Making your gut work for you - not against you

By Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy

Patrick Holford.
Patrick Holford.

Do you suffer from indigestion, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, stomach pain or cramps, flatulence or belching, do you feel nauseous, or get heartburn after eating? Sound familiar? Thousands of you have these symptoms - you are not alone.

These problems can be embarrassing. Who wants to blow off wind or belch loudly at the cinema? Who wants to spend their life worrying about where the toilet is if you leave the house? Bloating can make you feel uncomfortable, you can't fit into your clothes and you can lose confidence in yourself.

These are common problems. 'Improve Your Digestion; How to make your gut work for you and not against you', is the title of Patrick Holford's latest book, and is worth a read if you have any of these problems. Patrick is a nutritionist and leading spokesman on nutrition.

Patrick suggests that most of us are digging our own graves with a knife and a fork. I am inclined to agree with him. We are what we eat, and each mouthful of food needs to provide us with nutrition. It needs to be wholesome and healthy to start with. However we won't get any nutrition from the food unless we digest it and ultimately absorb it. First step is to chew your food well, how many of us fail to do this simple thing? This one change can be the start to improving your digestion.

In his book, Patrick explains how digestion works and how understanding this will help you to resolve your digestive problems. He talks about the various issues including IBS, Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis, how to recognise the symptoms and how to deal with them in order for you to live a symptom-free life.

A healthy diet, relaxing when eating, chewing food well, maintaining adequate levels of good gut bacteria and digestive enzymes, are just some of the steps needed to optimise digestion.

If you have digestive problems, and I know that very many of you do then you could find this book, 'Improve Your Digestion', an interesting and educational read.

Patrick Holford will be in Ireland in March to give talks around the country. His talk will focus on six secrets to 100% health, including how to improve digestion. These talks should be very informative. For more information contact your local health store or online patrickholford.com/digestion/.

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