How to boost your immune system naturally: part 2
So in part one of this series you’ve read up on antioxidants and how to power-up your lunch to boost your immune system.
But what else does your body need, and generally not get enough of with a typical Western diet?
I’ll tell you – probiotics.
Our gut is full of bacteria. There are the good bacteria and the bad bacteria. Good bacteria help you turn food into energy, ensure your immune system works properly, and regulate your hormones.
Our gut bacteria are a reflection of our environment. Toxins in our environment (air pollution, chemicals, etc.) and a repetitive, processed diet, affect our gut bacteria, and this in turn affects the way our hormones, organs, our entire body works, as well as our mental health and particularly our reactions to stress. It has even been suggested that reversing the reduction in gut bacteria over our lifetime could slow the ageing process.
Interestingly, depending on where in the world you live, the types of bacteria living in your gut are different. This is because of the different foods available that our bodies have had to adapt to using.
The problem we have with a typical Western diet is that it is full of things that damage our gut bacteria, stopping them from being able to effectively break down the food we eat in order to fuel the different processes in our bodies.