With mental health awareness month kicking off in May, it’s an important time to review what your organization is doing to support your employees’ mental health. According to a 2022 survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 91% of employers nationwide offer some form of mental health benefits to their employees.
However, you may not know the gut plays a more critical role in our overall health and wellness than it may seem. While gut health is most commonly associated with digestive function and diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it can also impact cognitive function, heart health, stress management and much more. This is all due to the trillions of microorganisms that make up our gut microbiome. Considering the fact that 1 in 4 Americans live with a digestive disease, helping your employees manage their gut health can (and does) have a direct impact on mental health.
Interested in learning more about the gut-brain connection? We put together a comprehensive guide to help you better understand the gut-brain axis and learn more about how you can help your employees live fuller, healthier lives.
Download the guide to learn:
- What the gut-brain connection is
- How stress, anxiety, and depression are interlinked with digestive health
- How the gut is linked with other chronic conditions, such as those related to cardiovascular health and the immune system
Due to the gut-brain connection, failure to manage even the most common digestive diseases can lead to additional health problems including poor mental health, increased risk for heart disease and lowered immunity to illness. In the workplace, all these issues may translate to low morale, decreased productivity and hidden healthcare costs. This is why offering a comprehensive digestive health solution as part of your benefits package is so important. These solutions provide employees with critical education, support and tools to help them manage their conditions, making it easy for employers to keep employee digestive health in check and healthcare costs low.
Download the full guide to learn more.