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How your gut affects your health

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on July 1, 2016

We all know what our gut does, right? Well, turns out it’s a whole lot more complicated than just digesting your food. (and if you need a refresher on that, check our our digestion facts here)

The healthier your gut, the healthier your body! Having a gut in proper working order has been shown to reduce the risk of bowel cancer, indigestion and constipation. Your metabolism, mood, and cardiac health are also all affected by what’s going on in your gut, as well as your immune system. Studies have found that when your digestive system is healthy, your body is better at fighting disease and infections.

So what happens in a healthy gut? Well, a happy guy is one that has a diverse and balanced collection of bacteria hanging out in it. It might seem weird thinking about the bacteria that call your body home, but these ones are good for you! If you have less diverse gut bacteria, this can lead to inflammatory bowel diseases and autoimmune diseases.

How do you know if you’re not quite at the peak of your gut health potential? Symptoms of poor gut health include bloating, wind, pain or diarrhoea, as well as frequent colds and flus, changes in your appetite or worsening allergies

To get your gut back on track, stick to wholegrains and fruits and veggies. Ditch the processed food and refined carbohydrates, because those are not your digestion’s best friends! Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and exercise, and try to avoid too much stress – chronic or excessive stress will also stress out your gut!

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