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Love your Gut

We all love a good curry/kebab/pizza/chinese or whatever is your ‘gut’ feeling, but how much is too much and is it good for your gut? Unfortunately, we are a nation out of portion control, leading to coeliac disease, weight gain, digestive problems, diabetes and heart disease.

Those who have never listened to your gut, don’t fret!

81% are clueless about the health of their gut and 74% admit that they’re not bothered about their digestive system!

Gut Week is primarily to promote coeliac’s disease. The disease isn’t very well known and can take an average of 13 years to be diagnosed. One in 100 people have Coeliac’s disease, but only one in eight of those are actually diagnosed.

Coeliac’s disease isn’t as simple as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) – it’s an autoimmune disease, which means the body is attacking itself, damaging the lining of the small intestine. A reaction can be set off by gluten, watch out for symptoms like any stomach problems, such as: diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain etc. Any gut issue that is unexplainable is probably worth getting checked out by your local GP.

There are several things we can do to improve our guts: such as eating healthily and exercising regularly. To promote our beautiful bodies and keep them looking good there are several things we can do, for example eating ‘good’ foods such as wholegrain, fruit, foods in lower fat content, vegetables dairy and prebiotic foods, (like bananas and leaks). Drinking plenty of fluids, (avoid too much booze), as well as sitting down and taking time to eat and not on the go and in a rush. 

Protecting our guts is easy and can easily be part of your daily routine. To find out more about Gut Week and register for your free information pack check out www.loveyourgut.com, also see healthy gut recipes and quick exercises to get your gut in shape.

by Fiona Stanton