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Science Finds the Secret to Boosting Immunity... It's Easier Than You Think!

Does it seem like everyone you know is getting sick with the flu? Before you rush to get a vaccine, read about the one natural, easy change you can make in your diet to heal your gut and strengthen your immunity.

Your gut is responsible for 70 percent of your immunity.

How to improve immunity

Drinking InnergyBiotic during cold and flu season can help strengthen your immunity, and with stronger immunity, you are more protected against illness. A convenient probiotic beverage is the perfect health-enhancing performance drink when you don’t have time to ferment your own!

Do you know the secret to obtaining a strong, balanced immune system? Here’s a hint: It’s not found in antibacterial gels, flu vaccines, or other quick fixes. You may be surprised to learn that the key to feeling great and combating illness is found in the “core” of your body.

It’s time you start paying more attention to your gut!

Digestive health is directly linked to your immunity. Today, in our hectic, modern world, we face many challenges to maintaining the beneficial microflora that keep your gut functioning well and help to ward off illness, like the flu. Even devastating viral epidemics, like the Zika virus that swept the Western world in 2015 and 2016, have a tie-in with immunity.

The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne infection transmitted to humans, can be especially dangerous to pregnant women and unborn children, possibly resulting in a birth defect called microcephaly. For the rest of the sufferers, Zika can cause a mild infection with flu-like symptoms that are difficult to treat. And as we already know, viruses are likely to spread faster among those with lowered or compromised immunity. The Zika virus outbreak in French Polynesia had such a devastating effect on immune health that it led to a twenty-fold increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can result in paralysis.1

To better understand why our immunity hangs in the balance, it helps to look back to where it all began. Our diet and lifestyles have changed dramatically in the last century.

With the advent of “convenient” processed foods in the 1950s and later, and with the spread of globalization, our eating habits are nothing like they used to be:

  • Instead of getting our food from known sources, preparing meals, and sitting down to eat, we morphed into a culture of fast, on-the-go consumption and lost our connection with nutrition and our bodies.
  • With massive supermarkets, refined foods, and an increase of toxins, we forgot many of the habits that our ancestors practiced for creating strong physical and digestive health.
  • Today, we may live longer, but not necessarily better. In many ways, the quality of life has gone by the wayside. Many people put up with feeling “only OK” and suffer from sluggishness, weight gain, lack of energy, stomach pain, dull skin, and compromised health.

Strong Immunity Is Linked to Strong Digestive Health

Have you recently become more aware of how your digestive health affects your overall feeling of wellness? Well, the medical mainstream has finally caught on to what we at Body Ecology have been teaching for decades... Your gut is responsible for 70 percent of your immunity.2,3

So it’s not surprising that many commercial companies have been jumping on the probiotic bandwagon and advertising the immunity-boosting benefits of probiotic-rich fermented foods and drinks. But do you truly understand the relationship among probiotics, digestive health, and stronger immunity?

The chain of events is very simple, with countless studies to back it up: Good bacteria found in probiotic-rich foods support good gut health. Good gut health supports strong immunity. In 2013, researchers from Oregon State University came into a new understanding of the critical role gut bacteria play in immune health. Researchers concluded that immune dysfunction known to trigger a host of health problems, ranging from clinical depression to autoimmune disease, could stem from disrupted communication between the immune system and the human gut.4

It has taken researchers decades to solidify the importance of this relationship between the gut and the immune system.

Within only the past few years, scientists have confirmed that good gut bacteria are necessary to elicit an immune response against viral and bacterial germs.5 A body that lacks this robust community of beneficial bacteria, made up of billions of microbes needed to regulate the immune system, may be more vulnerable to disease — including serious autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.6

As Sidonia Fagarasan from Japan’s RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Science described in her 2014 study published in Immunity, the gut and the immune system have a symbiotic relationship. The health of one relies on the health of the other. “In order to reestablish a healthy state, we need to interfere not only with the bacteria, by providing probiotics or through fecal transplantation, but also with the immune system, by correcting the faults caused either by inherited deficiencies or by aging," she explained.7

How to Improve Immunity: Body Ecology's Top Tips

There are many natural ways to boost your immunity and protect your body from sickness.

Start simple with this one easy addition to your diet: probiotic-rich fermented foods and drinks! Consuming fermented foods and drinks, like raw cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids, is the singular best way to help improve your immunity.

Here’s why fermented foods and drinks are so good for you:

  • Living foods. The beneficial bacteria and yeast (probiotics) in probiotic liquids and real, raw cultured vegetables, like those made with our Culture Starter, are live and active. The probiotics in fermented foods and drinks increase the bioavailability of the nutrients in all the foods you eat by hundreds of times. Fermentation also pre-digests the nutrients for you.
  • More effective. Fermented foods and drinks are far better than supplements. Many mass-produced products (like yogurt) claim high numbers of CFUs (colony forming units) but don't always offer the types or combinations of probiotics that are ideally suited to human intestines.8
  • Nutrient-dense. Fermentation does not use heat. Your unpasteurized fermented foods and drinks retain their vital enzymes, nutrients, and amino acids that can otherwise be destroyed by heat in the pasteurization process of other probiotic foods, like yogurt.
  • Added benefits. Besides helping to heal your digestive tract and boost your immunity, thousands of people who consume fermented foods and drinks have reported added benefits like weight loss, increased energy, and beautiful, clear skin!

