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8 Facts to Help You Get to Know Your Gut


Your digestive system holds the key to your health. If you don’t believe me, look at the medical research that considers your gastrointestinal tract far more than your body’s plumbing system. In fact, Michael Gershon, professor of anatomy and cell biology at Columbia University, New York, considers the gut the root of health, which means if the delicate balance of flora in the gut is thrown off—it can result in a domino effect of ill health—including chronic bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, osteoporosis, and chronic migraines.

So let’s explore the finely tuned, intricate system, known simply as the gut…

1. Humans Are Walking Bacterial Colonies

I’ll bet you never considered yourself “a walking bacterial colony.” However, scientists point out that our guts contain more microbial genes than human genes. We don’t start out that way, of course.

As unborn fetuses, the intestines are sterile and we’re protected by our mothers, however, once born, our intestines begin to collect and house trillions of microbiota to aid food digestion, vitamin absorption, and power our immune systems. However, a large body of scientific research also points out that an over-prevelence of certain microbiota can also lead to certain chronic health conditions, including autism, colitis, obesity, and several mood conditions.

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