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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.
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:
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
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:
Here’s how to get started:
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!
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.
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!
Just 2 to 3 ounces per day:
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