Your Digestive Health
Your Digestive Health
These days, it's easy for your digestive health to get out of balance. It can be caused by eating processed food, drinking alcohol, taking antibiotics or a stressful, busy lifestyle.
Examples of poor digestive health can be no daily bowel movements, straining for bowel movements, hard or small stools, swollen abdomen or abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and general tiredness. Learn more about these conditions below.
One of the most important indicators of digestive health is the formation and consistency of your stool. This can be self checked against the medically recognised Bristol Stool Chart (see below), where Type 4 is considered a healthy stool. Phloe® has been clinically shown to help support consumers achieve a healthy Type 4 stool formation.
If you experience sluggish bowel movements, you’re not alone! This digestive challenge is one of the most common digestive issues reported in Western populations and it affects women nearly twice as much as men and increases with age.
So what can help?
Irregular, blocked, straining and loose bowels?
Many people will occasionally experience abdominal discomfort such as cramping, bloating and gas, together with either loose bowels and/or sluggish bowels.
Identifying the factors that trigger the above can help.
Gas and Bloating
One of the most frequently talked about abdominal concerns is bloating. A lot of people who suffer from bloating wake up in the morning with a fairly flat stomach, but by the end of the day experience a full, tight feeling in their abdomen and sometimes increased stomach growling, bloating and flatulence.
Bloating and gas are usually tied to what and how you eat, so a few simple changes can help.
Irregularity caused by Pregnancy
It is not uncommon for pregnant women to experience some sluggishness in their digestive system at some point in their pregnancy. Hormonal changes can have an effect of slowing down transit time, which means women may not be having bowel movements as frequently as they once were. However there are a number of ways to help to keep things moving during your pregnancy.