Here’s how to get started:

  • Use our easy cultured vegetable recipes and instructions to make your own raw cultured veggies at home. If you want to make young coconut kefir at home, here are some great tips to create this healing beverage.
  • If you want convenience, try probiotic liquids, like delicious InnergyBiotic or Passion Fruit Biotic. Just sip 2 ounces one or two times per day and notice the beneficial effects on your digestive health and energy.

Keep It Simple

Let’s face it, we are too hard on ourselves most of the time, aren’t we? How often do you find you are beating yourself up for not doing yet another thing on your “to do” list?

The best and most successful approach to a lifetime of health and vitality is to keep it simple. Consuming fermented foods and drinks is one of the easiest ways to help improve your digestive health and your immunity. Starting simply with a few tablespoons of cultured vegetables at mealtime or a 2-ounce sip of a probiotic liquid in the morning is all it takes to move in the right direction.

Then, give yourself a pat on the back and get on with your day!

What To Remember Most About This Article:

If you can’t afford to miss work or simply don’t feel like battling a cold for weeks at a time, this is information you will want to read. There is no shortcut to creating a robust, balanced immune system, found in the flu vaccine or an antibacterial gel. The “secret” to skipping sickness has little to do with taking the right medicine and everything to do with nurturing your gut health.

Keeping the gut healthy and strong, supported by beneficial bacteria, could help to prevent illness — even the flu.

Research has directly linked your digestive health with your immunity. That is to say, the more that you invest in your gut, the stronger your immune system will be. Your gut contains 70 percent of your body’s immune system. Strengthening your gut by consuming probiotic-rich foods and drinks, like young coconut kefir, cultured vegetables, or a probiotic liquid like Passion Fruit Biotic, is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.

  • Veggie Culture Starter

    Veggie Culture Starter

    Resist Infections, Enhance Digestion

    • Ideal for appetite and weight control
    • Ideal for pregnant women
    • Ideal for children with Autism and ADD
    • Can be enjoyed daily
    • Easy to make at home
  • Kefir Starter

    Kefir Starter

    Better Digestion, Boost Immunity

    Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.

    Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!

    Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!

    Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!

    • Digest fats, proteins and carbohydrates
    • Has anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties
    • Rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins
    • An absolute must after antibiotic use
  • InnergyBiotic 750mL

    InnergyBiotic 750mL

    A Delicious and Refreshing Source of Probiotics

    • Helps maintain a healthy balance of microflora in the digestive tract
    • Helps boost your energy
    • Helps maintain healthy digestion
  • Passion Fruit Biotic 750mL

    Passion Fruit Biotic 750mL

    Powerful Probiotic Liquid

    Just 2 to 3 ounces per day:

    • Includes prebiotics -- enzyme-producing yeasts to feed and support the friendly bacteria
    • Delivers the immense benefits of fermented foods in a tasty, simple 2-ounce shot
    • Plus, it's an Organic, Non-GMO, Dairy-Free probiotic made with all-natural ingredients and special strains of beneficial microbiota, which help promote healthy digestion*

REFERENCES:

  1. Euro Surveill. 2014 Mar 6;19(9). pii: 20720.
  2. Clin Exp Immunol. 2008 Sep;153 Suppl 1:3-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2249.2008.03713.x.
  3. Am J Physiol. 1999 Nov;277(5 Pt 1):G922-8.
  4. Oregon State University. "Gut microbes closely linked to proper immune function, other health issues." ScienceDaily.
  5. Stephanie C. Ganal, Stephanie L. Sanos, Carsten Kallfass, Karin Oberle, Caroline Johner, Carsten Kirschning, Stefan Lienenklaus, Siegfried Weiss, Peter Staeheli, Peter Aichele, Andreas Diefenbach. Priming of Natural Killer Cells by Nonmucosal Mononuclear Phagocytes Requires Instructive Signals from Commensal Microbiota. Immunity, 2012; DOI: 10.1016/j.immuni.2012.05.020.
  6. Andres Gomez, David Luckey, Carl J. Yeoman, Eric V. Marietta, Margret E. Berg Miller, Joseph A. Murray, Bryan A. White, Veena Taneja. Loss of Sex and Age Driven Differences in the Gut Microbiome Characterize Arthritis-Susceptible *0401 Mice but Not Arthritis-Resistant *0402 Mice. PLoS ONE, 2012; 7 (4): e36095 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036095.
  7. Shimpei Kawamoto, Mikako Maruya, Lucia M. Kato, Wataru Suda, Koji Atarashi, Yasuko Doi, Yumi Tsutsui, Hongyan Qin, Kenya Honda, Takaharu Okada, Masahira Hattori, Sidonia Fagarasan. Foxp3 T Cells Regulate Immunoglobulin A Selection and Facilitate Diversification of Bacterial Species Responsible for Immune Homeostasis. Immunity, 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.immuni.2014.05.016.
  8. Ranadheera, R.d.c.s., S.k. Baines, and M.c. Adams. "Importance of Food in Probiotic Efficacy." Food Research International 1 (2010): 1-7.

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