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Hippocrates said it best: “ All disease begins in the gut.” The gateway to thriving health is through a properly functioning digestive tract. This is why gut wellness is the top priority of many practitioners in the world of clinical nutrition. The digestive tract is roughly 9 metres long: it starts in the mouth and ends at the anus. Worldwide, millions of people suffer from some form of digestive upset somewhere along this tract, whether it is acid reflux, stomach ulcers, abdominal cramps or constipation. In theAustralian Burden Of Disease Study, it is estimated that 70,000 people are living with inflammatory bowel disease and 1 in 10 people suffer from symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. According to theGut Foundation Research Institute, more than 15000 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012, making it the second most common cause of cancer-related death in Australia. In this article, I will discuss how pre- and probiotics play a significant role in keeping our intestines working properly.
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