Health Articles — digestion

Constipation effects both children and adults, let's get to the bottom of it

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

Isn’t it funny how adults don’t really talk about their bowel motions, however when it comes to children it is one of the most talked about topics every day.Maybe this is just my experience from over 20 years working with children and parents. I usually have many conversations in a day around children’s stool movements.It is often the case as a parent that we can become quite anxious about our child and this especially includes their daily motions. It usually starts when they are a baby and we count how many soiled nappies there are. We spend a lot of...

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Fatty Liver Disease

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

  Fatty Liver Disease - What is it? It is a condition where there is a build up of excess fat in the liver cells. It affects about 1 in every 10 people in Western countries.  There are two different types. Non-alcoholic fatty liver and alcoholic fatty liver disease.  One is due to alcohol and the other is mainly due to metabolic processes from the food you eat and can also result from gut issues and not being able to break down and utilise the food you do eat.  It doesn't matter which one you have they both end up...

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Acid Reflux - understanding what's really going on

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

Acid reflux - most people have heard of it but do you actually understand what it is?  And that you can actually get some relief? Reflux occurs when the sphincter at the top of the stomach which should close after food enters and remain closed does not close all the way. After food enters the stomach proton pumps which are located all around the stomach lining, release gastric juices which are needed to breakdown food. If the sphincter doesn’t close then acid from the stomach rises up into the oesophagus and can cause damage.  When it only happens on occasions...

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