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Gut & digestion
February 20, 2018

Bloated or constipated? Then avoid these foods.

Suddenly can’t fit into your favourite jeans? Blame it on your bloated belly! Constipation and a bloated stomach go hand-in-hand. Constipation is the uncomfortable process when you find it difficult to pass stools; or it happens less often than it should. This varies from person to person to person, but usually, fewer than three bowel movements a week leads to constipation. If you have very hard or small stools, no appetite, a feeling that you can’t relieve yourself and bloating, you may be constipated. Bloating can be a symptom of constipation but it can also be caused by built-up gas…
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Gut & digestion
December 8, 2017

Relief for irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder of the digestive system. You may have abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, or both. People who suffer from this disorder have a heightened sensitivity of the gut. More common in women, IBS causes spasms in the colon; with pain and wind in the stomach too. Causes for IBS Your digestive system has rhythmic muscular contractions. When these become irregular, it interferes with the normal movement of food and waste; which results in a build-up of mucus and toxins. This process is not due to a single disease-process, though. According to research from the…
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Women's Health
October 31, 2017

Beating the bloat at that time of the month

In theory, the menstrual cycle is awesome. Each month a gland in the brain sends a message to your ovaries saying it’s time to release an egg. If you’re “normal” (we mean this in the best way!), this happens around 450 times in your lifetime. The reality is that having to experience this every month feels anything but awesome. Menstruating can make you feel like a completely different person, both physically and emotionally. Besides the mood swings, feeling bloated can be one of the more unpleasant side effects of menstruation. Fortunately, it isn’t something you have to suffer through. There…
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Gut & digestion
October 27, 2017

What is Irritable Bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects your large intestine (colon), causing abdominal discomfort. Despite these uncomfortable signs and symptoms, IBS doesn't cause permanent damage to your colon. Causes and Triggers of IBS Triggers for IBS can range from gas or pressure on your intestines to certain foods, medications or emotions. Many people find their symptoms worsen when they eat certain foods. For instance, chocolate, milk and alcohol might cause constipation or diarrhoea. Likewise, fizzy drinks and certain fruit and vegetables can also lead to bloating and discomfort in some people who have IBS. Most people with…
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Women's Health
August 12, 2017

“Make my period pains stop!”

It’s that time of the month when your PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms descends in full and living colour. You’re in pain, cranky and irritable. You want to eat everything in sight and curl up into a warm bed. Aches, pains, cramps, mood swings; why does it all hurt so bad? Each month, your ovaries release one egg. The ovulation process happens before and during your menstrual cycle. The lining of your uterus thickens with blood, and your egg moves into one of the Fallopian tubes. Here, it waits to be fertilised, or is shed by your body through the vagina…
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Gut & digestion
July 17, 2017

How to get rid of the big bad bloat

Belly bloat. It just sounds awful. The good news is that it’s treatable, once you figure out what’s causing it. Our digestive process is incredibly intricate. After a meal, acids in the body start digesting the food. Once the food has been chewed, it’s pushed by the tongue to the back of the mouth. From here, muscles move it further down the oesophagus and from there past a one-way valve, which is called the oesophageal sphincter. Once the food is in your stomach, it’s not supposed to move back up again, even if you are lying down, or if the…
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Food & nutritionGut & digestion
February 3, 2017

How to beat the bloat

You’re excited for a night out with your friends, but your mood immediately deflates when your bloated tummy starts acting up. Bloating is a result of excess gas in your intestines. There are many possible causes for this discomfort, ranging from air swallowing, overeating, and hormonal changes during PMS, to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and food intolerances. Bloating can be annoying, but you can banish the swell. Bloating culprits: Greasy foods Your quick takeaway from the drive-through could be the reason for the bloating. Greasy fast foods like chips, fried chicken and deep-fried treats (hello samoosas!), can cause ballooning because…
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Food & nutrition
September 7, 2016

“Don’t eat that – it has gluten!”

Giving up gluten appears to be quite a trend, and those swearing by it, can be somewhat evangelical in their approach. Before you simply run after the trend, let's take a step back, and first look at the facts. Who really does need to give up gluten altogether? What is gluten? Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. It plays a key role in baking, allowing bread-dough to rise when yeast is added, and giving confectionary its lightness. Where is it found? Gluten is found in any product that contains wheat and similar cereals, but…
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Gut & digestion
August 21, 2014

5 Ways to beat bloating

Do you constantly feel bloated and uncomfortable? It’s often the result of what you’re eating and drinking. We take a look at the most common culprits: Fizzy drinks and chewing gum The bubbles in carbonated drinks (including sparkling water and beer) can cause gas to get trapped in your stomach. Cut down on fizzy drinks, and if you find plain water boring, flavour it with fresh lemon, lime or cucumber. As for chewing gum, it can also cause bloating. This is because when you chew gum you swallow air at the same time. You’re not eating enough fibre Getting too…
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