Steph McGovern shares secret health issue that forced her to turn down I’m A Celeb

Channel 4 presenter Steph McGovern has revealed she turned down I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here after experiencing chronic health issues.

Despite being asked to join the jungle several times, the Packed Lunch host has refused due to her struggle with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

The condition mainly affects the digestive system and despite being relatively common, little is known about the disease.

Most sufferers will experience bloating, severe cramps and diarrhoea but can also have more subtle symptoms such as fatigue and lack of energy.

Steph even joked about the condition, which has severely impacted her life, saying to Entertainment Daily: “I’m not scared about eating things…. My main worry is about how my body would react.”

“You see, I’m the type of person who gets a small bite and then my whole leg swells up.

She added: “I’d be scared that if I ate something that disagreed with me I’d probably end up [bleep]ing myself on TV.”

The 40 year old presenter also said would worry about how the show impacting her mental health, as well as the physical.

Earlier this year, Steph opened up about her chronic health issue, which has caused her to lose weight.

The star had become run down after a long run on Packed Lunch, and was due to have her summer break when she was struck down by a painful inner ear infection.

Taking to Instagram in July, the presenter showed fans how the condition had been affected when she began antibiotics.

In the make-up free photograph, Steph showed fans a couple of large blisters along her jawline.

Describing the treatment as “agony”, she explained that the meds had triggered a flare-up of her IBS.

In the caption, she described her ISB as being in “full swing” and “total b*tch”.

However, the presenter has been on the road to recovery since then.

Steph, who is a long-term sufferer of the condition, has been trying to find ways to combat the disease, which has no cure, and even appeared on BBC’s Easy Ways To Live Well.

It was during her research for the show that the presenter discover how poor her gut health was, being among the bottom third across the country.

In addition to medication, Steph has been trying to find alternative ways to treat the condition.

This has included changes to her diet with more gut-friendly foods, taking probiotics and practising intermittent fasting.

She told The Mirror just how much these small changes had improved her condition after giving birth to her daughter.

“I started to adapt my diet but then I fell pregnant with my little girl and couldn’t do that. So now I’ve started to focus on my gut health again and it’s changed my life.”


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