Why is Gut Health Important?

The importance of gut health is underlined by the fact that its loss is associated with a large variety of symptoms, often leading an individual to consult a doctor¹.

These symptoms are often linked with the common condition Irritable Bowel Syndrome, whereby symptoms include bloating, constipation, diarrhea etc. In the majority of cases, these symptoms affect quality of life, but not mortality.

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract contributes to health in various ways.

Gut health has also been associated with numerous conditions not directly linked with digestion, such as depression and anxiety².

 

 

References

  1. Bischoff S. C. (2011). ‘Gut health’: a new objective in medicine?. BMC medicine9, 24. https://doi.org/10.1186/1741-7015-9-24
  2. Peirce, J. M., & Alviña, K. (2019). The role of inflammation and the gut microbiome in depression and anxiety. Journal of neuroscience research97(10), 1223–1241. https://doi.org/10.1002/jnr.24476

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