There is a proven relationship between our immune system and gut health. The question that is still being researched is to what extent the gut is changed in different diseases and how the body’s immune system interacts with gut bacteria. We have many more bacterial cells in our body than we do human cells. Bacteria live on the skin, in the nose and ears, and most of all, in our gut. So it is critical to our overall health that the good and bad bacteria in the gut be in balance so as to boost our immune system.
Can’t the foods we eat maintain this balance?
Don’t we wish this could be the case! Unfortunately over many years with the industrialization of food production, our diet has changed dramatically. This highly processed, high-sugar, high-fat, low-fiber diet has substantially altered our gut bacteria. The food we eat not only feeds our fat cells, but also determines what kind of inner garden we are growing in our guts. This garden is filled with bugs that determine more about your health and your emotional and mental wellbeing than you ever imagined! Getting your gut bacteria healthy is one of the most important things you can do to get and stay healthy. If your bacteria are sick, so are you! You might not attribute digestive problems with allergies, arthritis, autoimmune diseases (irritable bowel syndrome, acne, chronic fatigue to mention a few), mood disorders, autism, dementia and cancer. Many diseases seemingly unrelated are actually caused by gut problems.
What can we do to help maintain a healthy gut?
The gut performs so many important jobs on a regular basis. It must break down food and absorb nutrients from that food, keep out toxins and produce nutrients. Our gut must perform seamlessly so that optimal immunity, detoxification and nourishment are achieved daily. Perhaps sticking to a diet of purely organic and unprocessed foods eaten in sufficient quantities daily would be a good place to begin. However, from a cost and practical standpoint, this solution does not work for most of us. So adding high quality food supplements to our diet daily is a good viable solution. To ignore our gut health should never be an option!
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