World IBD Day 2017

Today is world IBD day and as our products are primarily used to help people with stomach related illnesses we thought we'd share with you a bit more about world IBD day and how you can get involved to raise awareness.

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Image: https://worldibdday.org/

What is IBD?

IBD stands for inflammatory bowel disease which is the umbrella term used to describe ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. They are both long-term conditions that can affect anyone of any age but it's most common between the ages of 15 and 40. The symptoms of IBD include cramps, swelling of the stomach, recurring diarrhoea, weight loss and extreme fatigue. The symptoms come and go but unfortunately there is no current cure. 

Treatments that aim to relieve symptoms include: immunouppressants to reduce activity of the immune system, antibiotics and mesalazines. 1 in 5 people with ulcerative colitis have severe symptoms that mean they have to have inflamed sections of their colon removed and around 60-75% of sufferers have to have surgery at some point in their life.

Image: https://worldibdday.org/

Image: https://worldibdday.org/

World IBD Day is so important to us as it helps to raise awareness of the disease. You can find out more information about the amazing work that's happening right now and how you can get involved over on the World IBD Day Website.

The aeroplane bloat - can it get you kicked off a plane?

In a time where airlines don't need much of an excuse to kick you off a flight, don't give them another reason to this summer and pop on a pair of Shreddies! 

Many airlines have revealed that they reserve the right to remove passengers if they have bad odour! Sounds a little crazy but it's actually included in the terms and conditions on the airline websites, stating that passengers that have or cause a malodorous condition other than those qualifying as disabled can be removed from the aeroplane. You may have not spotted it but it's often hidden in there somewhere!

Due to the pressure in cabins being lower than that on the ground it causes the gas in your stomach to expand and therefore causes more flatulence! Try to avoid the typical full English before you fly as fatty foods like this are likely to cause more gas and swap your carbonated drinks for water. These small changes can reduce your flatulence and reduce the embarrassment it may cause! 

Or you could pop on a pair of Shreddies and fart with confidence? We know what we'd do... 

Low FODMAP BBQ Ideas

If you're anything like me this warmer weather has got you dreaming of long summer days and yummy BBQ's! When you're trying to stick to a low FODMAP diet this kind of dining can be difficult so we thought we'd give you a few tips to keep your stomach happy while you're enjoying great food!

MEATS

Try to avoid processed foods like sausages and burgers as they can contain things like onion and garlic powders which can irritate the stomach. Instead try making your own burgers using meat and fresh grated vegetables like carrot and  mushroom. Alternatively go for steaks or skewers but make sure you check first if the meat has been marinated and if so, what in. This doesn't mean you have to have dry meat, there are so many rubs and marinades you can make that are low FODMAP so just experiment with flavours that you know don't bother you and even check out the supermarket ranges - just make sure you check the label! 

SAUCES

Photo: Kate Scarlata

Sadly sauces are a bit of a sore point when you're on a low FODMAP diet, most include onion or garlic powder, flour or corn syrup which can be extra gut irritating. Therefore the safest bet is to make your own sauces, then you know exactly what goes into them! Don't fret, there are plenty of recipes online that are quick and easy! Here's one of our favourites: Homemade BBQ Sauce by Kate Scarlata.

SIDES

Image: Kate Scarlata 

Image: Kate Scarlata 

Plain grilled corn on the cob is a great low FODMAP side that's easy to do and super tasty! Potato salads are also a popular choice at BBQ's, why not check out this alternative one from Kate Scarlata: Potato Salad with Feta and Dill.

We are always on the look out for new recipes so feel free to send us any yummy recipes that you find! 

Happy barbecuing! 

Gastritis Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment - can we help?

Sometimes, when I tell people I work for a flatulence filtering underwear company they just laugh and I get it, farts are funny but not for everyone. This is why we like to highlight how our garments can help people with chronic health conditions that affect their daily lives.

One of these health conditions is Gastritis. 

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Image: http://medifitbiologicals.com

Gastritis occurs when the lining on the stomach becomes inflamed after it's been damaged. It can be caused by a whole number of things including bacterial infection, excessive consumption of alcohol, a stressful life event or an autoimmune reaction. Most of the time gastritis isn't serious can improve reasonably quickly after a trip the GP, however if it is not treated it can last for years.

The symptoms of gastritis include indigestion, burning stomach pains, nausea, vomiting and feeling full after eating. There are many over the counter medication you can get to settle an upset stomach however if you find these are not working for you and your indigestion symptoms have lasted up to a week you should go and see a GP. 

