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  • Episode #6: Anthony Hobson - The Functional Gut Clinic

    Anthony Hobson

    Anthony is an internationally renowned Consultant Clinical Scientist with experience across the NHS and private healthcare sectors as well as in academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Anthony trained in Manchester and gained a broad base of experience in assessing gut function from ‘top to bottom’ covering areas such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), incontinence and constipation. Anthony’s industry experience provided further training in designing and implementing clinical trials to test experimental approaches and novel treatments in conditions like IBS, an area he is still passionate about.

    Anthony has published over 200 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters including two first author publications in Gastroenterology. Anthony has also been recognised as advancing the field of GI Physiology by winning several prestigious awards including the Department of Health and Chief Scientific Officer’s ‘Young Healthcare Scientist’ of the year. Anthony has also been awarded the Functional Brain-Gut Young Investigator award (United States) and the EFIC Grunethal Young investigator in Pain award (Germany).

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    In this episode we discuss with Antony Hobson:

     

    – Digestive health and IBS
    – Acid reflux – what it is, signs, symptoms, and treatment
    – Pelvic floor dysfunction
    – The current state of microbiome research
    – How improving gut health is becoming a focus for the next Olympic cycle in terms of marginal (and not so marginal) gains
    – This is one of the most practical episodes to date for anyone suffering from long term GI symptoms.

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  • Lab4 Probiotics - The Basics

    Lab4 probiotics

    With over 30 years’ experience in probiotics, coupled with continual research and new product development, Lab4 Probiotics is one of the world’s most respected producers of probiotics. The company is owned and managed by Dr Nigel Plummer, a world-renowned expert in the field of probiotics. Dr Plummer produced his first human probiotic in 1994, having previously worked in the field of animal probiotics.

    Lab4, the strain of bacteria used in our products has been developed over 20 years by Dr Nigel Plummer. A 20-strong team of scientists and researchers has spent the last 15 years undertaking clinical research into the effectiveness of the Lab4 probiotic strains. The Lab4 probiotic that is in the PRP probiotic products have been used in research relating to allergy, common illnesses and specific digestive complaints and are designed to be used in pregnancy, through infancy, childhood and into adulthood.

    What Are The Benefits Of Lab4 Probiotics?

    More and more research is being carried out each year as the benefits of probiotics are tested. Current research shows that probiotics could have benefits for;

    – Digestion and absorption
    – Mental health conditions
    – Allergies
    – Immune function
    – IBS
    – Traveller’s diarrhoea

    There are a number of mechanisms by which probiotics have been suggested to improve health.

    They can directly modulate our immune system and can boost immune cells including natural killer cells, the IgA-producing cells as well as T lymphocytes.

    They have an antimicrobial action. They produce antimicrobial substances and also compete with pathogens to adhere to the lining of our digestive system.

    They can improve the intestinal barrier. Within our digestive tract, the lining of cells is held together by structural proteins. This barrier prevents certain substances and compounds from entering our circulation. Probiotics can enhance this barrier, as well as increase the mucosal layer which covers it.

    Probiotics can also increase the amount of short chain fatty acids (SCFA) in our digestive system. These have been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect throughout the body.

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    Are they All The Same

    If you look at the label of a probiotic product you will see the name of the bacterial strain that the product uses. For example, in our probiotic products we use the strains:

    – Lactobacillus acidophilus CUL 60
    – Lactobacillus acidophilus CUL 21
    – Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. Lactis CUL 34
    – Bifidobacterium bifidum CUL 20

    The names are made up of the bacteria genus (e.g. Lactobacillus), species (e.g. acidophilus) and strain (e.g. CUL 60). While some bacterial strains can have similar mechanisms and health benefits (particularly if they are the same species), some of the benefits have been shown to be strain specific.

    Have the Lab4 Strains Been Used In Research?

    Lab4 is the proprietary group of probiotic bacteria, which was developed by Dr Nigel Plummer and his team of scientists at Cultech Ltd and has been used in probiotics products around the world for the past 10 years.

    There are now 12 clinical studies supporting the use of Lab4 probiotics for a variety of functions in adults, children and babies. Carried out over the past 15 years, these studies have shown the benefit of the Lab4 and Lab4b consortia in supporting digestive health, immune health, performance and mood and cognition.

