Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

All week we will be posting snippets from http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk in support of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer UK aims to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.

Symptoms of bowel cancer

The symptoms of bowel (colorectal) cancer can be:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A change in bowel habit lasting for 3 weeks or more especially to looser or runny poo
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy
 
You might experience one, some, all of the above or no symptoms at all. Remember most symptoms will not be bowel cancer.

 

If you are worried about any symptoms that you think might be caused by bowel cancer, make an appointment with your doctor.

Just remember you’ll not be wasting anyone’s time by getting checked out. If it isn’t serious, you’ll put your mind at rest. If it’s bowel cancer, early detection can make all the difference. Over 90% who are diagnosed at the earliest stage are successfully treated. So a trip to your doctor could save your life.

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For further information and support visit:

http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/

 

April is International IBS Awareness Month and Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

What is IBS?

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Taken from: https://www.theibsnetwork.org/what-is-ibs/

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is the name doctors have given to a collection of otherwise unexplained symptoms relating to a disturbance of the colon or large intestine. It affects around a third of the population at some point in their lives and about one in ten people suffer symptoms severe enough to seek help from their GP. The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome may include:

  • Abdominal pain and spasms, often relieved by going to the toilet.
  • Diarrhoea, Constipation or an erratic bowel habit
  • Bloating or swelling of the abdomen.
  • Rumbling noises and excessive passage of wind.
  • Urgency (An urgent need to visit the toilet).Incontinence (If a toilet is not nearby).
  • Sharp pain felt low down inside the rectum.
  • Sensation of incomplete bowel movement.

When X-rays, blood tests, endoscopies and other diagnostic tests are carried out, the results do not reveal any obvious abnormality. For that reason IBS is often called ‘a functional disorder’ of the bowel; in other words, an disturbance in bowel function without any change in structure or obvious cause.

Symptoms frequently occur in other parts of the body. These may include; headaches, dizziness, backache, passing urine frequently, tiredness, muscle and joint pains, ringing in the ears, indigestion, belching, nausea, shortness of breath, anxiety and depression. A similar range of symptoms are reported by patients with other medically unexplained illnesses, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Functional Dyspepsia, suggesting they all might all be expressions of an alteration in sensitivity or irritability affecting the mind and the body.

For further information visit:

https://www.theibsnetwork.org/

 

Understanding bowel cancer

Taken from:

http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/understanding-bowel-cancer/

What is bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is also referred to as colorectal or colon cancer. Nearly all bowel cancers develop in the large bowel - two-thirds of these are in the colon and one-third in the rectum.

If you are worried about any symptoms that you think might be caused by bowel cancer, make an appointment with your doctor.

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For further information visit:

http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/

Sports Relief: Davina’s Challenge

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

This weekend people up and down the country will be doing their bit for Sports Relief. They will be running, walking, cycling, swimming and much more all to raise money for a good cause.

The money raised by Sports Relief is spent by comic relief to change lives at home and abroad. In the UK, the money helps provide shelter to young people living on the streets and aims to provide protection to those living with domestic abuse. The money also goes further a field and helps provides communities in other countries with fresh water and life-saving vaccines along with money to help educate children.

We would love  to hear what you will be doing this weekend to help raise money with sports relief, if you are in need of some inspiration there are plenty of celebrities paving the way. So far this year, Davina McCall’s Beyond Breaking Point Challenge has inspired the love your gut team the most. She is incredible!! Davina pushed herself to the point of exhaustion and so far has raised over £760,000 all in the name of Sports Relief. Check her journey out at  http://www.sportrelief.com/latest/breakingpoint.

Although we do not condone pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion we hope that you will embark on some healthy physical activity this weekend. Don’t worry if you shouldn’t be taking part this year, get yourself down to an event near you and cheer those on who can – they will need the support!

Remember being physically active is brilliant for good gut health.

Enjoy your sporty weekend!!

