Health & Wellbeing Podcast #3
If you have been following me for a while you probably know that I love to talk about digestive health and the importance of gut health for overall wellbeing. I was very excited to have the opportunity to talk about all things digestion (and of course poo) with my fellow naturopath, the beautiful Hayley Stockbridge.
Hayley practices at Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and in Stanmore in Sydney’s Inner West. Her major focus is always educating her patients to live healthier and happier lives. She treats women, men and children of all ages and a wide variety of health issues such as weight loss, digestive problems, anxiety/stress, fertility, hormone imbalances, food intolerances and headaches.
We answered a few digestion questions in this podcast which was lots of fun, I would love for people to keep submitting questions for future podcasts. You can submit them in the comments section below, on my facebook page or via the contact form.
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3:57 What is a normal bowel movement?
6:50 Question 1: I’ve had GORD ever since I can remember, I’m on Nexium and I take metamucil. I still get the occasional bit of reflux but mostly it’s controlled with the medication. I don’t want to stay on it because I don’t want to rely of a medication. I also get diarrhoea every week or so that’s watery, explosive and smelly and really urgent and uncomfortable, and I’m frequently bloated. Is any of this connected and what do you suggest I do about it?
9:05 Diet for reflux, food intolerances.
9:40 The importance of easing of PPI medications slowly.
11:00 Reflux often due to a structural/mechanical issue, but this doesn’t mean you’re doomed.
12:50 Testing and avenues to look at for assessing causes of reflux, most common food triggers of reflux.
14:15 Question 2: I feel bloated and grumpy whenever I eat bread, but my GP said I’m not celiac so I can eat as much wheat as I want. I don’t get it though, why am I getting these feelings if I’m ok with bread?
15:00 Non celiac gluten intolerance including fructose mal-absorption
18:34 The general overconsumption of wheat and gluten containing foods and the issues with processing of wheat
22:40 It’s advisable to rule out celiac disease, as knowing this will determine how much gluten you can tolerate.
24:00 Sourdough may be an option for people sensitive to wheat as the fermentation breaks down some of the gluten and gliadin
25:45 Gluten free products are not always better for you
26:45 Experiment to find out what foods work best for you
27:55 Question 3: Help for constipation please! I have been taking movicol for about 5 yrs now. I go to the toilet once a day, but if i don’t take movicol I go once a week. I don’t like relying on it, but I don’t know what else I can do. Hayley and I discuss some common approaches to supporting constipation and diet for good bowel movements.
30:29 Papaya vs Pawpaw
34:40 Apple cider vinegar benefits
36:00 Dandelion coffee/tea
37:00 Manual work for constipation
37:25 The importance of exercise for healthy bowel movements
38:57 Toilet time – make time each morning to train your bowels to go at that time, and don’t suppress the urge to go when you need to.
39:50 Our yoga efforts.
41:00 Question 4: My 4 year old daughter frequently complains of stomach pains, I’m always at the doctors with her trying to find out what it is but they can’t find anything. It can be really upsetting for her, and sometimes she’s doubled up and crying with the pain. We eat well, but she always has a runny nose and this stomach pain is very concerning. She started preschool last year and seems to get sick all the time, I’m worried about how she’ll go at school with this stomach pain. She used to go to the toilet every 3-4 days, and even though this is considered normal the doctors gave her parachoc to try and help in case this is causing the pain, now she does go to the toilet easily (although it’s very lose) . Is there anything else I can do for her?
46:00 Infant massage for stomach pain
47:15 Our favourite digestion herbs