The need for food and nutrition is an integral part of human life and survival. And the primary route by which food is digested and absorbed is through the gastrointestinal tract, or gut.
The human gut is made up of the following key organs:
- Small Intestines
- Colon and rectum
These can be thought of as the “plumbing and piping” of the gut, where the food is mechanically mixed and ground, and then chemically digested with enzymes, before the nutrients are absorbed.
There is also the Liver and Pancreas that are also integral gut organs, and are crucial to the digestive system by secreting digestive enzymes and also regulating the production and release of sugar, proteins, and nutrients.
So, ensuring your gut is healthy is crucial to ensuring a healthy you!
- digestive health