Just as there is no single arthritis or cause of pain, there is no single plan that will fix it all. You may have a range of symptoms that are different to the next person’s. You may have different triggers that make your symptoms worse. After all you are unique!

The health of your digestive system affects inflammation and pain. The gut is the second brain, with a large network of nerves, pain receptors and neurotransmitters such as serotonin – all affecting how much pain you feel.

Research has shown that many people with chronic pain or arthritis have digestive distress too. It may come from low stomach acid, poor gut lining and/or low diversity of good gut bacteria. Addressing these issues can reduce pain and other symptoms.

Indicators of digestive stress are change of appetite, reflux, indigestion, nausea, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation or a change from your normal loo habits. While foods may affect your symptoms, it is well worth assessing your digestive health too.

Your digestive system is complex. Your mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon all have different essential roles. If one part is not working well, it can have a negative effect on your health. A consultation will help identify which parts are working or not and offer steps for healing.

Knowing the foods that are right for you is also important when looking after your digestive system. We all need fibre from plants to feed our good gut bacteria and keep bowel movements regular. But even healthy foods can cause inflammation for some people. A food intolerance test gives you information to help you make food choices.

Don’t accept pain as a normal part of aging. Do listen to your body. Pain is a warning sign that needs to be listened to. And the message could be coming from your gut.

A nutrition consultation at Healthy Eating looks at your whole health picture. The pain you feel does not happen in isolation from the rest of your body. Everything is connected.

Book in now. The first consultation is one hour to enable all relevant information to be gathered. Treat yourself to a thorough health check that will help you to help yourself and understand your body’s needs.