Digestive Health Immune Support

Immune System and The Gut

We ran a poll asking you whether or not you knew that your gut contains over 60% of your immune system. The results were both fascinating and eye-opening - over 70% said you didn't realise this!

What these results highlight is that the gut is one of the most under-appreciated organs in your body.

While most people think its sole purpose is to break down food, it also plays a vital role in absorbing nutrients as well as feeding the bacteria living in your gut (the gut microbiome).

There is a lot of interaction between the body’s immune system and bacteria in the gut. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have, over the last few years, analysed how the composition of the gut changes in different diseases, how the body’s immune system interacts with these tiny hitchhikers and particularly how that relationship may function in disease.

“The immune system is inside your body, and the bacteria are outside your body.” And yet they interact. For example, certain cells in the lining of the gut spend their lives excreting massive quantities of antibodies into the gut.

“That’s what we’re trying to understand—what are the types of antibodies being made, and how is the body trying to control the interaction between ourselves and bacteria on the outside?” says Peterson.

How you live reflects on how well or not the conditions for certain bacteria thrive, not only in your gut but throughout your entire body.

In summary, your gut health matters!

Credit source:  http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org