An estimated nine million people in the UK and some 35 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It ranks second only to the common cold as a cause of lost work time. The exact cause of IBS is not known but is associated with food intolerance, stress, and gastroenteritis. Symptoms include abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating, and changes in bowel habits and are thought to be caused by muscle contractions in the bowel wall.
A vigorous immune system is vital to good health, both physical and mental. Chronic fatigue, endless colds, and symptoms of allergy are just some of the common manifestations of a weakened immune system, while there is increasing awareness of outright autoimmune disorders such a rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Sjögren's syndrome.
Headaches, bloating, craving for sweets, irritability and cramps are all familiar symptoms of PMS, or pre-menstrual syndrome. There is plenty of information about PMS, but what women really want is to know how to control their own individual condition.
What you eat plays a major role in good mental health. In particular, depression has been linked to a low intake of fish, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, essential for good brain health, and fresh food - a wide range of fruit and vegetables contain important nutrients including B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, magnesium and zinc.