Gut health — is it that important?

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  1. To assist in host nutrient metabolism or in other words work closely with the gastrointestinal tract to absorb appropriate nutrients.
  2. In our modern world we are exposed to many synthetic chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs. The gut microbiome allows us to process these chemicals and to excrete them when necessary.
  3. One of the important aspects of a healthy gut is to have a healthy lining between the inner tube of the gastrointestinal tract known as the mucosal barrier or epithelium & the other layers of the gut wall. If this inner lining is working well, this promotes a healthy gut. Having healthy bacteria living in your colon and throughout the rest of the gut maintains this healthy lining which prevents toxic nutrients being absorbed, but allowing the absorption of healthy, necessary nutrients.
  4. Many people do not realise that 70% of the immune system is found in the gut. Having healthy bacteria in the microbiome facilitates a healthy immune system.
  5. Finally, having a healthy gut microbiome protects against pathogenic bacteria which can lead to disease. In a healthy gut there are 85% healthy bacteria and around 15% unhealthy bacteria that are being controlled by the healthy bugs to prevent disease.



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Dr Ross Walker

Dr Ross Walker


Dr Walker is an expert in the field of preventative cardiology and has published seven books. He gives lectures nationally and internationally.