Why is Digestive Health so Taboo?

These days we seem happy to talk about almost all the intimate details of our lives. You only need to scan though your newsfeed to see mass (over?) sharing.

However, one of few things that seems remain off limits is digestive health. Thinking about it, it’s one of the most natural things about us. I’m not suggesting we start talking about our toilet habits over the dinner table, but is it right that it’s so taboo?

Given that the St Mark’s Foundation says at least 10-20% of the population are suffering from IBS at anyone time, not to mention the many other digestive conditions, should we be talking about it more?

People with intolerances are just fussy no?

Since, I fell ill in 2013 one of the things I had to contend with was an every expanding list of food my body seemed to no longer ‘like’. A few years ago if someone told me they were unable to tolerate, something, I have to admit I’d be more likely to think they were fussy than genuine. As they say, sometimes seeing is believing.

Is it time we were more open? 

As I gradually opened up about some parts of my illness to people who asked, I found more and more people desperate to discuss digestive health. From minor niggles to life impacting symptoms. I even had one (almost stranger) give me a massive hug and say how grateful she was to have someone who empathised with what she was going through.

Beyond the doctor

Whilst speaking to our doctor is absolutely necessary, sometimes there is little they seem able to do beyond an IBS diagnosis and some advice to manage the symptoms. Though engaging people who were experts in getting to the root cause of gut problems I have been fortunate enough to improve this element of my health. Whilst digestive discomfort and IBS are common, it’s not normal and it seems there can be an underlying root cause.

Don’t suffer in silence…

If you’re struggling I urge you not to suffer in silence. Seek out the experts (as mentioned last week I’m working on getting Dr Jillian Teta to open up her brilliant programme again*), focus on relaxation, plus if you wish drop me an email with your stories and struggles.

Digestive Health Taboo

*In the meantime Dr Teta has an excellent 5* review book, which you can find here. There are extra reviews on the US Amazon.com if you want to read more before you buy.

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2 thoughts on “Why is Digestive Health so Taboo?

  1. Zoe

    I agree, I also used to think people with food intolerances were being fussy, until my youngest daughter was born in February last year. Seeing her up all night crying with stomach ache proved how real they are. I went to see local GPs surgery several times and was told by one GP that she was just a naughty baby and to leave her to cry, and another one shrugged his shoulders and said ‘it’s a mystery’. I didn’t receive any support until I’d already done an exclusion diet and figured out all her intolerances myself. The NHS doesn’t offer any advice on gut healing, it’s just a case of wait and see if she grows out of it. It’s an issue that’s becoming more common as well, so many babies are born with food intolerances and allergies these days, it’s definitely something we should talk about more.

    1. theschoolofbalance Post author

      Thanks for sharing this. It makes me so sad to think about a small baby suffering so much. It’s bad enough for an adult who knows what is going on and can express themselves.

      It sounds like you’re an amazing intuitive mother and have managed so well without the support of doctors. If you’re still looking for more information Dr Jillian Teta’s book has a whole section on baby and children’s digestive health.

      I couldn’t agree more with how important it is to talk about these things

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