Immunity 2.0 – Taking Yours to the Next Level
Last week’s blog I spoke about the large role stress plays in the immune system. This week I want to discuss gut health. My dad has numerous one-liners that he voices at least once per week, “broccoli is the staff of life”, is one of them. He also says with a lot of regularity “you are what you eat.” While this may be a bit over simplifying when used in reference to nutrition, there is a large ringing of truth in this statement. The bottom line is; nutrition plays a major role in your health.
Of all the cells in your body that make up the immune system, 70% of them are found in your gut. Prevention magazine reported that as you improve your nutrition, the immune system continues to improve, and this remains the same for someone who is already considered healthy. Sugar, especially, has a detrimental effect on the immune system, as it acts as a suppressor. Surprising symptoms such as: digestive problems, chronic colds, allergies, and ear infections can indicate poor gut health and a weakened immune system. Everything in our body is connected, nothing happens in isolation.
Dr. David Perlmutter, Neurologist, and the author of “Grain Brain”, states the following in regards to hidden sugar in grains:
“Most grain foods, when we’re talking about quinoa, amaranth, the very popular grains of the day, the reality is they still are associated with a carbohydrate surge. They have a fairly high glycemic index, meaning that after 90-120 minutes, your blood sugar is going to go up, and that is detrimental to the brain which will cause further sickness and disease in the body.”
Begin small steps to heal your gut and build a healthy immune system by reducing your sugar and processed food intake. Try eating more whole foods. Probiotics are a great option to increase the good bacteria in your gut that act as one of our first lines of defense against harmful microbes. Omega 3s, vitamin A, and C will help to heal cell lining in the gut. Vitamin D boosts the body’s ability to fight infection. Receptors for this particular vitamin are found on all immune cells, which gives insight as to the important role vitamin D plays in the immune system. Foods that will strengthen you immune system are fermented foods, coconut oil, fruits, vegetables, and garlic (which acts as a natural anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial).
Stay strong, and keep your immune system healthy this year Winnipeg! Your gut plays a huge role in the health of your body as a whole. Eat whole foods, and make nutritious choices that are going to fuel your body and build your immune system.
And don’t forget, a huge part in making sure that your immune system is functioning at the best level possible is getting your chiropractic wellness adjustments. Making your regular visits to your chiropractor are great for helping with your headaches, back pain, and more; but it’s also ensuring that your body is functioning and healing at an optimal level. So if you want your immune system functioning at its best, make sure your nervous system is functioning at its best too.