Tolerant tummies and eating for digestive health.

Myth: “what works for one person will work for all”

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Food sensitivities are highly individual and every individual is different.
👬For example, take identical twins, one twin may experience different triggers, symptoms and treatment relief compared to the other twin.
Figuring out what works best for YOUR own tummy is a huge challenge.

Diet and digestive health go hand in hand.
Have you heard of the term the “gut brain”? The vagus nerve runs directly from our GI tract (our gut) to our brain, so whatever happens in our heads, for example stress and anxiety these emotions can have an impact on our gut.
💬There is no “one size fits all” approach. Digestive health is a good reflection of your personal wellbeing.
Are you eating well?
Are you exercising regularly?
Do you have a relatively stress free life?

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👩🏻‍🏫Most GI symptoms are related to the foods we eat and the stresses in our lives.
🍽Common digestive problems are
- changes in bowel habits (constipation / diarrhoea)
- Heartburn / reflux
- Bloating

🚽Digestive problems are usually harmless and normally settle down on their own accord. However if symptoms persist please contact your GP.

Common symptoms post meal
🍴Fullness - especially after a large intake of food, can result in bloating and abdo discomfort.
💨Gas is common especially after eating foods that are gas forming (fermentable foods such as onions, Brussels sprouts, garlic, beans, lentils)

Bowel movements
💩The Bristol stool chart helps to classify stools in to 7 categories. Normal stools are classed as type 3 or type 4.
If you are consistently experiencing a type 1 or type 7 if may be a good idea to investigate a little further.

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Tips
✍🏼Creating a food and symptom diary is a great way to help identify potential trigger foods.
💧Make sure you stay hydrated, aim for 6-8 cups of fluid per day.
🏃🏼‍♀️Regular exercise.
📖🕯Take time to relax and aim to reduce life stresses.

Adorable avocado image from @naolito👏🏻

Lindsay Benson