Maxton Pitcher

A lot of people believe that it is only food and drink that has an effect on the digestive system. And while of course this plays a key part in successful functioning, there are other, external influences that can play their part too.

Stress can play a major role in influencing the working of the gut, and while a lack of sleep may just make you tired the next day, it can also have a negative effect on your bowel function.

So what can you do to minimise bowel problems? Dr Maxton Pitcher Consultant Gastroenterologist, St Mark’s, The National Bowel Hospital provides his top tips below: