Look after your insides ~ stomach, intestines…

1. Eat healthily.

2. Eat regularly.

3. Eat sitting up at a table, preferably.

All too easily we spend our daily and/or working lives gulping down food between events/lessons/meetings/exercise. In addition, after returning home we then spend the evenings on our electronic devices and or/sitting in front of the TV with a takeaway or additional snacks in the evening. The problem is that by eating this way we can cause problems with our digestive system, as food does not digest properly so some people have lower stomach and abdominal cramps or indigestion (which if severe is akin to a heart attack).

4. Stop smoking.
Smoking can weaken the muscle that controls the lower end of the oesophagus (food pipe or gullet), causing heartburn.

5. Lose excess weight.
If you are overweight, your tummy fat puts pressure on your stomach this can cause heartburn.

6. Exercise regularly.

6. Do not binge drink.
Binge drinking increases acid production in your stomach which can cause heartburn, as well as making other digestive disorders worse.

7. Beat stress.
Anxiety and worry can upset the delicate balance of digestion exacerbating so worsening digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Stomach cramp

A stomach ache normally will refer to cramps or a dull ache in the abdomen, which is normally short lived possible cause by a minor upset, virus or stomach bug.

However, please note that for severe abdominal pain this is a serious cause for concern, especially if it starts suddenly and unexpectedly, then it must be regarded as a medical emergency, especially if the pain is concentrated in a particular area. Telephone your General Practitioner GP immediately and/or go to the nearest Accident and Emergency hospital or minor injuries unit.

The most common reasons may be:

  • sudden stomach cramps
  • sudden, severe abdominal pain in a particular area of your belly
  • abdominal pain that has lasted a long time or that keeps returning

If you feel pain in the area around your ribs,then it may be chest pain and not related to the stomach unless it is indigestion. However severe indigestion and heart attacks or strokes can be similar and so must be eliminated which can be done at hospital or unit to complete specific checks.


Stomach cramps are often due to trapped wind and bloating which is an extremely embarrassing common problem which is easily dealt with take either buscopan or mebeverine, which can be bought over the counter from a pharmacist quickly treating the problem.

Stomach cramps with diarrhoea which have started quickly; the cause is likely to be gastroenteritis which is a common tummy bug, such as the Norovirus, caused by a viral or bacterial infection of the stomach and bowel, normally goes without treatment after a few days however young children, babies and the elderly.

Severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea which make you feel very ill; causing chills or a fever may be caused from a serious infection, such as food poisoning which normally gets better on its own without treatment.

If your stomach cramps and diarrhoea continue for more than a few days, you may have a long-term condition, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 

sudden, agonising pain in a specific area of your belly, call your GP immediately or go to your nearest A&E department. It may be a sign of a serious illness that will rapidly get worse without treatment.

Frequent causes of sudden, severe abdominal pain:

  1. Appendicitis – the swelling of the appendix (a finger-like pouch connected to the large intestine), which causes agonising pain in the lower right-hand side of your abdomen and means your appendix will need to be removed
  2. Perforated peptic ulcer – an open sore developing on the inside lining of your stomach or duodenum (upper small intestine) that has broken through the lining
  3. Gallstones – small stones that form in the gallbladder, which may mean the gallbladder will need to be remove
  4. Kidney stones – small stones may be passed out in your urine, but larger stones may block the kidney tubes and you will need to go to hospital to have these broken up
  5. Diverticulitis – inflammation in the small pouches that are part of the bowel.

A sudden and severe pain in your abdomen can also be caused by an infection of the stomach and bowel (gastroenteritis). It may also be caused by a pulled muscle in your abdomen or an injury ~ I have had this from walking quickly especially when carrying heavy bags and lifting something heavy like furniture for too long!

My daughter had appendicitis our GP suspected it and so referred us to hospital immediately.


Adults who have persistent or repeated episodes of abdominal pain should see their GP, with no need to panic the cause is often not serious and can be managed such as:

Irritable bowel syndrome – a common condition where the muscle in the bowel wall tends to go into spasm (tightens); pain is often relieved when you go to the toilet. Medicine can be administered and peppermint tea relieves symptoms as well as follow a diet which is low in fibre, nuts, seeds, processed foods and anything else you find causes wind and spasms.

Crohn’s disease – a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.

