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We’re really excited about a new series which aired on Channel 4 last night, called Know Your Sh!t! We think it’s so important to educate the whole world about the importance of the gut microbiome, so we’re always delighted when this subject is talked about in the media. Check out our top tips from the programme at the end of the article.
The series is hosted by identical twins Alana and Lisa Macfarlane, also known as the Mac Twins, who have founded their own website called ‘The Gut Stuff’. The twins have a healthy obsession with all things microbiome which was sparked when they volunteered to take part in the TwinsUK research, conducted at King's College London by Professor Tim Spector. Alana and Lisa discovered that, despite being identical twins who spend all their time together, their gut microbiomes were quite different and this affected them in individual ways.
In the new programme, the twins explore the fascinating topic of the gut microbiome and friendly bacteria. The Mac Twins are very excited about the series, and had this to say:
“We’ve been living in the world of gut health for years now, and we’re bursting to take everyone on a journey of discovery – to educate, inspire and change lives like it has ours!”
As the name suggests, the programme focuses on 'poo' and what it reveals about the state of our health, providing fascinating insights into the wonderful world of the digestive system and its by-products. Of course, we’re always comfortable talking about 'poop' here at Optibac, but many people find the idea of discussing such topics very unpleasant or embarrassing. The truth is that we all have bowel movements and they are a very normal and natural part of daily life. More importantly, our faeces can provide important clues into our overall state of physical, and even mental, well-being.
The Channel 4 Know Your Sh!t programme is revealing these facts in a fun and light-hearted manner which will hopefully help to break down some of the taboos around this perfectly normal bodily function. We're already hooked!
Throughout the series, ex-Love Island DJs Alana and Lisa will be joined by gastroenterologist Dr. Rabia, dietician Sophie Medlin and a variety of other medical experts, looking at the case studies and stools of patients with different health conditions. The twins will also test out the effects of certain diet fads on their own stools and offer lots of useful tips to help viewers look after their own gut microbiomes.
The 'Know Your Sh!t! series aired on Tuesday 17th January 2023 at 8pm and will run for six weeks, though the first three episodes are already available on All 4 and we're bingeing them!
If you want to find out more, then watch this fabulously informative series - we love it!
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