Gastrointestinal Barrier and the Immune System
•The gastrointestinal tract has approximately 150 x more surface area than your skin.
•It contains the largest number of immune cells of your whole body, constituting approximately 60% of your entire immune system.
•It comes into contact with the largest amount and number of different molecules and organisms of any organ in your whole body.
•Regulates the absorption of nutrients while keeping out damaging molecules and pathogenic organisms.
|Gastrointestinal Barrier and the Immune System
What is the immune system?
The ability to fight infection, illness, and disease