The digestive gut is a long tube open to the outside world at its start and at its end. It starts in the mouth, down the esophagus, into the stomach, coils thru the small intestines and the large intestines deposits in the rectum and out through the anus. The tube is the entrance to our body of all the things we eat and drink – including micro-organisms, chemicals, and toxins. Its purpose is to be able to digest and absorb food. A well-functioning gut with healthy gut flora holds the roots of our health. In the same manner a tree with sick roots is not going to thrive, the rest of the body cannot thrive without a well-functioning digestive system. The bacterial population of the gut flora – is the soil around these roots, giving them their habitat, protection, support and nourishment.