Gut Instincts: A Practical Guide to a Healthy Digestive System

Gut Instincts: A Practical Guide to a Healthy Digestive System

Gut Instincts: A Practical Guide to a Healthy Digestive System

Gut Instincts: A Practical Guide to a Healthy Digestive System

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For many of us, there are few greater pleasures that we can regularly indulge in other than eating and drinking. Food is vital to our health, important to our psychological wellbeing and a wonderful way to share, socialise and learn about other cultures and traditions. Preparing and cooking food can also be fun.

So when things go wrong with our digestive system, it is very upsetting. It can be detrimental to our health, lifestyle and happiness. Also, changes to one family member's diet can affect the meal routine of the whole family. Yet, despite the obvious importance of being able to eat and enjoy food, our digestive tract is often something we take for granted until things go wrong.

For many people, the digestive system is a cause of embarrassment. It can make unwanted gurgling and farting noises, and just talking about digestive problems, from bad breath to itchy bottoms or more serious conditions such as blood in our stools, can be uncomfortable for us. So, even when something does go wrong, we often prefer to ignore it rather than get help. But ignoring the problem can be dangerous to our health. At worst, treatable problems can develop into life-threatening conditions.

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