    Specifically, the studies have shown the impact of probiotics on early immune system development, immunity in children, alongside antibiotics and in helping to prevent antibiotic resistance, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), athletic performance, anxiety and attention.

    Throughout these trials and 15 years of use in products, Lab4 probiotics bacteria have been shown to be completely safe. This is further supported by The Swansea Baby Trial which involved both pregnant ladies and newborn babies. The approval of the Lab4b probiotics for use in this large trial with these two potentially vulnerable populations is a testament to the efficacy of this group of bacteria. Take a look at the Lab4 study timeline for more information.

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    Are There Any Other Benefits?

    More recent research has also shown the Lab4 strains can also have a positive impact on sports performance.

    • When runners supplemented with Lab4 probiotics for 4 weeks and asked to run to exhaustion in the heat, they were able to run for ~15% longer compared to when they had taken the placebo (Shing et al., 2014)
    • In ironman triathletes, participants supplemented with probiotics or placebo for 12 weeks. Those taking probiotics had a 10% quicker overall race time than those on the placebo – although this did not reach statistical significance. Those taking probiotics also suffered from fewer and less severe gut symptoms (e.g. bloating, urge to defecate, nausea, etc.) during training compared to the placebo group. (Roberts et al., 2016)
    • Runners competing in the Marathon des Sables (often called the toughest race on the planet) had an overall race time that was 12% quicker after supplementing with Lab4 probiotics compared to placebo (Marshall et al.m 2017)

    Yet to be published research has also shown that Lab4 can have benefits to athletes who consume carbohydrate drinks during exercise, as well as improve performance in marathon runners.

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  • Tips To Help Travellers Diarrhoea

    Probiotics and travel tummy

    – Part 1 of the ‘Benefits Of Probiotics’ Series – Travellers Diarrhoea

    Nothing can ruin your holiday more (except maybe bad weather!) than a dodgy stomach or travellers diarrhoea. From sickness and diarrhoea to cramps and bloating, these common irritating ailments are enough to put anyone off their afternoon sangria in the sun. That’s why we’ve put together a few travel tips to keep your gut in good health this summer.

     

    Probiotics And Travellers Diarrhoea

    These little “friendly bacteria” help restore the natural balance of bacteria in your gut. Probiotics boost the immune system and help fight off harmful bacteria; they also possess anti-inflammatory properties and can strengthen the lining of the intestine – this prevents toxins entering your blood (known as “leaky gut” syndrome). Research has shown probiotics to be beneficial for those suffering with gastroenteritis, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, diarrhoea, and more recently, for endurance athletes. In one meta-analysis, 85% of cases of traveller’s diarrhoea (travel tummy) were prevented with probiotic supplementation[1] and they have demonstrated high efficacy in children[2].

    Many strains of probiotics exist; we recommend Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium – begin taking 2 days before travel and continue daily until you return.

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    Stay Hydrated

    The human body contains up to 65% water to function at its best, so it’s important to stay hydrated. In severe cases, dehydration can be fatal – even mild dehydration can cause muscle weakness, confusion, headache, irritability, and cramps – just to list a few! Aim to drink 2 litres of fluids a day (cordial, tea, and coffee all count) plus at least an extra litre if you’re exercising or in a hot climate.

    Gut Issues

    If you find yourself spending more time in the bathroom than by the pool, here is what you should do. Experiencing sickness or travellers diarrhoea (or both if you’re really unlucky) can leave you dehydrated, which will only make you feel worse, so it’s important to replace the fluids you have lost. Alongside water, you also lose salts (mainly sodium and potassium) – consume an electrolyte drink or, alternatively, a glass of milk will do the job. Secondly, if all that travelling (or a nasty hangover) has left you feeling nauseous, ginger has been shown to reduce symptoms[3] – try a few ginger biscuits or be prepared and pack some ginger supplements in your suitcase.

    Don’t drastically change your diet

    Naturally, you will want to try new foods when travelling and maybe indulge a little. But suddenly consuming a lot of fat, sugar, and processed foods won’t do your digestive system any favours. Try to make sure you’re still getting enough fruit, vegetables, and fibre to aid digestion and sooth travellers diarrhoea– a morning smoothie should do the trick!