Doctors may ask you to do either a stool test, breath test, an endoscopy or a barium swallow test to identify whether it is indeed gastritis and therefore what the best treatment will be. Treatments include antacids, histamine 2 blocks and proton pump inhibitors, you can also help yourself by eating smaller meals more often, avoiding spicy or acidic food, cutting down on alcohol consumption and trying to reduce stress.

For many people gastritis doesn't last for very long but while it's there it can cause embarrassing flatulence issue which is why we're here! Our underwear is designed for people with a number of stomach conditions in order to help them feel more confident in social situations and get them back to living their active lifestyle.

For anymore information on Gastritis visit www.nhs.uk or visit your GP.

Could your lunchtime snack be causing flatulence?

A recent study amongst French women found that those who eat bread, sandwiches and pastries often suffered more with flatulence! Whole grains such as wheat and oats contain fibre, when the fibre is broken down by bacteria in the large intestine it produces gas as a by-product, which causes flatulence.

Many doctors in the past have recommended a high fibre diet when suffering from stomach related illnesses, it helps things like constipation but makes pain and bloating worse! So, if it’s just flatulence you’re hoping to rid, we’d recommend lowering your fibre intake but if you do suffer from IBS maybe talk to your doctor first.

To reduce your flatulence try swapping your sandwich or pastries for a rice dish, rice is the only grain that’s not known to cause flatulence!

Here are some yummy low FODMAP rice recipes:

Easy Fried Rice

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Image: www.taste.com/au

Image: www.taste.com/au 

Image: www.taste.com/au 

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Image: www.calmbellykitchen.com 

BUDAPEST

Having just returned from a 4 day trip to Budapest and I've been so excited to share it with you guys! Firstly, if you're looking for a cheap city break then Budapest is for you, we managed to get flights for £17 each way (!!) and there are so many beautiful hotels around the city at a fraction of the cost of the average hotel!

The city is split into two halves by the 'Danube' river which features the most beautiful bridges connecting the two sides. We stayed in Pest which is the busier side of the city, where all the bigger shopping areas and the majority of the restaurants, full of businesses big and small it's everything you'd expect from a big city. 'Buda' which lies on the opposite side of the river is full of the beautiful landmarks including the Statue of Liberty situated on Gellért Hill and Buda Castle which both offer the most incredible views of the city! 

Half way up to the Statue of Liberty.

Half way up to the Statue of Liberty.

The view from the top of Gellért Hill

The view from the top of Gellért Hill

I always like to make a plan before I go away on a city break, the time always goes so quickly and so I wanted to make sure that I fitted everything in that I wanted to see! Most of the attractions in Budapest are free (another bonus!) for example we climbed up the Buda Castle which was completely free and is open from 6am till midnight, the city looks amazing by night! We climbed up to the top before realising there is a lift...so if you don't fancy the stairs you can still enjoy the view! 

The view from Buda Castle in the day.

The view from Buda Castle in the day.

The view from Buda Castle at night.

The view from Buda Castle at night.

The most incredible part of Budapest for me was the architecture, the Keleti Pályaudvar station that was next to our hotel was situated in the most incredible building! Even the larger chain shops looked a lot more suave located within these historic buildings! 

Keleti Pályaudvar station.

Keleti Pályaudvar station.

We had heard a lot about the Great Market Hall and I was desperate to go and look around, sadly we didn't get to purchase any of the food but it was great to look around all the same. Located in a huge two story hall and full of bustling shoppers it was a really great experience. The bottom level of the hall was full of stalls selling fresh local produce, predominently meats and fruit and vegetables and on the top floor sat some souvenier stalls and lots of food vans offering fresh food to go! 

The Great Market Hall.

The Great Market Hall.

I had heard so much about the ruin bars in Budapest so I was dead set on visiting at least one of these quirky little places during my trip. Over the past 10 years they've been opening one after another in tenement houses and factory buildings then filled full of rejected furniture and quirky designs. Our favourite was Szimpla Kert, which was apparently one of the first to open. The super old car in the back yard covered in stickers was converted into the coolest place to kick back with a cocktail! 

Szimpla Kert.

Szimpla Kert.

Szimpla Kert.

Szimpla Kert.

I could honestly talk about this amazing trip all day, but I guess you'd all get pretty bored but I would recommend this beautiful city 100%!