A Healthy Digestive Track and your Immune System!
Did you know that 80% of your immune system is affected by your GI’s (think digestive system) health? Well it is and a healthy digestive system means a strong immune system. Immune system health is important to fight off illness and disease. Especially during the cold and flu seasons! During times of illness anti-biotics often play a role in restoring health. Unfortunately anti-biotics can kill both good and bad bacteria.
Good Bacteria? You bet. Like the kinds found in your digestive system assisting with the complete digestion and absorption of the food you eat. The good bacteria’s ensure that your digestive system is healthy, which means your immune system is healthy.
How can the good bacteria be increased?
Two ways…..Pre-biotics and Pro-biotics.
Pre-Biotics: Ferment in the stomach to produce good bacteria. Great sources are yogurt and believe it or not whey protein.
Pro-Biotics: Pro-Biotics differ from the Pre-Biotics because they will survive stomach acid and move further down the digestive track. Pro-Biotics can be found refrigerated at quality health food stores and most chiropractic offices. Real Pro-Biotics will have 10^9 (1 billion or 10 billion) bacteria. The products do have a shelf life and MUST be refrigerated, check both.
Try using both Pre (Yogurt…Greek Yogurt is high in protein as well) and Pro-Biotics (from health food store):
Pre-Biotics + Pro-Biotics = Synbiotics
Zinc, Vitamin C, Glutamine (it’s the most abundant amino acid in the body and under stress the immune system can use extra glutamine, and rest can all help with a healthy immune system as well.
Other things that can help are washing your hands often, don’t rub your eyes, keep your hands out of your mouth and fingers out of your nose, and as temp drops and the heat kicks on a humidifier is not a bad idea.
This article is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat or cure disease of any type. Consult a physician with questions and before trying on your own.
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