Canadian Digestive Health Foundation

May 23, 2013 10:53 ET

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation: Got Tummy Troubles? You Don't Have to Suffer

May 29th is World Digestive Health Day and is the Perfect Time for You to Love Your Tummy

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 23, 2013) - Did you know that 20 million Canadians suffer from some kind of digestive disorder every year? That's two out of every three people in this country -- and most of them suffer in silence.

Tummy troubles can affect your well-being, energy, mood, concentration, sleep patterns, and ability to fight sickness, so it's important to Love Your Tummy. The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF) asserts that digestive health is essential to one's overall health and that everyone needs to start respecting and protecting this vital structure so they are launching a new educational website at

Tummy Talk

According to a survey conducted in April by Ipsos Marketing and Danone Canada, many Canadians suffer from various digestive health issues but are too embarrassed to talk about them. "Government bodies, physicians, patients, and the public-at-large are not fully communicating about the impact digestive diseases have on the lives of Canadians," says Dr. Richard Fedorak, gastroenterologist and president of the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. "Because people are uncomfortable talking about the symptoms associated with their bowels, important conversations are stopping before they begin."

Cramps, gas, bloating, and constipation are all symptoms that seem to be a regular part of too many lives - even if it's not considered normal to endure such discomfort. "It is important to get people talking," added Dr. Fedorak. "There are solutions, healthy solutions, which can quickly and easily improve some of the most common digestive issues."

World Digestive Health Day is the Day to Love Your Tummy

While many of us take our digestive health for granted, the majority admit that living with discomfort is not normal - even if we rarely do anything about it. Lack of information, false rumors and embarrassment inhibit most Canadians from finding solutions that could help them feel their best.

The CDHF and Danone are working together to get people talking about their tummies and taking steps to improve their digestive health and overall well-being. May 29th is World Digestive Health Day and it is the day the CDHF has chosen to launch, a new site rich with information to educate, protect and enhance digestive health.

"The digestive tract is the biological engine that fuels our lives," says CDHF executive director, Catherine Mulvale. "It provides energy and helps us fight disease. What makes the digestive track even more fascinating is that it plays host to a network of bacteria known as the microbiome. Unique to each individual, the microbiome can be affected by the choices we make."

Digestive discomfort such as bloating, gas/wind and constipation affect most people (up to 80%) but can be improved through simple lifestyle and diet changes such as exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, choosing healthy foods and drinking water. Below are a few common tips to aid in the development and maintenance of a healthy digestive system:

Make probiotics part of your daily diet -- Consuming probiotics everyday has been proven to improve the health of our digestive system, which means better overall health. Probiotics can be found in some dairy products including milk, yogurt and soft cheese as well as foods like pickles, sauerkraut and tempeh, all which can help strengthen the good bacteria in our system.

Slow down -- We have all done it: eating quickly to save time. By chewing slowly and taking your time while eating, we can actually help break down some of the nutrients we are absorbing, reduce the amount of work required by our stomachs, and avoid bloating or nausea.

Keep moving! -- Short walks during the day, stretching in your home, taking the stairs or going for a light jog through your local park, can all help not only your heart, lungs and muscles but your digestive health as well. Exercise stimulates contraction of intestinal muscles, decreases the time it takes food to travel through the large intestine and can help fight constipation, gas and bloating.

For additional tips on how to improve your digestive health, visit the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation's site starting May 29th.


The Omnibus survey was conducted online within Canada by Ipsos Marketing, on behalf of Danone Canada, between April 19th and April 26th, 2013 among 1,067 adults ages 18 and older. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact

About the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation:

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation is establishing digestive health as a national priority. The Foundation provides expert advice and compassionate support to the millions of Canadians who suffer from digestive disorders and is dedicated to empowering all Canadians with the information required to take control of their digestive health with confidence and optimism. For more information on digestive disorders and achieving good digestive health, please visit:

About Danone Canada:

Danone Inc. in Canada is a member of the Danone Group, a world agrifood leader. As a manufacturer and distributor of quality products that combine good taste and healthy ingredients, Danone is currently the largest Canadian producer of yogurt and other fresh dairy products. Danone believes that it should improve as many people's health as possible. For more information, visit

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