Things You Should Know About Your Gut

The Gut

Probably the first thing you should know about your gut, is that it’s not about a pot belly. That’s more of a slang usage for belly-fat.

The term actually refers to your entire digestive tract – and especially the large intestine, also known as the colon.

And there’s a heck of a lot going on inside that 5-foot (or so) long tube.

But first comes the 20-foot (or so) long small intestine.

It does most of the heavy lifting regarding absorbing nutrients and water.

But the colon is the really magical (if I can use that term, without sounding like a kook) organ.

Not magical in the arcane sense, but more in the miraculous sense.

At least it is to me. Stick with me and see if you agree…

Fact Bundle 1 – We Have Two Brains

  • The colon is often referred to as the “second brain” by scientists
  • This is because it contains millions of neurons that generate neurotransmitters like serotonin
  • In fact, the gut sends more information to the brain, than the brain sends to the gut

Fact Bundle 2 – We Are Really “Us”

  • An adult human is said to have approximately 10 trillion cells in their body
  • The colon of an adult human contains approximately 100 trillion microorganisms
  • The combined weight of these bacteria and fungi averages about five pounds
  • So, the average person (of any age beyond infancy) has 10 times more microorganisms than cells in their body
  • These microorganisms include a wide range of species – more than 1,000 known so far
  • Thus, their DNA outnumbers the human “host’s” DNA by 10 times
  • And their genes outnumber human genes by 150 times

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