FROM THE ED­I­TOR

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - B+S - – ELIN TOUGH

So much has been writ­ten about gut health over the past few years – from the im­pact stress has on its ef­fi­ciency to the im­por­tance of a bal­anced gut mi­cro­biome in ev­ery­thing from weight loss to dis­ease preven­tion. But the lat­est find­ings point to one very sim­ple way that we can keep an eye on our di­ges­tive health – lit­er­ally.

It’s all about gut tran­sit time, i.e. mon­i­tor­ing how long it takes for food to pass through our body. Sure, it’s not the most pleas­ant of sub­jects, but it’s cru­cial to our long-term health and shouldn’t be ig­nored. Dis­cover the per­fect gut tran­sit time and find out how to take con­trol of yours in our re­port on page 4.

Stud­ies have found that caf­feine can in­flu­ence pro­cesses in the gut, and it’s not the only part of the body it af­fects. Our fea­ture on page 12 com­pares the most pop­u­lar caf­feine fixes – from cof­fee and tea to en­ergy drinks and even choco­late – to de­ter­mine which is bet­ter for your health. Give it a read be­fore you or­der your next brew!

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