Digestion and bowel health

What causes mouth ulcers and can they be serious?

What causes mouth ulcers? Mouth ulcers can be annoying and painful, particularly if they keep coming back. But what causes them and are they anything to worry about? By far the most common type of mouth ulcers are “aphthous ulcers”. These are the typical painful ones many of us have had at one time [...]

Why do we get hiccups and what treatments work?

What is a hiccup? The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen. It is the main muscle involved in breathing. Hiccups are caused by sudden contractions in the diaphragm- these movements are involuntary, occurring beyond your conscious control. Air is sucked rapidly into your lungs, and around a [...]

Lactose Intolerance- fact or fiction?

Lactose is a sugar that occurs naturally in milk and other dairy products. It’s digested by an enzyme in your gut called lactase. If you haven’t got enough of this enzyme, you can’t digest lactose properly, and you get lactose intolerance - with symptoms such as bloating, burping, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and irritation of [...]