"The small intestine is like a long, coiled tube. The center of that tube, the lumen, is filled with food material and bacteria that normally don't cause disease. It's protected from harmful pathogens by a layer of mucus secreted from goblet cells. "
"The function of the small intestine is, like that of the stomach, partly mechanical and partly solvent"
" In many ways, the small intestine is like a second brain. Ninety-five percent of your serotonin -- the brain's mood-regulating chemical -- is contained in your small intestine's elaborate network of nerves. That's a big reason why we feel strong emotions like fear, anticipation, and love deep in our guts as well as our minds. "
"I like to imagine that a healthy small intestine is like a shag carpet, and small intestine affected by active celiac sprue is more like a tile floor. Celiac sprue is not a gluten allergy, but rather an autoimmune condition where the gluten is triggering an inflammatory response in the body. "
"The small intestine is like a squidgy pipe and at more than 5 metres long is longer than the average car!"
"The small intestine is like a water slide. Things move REALLY fast. Pancreatic juices are added to the food and bacteria mix"
"Normally, your small intestine is like a plush carpet lined with finger-like villi that absorb crucial nutrients from food. When you have Celiac disease, those villi flatten out and the intestinal carpet looks more like a hardwood floor; and you can no longer absorb nutrients properly."
"The small intestine is like a long, small hose."
"The small intestine is like a coiled tube. Lining the inside of the intestine are small finger-like projections called villi."
"The distribution of small intestine is like a curled snake with its length varies from 4.6m to 9.8m"
"The small intestine is like a huge blind spot in the human anatomy. There really aren't any great ways to see inside it, and despite it's name it is quite big. The fact that I've had advanced cancer there is going to make any doctor uneasy, because there's not a great standard of care when it comes to surveillance, and small intestine cancer is quite deadly. So, we're taking the hands on approach and cutting my guts open any time we have a reason to. Yay me. "
"The small intestine is like the hub of our Universe, our body cosmos.
Where we feel, know and nourish ourselves"
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