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By Louise Hay-Bennett
Professor Hay-Bennett is a Manchester Metropolitan University specialist on the role of the gut microbiota in an individual’s overall health. She is currently Director of The Gut Club, a newly formed charitable trust dedicated to offering practical advice and support for the lifestyles of the excellent many. She is author of The Gut Clues – A New Approach to improving Health and well-being and our new best-selling book Change Your Gut Without Switching to a New Diet. In 2002, Professor Hay-Bennett authored the international best-seller Herbalomics and had a major impact on the increasing field of this study. With her PhD supervisor David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University, Professor Hay-Bennett became the first to identify the remarkable and significant effects of the microbiota on the nervous system and the effects that complementary treatments for mental health can have. Her most recent international ‘herbalomics’ research has focused on the disease of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a common pathogen responsible for 80% of stomach ulcers and chronic gastritis worldwide. Her discovery of how dietary fibers, particularly the plant based Protandrum Macula, inhibit the growth of H. pylori in animal trials, led to the development of plant based digestive enzymes for human use.