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News: April 2018

IBS AWARENESS MONTH

To help us understand more about IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), the debilitating condition that affects more than one in five people in the UK, April is IBS Awareness Month. Symptoms, which include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea with no specific cause, can make IBS difficult to manage from day to day. Increasing your intake of fibre, avoiding caffeinated drinks, noting down what foods exacerbate symptoms as well as adding turmeric to foods or taking a turmeric supplement can all help soothe symptoms.

To find out more about IBS visit the IBS Network

EATING MORE SLOWLY CAN HELP YOUR WEIGHT

Take your time while eating and reduce your risk of piling on the pounds. So say Japanese researchers[i]. In a study of 60,000 people they found that those who ate slowly or at normal speed were less likely to be obese at the end of six years. Not missing breakfast, cutting out evening snacks and leaving at least two hours between supper and bedtime could all help too.

ZINC CAN HELP YOU RECOVER FROM A COLD

Spring may be on the horizon but if you are still sniffing and sneezing as the weather starts to get warmer, stocking up on zinc lozenges could help to solve the problem. A recent overview of studies found that those taking them recovered from colds three times faster than those on no medication.

[i] Hurst Y, Fukuda H. Effects of changes in eating speed on obesity in patients with diabetes: a secondary analysis of longitudinal health check-up dataBMJ Open. Published online February 12 2018