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Optimising your gut health: four key considerations

Optimising your gut health is essential, not just if you have obvious gut-related symptoms like reflux, bloating or constipation, but it is also important for many other health issues, seemingly unrelated e.g. low immunity, skin problems (including teen #acne, even anxiety and weight management. There are few clients that I see that don’t need some sort of gut work to help with their initial reason for visiting me.

#Guthealth includes the health of the stomach, small and large intestines, and is where all the food and drink we consume is broken down into smaller molecules to be absorbed into the body’s blood or lymphatic system for circulation of the nutrients around the body to the cells where they are needed or stored. It’s also through which many of our waste products are eliminated. Our gut is amazing when you actually stop to think about it!

So how can you ensure that your gut is working optimally?

Here are four things I consider and aim to optimise when assessing a client’s gut health.

Gut lining

Lining the inside of your digestive tract are various specialised cells that secrete mucous, #hormones and enzymes, and enable the absorption of nutrients. These functions are essential for the breakdown of the food and the absorption the nutrients into our bodies. The gut lining also provides a barrier to the entry of unwanted substances such as partially digested foods, toxins and pathogens. A poor or damaged gut lining can reduce the efficiency of digestive processes and allow the unwanted substances to be absorbed through big cracks or holes in the lining. It may also lead to #inflammation too. The cells lining our gut, therefore, also play a role in protecting our bodies from infections and disease.