Many people just put up with stomach pain and discomfort from these conditions.
However, experts claim the gut and the brain are very closely linked – for example stress has been linked to IBS.
However, Dr Joan Ransley, nutritionist and cook reveals why we should listen more closely to our guts because they can indicate warning signs of other conditions.
“The gut is actually the body’s second brain and plays a vital role in our overall health and wellbeing,” she said.
“Listening, tasting, seeing, smelling and feeling can help us identify what it is telling us and any warning signs.”
Dr Ransley has listed a number of signs to look out for.
Sound: The rumbles and groans generated in your abdomen are caused by the propulsion of gas and fluid through different regions of the gut.
The fluid is a mixture of food, drink and digestive juices.
The gas may either be swallowed air, carbon dioxide generated by the combination of acid and alkaline digestive juices in the stomach and small intestine and hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide caused by fermentation of unabsorbed carbohydrates and protein in the colon.
These noises are more obvious when you are hungry or nervous because stimulation of the vagus nerves (a cranial nerve that carries taste information from the back part of the mouth) causes movement in the gut.
Bloating, irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhoea are common complaints
Sight: Your poo can differ in colour, but black and tarry stools can indicate bleeding in the small intestine or stomach while pale stools accompanied by dark urine could indicate gall stones.
The Bristol Stool Chart offers a useful guide in to what you might find in your toilet bowl and can help you determine whether the form is normal or not.
Feel: Crampy, abdominal pains are most likely due to spasm but if persistent may indicate intestinal obstruction.
Pain like a knife just below the breast bone that is relieved by eating may suggest peptic ulceration.
Pain in the right upper corner of the abdomen that goes to the back just below the right shoulder blade may indicate gallstones.
Bloating may be related to a combination of stress and ingestion of gassy fruit and vegetables.
Taste: Sufferers of acid reflux may experience a sour taste caused by regurgitated stomach acid.
Smell: The smell of an individual’s wind is related to the fermentation of unabsorbed carbohydrate and protein food and therefore relates to what they have been eating, how much has escaped absorption and the effect of stress on gut transit, the time it takes for food to travel through the digestive tract.
If you notice any changes or have any concerns about your gut health then contact your doctor or health professional.
Dr Joan Ransley is an ambassador for the Love Your Gut campaign.
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