The digestive system runs from your mouth to your anus, it includes the stomach and the small and large intestine. it also includes the liver, pancreas, gall bladder and salivary glands.
The digestive system is responsible for many different processes including ingestion, mechanical digestion, chemical digestion, absorption and forming and passing faeces.
Poor diet, lifestyle factors (such as stress) and disease can impact how the gut functions and affect quality of life.
Appropriate dietary interventions can positively impact digestive health and help manage symptoms such as bloating, constipation and urgency in functional gut conditions like irritable bowel syndrome IBS.
There are multiple symptoms relating to our digestive system and they can often cause discomfort, embarrassment and impact quality of life but they can often be supported through nutrition and lifestyle changes
Constipation is a symptom that can mean different things to different people, but the usual meaning is that a person has difficulty or infrequency with opening their bowels.
Diverticulitis is a condition that occurs when a single diverticulum or several diverticula (a part of the bowel) become inflamed or infected.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition, which occurs in people who become sensitive to a protein called gluten in their diet. A dietitian can help support you with dietary changes.
The most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain and abnormal bowel habits. IBS is the most common disorder of the digestive system and up to one third of the population experience symptoms.
Crohn’s disease is one of a group of conditions that are known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) which also includes ulcerative colitis. These conditions can impact the absorption of nutrients.
Acid reflux is the regurgitation of some stomach contents including gastric acid (gastric reflux) into the oesophagus and is the major symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Cancer can affect your digestion, such as: heartburn or acid reflux having problems swallowing (dysphagia) feeling or being sick. Symptoms can include indigestion, burping & feeling full very quickly. A Dietitian can support you to manage symptoms.
Most healthy people open their bowels between three times a day and three times a week. Diarrhoea occurs when stools become loose and watery and more frequent bowel movements occur.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is associated with obesity, insulin resistance, hyperglycaemia, and high levels of fat in blood. NAFLD has no specific treatment. It involves treating underlying conditions such as obesity
Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency (PEI) can develop when the pancreas doesn’t work properly. The pancreas is a key component of our digestive system. A Dietitian can support you with managing enzyme replacement therapy & diet
An ileostomy or colostomy is when a section of the bowel is brought to the surface of the abdomen and a pouch is used to collect faecal matter. Diet can be an important part of stoma management.