One in six women experience seasonal changes to digestive wellbeing

Women across the world admit that seasonal changes in eating habits can affect their digestive wellbeing, according to a recent survey carried out by Danone and released for the global WGO ‘Love Your Tummy’ campaign.

Women across the world admit that seasonal changes in eating habits can affect their digestive wellbeing, according to a recent survey carried out by Danone and released for the global WGO ‘Love Your Tummy’ campaign.

One in six (17 per cent) women questioned said they experience changes to their digestive comfort during the winter months because they consume heavier meals. In contrast, just 7 per cent of women surveyed said their digestive wellbeing was affected during summer.

The survey also highlights how over-eating can be a problem. According to Danone’s recent Digestive Health survey 71% of Irish people experience digestive discomfort after excessive indulgence with many Irish people surveyed noticing a change to their digestive wellbeing following the weekend, whilst over-indulging during Christmas leaves 21% of Irish people suffering the consequences.

Professor Eamonn Quigley MD, Chairman of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) Foundation Board, and one of the campaign co-chairs for the international ‘Love Your Tummy’ campaign commented, “It is important to remember that overindulgence in food and drink puts a strain on our body that can leave us feeling bloated or having excess flatulence. This is particularly apparent during the seasonal celebrations when we are naturally tempted to eat and drink too much and also to consume items (such as very fatty foods) that they do not usually eat. However, by making a few simple diet and lifestyle changes, digestive wellbeing can be improved.”

Professor Quigley continued, “Try to eat smaller and more frequent meals without increasing your overall calorie intake, drink two litres of water per day, consume fermented dairy products and decrease or limit your intake of caffeinated drinks, alcoholic and sugar-rich beverages will also help digestive health. Reducing stress and keeping active are also important to avoid digestive upsets.”

“Worldwide 80 per cent of women experience problems with their digestive wellbeing. The global ‘Love Your Tummy’ campaign launched by WGO earlier this year and supported by Danone, aims to encourage people to improve their digestive comfort and stop accepting bloating, constipation and excessive flatulence as normal.

Read and download top tips to help improve your digestive health at www.loveyourtummy.org