Looking To Strengthen Your Immune System?
Interesting fact: Did you know that over 70% of your immune system is found in your gut? This is why taking steps to ensure the health of your digestive system and microbiome is an essential part of building a strong immune response. While frequent hand washing is crucial in preventing the spread of infections, also being mindful of the food and drinks you consume can also go a long way to keeping you sick free.
The connection between your immune system, a nutrient-rich diet and proper gut bacterial balance:
During the digestive process your gut absorbs nutrients and uses them to fuel the production of important immune cells. Healthy bacteria are also used to stimulate the development of T‑cells, a type of immune cell responsible for distinguishing your body’s cells and tissue from potentially harmful things. When there is an imbalance in your digestive system, such as an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria, or not enough health-promoting bacteria, it can confuse your immune system causing it to attack to its own cells. If the immune system is too busy reacting to healthy cells, or if there are nutrient deficiencies present, you will not only be more susceptible to getting sick, but it can also take longer to recover. These are just two of the reasons behind why maintaining a healthy gut is essential in the function of a strong immune system.