Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is approximately 25 feet long and is responsible for digesting and absorbing the nutrients in the foods you eat, while also helping to eliminate waste products from your body. Beyond these important functions, your GI tract, particularly the intestines, also performs very important immune functions in the body. A healthy intestinal tract is critical for optimal digestive function and immune system support.
Research has shown again and again that our gut microflora plays a larger role in overall health and wellness than we’d ever previously suspected!
Surprising as it may be, healthy microflora may play an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system. Why is that? It is often said that 70–80 percent of our immune system resides in the gut. There have been numerous studies that show the difference probiotics can make in maintaining and strengthening our immune system. Epithelial tissues in the intestines help protect against harmful substances. Probiotics play an important role in ensuring epithelial tissue survival. They also help strengthen cell barrier function and initiate protective responses from the epithelial cells.*