Be kind to your stomach
For many people, the gut is a bit of a mystery, they think that food goes in one end, something happens in the middle, then something else happens at the other end.
However, our gut is more than a processing station for nutrients.
The digestive and immune systems are very closely related with 70 per cent of our immune system being in the gut.
The gut has a large amount of desirable and undesirable microbes that have co-existed for a very long time. If for any reason one strain of these microbes get out of balance then the gut can display undesirable symptoms.
The gut is also a sense organ, hence the old saying ‘‘gut feelings’’ which means that it is affected by stressful situations and the pace of our lives.
The foods which we eat are a direct indicator of what sort of environment we live in; so the gut is using this information about our food and working out whether we are safe. If it perceives that we are not safe it starts to generate conditions such as reflux, skin conditions, IBS and food intolerances, etc.
Many people make food choices that are detrimental. So it is important to take time to look at your diet and lifestyle to ensure that you have the best diet in order to maintain good health.