Insight: June 6

Tonight on SBS, Michael Mosley is on Insight as the show discusses ground-breaking science and hears personal stories around the gut’s potential to change our lives.

According to the Gut Foundation, in the past 12 months, a significant amount of Australians will have complained about some kind of digestive problem*.

Science journalist and TV presenter Dr Michael Mosley returns to Insight for a discussion with fellow experts and ordinary Australians about how the gut can play an integral role in our overall physical and mental health.

We discover that improving the wellbeing of this unglamorous organ can have profound effects – whether you have existing gut issues or not.

Increasingly, research is shedding light on the previously mysterious world of this unglamorous organ and the one to two kilograms of microbes that live there**, forming each person’s unique microbiome – the genetic ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other organisms that live inside and on our bodies from birth.

With more public attention to gut conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and autoimmune diseases like Coeliac Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases like Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, scientists are discovering how our microbiome plays an essential role in metabolism, nutrition, immune function and disease prevention***.

We are also discovering its enemies – antibiotics, a lack of fibre and processed foods, to name a few. As emerging research examines the link between the gut microbiome and how we metabolise our food, the precision in which we recommend diets could change the way we manage obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Previously radical treatments like faecal matter transplants (FMT) are becoming common therapies for certain health issues – and Insight hears from guests who have undergone them.

Meanwhile, the efficacy of other medical aids for our gut – like probiotics – are being questioned, and we talk to medical researchers that are attempting to make them more effective and tailored to our unique microbiomes.

Tuesday at 8.30pm on SBS.

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