Digestion & bowel health

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What are gallstones and why do they happen?

What are gallstones and why do they happen? What are gallstones? Gallstones are hard deposits that form in the gallbladder The gallbladder is a sac-like organ located just under the liver- it produces bile, which is a yellow-green liquid that helps to digest food. When you eat, the gallbladder contracts, and squirts bile [...]

Low Vitamin B12- what are the symptoms?

Vitamin B12 deficiency- the symptoms & causes What are B vitamins? Vitamins are substances that occur naturally in food, and are needed for many essential body functions. There are 13 vitamins required by our body- and 8 of these are types of Vitamin B. There is a large industry in the sale of [...]

GORD (acid reflux) – 10 things that can be triggers

GORD (acid reflux)- 10 things that may be causing your symptoms Gastro-oesophageal Reflux, often referred to as GORD or simply “acid reflux”, is caused when acid passes from the stomach back up into your gullet (oesophagus). The stomach naturally makes acid as part of the normal digestion process. Usually the sphincter at the bottom [...]

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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 [...]