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Men and gut health: The symptoms all men should be aware of

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Men are notoriously bad at talking about their health – and anything linked to digestive health and toilet habits can be especially tricky. While this is understandable, gut and digestive health problems are actually very common so whatever you’re experiencing, you’re definitely not alone! And importantly, ‘battling on’ in silence can do more harm than Read More

What is a colonoscopy and do I need one?

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Investigating digestive disorders or bowel conditions sometimes requires a closer look at what’s going on internally with a procedure called a colonoscopy – where a thin, flexible tube with a telescopic camera at the end is carefully inserted into the colon (also known as the large intestine/bowel) via the rectum.  Here are 3 key examples Read More

Could poor sleep be aggravating your IBS symptoms?

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It’s no secret that, as a nation, we’re pretty sleep-deprived. According to the Sleep Council’s most recent Great British Bedtime Report, 30% of Brits sleep badly most nights – and there’s growing evidence that sleepless nights could be a particular issue for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Half of IBS sufferers struggle with insomnia Read More

Overview of Diagnosis and Management of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

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SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is a relapsing and remitting condition that affects up to one in seven people in the general population. The hallmark of SIBO is that the small intestine becomes colonised with bacteria. These can cause a variety of symptoms, including: Bloating Abdominal discomfort Gas (flatulence) Diarrhoea Fatigue

IBS, migraine and chronic fatigue syndrome

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and IBS Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are two conditions that can significantly impact one’s quality of life. IBS is a condition of the gut that causes symptoms such as Pain constipation and/or diarrhoea bloating CFS causes extreme, persistent tiredness that is not relieved by sleep. muscle pain Read More

Some more amazing diets for IBS sufferers

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Have you been suffering from diarrhoea and are concerned about what foods you can eat? Here are two more daily meal plans that are compatible with IBS Meal plan 1 Meal plan 2 Breakfast: -          Cheese omelette -          Toasted rice bread with butter Lunch: -          Greek salad -          Jacket potato and grated cheese Dinner: -          Read More

IBS and the menstrual cycle

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The irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) occurs more in women than in men and it is likely this has something to do with the menstrual cycle. During the menstrual cycle, hormone levels fluctuate and may cause a variety of symptoms. Between the end of the period and the time of ovulation, oestrogen is the dominant hormone Read More

IBS Diet – Day 4 and 5

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You have a tummy ache. You are not sure what to eat. Here are some more recipes for people with irritable bowel syndrome. Meal plan 1 Meal plan 2 Breakfast: 2 Poached eggs Rice-bread with sugar free jam Lunch: Prawn and rice salad Dinner: Chicken and sweetcorn Risotto Carrots Fruit salad Breakfast: Cornflakes Chopped nuts Read More