I may not be stranded on a deserted island and vying for immunity so as not to get voted off; but sometimes my life feels like Survivor. I’m trying my level best to keep my sons’ and my own immune system strong to fight off the assaults from nature and mankind. Flu viruses, pesticides, toxins, cancer, you name it, our immune system is our front line of defense. It really needs all the help it can get. And my first choice to boost my family’s immune system is a good probiotic.
Probiotics are bacteria that are beneficial to a person’s health, either through protecting the body against pathogenic bacteria or assisting in recovery from an illness. Did you know that about 70% of our immune system lies within the intestinal tract and digestive organs (aka: the gut)? That makes our gut the largest immune system within our body. If your gut isn’t healthy, then your immune system may be compromised. And you know what that can mean…illness, disease, and a overall feeling of “blah”.
Just as most everything in nature is balanced, our gut needs to maintain a healthy balance to keep it functioning properly. We have good bacteria in the lining of the gut to help keep the bad bacteria in check.
Think of it as the Heroes vs. the Villains on the TV show, Survivor. The Heroes are probiotics (good bacteria) and battle to win immunity over the Villains (bad bacteria). If the Heroes get wiped out by say, the “antibiotic challenge”, well then the Villains will now be able to set up their camp where the Heroes once lived, and overtake the entire island (gut). This scenario not only leaves your immune system vulnerable in defending your body against all sorts of pathogens; it also creates digestive problems, diarrhea or constipation.
Simply taking a daily probiotic can help improve your gut health while keeping your immune system strong. I think of probiotics as the hidden immunity idol. It’s our secret weapon that helps us avoid “tribal council” of the gut. Survivors ready? I believe we are.
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