Tummy problems? Here are 6 easy ways to boost tummy health

Tummy problems

Tummy problems can be uncomfortable and embarrassing but whether you bloat after eating bread, suffer cramping or diarrhea when stressed or get constipated on a weekly basis, you don't just have to put up with it.

1. Try probiotics

Our gut contains trillions of bacteria from around 1000 different species, which are vital for good digestion, and according to the latest research form an important part of the body’s immune system.

Probiotic drinks are one-way poor diet may be treated (Photo: Getty)

Encouraging these bugs to flourish in healthy numbers can improve gut symptoms, which is why there’s now a host of foods and supplements containing probiotic strains of ‘friendly’ bacteria.

2. Limit fruit to three portions a day

The high fiber content of fruit can be irritating for some gut problems.

It’s also helpful to avoid the skin, pips, and pith from fruit and vegetables, as these may be difficult to digest.

3. Eat porridge

If you suffer from the wind, eating porridge or another oat-based cereal for breakfast can help.

Porridge can help with the wind

4. Take time to eat

Experts recommend never rushing eating, not skipping meals and avoiding foods too close to bedtime, as these bad habits can all affect digestion.

Aim for three meals a day and take your time – sit down at the table and enjoy them.

5. Avoid ‘diet’ products

Many diet products advertised as ‘sugar-free’ contain the sweetener sorbitol, which can make diarrhea and bloat worse. Check the label of foods such as chewing gum, sweets and yogurts.

6. Cut down on booze

Alcohol can be a trigger for gut problems in some people as it irritates the stomach lining, stimulating the production of more acid which can trigger stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Stick to the recommended 14 units per week, or avoid completely.


Although digestive symptoms are usually harmless, if they persist, they could signal serious illness such as bowel cancer, warns Dr. Emmanuel.

So, see your doctor if you have taken a pharmacy remedy for a digestive problem for two weeks with no improvement or you have one of these five ‘hardcore’ symptoms:

• A sudden, persistent change in the pattern of how your bowels work.

• Bleeding from the back passage.

• Increasing heartburn, indigestion or other stomach pain.

• Losing weight unexpectedly.

• Difficulty swallowing.


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