    Food hygiene

    Not that you shouldn’t be thinking about this when at home, but food and general hygiene are even more important when travelling abroad. Carry hand sanitiser so that you are always prepared and able to wash your hands before eating. Avoid tap water and raw fruits and vegetables. A bit of common sense will go a long way in helping your holiday from taking a nasty turn for the worst.

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    References

    1. McFarland (2007) Meta-analysis of probiotics for the prevention of traveler’s diarrhea. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease [Online], 5 (2) March, pp. 97-105.
    2. Allen et al. (2010) Probiotics for treating acute infectious diarrhoea. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews [Online], 10 (11) November.
    3. Lete & Allué (2016) The Effectiveness of Ginger in the Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy and Chemotherapy. Integrative Medicine Insights [Online], 11 March, pp. 11-17.

     

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  • Curcumin Benefits

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    Turmeric is a spice commonly used in Curry, which has Curcumin and the Curcuminoids as the main bioactive compounds. Turmeric itself is fairly healthy and has other bioactives in it. Turmeric has been used for centuries in traditional Ayuverda and chines medicines and has recently seen a surge in its popularity in nutritional supplements. Here is the full lowdown on what we know about curcumin benefits to date. 

    Curcumin is a polyphenol (a micronutrient that we get through certain plant-based foods) with anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to increase the amount of antioxidants that the body produces.

    Curcumin and Inflammation

    Supplementation of curcumin reliably reduces markers of inflammation and increases the levels of endogenous antioxidants in the body. While more research may be needed for many areas of health, current research shows that curcumin can have small to moderate improvement in the symptoms of depression and anxiety, and pain and function in osteoarthritis. A reduction in LDL-cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure is possible, but the research is less consistent and more is needed.

    Curcumin and Exercise

    As well as research into clinical or sub-clinical populations, there is evidence to suggest that curcumin is beneficial to otherwise healthy individuals in different circumstances. For example, curcumin could help you recover from heavy bouts of exercise. In a pilot study, 20 male volunteers were randomized to receive either 1 g curcumin twice daily ( or a placebo 48 h prior to and 24 h after downhill running test. Subjects in the curcumin group reported significantly less pain in the right and left anterior thigh. Significantly fewer subjects in the curcumin group had MRI evidence of muscle injury in the posterior or medial compartment of both thighs (1). Similarly, 2 g of curcumin and 20 g of piperine supplementation was shown to help offset some of the physiological markers of muscle soreness after an intense workout in elite rugby players (2), although more research is needed to confirm this finding. It does hold promise though for those who train regularly.

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    Daily Recommended Amount

    Daily recommendations and the amount commonly used in research studies is 500 mg, three times a day. In fact, Curcuminoids have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) (3), and good tolerability and safety profiles have been shown by clinical trials, even at doses between 4000 and 8000 mg/day. However, curcumin is poorly absorbed, quickly metabolised, and then excreted from the body when consumed alone, black pepper is often used in combination with powdered turmeric to enhance the absorption of curcumin in the body. Bioperine is a common ingredient as it is validated as a black pepper extract, and is known for is safety and efficacy. Aim for around 5-20g of black pepper per 500g of tumeric.

    While more evidence is needed and research continues to be carried out and published, there is enough evidence to date to suggest that curcumin supplementation may be beneficial at reducing inflammation and aid recovery from heavy exercise. Additionally, there are few side effects noted.

    References

    1. Drobnic, F.; Riera, J.; Appendino, G.; Togni, S.; Franceschi, F.; Valle, X.; Pons, A.; Tur, J. Reduction of delayed onset muscle soreness by a novel curcumin delivery system (Meriva®): A randomised, placebo-controlled trial. J. ISSN 2014, 11, 31.
    2. Delecroix, B.; Abaïdia, A.E.; Leduc, C.; Dawson, B.; Dupont, G. Curcumin and piperine supplementation and recovery following exercise-induced muscle damage: A randomized controlled trial. J. Sports Sci. Med.2017, 16, 147–153.
    3. Basnet, P.; Skalko-Basnet, N. Curcumin: An anti-inflammatory molecule from a curry spice on the path to cancer treatment. Molecules 2011, 16, 4567–4598.

