Digestive Problems

Digestive Problems


Fabulous fibre
The benefits of fibre in the diet have been known for many years. In fact, one of the earliest proprietary fibre supplements, containing parts of the seed of the Plantago ovata (psyllium) plant, was marketed more than 75 years ago as the non-irritant laxative Metamucil. But, we now know that fibre offers more benefits than just a better functioning bowel. Each of the four main types of fibre – soluble fibre, insoluble fibre, resistant starches and so-called oligosaccharides – works in a different but complementary way. So, it’s important to get dietary fibre from a variety of sources: fruit, vegetables, legumes, pulses, nuts and the bran or husk of cereal grains.

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Good health gift ideas
For many people, Christmas has deep religious significance; for others, it’s simply a time to relax and enjoy a few days off work. But for almost everyone, this time of year has traditionally become one of celebration. Throughout many societies it is commonplace to exchange gifts or simply ‘season’s greetings’, and to express sentiments of peace and goodwill. Wishes of good health usually accompany greetings at this time of year; so, perhaps some healthy gift ideas could be worth a thought as well.

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Beating problems of the bowel
Coeliac disease results from a permanent intestinal intolerance to gluten – the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Coeliac disease affects the small intestine - the part of the digestive system responsible for absorbing nutrients; so sufferers can become malnourished and easily fatigued with deficiencies likely in iron, vitamin D, folate and zinc. Consequences include osteoporosis, infertility and a small but real increased risk of some cancers.

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Bowel cancer is a deadly reality
Cartoons of the 18th and 19th centuries typically depicted the gout sufferer to be an obese man who had clearly consumed too much alcohol. The condition was also then known as \"the disease of kings\" or \"the rich man\'s disease\"; the implication being that gout was an unfortunate side effect of living rather too well, and not so wisely.

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Constipation is the term used to describe bowel motions which are less frequent and hard to pass. Sufferers may only be able to pass small amounts at a time, or have difficulty passing stools. Other signs and symptoms of constipation are pain, cramps or swelling in the abdominal area, or leaving the toilet feeling your bowel is not completely empty.

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Heartburn heartache
Heartburn is caused by the contents of the stomach coming back up into the oesophagus (the ‘food pipe’), resulting in a burning sensation in the chest or throat. As the stomach contents are mixed with stomach acid, digestive enzymes and chemicals, the regurgitation or backwash causes a burning feeling. This is generally described by reflux sufferers as beginning in the stomach or lower chest and moving upwards behind the breastbone towards the neck or throat.

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Join the bowel movement
Except in medical circles, cancer is probably not a common topic of conversation. But, it makes plenty of sense to know the warning signs and symptoms, where to get help and what treatment options are available. There are many forms of cancer, but what they have in common is that when diagnosed early enough, they can nearly always be cured.

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Tackling irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is one of those conditions which in the past seemed to be used to explain any problems of the gut that couldn\'t be easy explained.. But the condition, usually known as IBS, is very real and affects the colon or large bowel, often very painfully.

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