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The human gut is the hub of good health – that is, if it’s working properly! Beneath the surface of your digestive system there is a hive of activity taking place that can control everything from your mood to your energy levels.

A vastly updated, expanded and revised version of Patrick’s bestselling Improve your Digestion has just hit the shelves here in South Africa. In it, he debunks the cliché “You are what you eat”, arguing instead, “You are what you can digest and absorb”.

Since the book was first published in 1999, our understanding of the role of gut bacteria health has come a long way, with numerous more studies providing evidence supporting the notion that gut health is where good health starts.

“So much scientific evidence now highlights the importance of the right balance of bacteria in the gut – not only to support good health but also to assist in weight loss,” explains Patrick.

“A healthy digestive system is more important than most of us realise. It is the key to well-being. Digestive problems, however, are the norm for most people and the immediate knock-on effects are often low energy, poor skinheadaches, foggy thinking, food allergies, weight gain, and aches and pains,” says Patrick.

“Whether or not you are currently suffering from any ailments linked to gut health, chances are your digestive system could do with a tune-up,” advises Patrick.

Improve your Digestion offers an easy-to-understand explanation of the importance of gut health and how to adjust your diet and eating patterns to ensure optimal digestion and absorption. Guiding you through the various side effects associated with an underperforming gut, the book also offers a handy action plan to help you restore the health of your gut, clean up your digestive system and detoxify your body.

The book concludes with a selection of delicious digestion-friendly recipes to suit all tastes and to help you enjoy the process of becoming, and staying, digestively healthy.

Improve your Digestion is available from all leading bookstores and online at www.patrickholford.com.