Updated: Sep 11
Do you notice every time you get over one illness the next comes soon after?
Have you taken different medications and not really noticed any difference in your immune system?
What if I told you that 70% of your immune system is located within your gut and if you do not heal your gut you will be more susceptible to infections and autoimmune disorders?
Gut health is the number one priority when we are making changes with our health and nutrition is the key modulator of immune function. Having a healthy gut microbiome will help with maintaining immune system homeostasis.
When our gut microbiome becomes compromised and bad bacteria begins to thrive, our immune system takes a hit. Maintaining this proper balance of bacteria in the gut can prevent you from getting sick often, reduce frequency of allergies, and lessen your risk of developing any autoimmune disorders.
Cleaning up our diet is the first step to healing your gut. Listed below are a few simple ways that you can start making healthy changes.
Reduce inflammatory foods: gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, nuts. (These may vary from person to person. It is important to figure out what your triggers are.)
Eliminate processed grains/sugars in your diet.
Incorporate foods rich in antioxidants.
Switch out seed oils (canola, vegetable, sunflower, safflower, peanut, grapeseed) for healthy fat sources when cooking your meals (grass-fed butter, avocado oil, beef tallow, bacon grease, coconut oil).
The next step is to treat any infections that we may have going on in our gut. Working with a functional medicine practitioner, we can identify these issues and get to the root cause to achieve optimal gut health. This will involve assessing blood work and performing a comprehensive exam with muscle testing to figure out exactly what is going on in your body. Improving the immune system will happen when we clean up our gut.
Lastly, we can support your body with the right supplements to improve overall gut health and immune function that cannot be done through diet alone. No supplement regimen is the same for everyone, so it is important to figure out which supplements your body needs. This can be done utilizing Applied Kinesiology.