With 15-20% of the population diagnosed with IBS, not to mention the millions more that suffer with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), what alternatives are there to combat these debilitating conditions. We talk to naturopath, Linda Booth, to find out.
Currently, we have a looming health crisis in the UK. Over 3 decades of the overprescribing of antibiotics, not to mention the increase in stress levels of modern-day living, and consumption of a diet high in sugar and processed food are all having a negative impact on the balance of gut bacteria. This imbalance is caused ‘dysbiosis’ and it can cause numerous digestive and gut symptoms such as IBS, bloating, stomach cramps, and constipation. Additionally, there are links to skin issues like psoriasis and eczema, cystitis, thrush, auto-immune diseases, depression, an increased risk of developing nasty gut infections like C. difficile and an increased risk of developing bowel cancer, especially as we move into our 6th decade and beyond. Therefore, is there little wonder that our gut bacteria sometimes feels it is facing a losing battle.
So what is the gut and what does it do? The gut could be perceived as one of the most over-looked organs of the human body. Its function is to take in food, digest and extract the goodness, and excrete the waste. Very functional but, as some might say, not very fascinating. However, as it is home to over 70% of our immune system, and responsible for the manufacture of around 90% of the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin, which can explain the link to depression, then why don’t we take greater care of it?
The answer is not always straightforward and leads to many debates on lifestyle and medical intervention. So where do I fit into all this? As a 58 year old post-menopausal woman, I’ve been a naturopath for over 26 years specialising in colon hydrotherapy, and with over 60,000 consultations on these issues under my belt you could say that this is my passion. I have developed a range of supplements to help the millions of people in the UK that I feel are suffering needlessly because they simply haven’t found a natural solution to their digestive and gut problems. As the founder of Just For Tummies, a range of probiotics and digestive/gut health supplements, I’ve sorted the ‘wheat from the chaff’ in terms of what probiotics and natural ingredients are the most effective at reducing bloating, painful trapped gas, constipation etc. My No. 1 best seller of the Just For Tummies range is my Live Bacteria probiotic capsules which has had fantastic reviews.
My Just For Tummies products are all made in the UK to Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines and Medicines Health Regulatory Agency guidelines, are gluten and dairy-free, and with the exception of my super-high-strength Omega 3 fish oil capsules, suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
I’m offering all my Just For Tummies supplements to High50 members at 20% off, using the unique code High50discount in the promo code box on the check-out page. If you’re not sure which supplement is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact a member of my Tummy Team at: email@example.com and they will advise you.
If you are considering having colon hydrotherapy treatment to help reduce the symptoms of IBS, bloating or constipation, ensure your colon hydrotherapist is registered and regulated. I am a member of The Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH), the largest and oldest association of colon hydrotherapists in the world. I sat on the Committee of ARCH for 6 years and was also an Advisory Board member for the UK’s IBS charity, The IBS Network.
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If you have suddenly developed painful bloating, a change in bowel habit, blood in your poo, rapid unexplained weight loss and unexplained fatigue, you see your GP as soon as possible to rule out any other sinister causes of such symptoms.