Digestive Health – Taking a Closer Look 

This year the World Gastroenterology Organisation Foundation (WGOF) placed the gut microbiome under the microscope to raise awareness of its many uses in keeping our digestive system and our whole body healthy. The gut microbiome is a collection of tens of trillions of microorganisms and over one thousand species of bacteria, all present in our intestine. They have the task of communicating with our intestinal cells, digesting certain foods and preventing or playing a role in certain diseases and conditions such as IBS.

We all have bacteria living in our gut. It’s normal. There are good and bad types but having a healthy balance of bacteria may help our immune system and can reduce the risk of a range of physical and mental health conditions such as bowel cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, fatigue, low moods, anxiety and stress. A high fibre diet and pro-biotic (good bacteria) rich foods including yoghurt and some cheeses help us acquire and maintain good gut bacteria. Reducing stress, getting enough sleep, eating slowly and staying hydrated are a few more examples of how you can improve gut health.

A Global Campaign to Improve Lives

The WGOF is seeking to make a positive impact across the world, particularly to people in low- and middle-income countries. To do this, they’re providing experts, patients and the general population with a better understanding and important research, dispelling myths and misinformation and updating health practitioners on the role of gut microbiome in diagnosis with emphasis on how it can be influenced to or treat diseases or relieve symptoms. They’ve also released a variety of educational resources online. Find out more about diet, probiotics, symptoms and conditions by visiting the WGOF’s website: www.worldgastroenterology.org/wgo-foundation/wdhd/wdhd-2020/tools-and-resources

Using CareDocs

Several factors play a part in keeping a healthy digestive system. Our dietary needs and our weight are amongst those that can be assessed within CareDocs to create personalised care plans for residents. This allows for weight and BMI to be monitored, as well as food and fluid intake, whether any food supplement are required, preferences for what and where the resident likes to eat and identifying stool types via a chart. As highlighted by the WGOF, keeping on top of digestive care and watching for inconsistencies can reduce the risk of other potential conditions developing. A healthy digestive system can also make a positive impact mental and physical wellbeing.

To find out more about accessing monitoring forms and charts, please contact our friendly support team today 0330 056 3333 or via email at support@caredocs.co.uk.

Discover More About Digestive Health

United Europe Gastroenterology (UEG) – Gut Microbiome Infographic: www.worldgastroenterology.org/UserFiles/file/WGOF/WDHD2020/UEG_Gut_Microbiome_Infographic.pdf

United Europe Gastroenterology (UEG): Gut Microbes, Our Mental and Physical Health: https://d3lifzor4hvny1.cloudfront.net/fileadmin/user_upload/GUT_MICROBES__OUR_MENTAL_AND_PHYSICAL_HEALTH_UPDATED_.pdf

Healthline – Probiotic Foods: www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-super-healthy-probiotic-foods

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