Gut health

What can we learn from our community about good gut health?

Our gut plays a key role in our overall health. A healthy bowel not only helps prevent colon issues, but it’s also linked to good health of other organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver, skin and hair. Gut health is a growing area of research, but what more can we learn about it from our Evergreen Life community?

What we've found

  • People happy with the frequency of their bowel movements are more likely to rate their skin health as good or better, against those who aren’t.*
  • Having stool types in the 'ideal range' is linked to higher happiness levels.*
  • Those who are happy with the frequency of their bowel movements are more likely to do more than 30 minutes exercise in each week, against those who aren’t.*
  • Having stool types in the 'ideal range' is linked to better sleep satisfaction.*
These insights are based on correlations which are statistical links between two sets of data. While we focus only on more plausible and interesting links, they should not be seen to imply cause or effect.

What do our trips to the toilet tell us?

'Being regular' means that you go to the loo the same number of times each day or week. For some, the norm is 3 times a day at set times, for others it can be 3 times a week. But most of us know how uncomfortable it can become if that routine changes. We asked our users to rate how happy they were with the frequency of their bowel movements to see how being comfortable with your bowel movements can impact health and wellbeing.

What is your gut telling you?

When it comes to bowel health, it can be more significant to look at stool consistency rather than frequency. The Bristol Stool Chart provides a guide to what healthy poo looks like. We asked our users to identify their most regular kind of stool - the percentages in the chart below represent how many of our Evergreen Life users report each stool type. Take a look at how our community scored in the chart below.

The figures show that 62% of Evergreen Life users report having type 3 or 4 as their most common stool, which is is deemed to be in the 'ideal' range. The chart below shows, amongst other things, that users in these categories are also more likely to be satisfied with their sleep and sex life.

🩺 Remember, if your bowel habits change persistently for no obvious reason, it’s important to talk to your GP.

Probiotics and gut health

We looked at the consumption of probiotics in diets for those users with stool types in the 'ideal' range, and compared them with those with less than 'ideal' stool types. The diagrams below show slightly more people with 'ideal' stool types (left side) include probiotics in their diet than those with other types of stool (right side).  

If you want to make any changes, why not take a look at our guide to Good Gut Health? It explores some simple ways you can try that might enhance your gut health.

Statistical disclaimers:

*Correlation ≠ Causality:

All statistical associations mentioned on this page represent statistically significant (95% level) correlations only. We do not make any claim of causality running in either direction between any two variables discussed, and have controlled for variation in age, sex and the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) decile only.

Correlates plot - The displayed correlations are estimated from linear probability models with two different outcomes: Happiness with stool frequency, and having a ‘healthy’/common Bristol Stool Chart rating. Each model controls for age, sex, IMD decile and having a ‘good’ diet (At least one portion of whole grains per week and at least sugary drink per week). All correlates are statistically significant at the 95% confidence level, or higher.

The stool frequency variable takes a value of 1 if a user has responded ‘Yes’, 0 if ‘No’, to the question ‘Are you happy with the frequency of your bowel movements?’. The most common stool type outcome variable is equal to 1 if they chose stool types 3 or 4 from the selection of the Bristol stool chart types as a response from the question ‘Looking at the following Bristol Stool Chart, please indicate which best represents your most frequent stool:’ and 0 otherwise.

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