Did you know the GI tract is 30 feet long? That’s a surface area the size of a doubles tennis court! Like our skin, it’s continually exposed to substances from the outside world. But unlike skin, it has an extremely thin lining providing the barrier between the internal body and the external world.
Toxins and food particles can easily pass through this wall into the bloodstream if the lining gets damaged causing systemic problems. Although the GI tract is thought of as our digestive system, it is also a major part of our immune system (it’s the largest immune organ in the body), a major part of our detoxification system and a sensory organ with it’s own nervous system. All the neurotransmitters found in the brain, are also found in the GI tract, hence the term “gut feelings.”
Given that the GI tract plays such a crucial role in so many areas of the body, it makes sense that correcting digestive problems and gastrointestinal dysfunction is key to health and vitality.