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Stress Can Weaken Your Immune System

Did  you know that about 80% of our immune system is in our intestinal lining?  I said after the last post that I would follow up on the importance of insulin yet at this time we need to focus on our immune systems.

Stress can come in the form of excessive worry and things such as eating processed food. Both of these have a profound effect on our immune system through our gut/intestinal lining.

Gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT)[is a component of the mucosa-associated (gut lining) lymphoid tissue (MALT) which works in the immune system to protect the body from invasion in the gut. 

So it really does matter what we eat because there are foods that heal the gut through the proliferation of good bacteria – and foods that can hurt the gut by feeding bad or pathogenic bacteria. Good bacteria feeds on good fibrous food (mainly vegetables and fruit aka prebiotics) and bad bacteria feeds on things such as sugar and processed carbohydrates to name two of many.  

To clarify some lingo: Probiotics are good bacteria you take in pill form. Fermented food and drinks are probiotics in food form. Prebiotics are the fiber we eat through a healthy diet.

“A huge proportion of your immune system is actually in your GI tract,” says Dan Peterson, assistant professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.   (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/research/advancements-in-research/fundamentals/in-depth/the-gut-where-bacteria-and-immune-system-meet ) 

This is a very general overview, yet worth researching further or stay tuned for future posts on this topic.

Here are a few resources to help you understand more fully the gut-immune system and the stress-gut connection:

https://chriskresser.com/how-stress-wreaks-havoc-on-your-gut (article)

https://chriskresser.com/the-healthy-skeptic-podcast-episode-9/  (podcast)


In future posts I will explore good gut food and bad gut food. Stay tuned.

How to Choose a Probiotic, Gut Health Part 5

If you are eating plenty of prebiotics (raw specialized plant fibers that help your good bacteria grow and flourish) then you may not need to take a probiotic (friendly bacteria). Yet, most people are not eating enough pre or probiotic foods. In that case, taking a probiotic can be helpful to your gut health.bacteria

Some simple guidelines to follow when purchasing a probiotic :

Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium, are the most common genus. An effective probiotic should contain both.

There are various strains of each of these Genus’. (E.g., Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus johnsonii, Lactobacillus acidopholus). The different strains work better for different digestive imbalances. Do your research if you have a specific illness you are looking to heal.

Probiotics do not all need to be refrigerated. If you travel a lot, get one that does not need refrigeration.

It is recommended that you take your probiotic capsules with food and liquid. This helps buffer the pill against acid in the stomach.

If you are having digestive issues, or have recently taken a round of antibiotics it is helpful to take over 10 billion CPU a day. If you are perfectly healthy with no digestive issues then 5-8 billion is a good amount.

I hope these very simple tips are helpful to you and your gut! Please call or message me for more detailed instruction.