Gut Biome Basics

“Beyond their functions of digestion and absorption, the intestines are also one of the body’s major barriers to invasion. Whatever is in the gut is simply passing through and still belongs to the external world. Only after penetrating the bowel lining do substances and organisms enter the body proper. Since this protective function of the gut tissue is critical to well-being, it is generously supplied with its own local immune system, one that works in coordination with the body’s general immune defenses.” – When the Body Says No, by Gabor Maté, M.D. (p. 137)

Gut friendly vs unfriendly bacteria


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