Good Health Starts Here
...In the Gut
If you could spread out a healthy gut onto a flat surface it would approximate the size of a badminton court. The GI tract, as the largest barrier to the external environment, contains 70-80% of the immune system and more neurons than the brain. Its task is monumental, allowing for the absorption of nutrients while at the same time excluding harmful material and pathogens. The gut is host to an ecosystem that weighs about 2 – 2.5 pounds, contains trillions of microorganisms, with about 30 times as many genes as the host, from hundreds of species. These microbes synthesize vitamins and other nutrients, guide immune cells in the gut, block harmful pathogens from taking up residence in the gut, metabolize foods, and communicate messages to other organs, including the brain. Because the digestive system is intricately interconnected to the rest of the body’s organ systems, healing GI dysfunction takes top priority.