Heartburn ruining your life?
Have you ever felt a burning feeling behind your breastbone, after eating or drinking? If so, you are not alone. Heartburn, caused by stomach acid travelling up your oesophagus (food pipe) towards your throat, affects about 40% of the Western world’s population and impacts negatively on quality of life. 1-3
Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, changing your diet, stopping smoking and raising the head of your bed can help ease your heartburn. 2 There are also over-the-counter medications that can neutralise or decrease stomach acid. 2
To find out more about reflux and peptic ulcer disease, click here
Do you need a good poo?
Do you regularly have less than 3 bowels movements per week? Are your stools hard and difficult to push out? If so, you may be constipated. 4,5 Constipation is a common condition and can interfere with our ability to go about our daily tasks. 4 As dehydration, low fibre intake and not exercising are all risk factors for constipation, changing your diet and lifestyle can help improve your stool, so that it is softer and easier to pass. 4,6 There are also over-the-counter medications that can help you jump start this process. 4
Click here to learn more about constipation and what a normal stool should look like
Gastro got you running, heaving, hugging the toilet bowl?
Acute gastroenteritis or “gastro” is more common in young children but can affect people of all ages. 7 Gastro is usually caused by a viral infection and is easily spread from person to person through physical contact. 8 Although the symptoms of gastro, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, muscle aches and fever can be very unpleasant, most episodes of gastro will get better on their own. 7,8 Nobody wants to get gastro, but if you did get it, would you know how to manage it? Click here to learn how to prevent, treat and flush gastro.
Is IBS cramping your lifestyle?
IBS is a common condition that can cause stomach pain, cramps, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. 9,10 The symptoms of IBS are ongoing and bothersome and can negatively impact your work, leisure time, and relationships. 11 Doctors aren’t exactly sure of what causes IBS, but it is thought to be due to a combination of underlying factors such as over-sensitive gut, problems with gut motility, and an imbalance in the normal gut bacteria. 10,12 IBS cannot be cured, but lifestyle and dietary changes and certain medications can improve your symptoms. 10 To find out more about irritable bowel syndrome, click here.