The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Beano revisited: could enzyme treatment ever replace the low FODMAP diet?

In 1783, Benjamin Franklin wrote ‘it is universally well known, that in digesting our common food, there is created or produced in the bowels of human creatures, a great quantity … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Milk intolerance; it’s not just lactose.

Lactose Intolerance is a common ‘cause’ of bloating, flatulence, pain and diarrhoea.  This is usually assumed to be due to deficiency of lactase or beta galalactosidase, the enzyme secreted by … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

It’s that time of the month again. So why do I feel so bad?

  There can be few women who do not experience some variations the way they feel during their menstrual cycle, but in those of you who have IBS, those feelings … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fear of Flying

How to avoid the discomfort of airline flights if you have IBS. Last week,  Adrian wrote:   I love going to Africa for wildlife safari and photography, but each time my … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

Bread and Bloating

Of all the foods that are claimed to be responsible for bloating and other symptoms of IBS,  bread would appear to be the most common.  No fewer that 50% of … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

All you ever wanted to know about farting but were too embarrassed to ask.

There can be nothing as embarrassing and painful as gas. It gurgles and squelches through the intestines during pauses in conversations,  squeaking like a rusty door or roaring like an … Continue reading

December 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Don’t let IBS wreck your Christmas.

It’s the silly season again!  We will all be tempted to eat far too much, drink ourselves daft and collapse in front of the telly.  And then there’s the relatives.  … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Bloating, abnormal abdominal physiology or just a lot of gas.

At one time, doctors believed bloating was due to swallowing too much air.  At another, it was caused by lordosis, an abnormal posture produced  by arching the spine and pushing … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

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