"Our digestive system is like a chop shop, a black market garage where stolen cars are disassembled and turned into a few dozen carefully organized piles of parts. A few generations ago our chop shops handled only Chevrolets, Ford, and General Motors. The disassembly went smoothly because the vehicles all had similar layouts and everything was measured in inches and feet, no need for metric tools here. "
"The digestive system is like a furnace, burning very hot or very cold. It may be running inefficiently by being bogged down by dampness or the opposite, excessive dryness. There are many clues to how we can improve our digestive furnace and thereby help with energy, mood, weight loss, improved athletic performance, etc."
"This efficient "factory" of the digestive system is like an automobile assembly line running backward, with the cars being taken to pieces bit by bit, instead of being built up. As it passes through the digestive system the whole mass of food that entered the mouth is reduced to its essential parts fatty acids, glucose, and amino acids and these disassembled products are absorbed into the blood."
"The human digestive system is like a flexible tube about 28 feet long that starts at the mouth and ends at the rectum. The major organs included in this critical body system are the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon (large intestine) and rectum. All of the nourishment required by our body to sustain life and health pass through this sophisticated processing system"
"Your digestive system is like Casablanca for microorganisms: Some 400 species of bacteria and yeast can be found there. Some are locals, created by your body; others are tourists, just visiting after you ingest them via food. Of these microorganisms, those like salmonella and some species of E. coli are nasty (usually the tourists, naturally). And others like L. casei and L. reuteri can be nice - very nice. "Probiotics are basically any microorganism that, when ingested, may benefit human health,"
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