‘It takes Guts’ – Gut health
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
Gut microbiome (poo) testing
The guardian of the gut
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
Read this interesting article from the NHS about how belly fat has much more to do with diet than genes here
What to eat for a healthy gut
Anti – inflammatory diets
Plant based diets
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.
Irritable bowel disease (IBS)
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
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.