A gut health check is good for employee wellbeing

For Employees, For Employers, Thrive Life

Cultivating health in our bodies nurtures our minds, enabling us to think clearly, feel positive, and live productively. Good physical and gut health are cornerstones of mental wellbeing.

For example, a healthy gut maximises nutrient absorption, essential for brain health and function.

The gut is often termed the ‘second brain’, too, due to its influence on mood. Gut bacteria produce neurotransmitters such as serotonin, sending feel good messages across your neural pathways.

And a strong immune system bolstered by good physical health guards against inflammation, which can affect mental health.

Our daily routines can significantly influence our physical and mental health. These can include a good diet, regular exercise and good sleep patterns.

Understanding this interplay is a good first step in creating holistic strategies that cater to both aspects of health—and it’s something that we have worked on here at Thrive Law.

To support our team with their gut health, we asked YorkTest to conduct food intolerance testing, which would be followed up by a consultation to discuss the results.

This involved each member of team receiving a testing kit in the post and sending back a small blood sample. Their results, which came a few weeks later, could be accessed via their own accounts on the YorkTest website.

The feedback from our team indicates that food intolerance testing can be a good source of information and guidance for looking after your gut health.

One member of our team was aware that something was amiss with their gut health and they experienced a constant nagging concern lingering in the back of their mind.

Now, however, they’ve undergone a transformation. Armed with the knowledge of what to steer clear of, they dine out with newfound confidence, including at lunchtime. The worry has dissipated as they witness the positive changes.

Another member of our team had previously been tested for intolerances and had to exclude onions from their diet—a challenging feat since they are common to so many meals.

After getting retested, they discovered that their intolerance had vanished. They’ve now tried onions again and joyously found no adverse reaction. By resting our bodies, we give them a chance to reset and get back to normal.

Intolerance testing has also proven helpful in the process of identifying trigger foods for IBS. Although the discovery of severe intolerances to yeast, eggs, and milk hasn’t lessened this person’s worry, as avoiding these ingredients is quite challenging, it has heightened their awareness of their dietary choices.

They remain hopeful that, in the coming months, they’ll observe a difference as they begin to reintroduce these foods into their diet cautiously.

While Thrive is a firm of lawyers, we also lean heavily on our lived experience, so mental health and wellbeing underpin much of what we do.

We often use our experiences to guide our work with clients, so if you’re seeking strategies to integrate physical and mental health in your personal life or workplace, feel free to reach out for tailored advice via

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