- Mental wellbeing & diet
- Anti-stress eating
- Get smart with brain foods
- Buy up on brain food
- Keep your head with fruit and veg!
- Digestive disorders
- Digestive disorders
- IBS case study
- Crohn's and colitis
- Dealing with lactose intolerance
- Diverticular disorders
- Gluten-free diet
- Nutritional advice
- Treating gall stones
- Tips for indigestion
- Tips for peptic ulcers
- Tips for constipation
- Tips for diarrhoea
- Treating GORD
- Treating IBS
- Difficult digestion? Get some fibre!
- Eating with gastroenteritis...
Nutrition for digestive disorders
Nutrition plays a big role in many digestive disorders because what you eat has an important effect on your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
The digestive tract and associated organs can be affected by many disorders.
What you eat and how you eat can have a major impact on digestive problems.
In this case study, we look at how Megan copes with irritable bowel syndrome, particularly from the nutritional standpoint.
People who have an inflammatory bowel disorder, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, cannot absorb nutrients properly and so are at risk of nutrient deficiencies and becoming underweight.
If you or your child has a lactose intolerance, it is important that you check food labels carefully and learn to spot ingredients that contain lactose.
Diverticulosis is the presence of small pouches (known as diverticuli) in the wall of the colon, which occur when parts of the intestine bulge outwards through weak areas.
In coeliac disease, the intestine cannot absorb food properly due to a reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. The only treatment, therefore, is a gluten-free diet, which must be followed for life.
Diarrhoea, constipation, and indigestion are common, and there are measures you can take to prevent and treat them.
Avoiding fatty foods and increasing your consumption of fibre can help prevent gall stones and relieve the discomfort caused by existing stones.
The following suggestions can help relieve mild attacks of indigestion - pain or discomfort in the stomach or upper abdomen that usually comes on after eating a meal.
The goals of nutritional treatment for peptic ulcers - damage to the stomach lining (stomach ulcer) or the first part of the small intestine (duodenal ulcer) - are to reduce and neutralize stomach acid and to maintain the stomach lining's resistance to the acid.
A diet that is high in animal fats, such as meat, cheese, and eggs, and refined sugar, but low in fibre from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains is a common cause of constipation.
Diarrhoea - the frequent passage of loose, watery stools - is often caused by infections from contaminated food or water.
GORD is a common cause of indigestion that occurs when acidic stomach juices are regurgitated into the oesophagus (the tube from the throat to the stomach).
Doctors believe that in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) the colon (the major section of the large intestine) is abnormally sensitive to stimuli such as excess wind, stress, high-fat or fibre-rich foods, caffeine, and alcohol.
Difficult digestion, sluggish intestines or constipation… you need help? Fibre to the rescue!
Diarrhoea is the passage of loose or watery stools and/or an increase in the frequency of bowel movements.
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