Health

7 surprising gut health facts

From stomach pain to bloating and gas, we've got the lowdown on how to improve gut health
Yoga = wind ease

Bunged up? A few yoga twists may assist in setting things in (ahem) motion. Try lying on your back and hugging your knees to your chest to help ease trapped wind.

The gut/brain connection

When you get butterflies in your tummy or make a choice because it ‘feels right’, that’s your mind-gut connection in action. The two are so closely linked (via a network of nerves) that the latter is often referred to as the ‘second brain’.

Bin the chewing gum

Why? It can cause you to take in excess air, leaving you bloated. Keep the Boots Smile Travel Toothbrush Boots Exclusive £2/200 points, and Total Care Toothpaste Boots Exclusive 50p/50 points (20ml), handy for on-the-go freshness.

Calmer mind, calmer tummy

Feeling under pressure can affect the gut. Bring a little calm to your day with Bach Rescue Remedy Dropper*, £9.99/999 points (20ml).

IBS hack

It’s thought that one in five of us has irritable bowel syndrome (and about twice as many women as men). Keep a diary to help identify patterns– try Cara, a free app† that tracks food, mood and poop!

Microbe power!

Your total gut microbiota weigh 1-2kg. Say what? It’s a community of trillions of bacteria and other microbes, some of which are responsible for absorbing nutrients, maintaining metabolism and warding off disease-causing pathogens. Talk about small but mighty!

Coeliac facts

1 in 100 people in the UK has coeliac disease, which causes the immune system to attack the small intestine when it reacts to gluten (found in wheat, rye and barley). Symptoms may come and go, and include diarrhoea and tummy pain. See your GP if you think you may be one of the 500,000 undiagnosed.

Bowel buddies

Helpers for a happier tummy:

Boots Delicious Gluten Free Chicken Salad Sandwich **Boots Exclusive £3.15/315 points, is a treat for coeliacs or anyone with gluten sensitivity

Nexium Control 20mg Gastro-Resistant Hard Capsules*, £12.99/1,299 points (14 capsules), can help ease heartburn symptoms in adults. Contains esomeprazole; always read the leaflet.

Relieve sudden, short-term diarrhoea with Boots Pharmaceuticals Diarrhoea Relief Instant-Melts* Boots Exclusive £2.99/299 points (6 tablets). Contains loperamide hydrochloride; always read the leaflet.

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