Gut Health – do not ignore it
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Our gut is lined with trillions of bacteria, a combination of harmful and beneficial species that form a complex ecosystem.
A predominance of beneficial bacteria such as bifidobacteria or lactobacillus ensure good health and prevent diseases of the gut but also other organs. Scientific research has shown that a bacterial disbalance in the gut impacts:
- digestion: resulting in bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, increased wind
- immune system (do not forget that the gut bacteria forms 75% of the immune system)
- the development of autoimmune diseases
- the development of cancer
- the development of liver disease
- the development of overweight and obesity
- mood and brain function
Diet and lifestyle have a significant impact on the balance of bacteria in the gut and may be one of the reasons why a balanced diet can reduce the risk of these diseases. As gut health depends on many factors such as your current diet, health issues, symptoms, medication, food intolerances and life style, it is recommended to seek advice from an experienced dietitian who will take into account all of these for the best results.