Intestinal / Gut Health
Good intestinal and gut health can play an important part in our overall wellbeing. It’s easier than you think to keep your gut healthy, the natural way.
The importance of intestinal/gut health
The gut is an important part of the body’s digestive system.
It is responsible for breaking down the food you eat, absorbing the nutrients that support your body’s functions and getting rid of the waste.
Many of your body’s key functions, from energy production and hormonal balance to fighting infection and mental health, are driven by activity in your gut.
There are scientifically proven links between gut health and the immune system, mood, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, skin conditions and even cancer. So, looking after your gut and keeping it in tip top condition will play a big part in your overall health and wellbeing.
What is the gut?
The gut, or gastrointestinal tract, is the long tube that starts at your mouth and ends at your bottom.
It has several sections, including the oesophagus, the stomach, and the small intestine and is responsible for the passage of food through your body, where it can be broken down and processed into energy and nutrients before the waste is passed.
Around 70% of the immune system is housed in the gut, which means that when it’s not functioning as it should, it can have a negative impact on many of your vital body systems.
There are around 40 trillion bacteria in your body, most of which are in your intestines. While most of these are naturally occurring, friendly and hugely important for your health. However, certain types of bacteria in your intestines can also contribute to many health issues.
So, creating a gut environment in which friendly bacteria thrive is key to maintaining good gut and intestinal health.
How can I improve my gut health?
Maintaining good intestinal/gut health can be a challenge.
There are certain lifestyle issues which can promote the development of harmful bacteria, such as stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, low mood and depression.
On the other hand, eating the right things, staying hydrated and cutting back on alcohol, processed foods and sugar, can all help your healthy gut bacteria to thrive.
However, sometimes your diet alone might not be enough. That’s where Lily & Loaf can help.
We have a wide range of natural, nutritional supplements which have been specially formulated to promote good intestinal/gut health. They can help you maintain the perfect balance of friendly gut bacteria to help you live a happier, healthier life.