A GUT health specialist who hosts clinics around Swindon and Wiltshire has launched her first online course to help people with IBS.

Naturopath Caroline Peyton wants to help people take steps to improve their health. She believes that many people don’t realise what an impact their gut can have on their physical and mental wellbeing.

The NHS estimates that about 20 per cent of the UK population live with irritable bowel syndrome.

Ms Peyton said: “Our gut and our brain work in tandem with each other – and as a society we are uneducated about that.

“Our gut contains healthy bacteria, our microbiome which helps us ward off viruses, bad bacteria and fungi.

“If our gut is out of balance and unhealthy it can lead to physical symptoms or upset our mental wellbeing too.

“I’ve wanted to do this course, and several others, for so long.

"Lockdown has given me that opportunity to create this online tool to help as many people as possible for as low a cost as possible.”

Caroline’s course, a ‘five-step process to relieve IBS’, is designed as a self-help tool for those who suffer with problems in their gut.

She designed the video-based course to help the thousands of people who live with gut problems day in and day out, including IBS sufferers who have been unable to find relief through conventional treatment or who have tried different diets but still experience symptoms despite eating a more restricted diet.

Caroline added: “It can help people whose life is made a misery as going out is dominated by constantly looking for the nearest toilet, or who have undergone various diagnostic procedures that have come back clear and end up feeling they do not have a way forward.

“And it can help people who are fed up of so much bloating that they look and buy clothes in a size bigger than they actually are.”

Caroline is an established and leading naturopath and nutritional therapist in Swindon and the Cotswolds.

She runs clinics in Swindon, Cirencester and Kempsford and this year celebrated her 10th business anniversary.