Linda's Blog

Welcome to my blog! Here I’ll share my inside knowledge for leading a life free of “tummy troubles” – enjoy! Linda Booth

What is diverticular disease

Diverticular disease and diverticulitis are part of the same condition usually affecting the large intestine. With diverticular disease, bulges and pockets can appear in the walls of a weakened large intestine, usually affecting the descending colon (down the left-hand side of the abdomen), but there is a condition called pan diverticular disease, where pockets can […]

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Can malnutrition be prevalent in a modern 20th century society?

You may have the best diet in the world, but if you’re not properly digesting your food and, more importantly, not properly absorbing and assimilating nutrients from your food, you may as well eat rubbish, because very few nutrients will be getting through the small intestine, to the liver, thenceforth transported to your cells and […]

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Is there a connection between Helicobacter Pylori and an increased risk of getting IBS?

Over the years I’ve received, and still do receive many enquiries from people needing help, following triple therapy for the eradication of Helicobacter Pylori (HPylori) bacterial infection. Anyone who is getting symptoms of heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, abdominal cramps and loose stools should go to see their GP and get a blood test to check […]

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What causes heartburn?

Did you know that the acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades? It has to be though. The mouth is the gateway to the gut and any parasite, pathogen or ‘bad’ bug can easily gain entry into the gut and cause all kinds of havoc if you don’t have enough hydrochloric […]

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IBS

Can eating chicken cause IBS?

I’ve written on this subject many times before, and when we consider that a gut infection is one of the top 3 causes of IBS, then yes I can categorically say that eating chicken can cause IBS. Why, I hear you ask. Well, because campylobacter is the leading cause of bacterial gastroenteritis in the UK, […]

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Join our Affiliate Programme

I have some very exciting news!  I have just launched my Just For Tummies Affiliate Programme, and I am now looking for Affiliates to join me. Since setting up Just For Tummies in 2015, I have grown a business that is thriving, kind at heart, and committed to the health and wellbeing of our customers. […]

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IBS symptoms

Herbs to help relieve the symptoms of IBS

Being a naturopathic colon hydrotherapist and trained in using certain herbs to implant rectally during colon hydrotherapy treatment, one of the most common herbs used is chamomile to help reduce IBS symptoms. I often make an infusion of this herb by adding hot water, let it infuse for at least 10 minutes, cool it down […]

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Will increasing fibre in my diet improve my IBS and constipation?

Does an increase in dietary fibre improve the symptoms of IBS and constipation. I get asked this question many times, especially by people that have been diagnosed with IBS (C) – ‘C’ for ‘constipation’. Constipation is classed medically as having less than 3 bowel movements a week. I would class constipation as less than 1 […]

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Food is supposed to nourish us, not make us afraid to eat it

You would think that here in the UK, in the 21st century, nutrient deficiencies would be impossible to contemplate.  After all, just look at the abundance of food on offer in our shops, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants, not to mention all the cookery programmes on TV, demonstrating how to prepare and cook the most delicious […]

IBS: What is it? What causes it! What cures it?

A natural medicine practitioner’s viewpoint What is is IBS? New criteria for diagnosing functional gastrointestinal disorders were released in June 2016 and medical professionals have been following them since December 2016.  The new Rome IV criteria reflect advances in science and research since the Rome III criteria were published 10 years ago.  The Rome criteria […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be a complex condition

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be a very complex condition, causing Doctors and Gastroenterologists to scratch their heads as they try to find the cause and a solution in an attempt to reduce the often debilitating symptoms of painful bloating, excessive smelly wind, irregular bowel movements, heartburn, acid reflux, fatigue and weight issues of their […]

April is IBS Awareness Month

We have many ‘awareness’ months throughout the year, but one that is of particular interest to me is April because it’s IBS Awareness Month.  You will probably see more ‘chatter’ and ‘conversation’ on the internet, and more articles in newspapers and magazines, discussing this growing digestive and gut health epidemic.  I know ‘epidemic’ is a […]

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I faced my fears and had my smear

I faced my fears and had my smear. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35. I’m 58, not in my 20’s or 30’s, and I had my cervical smear in February 2018. I was late with it, 7 years instead of 5, and my next smear in 2023 a the age […]

stomach pain

My five top tips to reduce bloating, stomach pain and constipation

Symptoms of IBS, bloating, stomach pain, trapped painful gas, constipation, heartburn and acid reflux can have a detrimental impact on your health and wellbeing. Your professional life may be affected due to taking time off work. People with IBS take around 1/3 more days off than non-IBS co-workers. Your sex life may be affected due […]

Why you need to use a dental ‘dam’ if you have IBS or IBD

Why you need to use a dental ‘dam’ if you have IBS or IBD.  I was in my clinic last week, carrying out colon hydrotherapy treatments on people of all ages, both sexes and from all walks of life, but with very similar symptoms mainly bloating, abdominal pain and constipation. One of my patients, a […]