Urinary Tract Infections – a recurring  infection  which keeps returning,  usually feel a burning sensation when you urinate

Peptic Ulcer – an open sore that develops on the inside lining of your stomach or duodenum the upper small intestine


Heartburn and acid reflux – stomach acid leaks from the stomach and up into the oesophagus, the tube that runs from the mouth to the stomach

Period pain – painful muscle cramps in women that are linked to the menstrual cycle


Common causes of stomach cramps in children include:

  1. Periodic syndrome – children have recurring episodes of tummy pain which is similar to irritable bowel syndrome in adults
  2. Constipation
  3. Urinary Tract Infection which keeps recurring
  4. Anxiety
  5. Heartburn and acid reflux

Gluten intolerance and Coeliac glossary

Coeliac Disease: A condition also known as coeliac sprue and gluten intolerance.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition, where the body’s immune system starts attacking normal
tissue, such as intestinal tissue, in response to eating gluten. It is a genetically based autoimmune disease characterized by sensitivity to proteins found in the cereal grains wheat, barley and rye.

Gluten: Gluten is the general name for one of the proteins found in wheat, rye and barley.

Gluten Intolerant: Gluten intolerance is a broad term which includes several different types of sensitivity to gluten. It is an autoimmune response of the body, much like celiac disease.

Coeliac disease is the most severe form of gluten intolerance.

Gluten Sensitive: see Gluten Intolerant

Wheat Allergy: An immune response to wheat. Also includes allergic reactions to different
proteins found in wheat and other similar cereal grains.

Wheat Intolerance: Commonly refers to a non-allergic reaction to eating wheat, and does not
evoke an immune response by the body.

Latest health craze ~ coconut oil

Forgive me while I remain somewhat cynical as we enter the next wave of supposedly health benefits from buying another expensive ingredient!

I love coconut and it’s aroma although I no longer eat

“Bounty – The taste of paradise”

Similarly, by gently warming coconut oil this too can transport your mind paradise on a Pacific or Atlantic with lapping waves, white golden sand and swaying palms.

However, research suggests that we refuse to buy the odourless, flavourless “pure” type as this has been industrially refined!
Instead, we must buy the raw, cold-pressed, virgin sort found in health, Asian or Chinese foodstores. The fragrance is of tropical opulence elevating our well-being making even a dull, grey, damp weekday into something extra special.

Coconut oil is a great in a variety of Asian dishes, from Indian to Thai curries. However, its use must not be restricted to oriental recipes; my mother puts it on bread! Chefs say it is fantastic for frying fish, or sautéing onions the list is endless be experimental some even use it in cakes.

Why is coconut oil good for me?

Coconut oil is a white solid at room temperature for the reason that, coconut oil is slower to oxidise so less damaged and chemically altered by heat than other cooking oils, making it possibly the healthiest oil to fry with.

Coconut oil is one of the most excellent sources of heart-healthy medium-chain fatty acids, specifically lauric acid, which enhances the immune system through its antiviral and antibacterial effects. These acids also stimulate metabolism, and some research suggests they can aid weight loss.

Where to buy and what to pay?

Coconut oil is expensive, however only a small amount is required; attractively inexpensive coconut oil is found in Asian groceries and Chinese supermarkets, usually only the industrially refined sort. Therefore, ask for it in wholefood shops, such as Holland & Barrett in the U.K. where 500g of cold-pressed, virgin, organic coconut oil cost around £10.00 staying fresh for months, so a big jar will be much better value.

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Energy bars

These energy boost bars adapt to be gluten, dairy or gluten and dairy free snacks.
Energy bars

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  • 150g unsalted butter /spread or 150 ml oil
  • 100g honey
  • 200g Demerara or Muscovado sugar
  • 100 g nuts; chopped choose favourite nut – walnut, brazil, pecan, macadamia, almond, hazelnut, pistachio,
  • 200g mixed seeds – sunflower, hemp, flax, pumpkin, linseed
  • 100g dried chopped dates
  • 100g prunes chopped
  • 100g apricots chopped
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    • 23 cm square baking tin
    • large heavy based saucepan
    • Greaseproof paper
    • wooden spoon
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    • Measure the butter (or variant); sugar; honey;  add to a large heavy based saucepan once butter or oil is heated and melted add the prunes, apricots, dates boil for two minutes once sugar is caramelised and really sticky sauce-like consistency.
    • Add the other ingredients into the pan or in a large bowl mixing thoroughly.
    • Pour the mixture into the tin.
    • Flatten the mix using the back of a metal spoon.
    • Place in centre of the oven for twenty minutes or once edges look golden; leaving to cool in the tin; cutting into slices once cold.
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    • Large bowl if unable to use a large pan.


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