Good gut health not only enables better digestion, but also gives you great skin. Plus, it regulates immune and allergy functions and communicates with your brain to lift your mood and metabolism.
So it’s probably little surprise that poor gut health can cause all sorts of issues.
“It can lead to wide-ranging problems such as arthritis, liver disease, obesity, and allergic and autoimmune diseases,” says Dr Melvin Look, Director of PanAsia Surgery in Mount Elizabeth Hospital and consultant surgeon in gastrointestinal, laparoscopic and obesity surgery.
“It can also result in bothersome symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea. Major gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammation or cancers can lead to even more serious consequences.”
Want to start showing your gut more TLC? Then you should probably learn about the key things that can affect its barrier system. We got Dr Look to tell us about five of them.
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