Gut-Immune System Connection

The gut-brain connection is pretty well established.  About 80 percent of our immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract. Since the majority of our immune system is located in our gut, there is complex relationship between the two of them. Gut related toxins such as viruses, bacterial infections, fungal reactions, sugar, chemicals, pesticides, hormone-modulating plastics, fire retardants, cosmetic additives, pathogens, and stress, all negatively affect our immune system. These toxins stimulate the immune system, and disrupt energy production on a cellular level. Toxins in genetically modified foods, herbicides, pesticides, and gluten grains can make our immune system vulnerable because these foods change our intestinal flora ratio. Stress can really ruin our health because cortisol gets triggered and it acts as an immune system suppressant, and can negatively affect our gut mucosa.  Once our immune system is compromised then inflammation can take hold causing oxidative stress. If the inflammation travels throughout the body and reaches the brain then one may not produce enough anxiety-provoking chemicals such as serotonin and melatonin. Sleep can be affected and feelings of lethargy, depression, mood, energy, mental clarity and wellness all negatively impacted. 

Here are some interesting facts:

  • 500 species of bacteria live inside you.
  • About one hundred trillion bacteria live inside you — more than TEN TIMES the number of cells you have in your entire body.
  • The weight of these bacteria constitutes about two to three pounds.
  • Some of these bacteria are referred to as “good” and some as “bad”. The ideal balance between them is 85% good and 15% bad.
  • This ratio between the “good” bacteria and the “bad” bacteria becomes one of the critical factors determining your optimal health.
  • What sorts of things influence the ratio between good and bad bacteria? One’s food intake, geographic location, stress, and health issues are some of the key factors that influence the ratio.
  • Before your birth, your GI tract was sterile. The moment after your birth, colonization of bacteria began in your gut.

Steps to Healing and Strengthening the Gut-Immune Connection:

  • Eat a clean food regime, organic, non-gmo, balanced meals with very low sugar.
  • Drink pure water.
  • Meditate, deep breathe and incorporate stress reduction strategies.
  • Exercise
  • Incorporate benefecial supplements such as a quality probiotic, turmeric, garlic, digestive enzymes, non-corn sourced Vitamin C, Vitamin D and a B Complex.  I always recommend a high quality probiotic that is not sourced with milk, soy, maltodextrin. Click here to get your quality probiotics, once you register an account then search for these quality probiotics, for 5 billion good bacteria the Product Code is PRO-6  for 50 billion good bacteria the Product Code is: THY25  and for 150 billion good bacteria the Product Code is KTF6.

Removing the toxic substances and then treating any remaining gut issues has been linked to reduced inflammation among other improvements. 

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