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Tummy Troubles

Gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation aren’t exactly the stuff of polite conversation. But live with one of these symptoms for any length of time, and the associated discomfort starts taking up a sizeable chunk of your mental bandwidth. 

Can I eat that food without suffering afterwards? Can I risk being more than a few minutes away from a washroom? 

Yet despite this kind of distress, people with these symptoms often forge on without consulting a health care provider. Whether that’s out of embarrassment, the belief that the problem will resolve on its own, or the conviction nothing can be done to improve or manage such issues, isn’t clear.

While getting relief is rarely as simple as just taking a pill, in most cases, it’s possible to narrow down a probable cause, and from there, the treatments that can be used to help manage symptoms.

So what can you do if you’re struggling with one of these common digestive issues? And what are the ‘red flags’ that warrant urgently seeking medical attention to rule out serious — albeit uncommon — potential culprits? 

Find out in my most recent Good Times health feature: Tummy Troubles.

Thank-you to the three experts who so generously agreed to be interviewed for the story:

Looking for more in-depth information? Check out these sites.

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation

The Breath Project

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