The digestive system

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Intestinal flora

What is intestinal flora?

All the bacteria in the digestive tract account for up to 1 kilogram of your body weight. There are around ten times more bacteria in your body than the number of cells in your body. These bacteria form what is called the intestinal flora, which breaks down the dietary fibre the body is unable to digest. It therefore also helps maintain health and prevent the development of certain diseases.

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