16/12/21

How to strengthen your immune system

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The vital part of your system

More than 70% of the human immune system reside in the gut, but the intestinal immune system comprises more antibody-producing cells than the rest of the body – together! (1)

Probiotics have formed a vital part of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern diets for thousands of years. They are credited, in part, for the optimal health and longevity seen in people of Mediterranean descent. The form of fermented milk and vegetable products such as yogurt and pickles.

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In recent years, the enormous importance of the gut bacteria and their influence on e.g. the immune system has been increasingly recognized.

Although Hippocrates (born 460 bc) – known as the father of medicine stated: “All disease begins in the gut.” 

More than 70% of the human immune system reside in the gut, but the delicate balance between beneficial and bad gut bacteria can be disrupted by many factors. (1) Including the use of antibiotics, excessive hygiene, the Western diet, modern medical treatments, and obesity.

The delicate balance between beneficial and bad gut bacteria can be disrupted by many factors, including the use of antibiotics, excessive hygiene, the Western diet, modern medical treatments, and obesity.

And as you age, your bacterial population gradually shifts towards a disease-promoting, rather than a disease-preventing state—simply because of aging! (2,3)

In other words, probiotics can restore your body’s natural, intestine-based protection against a host of non-intestinal diseases and shield you from the diseases related to aging.

Fortunately, probiotic supplements can restore a healthy balance to gut bacteria and reverse these disruptions to intestine-based signaling mechanisms.


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With more than 100 trillion gut bacteria, outnumbering regular body cells 10 to 1, a healthy bacterial balance in your gut is essential to your health and immune system.

It has been discovered that an imbalance in the relationship between good and bad gut bacteria can contribute to the body developing a great variety of chronic diseases.

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References

  1. Furness JB, Kunze WA, Clerc N. Nutrient tasting and signaling mechanisms in the gut. II. The intestine as a sensory organ: neural, endocrine, and immune responses. Am J Physiol. 1999;277(5 Pt 1): G922-8.
  2. Van den Abbeele P, Verstraete W, El Aidy S, Geirnaert A, Van de Wiele T. Prebiotics, faecal transplants and microbial network units to stimulate biodiversity of the human gut microbiome. Microb Biotechnol. 2013 Jul;6(4):335-40.
  3. Bengmark S. Nutrition of the critically ill—A 21st-century perspective. Nutrients. 2013 Jan; 5(1):162-207.