Coffee, caffeine and the complexities of digestion.

15th December 2017 / Julie Thompson

Digestive Health, Food Intolerance, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Uncategorized, WordPress, caffeine, coffee, drink, food, health, insomnia, science, sleep
Struggling with sleep? Constantly wired? Have to dash to the toilet immediately after drinking your morning brew? It’s possible that coffee is causing these symptoms. The caffeine contained in coffee is a gastrointestinal stimulant, this means caffeine increases the contractions that move the contents through the bowel, risking diarrhoea and urgency. For those with slower

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Eat, sleep, work, repeat: How diet impacts sleep

15th July 2016 / Stephanie Fade

Diet and sleep, Workplace wellness, brain-function, productivity, sleep
We often talk about working life as a relentless treadmill of eat, sleep, work, repeat. A recent study of 81 organisations and 189,000 employees by the management consultancy McKinsey and Company found that sleep affects: Attention Concentration Creativity Insight Pattern recognition Learning Memory Decision-making Emotional reactions Socio-emotional relationships and The development of trusted relationships. These

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The ‘ravelled sleeve of care; how sleep affects IBS — The Sensitive Gut

14th June 2016 / Julie Thompson

Digestive Disorders, Digestive Health, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, disordered sleep, health, sleep
See here for a great post from Dr Nick Read about how sleep disturbance affects IBS Sleep disturbance affects about a third of the American population, but is particularly common in patients diagnosed with IBS. As many as 74% of people with IBS characterise themselves as poor sleepers. People with IBS often report that their

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