Why is gut health important?

Your gut is the interface between the outer world and your inner world. You’ve probably heard the adage “you are what you eat” but that is only really a part of the story. To fully understand the important role that your gut plays in your health, you must first appreciate that you are not what you eat, but what you absorb. 

 

You might be making some really good food choices but if your gut isn’t working well, any available nutrition will still make its way through your body and out of the other end without you and your body enjoying any benefit.

 

There are many factors that can negatively affect the gut, many of which are unavoidable or difficult to deal with in modern life. These include: 

 

  • stress

  • antibiotics 

  • long term physical and/ or mental illness

  • other medications

  • operations that require anaesthetic

  • hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menopause or contraception

  • poor diet 

  • overconsumption of toxins like alcohol, caffeine and sugar

  • environmental factors

 

The symptoms associated with poor gut health are wide-ranging and can vary from person to person. We get so used to some of these that we may not even notice they are present until someone sits down with us and asks us to pay attention to the conditions we are living with on a daily basis. 

 

  • fatigue

  • apathy or low mood

  • feeling out of control

  • functional bowel conditions; IBS, constipation, diarrhoea

  • persistent skin conditions/ dull or dry skin

  • candida

  • mood swings

  • weight gain/ problems losing weight

  • food cravings

  • memory and concentration issues

  • food sensitivities

  • frequent illness

  • insomnia

  • persistent aches and pains

 

 

This list is not exhaustive and only covers some of the issues that are now so prevalent, many of us have come to accept them as a normal part of life. 

 

Getting your gut health in order is fundamental for every other system of your body to function well. To find out what provides the foundation of your gut health, click here.

To see the plans we offer to support your gut, click here

For every one of the cells that make up the vessel that you call your body, there are nine impostor cells hitching a ride. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but also bacteria and fungi. Over your lifetime, you will carry the equivalent weight of five African elephants in microbes. You are not an individual but a colony.’

– Alanna Collen, 10% Human, Williams Collins

“When it comes to obesity, there are several ways gut microbes might influence matters, including through appetite, production of gases, efficiency of using food, and impact on the immune system and inflammation.”

 

– Nicola Davis, The human microbiome: why our microbes could be key to our health, The Guardian, 26th March 2018