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GUT HEALTH A growing body of science is revealing just how essential our digestion is to overall physical and mental wellbeing. The 9m long enteric nervous system,
which runs from the oesophagus to the anal canal, is referred to as ‘the second brain’ because it contains around half a billion nerve endings – more than in the spinal cord. It not only controls digestion but exerts a powerful eff ect on hunger and appetite hormones like
ghrelin and CCK, as well as immunity and mood. It also manufactures around 50 per cent of the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. The FX Mayr cure is a renowned
treatment for digestion in Austria, but is less well known internationally. Its based on a restricted calorie, low starch regime, Epsom salts to cleanse the bowel and abdominal massage. We predict extreme growth in the
number of spas off ering gut health programmes as research backs up its importance in underpinning wellness.
Spas will follow in the footsteps of The Original FX Mayr Health Center in Austria and focus on gut health