Founded by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia in 1983, The Gut Foundation was created to help in the prevention of disease through research and education.
We are a not for profit organisation that works with researchers and health professionals all over Australia, to build awareness, improve community understanding, educate, improve screening for digestive diseases, improve standards in practice and research and to engage in and encourage scientific research in relation to digestive disease.
The Board is made up of Gastroenterologists and a number of professionals from various fields, that are dedicated to improving the digestive health of all Australians through the treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal diseases and conditions including bowel cancer, coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, malnutrition, reflux, diarrhoea, bloating and constipation.
Our mission - Improve the digestive health of all Australians.
The Importance of digestive health
The complexity of the gut and its importance to our overall health and well being is a topic of increasing research in the medical community.
Largely responsible for the critical functions of the body’s digestive and immune systems, beneficial bacteria in your digestive system have the capability of affecting your body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, digestion, vitamin production, immune response as well as your body's ability to eliminate toxins.
Our educational and medical efforts focus on primary prevention through recommended dietary and lifestyle changes for all.
The Key to Prevention
Gastrointestinal conditions include constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, haemorrhoids, anal fissures, perianal abscesses, anal fistulas, perianal infections, diverticular diseases, colitis, colon polyps and cancer. Many of these can be prevented or minimized by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, practicing good bowel habits, and engaging in cancer screening.
The key to preventing GI disease and conditions is to change our views on healthy eating and lifestyle.
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a behind-the-scenes look at the faces behind the cause.
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