 















Picture URLS:
Sports Relief: http://www.lovecravendale.co.uk/sportrelief/
Davina: http://d1ntn0vjw9s2xt.cloudfront.net/sites/sportrelief.com/files/styles/grid-16-wide/public/flag_0.jpg?itok=jmLOxjsG

 

 

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, March 10th, 2014

This month is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and with International Women’s Day 2014 last Saturday, we thought we would take this opportunity to highlight this disease. Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cancer in the world, with 239,000 new cases diagnosed in 2012 and the biggest gynaecological killer of women in the UK. Awareness of ovarian cancer is vital, as three quarters of women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread and therefore survival rates are very poor. This makes treatment much more difficult.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • Increased abdominal size/ persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
  • Difficulty eating/ feeling full
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Needing to week more urgently or more often
  • Unexpected weight loss, changes in bowel habits
  • Extreme fatigue

 

There are a number of recommendations which are given by the World Cancer Research Fund for cancer prevention…

  1. Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight
  2. Be physically active as part of everyday life
  3. Limit consumption of energy-dense food and avoid sugary drinks
  4. Eat mostly foods of plant origin
  5. Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat
  6. Limit alcoholic drinks
  7. Limit consumption of salt
  8. Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone

 

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Information sourced from the following websites:

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

http://www.ocam.org.uk/

 

Last Saturday was International Women’s Day 2014

http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

 

World Cancer Research Fund

http://www.dietandcancerreport.org/

Show your heart some love!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

This month is National Heart Month! This public health awareness campaign helps to raise awareness of the UK’s biggest killer – cardiovascular disease.

Risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease include: smoking, drinking, high blood pressure, stress, sedentary lifestyles and poor diets.

A healthy diet can help to reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease; we have included some tips below to help with a balanced diet:

  • Ensure food is in its most natural state
  • Try to eat a variety of foods, of a range of different colours
  • Limit intake of sugary foods
  • Choose healthier fats and oils
  • Include at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables into your diet daily
  • Include wholegrains, legumes, pulses, nuts and seeds into the diet on a daily basis

Here are some further helpful tips taken from the British Heart Foundation website (http://www.bhf.org.uk/), to help support a balanced diet:

A balanced diet

The best way to understand it is to think of foods in food groups.

Everyone should aim for a well balanced diet. Faddy crash diets may not provide the balance of nutrients you need.

Try to eat:

  • plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • plenty of starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta. Choose wholegrain varieties wherever possible
  • some milk and dairy products
  • some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • only a small amount of foods and drinks high in fats and/or sugar.

Choose options that are lower in fat, salt and sugar whenever you can.

Fruit and vegetables

A well-balanced diet should include at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Try to vary the types of fruit and veg you eat. They can be fresh, frozen, dried or tinned. Pure unsweetened fruit juice, pulses and beans count as a portion, but they only make up a maximum of one of your five a day, however much you eat in one day.

A portion is about a handful (80g or 3oz), for example:

  • 4 broccoli florets
  • 1 pear
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of carrots
  • 7-8 strawberries

Sign up to our free service Heart Matters where you can access our portion finder to find out what makes up a portion of other fruits and vegetables.

Fats

To help look after your heart health it is important to make sure you choose the right type of fats.

So to help keep your heart healthy:

  • Replace saturated fats with small amounts of mono and polyunsaturated fats
  • Cut down on foods containing trans fats.

It’s also important to remember that all fats and oils are high in calories, so even the unsaturated fats should only be used in small amounts.

Saturated fat

Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Unsaturated fats

Unsaturated fats, which can be monounsaturated fats (for example olive oil, rapeseed oil, almonds, unsalted cashews and avocado) or polyunsaturated fats (including sunflower oil and vegetable oil, walnuts, sunflower seeds and oily fish) are a healthier choice.

Trans fats

Another type of fat, known as trans fat, can also raise the amount of cholesterol in the blood.

Salt

Eating too much salt can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Want to cook healthily?

Our exclusive Heart Healthy everyday British cookbook contains tasty recipes for food lovers that are guaranteed to inspire a well-balanced diet.

Alcohol

If you drink alcohol, it’s important to keep within the recommended guidelines - whether you drink every day, once or twice a week or just occasionally.

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