These days openly discussing gut health has become somewhat nonchalant with almost everyone and particularly females having some kind of digestive complaint be it bloating, constipation, wind or diarrhea with symptoms ranging from mild to more severe. Read More ...
When we talk about gut health we are talking about the health of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Everything we consume passes through this series of organs extending approximately 9m in length which runs from mouth to anus. The GIT is covered in millions of bacteria, both good and bad that grow and play a significant role in the metabolism of our food through processes of absorbing and digesting.
The Gastro Intestinal Tract
Unsurprisingly, the increased research into this area have demonstrated the significant interactions between the foods we eat and the gut, highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy gut to ensure:
- Efficient digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Optimum immune function
- Overall wellbeing
- Prevention of disease
Through a series of upcoming posts on the topic, we will be exploring the importance of maintaining the balance of good and bacteria for gut health, as well as the different symptoms and disorders associated with poor gut health and finally presenting some options to avoid or prevent these symptoms arising.
All Diseases Begin In The Gut - Hippocrates
- Olivia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and is an Accredited Practising Dietitian