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Constipation

Food & nutrition
June 17, 2019

What do wholegrains do for your body?

Many people are jumping on the ‘’avoid grains’’ bandwagon but it’s helpful to understand the role of grains in the diet to make your own informed decision.
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Pregnancy
June 17, 2019

Pregnancy piles? Here’s how to treat them

When you're pregnant, the volume of blood circulating around your body increases. One painful outcome can be piles.
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
April 8, 2019

What to do when a pain in the butt is a pain in the butt

You’ve been spasming, having difficulty passing a poop, or have even seen streaks of blood after a stool. Don’t panic. Anal pain, or proctalgia, is not often a sign of any major problem, but might sometimes need medical attention.
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Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract
January 23, 2019

All you need to know about incontinence

Incontinence is any involuntary loss of urine from the bladder. It’s a widespread condition that can range in severity from a small leak to complete loss of bladder control. Faecal or bowel incontinence is a similar condition, resulting in a loss of control of bowel motions, and release of wind from the bowel. Urinary incontinence is an unfortunate by-product of poor bladder control and affects almost twice as many women as men. This is because events like pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause distress the bladder, urethra, and the muscles that support these organs. Urinary incontinence is most often a symptom of…
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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
January 5, 2018

What your poo can tell you about your health

It may not be the most pleasant topic, but understanding your bowel movements better can improve your health, and even save your life!  Your stools hold secrets and valuable clues to your health, through their texture, shape and smell. The ideal poop should be soft and easy to pass; not hard, dry or overly loose. According to Dr Danie Pauw from Health24, one to three times per day is considered normal for some people, while others only go a few times a week. But it shouldn’t be less than three times a week. What is poo and why should you…
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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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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
September 27, 2017

Being constipated can save your life

We get it. No one wants to talk about bathroom issues. But it’s important to keep track of what's happening with your internal organs – especially when it comes to “build-up.” This symptom could be a red flag to serious conditions: and getting treatment on time, could mean the difference between life and death! Why does it happen? Being constipated can be extremely uncomfortable and miserable as your bowel movements have come to a sudden halt; it’s either really difficult to go or happens less frequently. Constipation will vary for everyone, and is usually related to your regular toilet habits,…
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