When it comes to immunity, our first association are words like antibodies, vitamins and vaccination. Many people do not realize that one’s gut plays a major role in building and fortifying our immune defensive mechanism. Gut health is important, because most pathogens are introduced to our body through intestines. Gut is also a place where many species of bacteria, both harmful and beneficial, live. The population of these microorganisms are part of our internal ecosystem which needs to be balanced, in order for our body to provide appropriate immune response when needed.
- Gut microbiota plays a vital role in digestion and also helps us maintain a healthy immune system. It is important to take prebiotics daily to maintain balanced flora (Probiotics) in the intestinal tract.
- The ideal amount of bacteria within our gut should be about 85% good bacteria or more so the gut can function best.
- When our immune system and gut microbiota are in sync, it allows us to fight off diseases and keep us healthy.
“Indeed, 80% of the immune system is in the gut, particularly the specialized immune tissues called Peyer’s patches that are found on the wall of small intestines.”