Understand how gut health plays a significant role in a person’s overall health by focusing on the positive aspects of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Learn more about the GI tract and how it plays a critical part in a healthy body.
Gut health: A New Objective in Medicine?
’Gut health’ is a term increasingly used in the medical literature and by the food industry. It covers multiple positive aspects of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as the effective digestion and absorption of food, the absence of GI illness, normal and stable intestinal microbiota, effective immune status and a state of well-being. From a scientific point of view, however, it is still extremely unclear exactly what gut health is, how it can be defined and how it can be measured. The GI barrier adjacent to the GI microbiota appears to be the key to understanding the complex mechanisms that maintain gut health. Any impairment of the GI barrier can increase the risk of developing infectious, inflammatory and functional GI diseases, as well as extra intestinal diseases such as immune-mediated and metabolic disorders. Less clear, however, is whether GI discomfort in general can also be related to GI barrier functions. In any case, methods of assessing, improving and maintaining gut health-related GI functions are of major interest in preventive medicine.
This article nicely outlines the nature of gut health and its importance for a healthy body. It demonstrates how the failure of our gastrointestinal barrier can impact our general health in a bad way. And speaks to the potential benefit of preventive medicine.
Stephan C Bischoff
The GI barrier is the key to understanding gut health and other digestive issues. Any impairments to the GI barrier can increase a person’s risk of developing a handful of different diseases. Therefore, this topic remains prelevant in today’s world of preventative medicine.