Gut and gut health

I am starting this blog about the work that I am doing for the past couple of years about gastrointestinal tract and health. This series of articles will tackle most of the recent research about gut health and gut studies. I will also introduce terms that may probably be new to a person who is not familiar with the field and its jargon. So stay put because in the next few weeks we will discover what is it to understand our health in the gut perspective.

The gastrointestinal tract (or gut), according to the Oxford dictionary came from a Greek word gastēr, gastr– which means “stomach“, and a Latin word intestinum (intestinus, intus) which means “within“. In layman’s term, the gastrointestinal tract is the passageway of everything we eat, which extends from the mouth leading down to different parts of the digestive system (i.e. esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines) down to the rectal region, out to the waste!

photo courtesy of WebMD corporation (2001)
photo courtesy of WebMD corporation (2001)

The primary purpose of the gut is to break down all the food stuff and extract energy and nutrients (vitamins and minerals) from them via intestinal absorption. However, it is only about in the recent years that people acknowledged that immunological responses are deeply associated with the gut. It is believed that more than 70 percent of human and animal diseases are associated with the gut and its functions.

So as I said above, in the next few weeks I will walk you through gastrointestinal system and all that is associated with it (from the community of microorganisms, gut-associated diseases, food and its by-products), along with the most recent studies and technologies used in this field. I will synthesize and make it as simple as possible so that everyone, literally everyone, will just have a good grip and understanding of their bodies, and help each of us just take good care of our personal health.

photo courtesy of nickpineault.com
photo courtesy of nickpineault.com

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