Did you know that over 70% of your immune system is located in your gastrointestinal tract?
Within ourselves, each one of us has an entire ecosystem of microbes located in the gut known as the microbiome – which is made up of bacteria, fungi, viruses and bacteriophages.
“When there is an imbalance between good bacteria and bad bacteria within the gut, immune regulation is affected. This makes it harder for your body to fight off infections. “ – Shezi Kirmani, MD. Simply put, a balanced gut strengthens the immune system.
What causes your gut to become unbalanced?
• Poor diet
• Pushing yourself too hard
• Overindulgence in alcohol
Ways to boost and balance immune health in the gut:
• Follow a whole food, plant-based diet
• Eat probiotic foods
• Eliminate or reduce sugar
• Reduce stress
• Identify food intolerances
• Get enough sleep
If you would like to learn more about the Gut-Immune System Connection, you can read the full article from Dr. Group here