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gastroenteritis

Gut & digestion
September 18, 2018

Do you have food poisoning or gastro?

You feel a sharp pain in your stomach and nausea washes over you. Did the burger you just ate give you food poisoning, or do you have a stomach bug? Two of the most common causes of stomach discomfort is food poisoning and gastro. Let’s take a look at the differences between them. What is 'gastro'? Commonly known as the stomach flu, gastroenteritis (also called 'gastro'), is caused by a viral infection that attacks your digestive system. Different types of stomach flu are caused by different things. Stomach viruses are very contagious. You can get gastro by: Eating food or…
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Gut & digestion
December 8, 2017

How to treat diverticulitis

Your digestive system houses your colon, which is lined with small sacs called diverticula. These sacs can often become inflamed. This inflammation is called diverticulitis. A study in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology says that insufficient fibre intake often causes diverticulitis. It can be extremely painful, change your bowel movements and even bring on blood or mucus in your stools. You may also lose your appetite. The most common symptoms of an attack are: abdominal pain nausea vomiting diarrhoea constipation bloating fever fatigue Leaving this condition untreated and hoping it’ll sort itself out is asking for trouble. It can lead…
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Gut & digestion
October 27, 2017

Rotavirus – the Bug behind the Upset Stomach

There’s been another outbreak of runny tummies at your child’s aftercare – what’s causing it, and how do you prevent it from happening again and again? Rotavirus is the most common cause of serious diarrhoea among babies and toddlers, so the chances are good that this is what’s triggering the runs. Rotavirus is highly contagious, and affects babies and young children, causing nasty bouts of diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and tummy ache. Rotavirus infections spring up quickly, especially where a lot of children are gathered together, for example at aftercare or crèche. The virus spreads quickly through contact with the stools…
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Gut & digestion
March 17, 2017

Don’t let a runny tummy ruin your day.

You’ve eaten something that’s upset your tummy, and you’re running to the bathroom every five minutes. The runs aren’t the end of the world but can be painful and uncomfortable. Luckily, you can get quick and easy relief. Look no further than your kitchen cupboard for the perfect solution. These simple home remedies are just a few steps away, and will ensure you’re kept hydrated. Mint tea You will need: 1 teaspoon of dried mint leaves. A cup of boiling water. What to do: Add the peppermint leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let it stand for 10 minutes.…
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