Millions of adults are ‘clueless’ about gut health – and are not aware of how much your gut health can affect sleep, mood, and energy levels.
Even though 82 per cent agree it’s important to look after this part of the body, the poll of 2,000 adults found nearly half (47 per cent) don’t know where to start when it comes to gut wellbeing.
And their knowledge of what the gut actually does is lacking too – just 60 per cent said one of the gut’s main roles is to digest food.
Of those claiming to know which parts of the body make up the ‘gut’, a fifth incorrectly stated the gall bladder is part of the gut, and a further 13 per cent wrongly think the liver is.
While 30 per cent had no idea both the small and large intestines are also important components of the gut.
A spokesperson for Activia yoghurts, which has launched the ‘What the Gut?’ museum, in partnership with TV’s Dr Zoe Williams, said: “As the research suggests, there is an awareness that gut health is important, but not enough clear information to support people in taking care of their gut.
“The aim of the museum will be to help people navigate gut health in a fun, accessible and educational way whilst equipping people with the information to look after it.
“There are a lot of things you can be doing to ensure you keep your gut healthy and a little bit of knowledge goes a long way.
“It’s important to have open discussions about gut health in order to raise awareness and really break the taboo.”

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