Gut Health

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Course Overview

The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is one of the largest interfaces between the outside world and the human internal environment. While the
GIT functions to digest and absorb nutrients, food also provides exposure to dietary antigens, viable microorganisms, and bacterial products. Alterations in the bowel flora and its activities are now believed to be contributing factors to many chronic and degenerative diseases. Irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease,
rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis have all been linked to alterations in the intestinal microflora. The intestinal dysbiosis hypothesis suggests a number of factors associated with modern Western living have a detrimental impact on the microflora of the GIT. Factors such as antibiotics, psychological and physical stress, and certain dietary components have been found to contribute to intestinal dysbiosis. If these causes can be eliminated or at least attenuated then
treatments aimed at manipulating the microflora may be more successful

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