Some of the incredible statistics about your intestine read like a “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”. Did you know that:

1. About 80% of your immune system lives in your gastrointestinal tract.

2. 500 different species of bacteria live inside you.

3. About one hundred trillion bacteria live inside you — more than TEN TIMES the number of cells you have in your whole body.

4. The weight of these bacteria is about two to three pounds.

5. Some of these bacteria are referred to as “good”, but others do not provide any benefit. The ideal balance between them is 85% good, 15% “other”.

About this entry