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Understanding exactly what’s going on in our gut  The Irish Times

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Gastrointestinal disorders fall under two categories – structural and functional

Gut health encompasses much more than simply maintaining a healthy diet and balance on gut bacteria. Studies have found connections that link our gut to our immune system and mental wellbeing, making the complex system of our gastrointestinal (GI) tract harder to navigate.

Ranging from mild to severe, there are a number of varying digestive disorders associated with gut health, with symptoms including bleeding, pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and more. When signs of digestive disorders begin to appear, but tests show little evidence, it can be difficult to understand exactly what is going on. Furthermore, we can experience digestive disorders without having any symptoms, leaving the underlying cause to affect other parts of our bodies.

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