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Gut health month

Alarming number of Aussies living with gut health issues

Did you know nearly half of Australians (45%) describe their general weekly mood as neutral or unhappy (1)? Despite the intriguing interplay between food and mood, nearly 50% of Australians are unaware of the positive impact of a healthy diet on their mental wellbeing (1).

Three in four Aussies experience gut issues (2), such as bloating and constipation, yet Australians are in the dark about how to maintain a gut-healthy diet, and dietitians hold the power to shine the spotlight on what to eat for better gut health. 

Gut Health Month is a national month, led by the team of dietitians at Dietitian Connection, to raise awareness of the link between food and mood, and improve the gut health of all Australians so they can feel better from the inside out. 

During the month of February – and all year round – you can visit guthealthmonth.com for a variety of dietitian-approved nutrition and gut health resources, up-to-date gut health information, delicious, gut-loving recipes, and answers to your common gut health questions. You can even take a 7-day gut health challenge to feel the difference to your mood.

DC Gut Health Month

“Your gut health plays a significant role in your overall wellbeing and mood. Unfortunately, many are unaware of this crucial connection, which is why Gut Health Month is so important,” says leading gut health dietitian and Gut Health Month ambassador, Nicole Dynan. Your gut is like a second brain and what you eat profoundly influences not just your digestive wellbeing, but also how you think and feel. Simple dietary changes like eating more gut-happy foods such as fibre-rich wholegrain bread and cereals, beans and veggies, and probiotic yoghurt and supplements, if needed, can change your gut health in as little as 48 hours!

On February 1, Dietitian Connection launched Gut Health Month 2024 by presenting Gut Laughs – Australia’s first door-to-door comedy festival, turning Moodie Street in Sydney into Happy Street. Dynan was there to raise awareness and encourage the public to see a dietitian and learn about gut health eating. “By understanding the power of nutrition to positively impact mood, Australians can take control of their wellbeing,” says Dynan.

“It’s time for Australians to start taking their gut health seriously. A healthy diet is a great first step you can take towards a healthier, happier you and seeing an Accredited Practising Dietitian is the best way to get personalised advice and support,” adds Dynan.

Head to guthealthmonth.com today to learn more about gut health and mood, and connect with a dietitian.

1 YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,024 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 13-18 December, 2023. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Australian adults (aged 18+).

2 YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,024 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 5-9 January, 2023. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Australian adults (aged 18+).

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