Protect Your Gut
Welcome to day 5 of the Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One challenge!
Did you know a huge proportion of your immune system is in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract? There are cells in the lining of your stomach that excrete huge numbers of antibodies. That means you can, in fact, “boost” your immune system through your gut.
The key to helping your immune system is to give it more “good” bacteria. You can do this through probiotics, which support gut health and influence the function and regulation of the immune system.
“There is evidence that probiotics help regrow healthy bacteria in your body and fight infections,” said Peggy O’Neill, VP of Nutrition and Wellness at Morrison Healthcare. “Look for products that contain 15 billion live active cultures in whatever form you choose to ingest.”
You can take probiotics as a dietary supplement or get it naturally in some of the foods you eat. For example, yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotics. You can also find it in sauerkraut, pickles, cottage cheese, buttermilk, and these foods.
While research into the connection between the gut and immune health is ongoing, there’s one thing we know for sure: Promoting your digestive health promotes your overall health.
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