Many people suffer from digestive discomfort these days. Symptoms range in severity from sluggish bowel movements, diarrhoea or loose stools, often alternating with constipation. They may get bloated frequently and pass excess wind, with sometimes foul-smelling stools, or general discomfort after eating. Another symptom is mild acidity, known as acid reflux.
The main symptoms which are ‘red flags’ to get checked out medically initially is blood in the stools or any severe pain in the stomach or abdomen. Another common symptom is excess acidity or gastric reflux, often the bacteria h.pylori is the underlying cause.
Once these problems have been eliminated you may be told that you have ‘IBS’ and that there’s nothing much you can do for this apart from over-the-counter remedies such as Rennie, Gaviscon or Colpermin (peppermint oil). You aren’t ill, however daily life is uncomfortable for you as you never know when you’ll feel discomfort and need the loo. Not really something you want or need to live with.Read More