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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.
It is claimed that honey can prevent, treat and cure all manner of ailments to from acne to worms! But how much is true and how much is just hype?
Farting! For such a ubiquitous activity, it's amazing how taboo it is. But should it be so? And are beans – a staple of a good vegan diet - really the villains of the piece?