     

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  • Episode #5: Prof. Graeme Close - World Renowned Nutritionist & Researcher

    Graeme Close

    This week, Jamie interviewed world-renowned nutritionist and researcher Prof Graeme Close. As well as leading a masters degree in sport nutrition Graeme is currently the expert nutrition consultant to England Rugby, he is the lead nutritionist to Everton Football Club and works with some of the worlds leading golfers such as Jason Day, the British Number 1 tennis player Johanna Konta and he also works with many Rugby League players. On top of this, and despite spending most of his professional career helping big people get bigger, he currently receives funding from Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (the owner of Manchester City FC) to help professional jockeys make-weight safely. Graeme is also ranked in the top 10 most followed sport scientists in the world on twitter. He regularly appears on British National TV and radio discussing various aspects of nutrition in relation to health and sporting performance.

     

    On top of this, and despite spending most of his professional career helping big people get bigger, he currently receives funding from Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (the owner of Manchester City FC) to help professional jockeys make-weight safely. Graeme is also ranked in the top 10 most followed sport scientists in the world on twitter. He regularly appears on British National TV and radio discussing various aspects of nutrition in relation to health and sporting performance.

    In This Episode Dr. Jamie Pugh and Prof. Graeme Close Discuss:

    – Graeme’s journey from undergraduate to working for some of the biggest teams and organisations in world sport

    – Why he feels every professional nutritionist should consider a university education

    – How critical thinking is a key skill needed in this modern world where we have information overload

    – The key factors when it comes to building trust and buy-in from an athlete

    – We even somehow get his views on Brexit

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  • Episode #4: Dr Carl Langan-Evans - Making Weight in Fighting Sports

    Dr Carl Langan-Evans

    We had Dr Carl Langan-Evans on live for the Nutrition, Health, Performance Podcast. Carl has worked with Olympic athletes, MMA and world title fighters. In this video, Carl Evans discussed his career as an athlete and how that led him down the road of researching weight making practices in combat sports.

     

    To download and listen to the FULL PODCAST follow the links on this page with your prefered podcast app!

    In This Episode We Discuss With Dr. Carl Langan-Evans:

    – The biggest issues today with how athletes make weight
    – How he once saw an athlete cut nearly 8 kg in less than 24hrs
    – Practical tips for nutritionists and trainers working with fighters
    – The potential long term consequences of a lifetime of weight cutting

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  • Episode #3 - Ben Kirk: Exercise, Nutrition and Ageing

    Ben Kirk (PhD) is a doctoral researcher at the School of Health Sciences, Liverpool Hope University, UK. His research surrounds exercise, nutrition and ageing, with a particular focus on sarcopenia. As well as working for USA Rugby and professional boxers, Ben has been invited to speak at national and international conferences including the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the British Dietetic Association, and at Harvard University in the USA.

    In this episode we discuss with Dr. Ben Kirk:

    – His research background

    – What happens to muscle as we age

    – The effects he saw during his recent study when older adults undertook resistance training and protein supplementation

    – The barriers he sees to older adults participating in regular physical exercise

    – Why he believes 86% of his participants are still hitting the weights and exercising 6 months after the study has finished.

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  • Episode #2 - Jamie Pugh: Probiotics, A New Player In the Sports Supplements World?

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    Dr Jamie Pugh (PhD) is a post-doctoral research at Liverpool John Moores University. After graduating from world-renowned Loughborough University with first class honours in Sports and Exercise Science, Jamie spent time as a sports science intern with Swansea City FC. After this, Jamie spent time working with PRP Supplements and Aliment Nutrition while studying for a PGCert in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at University of Chester, before eventually beginning his PhD at Liverpool John Moores University.

    In This Episode We Discuss With Dr. Jamie Pugh:

    – How Jamie came to start his PhD and the journey to get there

    – Working with world-leading experts like Prof. Graeme Close

    – Common causes of gut symptoms in runners

    – Jamie’s most recent studies including a new study looking at the effect of probiotics on gut symptoms in marathon runners

    – The Lab4 probiotics used in the study, why these were chosen and what to look for in a probiotic

    – The most memorable moments of working at Liverpool John Moores University

    – What’s next after completing his PhD, including future studies looking at the effects of probiotics on exercise metabolism

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