The #1 Immune Boosting Supplement – The Gut Co

During this current health crisis we all want to make sure we are as healthy as possible, and that our immune system is as strong as it can be.

 

The Immune system resides in the gut 

70-80% of your immune system resides in the gut lining and if this isn’t working optimally, you are likely to have a suboptimal immune system, meaning you will be more susceptible to getting a cold or the flu, and these infections may be more severe for you than someone with a strong gut and immune system.

Approximately 100 trillion bacteria are associated with our gastrointestinal tract. This rich gut microbial ecosystem is referred to as the microbiota or microbiome. The microbiome has numerous functions like digesting foods, fighting off infections and maintaining a healthy weight.

 

Good bacteria fight viruses and boost the immune system

The gut bacteria play a role in fighting viruses and bacteria by directly interacting with the pathogens and indirectly by influencing the part of the immune system that resides in the gut lining. The more abundant and diverse the microbiome is the stronger the immune system.

 

How do you achieve an abundant and diverse microbiome aka a strong immune system?

Feeding the gut bacteria a diverse diet, rich in foods containing prebiotics will achieve an abundant and diverse microbiome. Prebiotics are a food that the microbiome feed on enabling them to grow and multiply

Prebiotics are found in these foods:

  • Onion, leek and garlic
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • The skin of apples (pectin)
  • Chicory root
  • Beans
  • Red and black rice

 

What about probiotics?

Probiotics can be very useful, especially in addressing specific conditions and some can also help to increase the diversity of the microbiome. However, prebiotics are actually the go to when trying to enhance overall diversity of your gut microbiome. Saccharomyces boulardii, one of the most researched probiotics available, can be useful in boosting the immune system if you need the extra help and can also survive the stomach acid making it a superior probiotic.

What reduces the good bacteria and decreases the diversity?

Modern living is not kind to our gut environment, because we are living in a world where processed foods are part of our diet and stress is very common. Below is a list of the worst offenders:

  • Stress
  • processed foods
  • GMO produce
  • Alcohol
  • Pesticides (non-organic produce)
  • Medications especially antibiotics
  • Gluten

 

It is worth mentioning that antibiotics have a noticeable, lasting effect on the composition of the microbiota, and should only be used when absolutely necessary.

Most of us are putting our gut microbiome at risk every day, but we can mitigate this by regularly feeding the good gut bacteria prebiotics. It takes a lot of the above foods to achieve the required effect and these foods must be ingested on a daily basis. Few people are able to achieve this. Therefore, including a daily prebiotic supplement is the best way to ensure your good bacteria are looked after so they can look after your immune system.

 

Are there any side effects?

There are many varieties of prebiotics on the market and some are more gentle than othersThe prebiotics I recommend are unlikely to cause symptoms such as bloating and gas, so make sure the prebiotics are FODMAP safe and have the FODMAP tick. I always recommend starting on a low dose and increase the dose gradually, as with all fibre, your gut needs time to adjust. It is also advisable to increase water intake when you increase the intake of fibre.

Prebiotics have many other benefits to your health such as helping weight loss, decreasing inflammation and possibly help regulate hormones.

FEED contains FODMAP approved prebiotics in clinically trialled dosages as well as probiotics to enrich your microbiota and enhance your overall health and immune system.

Author: Pernille Jensen / The Gut Co. 

Pernille Jensen is a Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist with over 10 years of experience. Pernille has dedicated her life to researching gut issues, as she truly believes everything begins in the gut; disease as well as health. 

thegutco.com.au

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References

Effects of prebiotics on immune system and cytokine expression. 

The Impact of the Gut Microbiota on Human Health: An Integrative View

Interactions between the microbiota and the immune system. 

Control of pathogens and pathobionts by the gut microbiota.

Commensal bacteria (normal microflora), mucosal immunity and chronic inflammatory and autoimmune disease

Role of the Microbiota in Immunity and inflammation.

Tissue distribution of lymphocytes and plasma cells and the role of the gut.

Immune adaptations that maintain homeostasis with the intestinal microbiota.