Acid Reflux, Heartburn and the Surprising Importance of Stomach Acid

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Acid reflux, commonly called heartburn – are you prone to it? If so, you’ll probably recognise some of the typical symptoms: a feeling of burning in the upper chest area after eating, worsening symptoms with fatty or spicy meals, burping, a chronic cough, and perhaps a feeling that you have a lump in your throat. It’s not pleasant and it can be very anxiety-inducing.… Read the rest

Beat the Bloat Part 4: The Gut Microbiome

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It’s been a while since the last instalment in my series on bloating, mainly due to COVID-19 coming into the world and turning all our lives upside down. So before I set that right, let’s recap on what I’ve covered so far.

  • In Part 1, we looked at the ways in which you eat your food can make a difference, and that slowing down and eating mindfully can make a difference
  • Part 2 was all about lifestyle factors such as sleep and exercise that can contribute to or reduce bloating
  • In Part 3 we finally got around to food, discussing particular foods that commonly trigger bloating in susceptible people, and foods that tend to be calming

Before going on, it’s important to reiterate that persistent bloating that is not typical for you can be a symptom of ovarian cancer.… Read the rest

Beat the Bloat Part 3: Food

So far in this series on bloating, we’ve talked about the ways in which how you eat and your lifestyle can affect whether or not you bloat. I deliberately dealt with these before getting to the subject of today’s post which is what foods may be causing you to bloat. This is because some foods which commonly cause bloating in susceptible people are otherwise very nutritious, and it’s never a good idea to remove healthy foods from your diet without good reason, so I do like to consider other factors first.… Read the rest

Beat the Bloat Part 1: How you Eat

Most of us have experienced bloating at some time in our lives. Some of us endure it most days. If this is you, you probably know the feeling all too well – you wake up in the morning feeling slim, but as the day goes on you feel more and more uncomfortable. It’s not uncommon for women to report thinking that they look 6 months pregnant by bedtime!… Read the rest