STRESS SURVEY OF MONAGHAN ADULTS HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR GOOD DIGESTIVE HEALTH

24 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

rish people are feeling the effects of the recession, working longer hours and juggling more family commitments than ever before.
According to a recent attitudinal survey conducted by Danone, 55% of those in Monaghan who claim they are always stressed, recognise that their digestive health has an impact on their stress levels. 52% of those in Monaghan who claimed that they were ‘stressed all or most of the time’ spend less than 15 minutes eating their main meal even though 59% are aware that rushing a meal has a very negative effect on the digestive system.
The survey highlights a strong link between stress levels and digestive health issues, where respondents who claimed that they were “stressed all or most of the time” identified a range of specific digestive health symptoms that they claim resulted from feeling stressed:
48% claim stress caused pain/spasms in the stomach area
38% claim stress caused them to feel bloated and to have a swollen stomach
36% claim stress caused them to suffer from gas and flatulence
35% claim stress caused them to suffer from Diarrhoea
Speaking about the findings, Danone Nutritionist, Kellie O’Connor said “ The Danone Digestive Health Survey revealed that Irish people understand that stress and digestive health is connected and when they’re suffering from digestive discomfort they recognise the effect it has on their stress levels. Many have also identified specific digestive health symptoms which they see as directly resulting from stress. It’s interesting to see that a huge proportion of those who claimed that they were “stressed all or most of the time” spend less than 15 minutes eating their main meal. Rushing food and in particular rushing your main meal of the day, can have an extremely detrimental effect on your digestive system. It’s important for people to realise that they can take simple steps to improve their digestive health and stress levels. Simply by being mindful of the food they eat and taking the time to enjoy every morsel, people can not only improve their digestion but their stress levels also.”
Jill McCarron, Director of Health Affairs, Danone said: “The survey highlights that Irish people are under …

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