Irregular bowel movements? Planted on the porcelain? Sounds like your worst nightmare. And while you might put it down to poor diet, it might signal something more serious.
Approximately 2,000 women in Australia will die from bowel cancer each year, and that figure is rising. While there are some factors can increase your likelihood of contracting the disease, research has found that your diet could be the key to improving your chances of survival.
A new study by the University of Aberdeen say an omega-3 rich diet might just be the answer.
According to research, eating salmon, walnuts and chia seeds will help aid the fight against bowel cancer.
Omega-3 fatty acids, when broken down, can release molecules that directly attack cancerous cells, say scientists.
Looking at a group of 650 bowel cancer patients, researchers measured the amount of enzymes consumed from omega-3 rich food. Results found that cancer survivors registered the highest levels of omega-3 supplied enzymes.
But prevention is the best form of medicine.
If you want to keep your bowel movements regular, you need to consume a good amount of fibre. Fibre can also help you lose weight - find out how much you need a day to help you shed kilos.