Immunity and Microbiome, the connection is real!
As we gear up for the back-to-school season, it’s essential to strengthen our immune systems, so we can be more resilient and enjoy the fall in all its glory! Our immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to help the body fight infections and other diseases. The immune system includes white blood cells, organs, and tissues of our lymphatic system, including the thymus, spleen, tonsils, lymph nodes, lymph vessels, and bone marrow.
Our gut microbiome is very connected to our immune health. It is essential in shaping our innate and adaptive immunity. The immune system shapes our Microbiome, forming a symbiotic relationship between health and immunity.
Here are four ways to hack our Microbiome and strengthen our immune system:
- Plant a Garden: Soil possesses a unique set of microorganisms that helps to improve our gut microbiomes and strengthen our immune system. We often use our fingers to toil in the soil when we garden. When our hands touch the dirt, our bodies absorb these microorganisms. Scientists have found that some soil microorganisms have the ability to improve our serotonin production, which can improve our mood. The next time you find yourself a little down or sad, consider spending time in your garden and play in the dirt. It will not only elevate your mood but elevate your immunity too!
- Fuel your body with probiotics: Probiotics are the live bacteria and yeast found in different foods that aid in digestion. Probiotics are often referred to as the good or helpful bacteria found in the gut. Think of them as a little army fighting off germs that cause disease. There are three variations of probiotics:
- Lactobacillus: mainly found in yogurt (live active yogurt cultures) and other fermented foods. Eating probiotics can help with irritable bowel syndrome or upset stomach.
- Bifidobacterium: this probiotic is found in some dairy products.
- Saccharomyces Boulardii: this probiotic is found in yeast. It helps fight digestive issues.
- Eat a wide variety of prebiotics: while most people have heard of probiotics, prebiotics is just as crucial for a healthy gut and Microbiome. Prebiotics are a natural form of penicillin that can be found in the skin of vegetables and fruits, beans, apricots, artichokes, and more. Prebiotics play an integral role in the balance of flora in our gut and contribute to our immune health.
- Consume Whole Foods: everyone’s heard of the Whole 30 Diet or the Paleo Diet. That’s because they are diets high in fiber and rich in vitamins and nutrients. The less processed or genetically modified foods you eat, the healthier your gut microbiome will be. The stronger your Microbiome, the better you can ward off disease and infection. The next time you feel a little under the weather, think of farm to table for your next meal.
Our immune system is what protects us from disease and illness. A robust immune system is integral to living a vital, active lifestyle. If you find yourself needing guidance or support on strengthening your immune system, or adhering to a healthy diet, visit the Longevity Care Clinic, where our practitioners utilize cutting-edge technology to ensure you stay healthy!