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Viva!Health unravels the most recent scientific research and makes it easy to understand. Here we update you on the latest findings...

How friendly is your gut flora – the billions of bacteria that inhabit your intestines? This is your intestinal microbiome and it helps you absorb and digest nutrients, synthesises vitamins, boosts your immune system, helps regulate metabolism and combats disease in ways that we are only just beginning to understand. Gut health has a huge influence on your overall health and when unfriendly bacteria move in, trouble soon follows.
Selenium was discovered over 200 years ago – it’an element vital for health so long as you don't overdo it. 
As sales of plant milks continue to soar, the dairy industry has turned its focus on iodine – trying to persuade people to drop plant milks in favour of dairy on the basis that cow’s milk contains this vital trace element.  However, there are much healthier ways to get your iodine…
Why are there less vegan men than women? Are outdated gender stereotypes holding men back? It’s time to debunk the myths – from the daft to the downright dangerous – and reveal why going vegan is a good choice for men – as well as everyone else.
Carbs – love them or hate them, we all need them. Despite a wealth of low-carb fad diets there’s no good reason for avoiding carbohydrates. The key is in choosing the right ones. 
Navigating through the endless varieties of fruit drinks can be mind-boggling. Are smoothies better than juices? How about nutrients in juices and smoothies? Do smoothies count towards your five-a-day or, ideally, eight-a-day? And are all types of juice the same nutritionally? Here are your answers in a neat package:
Public Health England has just published new dietary advice recommending people halve their dairy intake and eat less meat, replacing it with beans and pulses! This is NOT an April Fools’ joke – it’s for real! 
What is our natural diet? Are humans evolutionarily adapted to eat animals, plants or both?