Just a really quick blog to let you all know about the . It’s a subject that fascinates me and numerous studies have shown that factors affecting gut microbiota can have a huge impact of whether certain people get eczema, allergies and asthma.

The Great British Gut Project

The British Gut project

Basically you sign up, it costs about £75 minimum to take part, you get a sample toolkit in the post and you send off your poo to be analysed.

It’s really so easy to do. You get two cotton buds which need only a tiny sample on the end of each so you don’t need to collect a proper stool sample or anything.

What is a little more daunting is the food survey which did take me some time to complete. Make sure you put aside at least half an hour for this, if not more.

When you get your sterile sample kit in the post you must register, complete the survey and send it back pretty sharpish after taking the sample.

Thanks to my allergy dietitian Liane Reeves at Oxford Radcliffe hospital for putting me onto this. It’s just one of the presents I’m giving myself this year for generally being awesomer each day :)

Check out their website and add your stool sample to the Great British Gut project here:

You may find out some interesting things about your gut microbiota, what bacteria are living there and potentially this could lead to answers and potential routes to easing any symptoms such as Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating, constipation, diarrhea, flatulence etc. If you have issues with your gut and can afford to take part it’s an interesting research project to get involved with.

Could deficiencies or overgrowths in your gut be causing your food intolerances or stomach cramps?
I can’t wait to find out my results



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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