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What I’ve learned in my practice at Gut Reaction is that whatever the health goal or health concern that a client comes to me with, optimising their digestion, alongside developing a healthy mindset around food, is generally the best place to start to help them navigate their way to optimum health. And time and again my experience of working with people proves this.

It might be hard to believe but the state of your gut affects every aspect of your health - from managing a health weight to immunity to mood and skin health. 

Over 2,000 years ago Hippocrates said "All Disease begins in the Gut" - but we’re only now coming to understand just how right he was. And now many researchers believe that supporting gut health will be one of the most important goals of medicine this century.

To give you an analogy, it might be helpful if you think of your body as a doughnut (sorry I couldn’t think of a healthy analogy!) – essentially, you have a hole or passage right through the middle, from top to bottom. That tract is a huge interface and it comes into contact with what it ever it that passes through your lips. 

You may already appreciate that your body needs a wealth of nutrients from food in order to function. So, if your digestive capacity is working well and in the process of digestion you can absorb adequate nutrients from the right foods, you are supporting every cell and every single system in the body.

Even if you are fit and well and don’t have digestive complaints, should you care about your gut? Yes! Taking care of the gut isn’t just about tackling unwanted symptoms or managing chronic conditions. It’s at the very core of supporting a strong and balanced body, enhancing energy levels, building resilience against future illness, getting the most from the food you eat and optimal health and wellbeing.

In fact, in order to live a long and healthy life, you MUST take care of your digestive system.

And how best can you do this? Well, it all starts with eating an abundance of deliciously simple ‘real food’.

Next time, I’ll be building on this theme, explaining the link between the gut microbiome and your metabolism, and giving you top foodie tips to help you look after yours!

Written by Sarah Grant, Gut Reaction, nutritional therapist and health coach. Nourish your Life. 

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