Bowel Category

Bowel Resources

Welcome to the bowel resources section where you can find useful information and advice to help keep your bowel healthy or manage your condition. Keep checking back as we will be regularly updating this section with further helpful resources.

Information relating to bowel conditions and their treatments can be found under the bowel heading at the top of the page or take a look at our resources and downloads pages for more detailed advice and tools that you can use to aid your conservative treatments.

Please note that the information contained within these pages are a guide only. Your GP will be able to advise on the best methods of treatment for your condition. Please speak to your GP or Healthcare Practitioner before undertaking any of these treatments related to the advice given in these resources.
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IBS Diet and Lifestyle: Where to Start

By Sarah Monk, Registered Dietitian It’s not uncommon to struggle with diet for IBS - knowing what your triggers are  and what foods may help can be the key to reducing symptoms.  So we spoke to Sarah Monk, Registered Dietitian to get the…

6 Step Handwashing Guide

It is essential that the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at all times. You must wash your hands prior to carrying out any aspect of personal hygiene, for example, handling your catheter or drainage bag, or changing your stoma…

Bowel Diary

Bowel Retraining is a conservative treatment that is generally aimed at people who have recurring constipation or diarrhoea, or limited or reduced sensation in their rectum due to nerve damage.

Fibre Contents of Food Chart

A high fibre and fluid diet is a healthy diet and is suitable for all the family. However, if constipation is a result of Colitis or Crohn’s disease, increasing fibre intake could have a detrimental effect, so it’s best to discuss this with…

Lifestyle, Fluids And Diet

There are some general lifestyle changes that you could make which may help to alleviate your symptoms. As well as following a healthy diet, you should try to take some form of regular exercise. If you have stress incontinence it may be…

Pelvic Floor Exercises

People who have faecal incontinence or bowel leakage may be helped by doing some specific exercises for the sphincter and pelvic floor muscles. These exercises could help improve the strength of the sphincter and pelvic floor muscles and…

How the Bowel Works

The bowel is part of our digestive system and it works to digest the food we eat, absorb the goodness and nutrients into our blood stream, then process and expel the waste that the body cannot use. The digestive system works by…

Fibre supplements

There are a number of alternative and complementary solutions to manage constipation.  A wide range of these options can be purchased online via retail outlets but may not generally be used by most doctors. They should be used alongside the…

Bristol stool form scale

Different people have different bowel habits. Most people who have a bowel movement more than 3 times a week and pass good textured faeces (not too hard or soft) can be said to have 'normal' bowel behaviour. Since it can be hard to state…

Toilet positions

Trying to maintain a good toilet position may be useful for people that find it difficult to pass a stool, who strain when defecating or who suffer from constipation. There is no right or wrong way to sit on the toilet; however the…