Gut health is the foundation of your whole-body health. Besides its primary function of food digestion, a healthy gut:
If you have indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, weight loss, or acid reflux, these are signs of trouble with your gut health or digestive system.
Learn how you can improve your gut health, starting with a healthy diet and an understanding of common digestive conditions.
Your digestive system is a complex network of organs and gut bacteria that affect your health.
Every bite you consume travels through your body along a route known as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It starts from the mouth and ends at the anus.
Along the way, food passes through your throat, oesophagus, stomach, and small intestines. Waste products are processed in your colon and rectum. Helping in the digestive process are your pancreas, liver and gall bladder.
Besides these major organs, up to 1,000 species of gut bacteria make up the gut microbiome in your intestines. Each of them plays a different role in your body, affecting your digestion, immune system, central nervous system and even your heart health and brain health.
Here are some foods you can consume to improve your gut health:
In general, eating a diverse range of foods, especially a plant-based diet, can lead to a more diverse gut microbiome and greater health benefits.
Did you know? An imbalance in your gut microbiome may lead to weight gain, obesity and other health problems.
The upper gastrointestinal (GI) or digestive tract consists of the:
Common conditions affecting the upper GI tract include dyspepsia, peptic ulcers, gastritis, cancer, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn. These usually require prompt clinical care by a gastroenterologist or digestive tract surgeon.
The lower gastrointestinal (GI) or digestive tract comprises all other parts of the GI tract, beginning at the midsection of the small intestine (the jejunum) to the anus.
Common conditions of the lower GI tract include diverticular disease, polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), haemorrhoids, cancer and anal fissures. These usually require prompt clinical care by a gastroenterologist.
The liver is the largest internal organ in the body. Along with the pancreas, bile duct and gall bladder, it performs important functions such as:
Many liver, gall bladder, pancreas and bile duct diseases do not display any symptoms at first. Often, symptoms may only appear in the advanced stages. If left untreated, these diseases can lead to serious damage and even death.
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Gleneagles takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating both simple digestive problems and complex disorders of the stomach. Should your condition require it, our team of gastroenterologists, oncologists, and surgeons are ready to support you.
The newly refurbished endoscopy centre at Gleneagles Hospital is a one-stop service centre providing a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures.
Occupying a floor space larger than 8,000 square feet, the centre is designed with larger rooms, improved privacy, and more rest beds and washrooms for your comfort.
Our team of professional specialists and staff will be on hand to ease any discomfort and anxiety you may have.
At Gleneagles Hospital, our team of experienced gastroenterologists specialise in treating the full spectrum of gut health disorders.
For complex conditions, we work hand-in-hand with a multidisciplinary team of specialists. These include oncologists, transplant surgeons, general surgeons and intensive care specialists. Together, we provide the care you need to recover.
Gut health problems may affect your lifestyle and restrict the types of food you eat. At times, these symptoms may be early signs of something serious and should not be taken lightly.
Gut problems may be treated by a range of endoscopy services, such as:
Endoscopic procedures provide visual images of your organ linings to aid diagnosis and treatment. These include:
Therapeutic endoscopies are minimally invasive procedures to treat your gut conditions with the aid of images from the endoscope. These include:
When gut conditions occur, your digestive system takes time to recover and resume its functions. Beyond medical care, boost your gut health by:
Our aim is for you to recover fully and avoid future episodes of gut disorders. Speak to our gastroenterologists if you show signs of a digestive health disorder to find a treatment and recovery plan that best works for you.