With any digestive problem, first and foremost, you need to look at your diet.

Are you eating a substantial amount of processed and sugary foods? If so, it’s advisable to clean up your nutrition and transition to a healthier lifestyle with the right balance of healthy proteins and fats and complex carbohydrates.

Eat plenty of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, both cooked and raw, sufficient amounts of fibre, natural whole foods and grains. Consuming a varied range of herbs and spices is also essential. Staying adequately hydrated and topping up your water levels throughout the day is crucial as well as limiting caffeine and alcohol.

You could also benefit from cutting out any trigger foods that appear to exacerbate any of your digestive symptoms. 

Of course, to get a better handle on what the problem is, you would gain the most by seeking the advice of a nutritional therapist, naturopath or functional medicine practitioner. They can carry out the appropriate testing and come up with a treatment plan tailored specifically to your condition and needs.

That said, if you do suffer from wind, bloating, diarrhoea, digestive pain, or acid reflux, then you may not be producing enough digestive enzymes and supplementing could potentially ease your symptoms.

For example, if you consistently see that your abdomen is flatter on waking, but it gradually becomes more distended throughout the day, then your bloating could be food-related. If you notice that it gets worse after eating specific foods like beans, it could be that you are not producing the right digestive enzymes to adequately process the starch they contain, leading to uncomfortable digestive symptoms.

Fat is commonly the hardest-to-digest macronutrient. If you are struggling to digest fats, you may find that your stool is pale and tends to float. There may also be an oily quality to the toilet water and greasy stool remnants after you flush.  

If you are lactose intolerant, you won’t have enough of the right digestive enzymes to break down the sugars in milk.