The gut health and chronic dis-ease connection
More is coming to light about the way our guts are related to the health of our immune systems. It’s becoming increasingly important for us to learn how to assist our body’s innate immunity, to benefit from good health.
Our gut (our intestines that make up the microbiome) has quickly become one of the most interesting and engaging topics in medicine. Researchers are exploring the powerful interconnection between human health and the vast ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses living quietly inside. When this ecosystem is out of balance, it can set one up to experience chronic diseases. Such dis-ease might include: auto-immune issues, diabetes, heart disease, mood disorders, and obesity.
Scientific research now shows that people who have a more diverse gut microbiome have stronger immune systems. When we lack microbial diversity, our immune system suffers. As our immune systems weaken, chronic dis-eases like: autism, insulin resistance, colorectal cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and more can set in.
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We need to focus on how we can support and maintain our immune system, aid and encourage healthy blood pressure, help protect cholesterol levels, and get deep and restful sleep, etc.
Innate immunity refers to nonspecific defense mechanisms that come into play immediately or within hours of an antigen’s appearance in the body. These mechanisms include physical barriers such as skin, chemicals in the blood, and immune system cells that attack foreign cells in the body. The innate immune response is activated by chemical properties of the antigen. Courtesy of:
In a research study of about 78,000 men and women without any previous history of cancer or diabetes, a significant number of those who consumed high amounts of sugar over a 7 year timeframe developed pancreatic cancer. The study research stated, “The consumption of added sugar, soft drinks and sweetened fruit soups or stewed fruit was positively associated with the risk of pancreatic cancer.”
Studies show cancer cells rely on sugar to function. Thus, your cancer risk goes up when you consume sugar. The mitochondria of cancer cells thrive on sugar and don’t burn other fuel as effectively.
Foods such as: cinnamon, gymnema sylvestre, and turmeric are especially helpful as anti-diabetic agents. Thus, it may be prudent to add these foods to your diet often.
Our brain, gut, and hormones think we need to store more fat than we need. Obese people have an elevated “set-point weight”, otherwise known as hormonal dysregulation. This means that our body thinks we need more food, yet we have too much.
An overweight person can get a fecal implant from a thin person and become thin, by resetting their weight set-point.
Hormonally helpful foods can ease the body to reduce its set-point weight. A microbiome test can provide results to include a list of these foods.
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