The gut plays an important role in our body, that's why we need to look after it

The gut is one of the most important organs in the body and it plays a vital role in our health and wellbeing in many different ways. So, show your gut some love  and take time to look after your digestive system – it really is worth it!

Love Your Gut

We've put together some important tips:

  • Get your Zzzs: A lack of sleep can impact on bowel function, appetite and body weight, so aim for eight hours sleep a night. Cutting out fatty foods, alcohol and caffeine before going to bed will help you nod off. Sweet dreams!
  • De-stress: In stressful situations, adrenaline pumps around the body and speeds up everything inside it – including how quickly food is passing through it. Making time to relax can help minimise the effects of stress. So, whether a walk, swim, or massage, be sure to schedule time to relax.
  • A balanced diet: Make sure your diet has plenty of variety and includes carbohydrates, a range of protein rich foods, essential oils from nuts, seeds and oily fish, dairy and lean meat, as well as cereals and grains rich in fibre.
  • Drink up: Making sure you drink enough helps with digestion, ensures you are hydrated and may help prevent constipation. Don’t ignore when you feel thirsty and take plenty of water with you if you’re heading out in hot weather.
  • Get active: Exercise can really help improve your digestive health by keeping you fit and discouraging weight gain. Carrying excess weight can affect you by - putting pressure on the stomach, or squashing food mixed with stomach acid back into the gullet, which can cause heartburn.

A balanced diet is key to a healthy gut that's why we've created some delicious recipes to help you achieve a happy gut

Avocado, peas and feta with poached egg Roasted baby carrot salad with Walnuts, Puy Lentils and Feta Mango and Lime Sorbet
Avocado, peas and festa with poached egg Roasted baby carrot salad with Walnuts, Puy Lentils and Feta Mango and lime sorbet

You can find many more delicious recipes on the LYG website yes please!

Working together we've created a powerful message for this national campaign

Love Your Gut is an initiative of Yakult UK Limited, in association with charity and healthcare professional organisations, we've worked closely with Core - the Digestive Disorders Foundation, St Mark’s Hospital Foundation, The IBS Network, the Bowel Disease Research Foundation and the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology.

The campaign highlights the vital role of the digestive system and emphasises the importance of good gut health through educating the public.

Whether it is through expert tips, recipes or first-hand experiences, the campaign aims to educate and drive awareness of digestive health issues and chronic conditions, as well as the importance of acting on symptoms fast.

For more information on Love Your Gut, digestive health news, tips, expert advice, recipes and more, visit: Follow us on Facebook: @LoveYourGutOnline, Twitter: @loveyourgut and join in the conversations with #LoveYourGut