Digestive Discomfort

Most people (80%) suffer some kind of digestive discomfort from time to time, and further research has shown that 40% of people suffering are unaware it is not normal and so do nothing to try and improve it despite the impact on their wellbeing and quality of life.

The most common feelings of discomfort are

  • Feeling full and bloated
  • Gas/flatulence
  • Constipation
  • Feeling heavy
  • Distended/bigger belly

  • bloating

    Bloating

    We’ve all experienced an evening of excess, when we’ve eaten too much and feel a bit uncomfortable, however a feeling of a tight, bloated tummy is not normal digestive behaviour.

    Take the Tummy Type Test to find out if you have a Bloated Belly

    Common Triggers
    A bloated tummy can be caused by trapped excess wind, constipation, swallowing too much air, food intolerance (such as the milk sugar lactose) or sometimes a condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It is also more common if you are overweight and other contributing factors include; stress, bad eating habits and different foods.

    Try our diet & lifestyle tips for bloating to help ease your discomfort

    If you have bloating as well as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting or weight loss, visit your doctor.

  • Constipation

    Constipation

    Constipation affects twice as many women as men. If you are constipated you might not be going to the toilet as often as usual (less than 3 times a week), you might need to strain or feel like you cannot empty your bowels as much as you need. Your poo can be hard, and lumpy, large or small.

    Take the Tummy Type Test to find out if you have a Sluggish System

    Common Triggers
    Stress, dehydration, lack of fibre and medication are all common triggers. It can be difficult to identify one cause with constipation but all of the following have an influence:

    • Not having enough fruit, vegetables and cereals in your daily diet
    • A recent change to your routine or lifestyle
    • Stress and anxiety
    • Lack of privacy when using the toilet
    • Ignoring the urge to pass stools (easy to do if you’re leading a busy life)
    • Lack of exercise
    • Not drinking enough water
    • Medication (including diuretics and iron supplements)

    Try our diet & lifestyle tips for functional constipation to help ease your discomfort

    If these changes don’t help your constipation please consult with your doctor.

  • Flatulence

    Flatulence

    It may be embarrassing but flatulence is completely normal. As we break down carbohydrates and proteins our body naturally produces wind which we have to expel. However, if you experience a lot of wind, pass a lot each time or find your wind always smells then you can make a difference by just adopting a few good diet and lifestyle habits.

    Take the Tummy Type Test to find out if you have a Gassy Gut

    Common Triggers
    If we swallow more air than usual or eat food our body finds hard to digest, we can become full of wind. Constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can also trigger flatulence.

    Try our diet & lifestyle tips for flatulence to help ease your discomfort