This page is all about the importance of our gut health it contains useful information, articles and details about current research to read and view.

Current research – gut bacteria, health and disease

In the last few years the role of gut bacteria, health and disease have become increasingly clear but there is still a lot to learn.

There is much research being carried out today in relation to the role of our gut microbiome ( the microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi, and their collective genetic material in each individuals gut) and how this is connected to health and disease, and in particular their interaction with genetics and the immune system in inflammatory bowel disease. Guts UK explain in more detail here

The importance of the gut in overall health

Professor Jeremy Nicolson, Director of the Centre for Digestive and Gut Health, Imperial College London talks about the importance of the gut in overall health. View video here

Gut microbiome and personality

Read details of research about the the science of that ‘gut feeling’ by Dr. Katerina Johnson, University of Oxford here

Gut microbiome (poo) testing

Useful information about microbiome testing from Guts UK here

The guardian of the gut

Teaching resource from the Quadram Institute here

Poo corner

Read this interesting detail “Poo Corner” from Great Ormond Street Hospital for children here

Poo shapes and sizes and intestinal health

Poo comes in many shapes and sizes. The Bristol Stool Chart, created in 1997 by Bristol Royal infirmary is a diagnostic medical tool designed to classify the form of human faeces into seven categories. This chart is widely used in research and can help clinicians to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for various diseases of the bowel. View the Bristol Stool Chart here


View this useful video by the NHS that explains what is it and what to expect here

Anti – inflammatory diets

Read this interesting article about the benefits of an anti – inflammatory diet and gut health published in SAGA magazine here

Plant based diets

You can read about current research relating to plant based diets and the impact on blood pressure by Warwick University here

Watch a short video extract about the above here

Food and mood

Knowing what foods we should and shouldn’t be eating can be really confusing, especially when it feels like the advice changes regularly. However, evidence suggests that as well as affecting our physical health, what we eat may also affect the way we feel.

Mind have produce useful information that explores the relationship between what you eat and how you feel, including tips on how to incorporate healthy eating into your life.

Find information on food and mood here

Watch a video about mood and food by MIND here


Irritable bowel disease (IBS)

Read about irritable bowel disease (IBS) on this NHS information page

Leaky gut

Read about leaky gut on this NHS information page

Crohns disease

Read about Crohns disease on this NHS information page

Bowel cancer

Read about bowel cancer on this NHS information page

Other useful links

Crohn’s and Colitis UK is the leading charity in the battle against these and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD); They to work with all those affected by these conditions to achieve a better quality of life, improve services, and ultimately find a cure.


Helpline Service (including Crohn’s and Colitis Support, Disability Benefits and Parent to Parent service)

Phone: 0300 222 5700
Hours of service: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

Marie Curie
Based at Musgrove Park Hospital Marie Curie is part of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, they provide one-to-one emotional support to people who are dying and to their families and carers.

Support line: 0800 090 2309
General enquiries: 0800 716 146

Cancer Research UK
A number of bodies work together to ensure that they make the best use of the funds they receive and continue to carry out world-class research in relation to cancer.