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Love your gut

This month we’re looking at perhaps the most under-rated organ in your body – your gut. It’s not something that many of us talk about often, but your gut is truly amazing. It does all sorts of vital work to make sure you digest food and take in nutrients. There’s also a connection between your gut and your brain, meaning that looking after it could improve your mental health too.

Love your gut

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Your gut is the tube that goes from your mouth and ends in your back passage. It includes lots of different parts, including your stomach and your small bowel (or small intestine) which absorbs nutrients from food. It also includes your large bowel (or large intestine) which absorbs water and stores waste before it’s passed through.

Keep your gut happy

Eating well is key. Make sure you get enough fibre and keep tabs on the amount of sugar and fat in your diet. Keeping hydrated by taking in enough water is also really important.

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Your gut plays the vital role of absorbing nutrients from food you put in your mouth, before carrying what you don’t need through to the other end. How much do you know about what you’re feeding it though? Take our quiz to find out!

Coping with common problems

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Mindful eating

Mindless eating is an easy habit to pick up. But why not learn to concentrate on food? It could help your digestion and have mental health benefits too. Pablo Vandenabeele shares eight tips to help you get the most out of meals and your interactions with food and drink.

Specific conditions

If you’re affected by a particular food intolerance, allergy or condition that affects what you can eat, you’ll need to follow your doctor’s advice about the healthiest diet for you. It may be different to the general healthy eating guidelines for everyone.

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