What You Need To Know About Gut Health & Immunity

Would you like to have a resilient immune system? Most people are told they need to boost their immune system, but they have no idea where to start. Well, I will tell you where we have to start- we have to start with the gut.

People are told to take this immune-boosting supplement or eat this immune-boosting food. But if the gut is not healthy, it will be difficult for the immune system to be healthy. What is the importance of a healthy gut to the immune system? 70% of your immune system lives in your gut. Much of the body’s immune response depends upon the gastrointestinal microbiome. 

Understanding its complexities and potential therapeutic targets is essential, particularly in times of stress and/or when the risk of infection increases. The composition of the gut microbiota or microbiome is under the surveillance of the mucosal immune system. Studies suggest that the maintenance of a healthy gut microbiome is inseparable from host health. 

There is, in fact, a bi-directional relationship between the gastrointestinal microbiome—the innate immune system or the immune system that you have been born with. Inflammation caused by abnormal immune responses influences the balance of the gut microbiome resulting in intestinal diseases.

Likewise, supporting a balanced intestinal microbial community is essential for the integrity of the immune system for prevention and response to infections and recovery from illness. The microbes and their metabolites influence physiological function. Particularly metabolism, local mucosal homeostasis, or maintenance of the mucosal lining, inflammation, and the interaction between the multiple body systems. Therefore an imbalanced intestinal microbiome may have system-wide effects and contribute to immune health. 

Suppose you are suffering from IBS and SIBO. In that case, you will likely experience irritation of the gastrointestinal wall and muscular spasms usually caused by diarrhea, which makes the barrier vulnerable, resulting in gaps. This condition is called leaky gut. It allows more pathogens to pass through the leak and enter your bloodstream, which can overwhelm your immune system. A leaky gut, along with constipation, also known as IBS and SIBO, causes the waste to move slowly through your gut, gastrointestinal system resulting in more toxins leaching out and putting more pressure on your immune system.

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  • E for enhanced mind mastery, which helps with every element of gut-healing to reduce inflammation.

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