THE IMMUNE SERIES- The connection between gut & your immunity

All of the symptoms associated with allergies like eczema, asthma and hayfever are signs of internal inflammation: redness, swelling, and itching, for example and to get rid of allergies, you have to get rid of inflammation and hyper-reactivity in the body. The place to start like so many things is in your gut and caring for your gut is essential for a strong and healthy immune system!
The gut walls house the cells which make up your immune system, so any help you can give your gut will make a world of difference to your overall body and general health. You may have heard so many times that a huge proportion of our immune system is found in the gut so you can understand the important connection here.

Protocol to manage-

• Probiotics- These can be a huge help with the good bacteria contained in a quality probiotic I like symprove or reknew life. They can help to maintain a balance of good and bad gut bugs, preventing the overgrowth of bad bacteria. Research has shown the potential for probiotics to improve intestinal conditions like diarrhoea, IBS and ulcerative colitis, as probiotics can reinforce your protective intestinal barrier, making your immune system so much stronger! Digestive health goes hand in hand with gut health and a probiotic may improve digestion, as they can break down indigestible fibres that would otherwise maybe causing you gas or bloating.

• Pre biotic and pro biotic foods- Diet truly is medicine in some cases, be sure you’re eating a variety of foods for your gut microbiome and including lots of pre and probiotic foods to help find that balance by feeding the good and bug bugs. Fermented foods, such as kombucha, sauerkraut and kefir, are great for the gut and reduce inflammation. Food sources to include would be: kimchi, miso, tempeh, coconut yoghurt, garlic, onions, leeks, banana flour (Banana flour is an incredible source of resistant starch which is a prebiotic fibre. This prebiotic acts as a substrate for our good gut bacteria, great t use when baking as lots of grains and flours can cause irritant to the gut s it’s a brill alternative)

• Herbal teas- Peppermint, dandelion and fennel are all wonderful and soothing for the gut as well as boosting your immunity at the same time! Sip throughout the day and make a cup about 20 mins after your meal to help aid digestion.

• Chew well- I know it sounds so simple! But the first step in the digestion process is chewing our food properly. When we chew our food, our saliva coats the food and sends signals to the brain to prepare for the digestive process. Once the food enters the stomach, hydrochloric acid and enzymes work to break it down into small particles, which travel to the small intestine and allow the nutrients to be absorbed into your bloodstream.

• Eliminate stress- When released into the body in high amounts, the stress hormones (adrenalin and cortisol) can cause havoc and cause the digestive system to shut down, thereby bringing damage to the body. I recommend taking at least 20 minutes each day to rest without distractions such as your phone or emails. Try calming practices such as getting to bed early, stretching, walking and meditating.

• Eat well- I simply can’t emphasize this enough. Eat wholefoods, avoid processed packaged foods, refined sugars etc. and stick to lean, organic proteins; healthy fats, plenty of greens, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and pulses.