Probiotic powder formulation that has been used most specifically for autistic children. D-Lactate is a by-product of probiotic fermentation that may produce neurological problems.Custom Probiotics D-Lactate Free Probiotic powder formulation is very high in potency at 250 billion cfu's per gram. It contains L. Salivarius, L. Rhamnosus, B. Bifidum and B. Infantis. It is dairy free, hypoallergenic and does not contain any artificial colours, flavours, sugar, gluten, soy or FOS.

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Bloating and Wind

Chronic bloating, wind, belching and abdominal discomfort are often early signs that all is not well with the digestive triad of absorption, assimilation and elimination.

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Candida Overgrowth

Candida Albicans is a single celled, fungal yeast that is impossible to keep out of the body. Normally, it does no harm, because probiotics (good gut bacteria) like acidophilus keep it in check. When probiotics are destroyed, however (by birth control pills, HRT, antibiotics, steroids, extreme stress etc), Candida can grow out of control in the gut, or even become systemic and travel throughout the body.

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Celiac

Celiac is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged by an allergic reaction to the food protein gluten which is present in a number of grains. It is said to be an auto-immune disease since antibodies produced by the immune system against specific gluten components, namely gliadin, cross react with intestinal tissue which contains similar proteins.

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Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic condition of the colon and rectum, in which inflammation occurs along with ulceration; according to conventional medicine it is incurable. Diagnosis is usually by means of colonoscopy and mucosal biopsy. Initial treatment for flare-ups is usually administration of steroids such as prednisolone.

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Constipation

Constipation is passage of small amounts of hard, dry bowel movements, usually fewer than three times a week. People who are constipated may find it difficult and painful to have a bowel movement. Other symptoms of constipation include feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and sluggish.

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Crohn’s Disease

One of the current theories regarding IBD revolves around a particular immune system cytokine, IL-17. This cytokine was only discovered in 2006, but is found in almost all autoimmune pathologies or diseases. We have known for some time that some probiotic bacteria can help reduce the severity of the inflammation in many cases of IBD, without really knowing the specific mechanism. Now it appears that researchers in Japan have discovered a potential explanation. IL-17 is a very potent pro-inflammatory cytokine, that is it causes inflammation. When it is over produced in the colon, a chronic inflammatory condition can result. Administration of Bifidobacteria inhibited IL-17 production by producing IL-10, another cytokine which has a ‘cancelling’ effect on IL-17.

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Diarrhoea

Normal stool frequency ranges from three times per week to three times per day. Diarrhoea may be defined as an excess of stool being passed, usually accompanied by an increased frequency and liquidity of the stool.

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Diverticular Disease

Many people have small pouches in their colon that bulge outward through weak spots, like an inner tube that pokes through weak places in a tyre. Each pouch is called a diverticulum; pouches (plural) are called diverticula. The condition of having diverticula is called diverticulosis. The condition becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over the age of 60 have diverticulosis, and of these, around 90% are asymptomatic.

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Gluten Intolerance

Gluten Intolerance, or Gluten Sensitivity, is a condition where the body is intolerant to foods containing gluten.

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Heartburn and Reflux

The name Heartburn is an umbrella term for common gastro-intestinal discomfort variously described by sufferers as indigestion, fullness, gaseousness, abdominal distension, burning pain in the upper abdomen, chest or behind the breastbone (epigastric pain). It is common for heartburn to have a burning quality to the pain, hence the name.

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High Cholesterol

If you are 50 years old or more, then you will know that it is important to check your cholesterol on a regular basis. The most accurate way to have it checked is for you to fast overnight, and have a blood sample taken the following morning. This avoids an inaccurate reading due to a phenomenon known as post prandial hyperlipidaemia, where blood lipids rise after food consumption. You will find that your healthcare provider will break down that report so that you have several numbers and a real understanding of what part of your cholesterol is out of balance and what you can do about it.

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Indigestion

Pain due to heartburn and indigestion often radiates between the shoulder blades, whereas oesophageal spasm (sometimes triggered by acid reflux) more commonly causes chest pain, and can be mistaken for cardiac chest pain.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common complaints in the western world. Around 50% of all gastrointestinal complaints and half of all GP referrals are due to IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome is also known by many other names, such as spastic colon, mucous colitis, functional bowel disorder, dyspeptic diarrhoea, spastic constipation, anxiety and GI syndrome, and nervous bowel.

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Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a painful and socially difficult condition suffered by between 6 and 10 million people in the UK. Nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, wind and diarrhoea are all commonly associated with this condition.

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Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut is a poorly recognised but extremely common problem, and as such is rarely tested for. Essentially, it represents a hyperpermeable intestinal lining. In other words, larger than normal spaces develop between the cells of the gut wall, and bacteria, toxins and small particles of food leak out of the gut and into the body.

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ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Crushing fatigue and ‘foggy brain’ are two of the main symptoms reported by sufferers of ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. While each of these conditions is extremely debilitating, there is now good news because help is at hand.

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Parasites

Parasites can be broadly classified as either protozoa (such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium), worms (such as nematodes and cestodes), and flukes.

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Peptic Ulcer

A peptic ulcer is a hole in the gut lining of the stomach, duodenum, or esophagus. A peptic ulcer of the stomach is called a gastric ulcer; of the duodenum, a duodenal ulcer; and of the esophagus, an esophageal ulcer. An ulcer occurs when the lining of these organs is corroded by the acidic digestive juices which are secreted by the stomach cells.

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