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This should be the foundation for all health concerns! The GUT, GI tract, intestinal tract. When I was in school, we knew much about the anatomy of the intestinal tract, however, little about how it functions and especially what role it plays in our overall health. The basic premise at the time was that it only served a few vital functions. It broke down food (digestion) into smaller particles in the stomach that were then able to be absorbed in the small intestine. There were digestive enzymes present to help with this process. Water was absorbed in the large intestine (Colon), minerals and vitamins were also absorbed here. Our feces were the waste products of this process. We did know that we had bacteria in our stomach, small and large intestines and they helped in the breakdown process of foods, absorption of certain minerals and vitamins and played a part somehow to defend against intruders that entered out stomachs.
Wow! What a few decades can bring. We have since entered a whole new era into the understanding of our intestinal tract. Below are just some of the highlights of what we currently know:
So, how important do you think our intestinal tract plays in our overall health? Well, if all that was written is true, then I'd say that the intestinal tract is absolutely essential to our health. Which means that no one can ever truly become healthy or regain their health without a healthy GI tract! And this means we must always consider your GUT when assessing ones recovery to health.