2013-09-24 13:26:58 UTC

AGA Governing Board Approves New Definition of Digestive Health

Sept. 26, 2013

The AGA Institute recently updated AGA’s official definition of digestive health to reflect new developments in the GI field, including the importance of the microbiome in the gut.

The AGA Institute recently updated AGA’s official definition of digestive health to reflect new developments in the GI field, including the importance of the microbiome in the gut. Because the term “digestive health” is often used in product advertising, the board felt it useful to have an AGA-approved definition of the term. The new definition is below:

Good digestive health describes a digestive system that has appropriate nutrient absorption, intestinal motility, immune function and a balanced microbiota (the community of microorganisms that live in the gut). A balanced diet has an important role in maintaining digestive health and can prevent or help relieve certain digestive symptoms. Most people with good digestive health do not regularly experience digestive symptoms such as heartburn, rumbling, nausea, bloating, excessive flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, or abdominal pain and discomfort.