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The Flourish Philosophy: Go With Your Gut

At Flourish our mission is simple. It is to help people from all walks of life achieve a full, healthy and pain-free existence. We consider it a privilege to pay witness to another human’s journey, particularly one that sees an individual restore health and vitality to their day-to-day lives.

Our guiding philosophy stems from none other than the father of modern medicine himself, Hippocrates.

Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, and although it’s been some time since he walked this beautiful Earth of ours – he died around 370 BC – his teachings are as true today as they have ever been. Hippocrates’ therapeutic approach was one of wholeness, he believed that the body has the capacity to re-balance and heal itself, if it is given the appropriate time and the correct nourishment.

It is an approach to healing that we at Flourish identify closely with.  It’s an approach that says, to paraphrase and modernise Hippocrates, “Go with your gut”.

Formally known as the gastrointestinal tract, the ‘gut’ is a sensory organ and our primary environmental interface. It is responsible for all the functions in our digestive system, and is instrumental in the absorption of nutrients from food, as well as the expulsion of the resulting waste. Folk wisdom tells us that ‘gut instincts are always right’. It’s an age-old and admittedly figurative adage, but we like to think it reveals just how critical a determinant of your overall health this one organ is.

In fact, gut microbes speak directly to the brain via the Vagus Nerve. Speaking of microbes, did you know that we are made up of more bacteria than we are human cells? 10 times more!

It is imperative then, that we prioritise the maintenance of a healthy gut terrain at all times. This starts with a healthful diet. If there’s one thing we believe at Flourish, it is that power of a healthful diet is truly transformative. 

You might also be interested in “8 Make-or-Break Health Habits“.