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Medical Matters

Digestive Health

Digestive Health: Facts

  • Approximately 86% of the UK adult population have experienced digestive problems in their lifetime.
  • Digestive Disorders affect 1 in 5 people in the UK each year and the symptoms are not confined to diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Gastrointestinal conditions cost the NHS approximately 2.9 billion pounds a year to treat.
  • Approximately 375,170 people will die in the UK each year from digestive disorders.
  • The average person produces 2 pints of saliva every day. That is 32 ounces, or 2 cans of soda. Your body can move your food through the digestive system even while you are standing on your head. It is not connected to gravity because it works with muscles.

"I have resolved that from this day on, I will do all the business I can honestly, have all the fun I can reasonably, do all the good I can willingly, and save my digestion by thinking pleasantly." - Robert Louis Stevenson