Did you know up to 70% of your immune system resides in the wall of the colon or gut? Now that you know, what are you going to do about it?

The function of the large intestine is to get rid of food left over after the nutrients are absorbed. But it doesn’t stop there, the gut is home to 500 different types of good bacteria which help improve our immunity. The composition of the human gut flora changes over time due to diet and overall health. This is significant because without the right balance of gut flora your body cannot maintain good health and is no longer protected against attack. Gut flora is largely compromised by indigestion and food sensitivities.

Nutritional and Medical information reveals that other organ systems are influenced by the gut environment. The connections provide insight on the causal factors in various diseases. The linkage between diet, gut bacteria and immunity should not be overlooked.
Eating the wrong kinds of food can have a negative effect on gut flora leading to inflammatory and chronic conditions. This in turn makes you vulnerable to additional infections.

Inflammatory diseases include a vast array of disorders and conditions that are characterized by inflammation such as allergy, asthma, autoimmune diseases, coeliac disease, glomerulonephritis, hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. On the other hand, a chronic condition or disease is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time. It is often applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months.

According to Dr. Hyman, the food we eat not only feeds our fat cells, but also determines what kind of inner garden we are growing in our guts. This garden is filled with bugs that determine more about your health and your emotional and mental wellbeing than you ever imagined! Getting your gut bacteria healthy is one of the most important things you can do to get and stay healthy. If your bacteria are sick, so are you! Good gut health begins with your diet. Consume fiber-rich vegetables, low-sugar fruits, non-gluten grain and legumes. In addition, consider an elimination diet to address food sensitivities such as gluten and lactose.

According to Dr. Colbert, even if you are eating high quality fresh organic whole food, it won’t make a difference in your health if you aren’t properly digesting and assimilating the nutrients found in that food. The microbiome is not only responsible for producing important nutrients such as vitamins and neurotransmitters, but the microbiome also maintains the health of the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract. The bacteria which make up the microbiome rely on dietary fiber as a source of nutrition. When they don’t receive enough fiber, they begin to wither and die leading to the degradation on the intestinal lining.

According to Dr. Axe, the health of your digestive system has a lot to do with lifestyle, for it’s determined by the food you eat, the amount of exercise you get and your stress level throughout the day. By better understanding the digestive system process and learning some helpful tips, you can not only boost the health of your digestive system, but you can naturally help yourself to overcome many digestive issues. The naturally present bacteria in your colon will continue to help with digestion. The bacteria fuse vitamins, process waste and food particles and protect us against harmful bacteria.

The gut plays a major role in the immune system. Most diseases are due to poor gut health. Good internal bacteria are essential in protecting the gut from attacks. A properly planned diet rich in antioxidants and fiber support the gut flora. The end result is an enhanced immune system that wards-off harmful bacteria and viruses.

I leave you with the words of Hippocrates, the Greek Physician, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”!