What is Digestive Health?

Digestive health once seemed like a simple concept – eat, enjoy, digest, and repeat. On the contrary, we now know that the digestive system (the gut) is home to nearly 70 percent of our immune system and trillions of microorganisms, known as the microbiome. While we once thought that all bacteria were bad, over the past several years, research in this area has exploded, linking a healthy microbiome to digestive health, healthy body weight, and absence of allergy and disease.

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) defines digestive health as “a digestive system that has appropriate nutrient absorption, intestinal motility, immune function and a balanced microbiota".

The informal way that the rest of us determine our digestive systems to be healthy, is based on the lack of symptoms of digestive discomfort, since most people with good digestive health do not regularly experience these symptoms. These symptoms can include - excess gas, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of any of these and will vary from person to person.

This site is intended to be a guide for ideas to help manage your digestive health. Here you will find nutrition-related facts and resources about the Low FODMAP Diet, fiber, and probiotics.

Likewise, healthcare professionals can find relevant information and resources for their practice.

What Are FODMAPs?