Today is World Digestive Health Day. 

Eating a healthy diet is important for good digestion.

Did you know that 1/3rd of the world’s population has some form of digestive disorder?  The most common problems are constipation and bloating.

I have also seen an increase in women that are experiencing irritable bowel symptoms which can be worse around menstruation.  They have sometimes been to see their GP and had various tests all of which have come back negative and inconclusive.

This causes frustration and stress because they know their body doesn’t feel right and it can begin to affect many aspects of their life.    It can also cause anxiety and people gradually cancel or bow out of social engagements regularly.

So what causes IBS?  I believe stress plays a big part but it can also develop after a severe bout of diarrhea caused by either a virus or bacteria.  I also find that if someone has taken lots of anti-biotics or medication their gut flora also becomes imbalanced which can cause lots of disruption to the digestive system.

We need healthy gut bacteria.  It is essential for good health because it absorbs and synthesizes nutrients from our food.   This is one of the reasons fatigue can set in because nutrients aren’t being assimilated properly by the body.

There are certain foods that should be avoided when you suspect you have IBS and these are:-

  • Dairy
  • Fried foods
  • Beans and legumes
  • Caffeinated and fizzy drinks
  • Processed foods
  • Gluten
  • Artificial sweeteners

Eating fiber is encouraged but this can be tricky.  Fiber intake needs to be monitored to establish what works for you. This is because it can help with constipation but it can also cause bloating and cramping.

I encourage all the people that I see with digestive issues to do the following:-

  • Exercise regularly
  • Keep a food diary to see what triggers symptoms
  • Stick to regular meal times
  • Reduce stress as much as possible

I recently helped a young lady who was experiencing problems after an infection.  She wrote the following review which can also be found on my FB Page.

“Very grateful for all of Tracey’s help. Tracey listens carefully to all of your symptoms and discusses these with you to gain a full picture and understanding – which reassured me to know that Tracey is taking note of you as an individual, from past to present and medical history, I recently had a bowel infection and after taking anti-biotics, knowing my body still wasn’t right. Tracey has helped me gain back my energy and more.  I really value Tracey’s opinion and time – thank you again – I would highly recommend”

If you are worried about your digestion and gut health and would like to talk to me please book a call.

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