Men's Health

Your Golden Gut

BETWEEN THE BILLION-DOLLAR probiotic-supplement push, probiotic additives in food (probiotic chips!), and recent studies linking gut health to everything from mental well-being to cancer, the gut—those 25 feet of intestines sitting inside your core—seems to be the seat of all good health. Despite what manufacturers would have you believe, getting your insides in shape isn’t as simple as ingesting a bunch of products.

Everything you eat—and plenty that you do (even sleep)—can affect the microbes in your gut. Down a fiber-filled salad and they produce helpful waste products that speed digestionmicrobes’ environment and cause digestive distress. Microbes are like the office managers of your gut, involved in all that happens inside you in a day. Nothing goes well if you piss them off. If your gut isn’t happy, nobody’s happy. It gets grumpy—in the form of gas, bloating, constipation, general discomfort—and nothing good flows from there.

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