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Can you help your heart with a healthy gut?

Nutrition Tip

posted by Research Admin 1 on 24 June 2019

NZ Heart Foundation, 24 June 2019

As we learn more about the wide-ranging health benefits of a healthy gut, we question the links with our heart health. 

What are gut bacteria?

Our digestive system is also called our gut and it’s one of the most fascinating organs in the body. The gut is a staggering nine metres long and is home to trillions of different types of bacteria.

The bacteria that live in your gut are collectively called your ‘gut microbiome’. These bacteria not only help you to break down food, they also work all over your body to help you stay healthy.

Most of these bacteria are ‘good’ bacteria which help to keep your levels of ‘bad’ bacteria low.

How is our gut linked to our health?

The food we eat plays a big role in the makeup of our gut microbiome.

To find out more and access links to further information, go to: https://www.heartfoundation.org.nz/about-us/news/blogs/can-you-help-your-heart-with-a-healthy-gut