Immune Health Starts with Gut Health

It’s simple, improve your digestive system, the entire thirty feet, from mouth to the other end, the exit and you improve your immune system. Yes, that’s correct, the digestive tract, or gastrointestinal tract, is over 70% of your immune system.

Making it easy, there’s a blend of hormones, good bacteria and specialized plasma immune cells that excrete antibodies. All three of these join forces to build and defend our bodies directly from the digestive tract. This interaction helps us resist against disease. In other words, our immune system directly communicates with the gut microbes and the good bacteria combats disease and pathogens as well as contributing to the development of good gut or digestive structure.

However, when the good gut bacteria become too low, called dysbiosis, it may lead to an inflammatory response, such as:

  • Celiac
  • IBS (inflammatory bowel syndrome)
  • IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Cancer
  • Food Allergies
  • Leaky Gut – defective barrier of the intestinal lining

To sum it up, when your good bacteria gets too far off-balance, dysbiosis, your immune system becomes compromised.

Learn More: Intestinal Health ~ A Practical Guide to Complete Abdominal Comfort

The following are some factors that interfere with digestive balance:

  • Lack of sleep or lack of deep sleep
  • Lack of proper, balanced nutrition
  • Sluggish digestion
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals and carcinogens
  • In some cases, medications (prescription or over the counter)

The following are some factors that help create digestive homeostasis:

  • Drinking plenty of clean water daily
  • Eating a balanced, nutritional diet rich in fiber and healthy oils (low saturated fats)
  • Chewing your food completely assists in proper nutrient absorption and peristalsis action – Micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) needs are met by a variety in diet, including fruits, vegetables, and grains.
  • Regular exercise
  • Reduce stress and worry
  • Getting plenty of regular, deep sleep
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Laughing every day
  • Being calm and quiet, breathing slowly, more quietly, and more regularly
  • Reducing exposure to chemicals
  • Avoiding smoking and minimizing or omitting alcoholic beverages
  • Controlling your blood pressure
  • Avoiding infections by washing hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly
  • Getting regular medical screenings
  • And, keep your bowels moving daily and clean out as needed

Let’s look at ways you can improve your digestive tract with simple daily changes:

  • Eating probiotic foods
  • Increasing fiber intake
  • Increasing Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Exercise
  • Enough sleep
  • Lowering stress levels
  • Try dietary changes, such as gluten free
  • And, chewing your food to ensure your bowels move regularly

Keeping your immune system, your gastrointestinal tract, healthy and full of good bacteria.  This may not only may prevent serious autoimmune diseases, but also the common cold and seasonal flu.

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