A weak immune system puts your health at risk. Most people only worry about their immune system during cold months, when colds, flus, and viruses are running rampant. But your health should be a priority all year. Recent research has shown that immunity is directly linked to having a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
The GI tractis a prominent part of the immune system. One component of the gastrointestinal system is the intestinal bacteria of the gut flora. This good bacteria works to prevent the overgrowth of potentially harmful bacteria in the gut. If the beneficial bacteria in your GI tract becomes imbalanced, it can cause a long list of health problems, including constipation, gas, hormonal problems, candida infections, anemia, vitamin B deficiencies, high cholesterol, and chronic diarrhea, just to name a few. Continue reading
A healthy gut provides needed nutrients for the entire body. To absorb and properly utilize all needed nutritive building blocks, the upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tracts need to maintain appropriate pH levels, a healthy probiotic (friendly bacteria) population, a strong immune response, needed enzymes and digestive cofactors, and appropriate permeability of the digestive tract lining. When any of these areas are out of balance, digestion and overall health are compromised. Continue reading
When most of us think of bacteria, we think of it as negative. But our digestive systems actually need bacteria to keep pathogens in check, help digestion and absorption of nutrients, and keep our immune system running at peak performance. Nearly 100 trillion microorganisms live in a normal bowel. A poor diet can have a negative effect on the balance of good and bad bacteria, as can antibiotic use. Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to our gastrointestinal health until we get sick. But there are steps you can take to keep your gut flora in balance and maintain a healthy digestive system. Continue reading