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National Go With Your Gut Day – September 23, 2023

National Go With Your Gut Day, observed on September 23, encourages everyone to be mindful and take care of their gut health. The gut is the general name for parts of the human body including the abdomen and surrounding organs. The abdomen is the part of the body between the thorax and pelvis, in humans and other vertebrates. The abdomen is the front part of the abdominal segment of the torso. The area occupied by the abdomen is called the abdominal cavity. In arthropods, it is the posterior tagma of the body; it follows the thorax or cephalothorax.

History of National Go With Your Gut Day

The gut is a part of the human body that has an endoderm-derived structure. From about 16 days into human development, the embryo begins to fold ventrally — the ventral surface becoming concave — in two directions: the sides of the embryo fold in on each other, with the head and tail folding toward each other. The result of this development is in a piece of the yolk sac which is an endoderm-lined structure in contact with the embryo’s ventral construct, beginning to be pinched off to form the embryo’s primitive gut. The yolk sac then remains connected to the gut tube through the vitelline duct. This structure usually regresses during development and in cases where it does not, it is known as “Meckel’s diverticulum.”

As the human fetus develops, the primitive gut is gradually formed into three segments: the foregut, the midgut, and the hindgut. These terms, though often used in reference to segments of the primitive gut, are also used regularly in the description of regions of the definitive gut as well. Each segment of the gut is further specified and developed into the specific gut and gut-related structures in the later development. Structures derived from the fully formed gut, including the stomach and colon, develop as swellings or dilatations in the cells of the primitive gut. In contrast, gut-related derivatives (those structures that are derived from the primitive gut but are not part of the main gut), in general, develop as outpouchings of the primitive gut, and the blood vessels supplying these structures remain constant throughout embryonic development.

National Go With Your Gut Day timeline

1820
First Mention of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The gut-related health challenge, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is first described.

1956
Randy Jackson is Born

American music legend Randall Jackson, who later becomes a gut health activist, is born.

2019
Unify Health Labs is Established

Unify health labs is established by American musician and T.V. personality Randy Jackson in 2019.

2021
First National Go With Your Gut Day

The first National Go With Your Gut Day is announced in August, with the first observation of the holiday occurring in September.

National Go With Your Gut Day FAQs

What is the gut made up of?

The hollow organs comprising the gut are the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and anus.

How many bacteria are in the gut?

There are about 400 trillion bacteria in the human gut.

What does the gut do?

The gut produces metabolites that have health effects through about 400 trillion bacteria residing in it.

How to Observe National Go With Your Gut Day

  1. Get your gut health checked

    In the spirit of National Go With Your Gut Day, you should see a physician and check the status of your abdominal health. Take action where necessary.

  2. Do some research

    Information brings knowledge and knowledge is power. Reading up on how to take care of your gut is a very good idea.

  3. Take care of your gut

    So, now you’ve educated yourself on what needs to be done to take care of your gut, what next? Action, that’s what’s next. Be intentional about taking care of your gut’s health.

Why We Love

  1. The human gut is large

    The human gut is exceptionally large and it is said to be able to line up an entire tennis court when laid out.

  2. The gut is heavily crowded

    The gut is home to hundreds of billions of bacteria and microbes, making it very crowded.

  3. It can function independently of the brain

    There is a nerve connecting the gut to the brain, known as the vagus; the gut could still function independently if the nerve were cut.

  4. The gut is self-cleansing

    The gut has an amazing self-cleaning mechanism that enables it naturally flush itself of unwanted and harmful particles

  5. Stomach acid is quite strong

    Stomach acid is said to be strong enough to burn the human skin, but it can do no damage to the insides because of the thick mucous membrane protecting the gut.

Why National Go With Your Gut Day is Important

  1. It makes up 70% of our immune system

    The gut makes up about 70% of our immune system. We couldn’t function properly with a weak immune system.

  2. It is essential for digestion

    We use our guts to digest the food we take into our bodies. The gut plays a role in breaking it all down.

  3. It wards off infectious agents

    The gut contains healthy bacteria and cells that ward off infectious organisms from harming our digestive systems. Isn’t that reason enough to celebrate?

National Go With Your Gut Day dates

YearDateDay
2023September 23Saturday
2024September 23Monday
2025September 23Tuesday
2026September 23Wednesday
2027September 23Thursday

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