Ratgeber: The gut

The gut is our largest internal organ and the many bacteria it contains play an important role in digestion – and for our immune system. What does the gut like, what causes it to develop disease and how can we take care of it?

The gut, the largest organ in our immune system

If the gut were a city, it would have an astonishingly high population: some 100 billion micro-organisms live in it, an army of microbes weighing around two kilograms. Most of these are found in the large intestine. Without these bacteria, we would not be able to survive. These industrious residents digest, defend and produce – they are part of our immune defence system and protect our body against illness.

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Intolerances – what are the causes?

More and more people are complaining of allergies, intolerances or issues like a sensitivity to gluten. What are the most common triggers? How should you interpret the symptoms? Find out the answers to these questions in Ratgeber magazine, as well as what the most common bowel disorders are and why bowel cancer screening can be life-saving.

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