Early morning commuters are being treated to thousands of free gut-friendly breakfasts and shots of good bacteria to set them up for the day as health gurus take over Oxford Road this week.

The Gut Stuff is on a mission in Manchester to make gut health easier to understand, and to make it a more palatable topic to discuss.

Founded by Love Island DJs Lisa and Alana Macfarlane and health guru India Wardrop, The Gut Stuff believes that it doesn’t matter how much science reveals about the importance of gut health unless people understand how to act upon it.

Lisa and Alana, more commonly known as The Mac Twins, are presenters and international DJs, but most people will probably recognise them as the official DJs for Love Island on ITV2.

The Gut Stuff was set up after the identical duo became chief guinea pigs for Professor Tim Spector and the Twin Research department at King’s College in London.

They discovered that despite having 100% the same DNA, their guts have only 40% of the same microbiota (gut bacteria) which could explain why their bodies behave so differently. So if they can’t be sold the same diet/lifestyle, then nobody can.

The Mac Twins are aiming to give advice that is accessible yet credible while they grace our city with their glamorous roadshow this week. Their mission is to bring the information they are learning to the masses – not just the “wellbeing aware” folk.

Following the success of the Old Street tube takeover event in London, they wanted to bring their gut knowledge to Manchester and help us Mancunians on our way to better belly health. Gut health affects everyone, yet most people don’t realise how important it is.

With one in three people suffering from digestive issues and gut health affecting everything from mental health to Parkinson’s, their message is not only timely but also necessary. With the fearless approach that Lisa and Alana are taking, they are hoping everyone will join their revolution to empower gut health.

The Gut Stuff Roadshow will be taking over Bruntwood’s Manchester Technology Centre on Oxford Road from February 20th-23rd. Many of the talks and workshops are free, but for tickets to all the other events and a full itinerary check their website.


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