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WHAT’S YOUR GUT TYPE?

Knowing the answer could help you beat digestive problems – good news given that around 40 per cent of us have at least one at any given time. Read on for your diagnosis

DR ANTON EMMANUEL is a consultant gastroenterologist at University College London Hospitals and is a spokesperson for the British Society of Gastroenterology

1 The over protective gut

The largest section of your immune system is located in your gut, fighting off nasties hidden in our food and drink. But if it becomes overactive, it turns its attention on itself, causing inflammation. The resulting disorders can include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Coeliac disease, an autoimmune condition due to a reaction to gluten, the protein in wheat, barley and rye, also falls into this category. They’re all primarily genetic conditions, and symptoms can include abdominal pain, weight loss, diarrhoea and blood loss.

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Discover a #BodyofKnowledge in the October/November edition of healthy magazine, in which we reveal the results of our Body MOT reader survey. In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we also talk to three women about their very different experiences of the disease. Plus, we explore the world's best natural beauty secrets from Australia to South Korea, and take a fresh look at the 'F' word (fat, that is!). As the seasons change, keep your health and happiness on track with the new digital issue of healthy.