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How I built a business from my chronic IBS

Gemma Stuart reveals how her chronic stomach troubles led the founding of Gut Wealth

Gut Wealth in The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-irritable-bowel-syndrome-formed-the-guts-of-a-new-career-q972jjfjh
The article reads:

Gemma Stuart is a case study in making lemonade when life hands you lemons.

The 39-year-old has experienced such chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that she has been hospitalised after being unable to use the loo for 20 days.

It is a condition that has dominated her life, a deeply held secret she was originally too embarrassed to share.

However, the Edinburgh-based entrepreneur has now built a career talking about her deposits — or lack of.

Her company Gut Wealth — which offers a digestive health supplement and IBS guidance — has been backed by a Scottish Enterprise project aimed at supporting businesswomen.

Speaking about her condition, Stuart said the symptoms were so severe that she had cancelled holidays and often avoided parties. “Sometimes I couldn’t go to the toilet for ten days and other times I couldn’t leave the house because I couldn’t stop going,” she said.

“When you have a digestive issue other people feel embarrassed when you mention it. It made me feel like I should be ashamed so I always kept it to myself. She began to experience bloating so severe that people around her became concerned.

“I was slim but had a permanently bloated belly — my work colleagues would always ask if I was pregnant,” she said. “I travelled around Europe a lot to speak with big corporate companies. I was in a lot of high stress environments that made my IBS so much worse but I never wanted to bring it up.

I didn’t want to be that awkward person at a meal with clients telling them we could only go somewhere that had gluten-free options, so most of the time I would grin and bear it. I kept my IBS a secret from my managers — there were many times I’d be sweating in a big meeting because I was desperate to go to the toilet.”  

“It was a full-time job managing my IBS; I couldn’t keep travelling all the time. Leaving my career ended up being a no-brainer.

Stuart eventually left her career to manage her symptoms, which are shared by about one in five UK adults. “I was put on so many different medications and none of them helped — they just gave me horrible side-effects,” she said.

The more I talked about my issues the more I realised they’re actually incredibly common. We have this whole nation of people ashamed of their gut health when we could all be helping each other out.”

After finding no lasting improvements from seeing doctors, Stuart spent years researching gut health and meeting experts, eventually creating her own solution Gut Wealth that alleviated all IBS symptoms she said “I’ve improved to the point where it feels like I don’t even have IBS any more — I’ve taken back control of my body,” 

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What's Gut Wealth®?

No two guts are the same!

Gut Wealth® liquid food supplement works with your very own gut microbiome to build gut health that’s right just for you, helping to boost your immunity and relieve abdominal discomfort and bloating.

Just like any investment, everything counts but consistency is key! 

Gut Wealth® comes in a handy 15g single-serve sachet, for smart, no-brainer daily maintenance of gut health.

It has a mild citrus flavour with no aftertaste, unlike other supplements. And, there’s no need to measure or mix Gut Wealth® with any other liquids, although you can mix it with your preferred hot or cold drinks.  

Dietary Info

Gut Wealth® liquid food supplement is a blend of vitamins, minerals and a postbiotic ingredient, all designed to support your digestive wellbeing.

Each sachet of Gut Wealth® contains 100% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamins B1, B5, B6, B12 and Vitamin C, and 100% of your RDA of Zinc.

Gut Wealth® liquid food supplement is Gluten Free and Vegetarian-friendly

Ingredients with allergens marked in bold:

Each 15g ℮ sachet contains:

Water, Lactobacillus LB (L. fermentum and L. delbrueckii) [MILK], Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Vitamin C [Ascorbic Acid], Zinc [Zinc Aspartate], Vitamin B5 [D Calcium Pantothenate], Vitamin B1 [Thiamine], Vitamin B6 [Pyridoxine Hydrochloride], Vitamin B12 [Methylcobalamin]), Natural Flavouring, Acid (Citric Acid), Thickener (Xanthan Gum), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Sweetener (Sucralose)

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Per 15g daily sachet

Energy2kJ <1kcal

Fat <0.1 g

- of which saturates 0.0 g

Carbohydrate <0.1 g

- of which sugars <0.1 g

Fibre<0.1 g

Protein<0.1 g

Salt<0.1 g

Lactobacillus LB 340mg

 Gut Wealth® liquid food supplements are not substitutes for a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Contains a dairy-derived ingredient. Contains no live organisms.

Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. If you’re taking other medication, and are concerned about any food supplements, please consult your doctor prior to taking.

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