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Immunity

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The immune system is responsible for fighting foreign invaders in the body, like pathogenic bacteria and viruses.  Poor nutrition results in increased infections, slow healing from injury and infections, and increases susceptibility to symptoms and complications from immune system dysfunction.

Studies shows that immune function often decreases with age, and recent research suggests this decrease is also related to nutrition and may be slowed or even stopped by maintaining healthy nutrition.

Stress too plays a big role in how our immune systems are functioning.  Because the effects of stress are cumulative, even ordinary, day-to-day activities can eventually lead to more serious health issues. So it’s important to be aware of the simple daily stress in our lives, and work on ways in which to manage it.

Gut Microbiome

Latest research illustrates that our innate immunity relies on a healthy gut microbiome, but what exactly does that mean?

The ‘gut microbiome’ is thought to be formed when we are in the womb and is made up of the trillions of microorganisms and their genetic material that live in your intestinal tract. These microorganisms, mainly comprising bacteria, are involved in functions critical to your health and wellbeing. These bacteria live in your digestive system and they play a key role in digesting food you eat, and they help with absorbing and synthesising nutrients too. They are involved in many other important processes that extend beyond your gut, including your metabolism, body weight, and immune regulation, as well as your brain functions and also your mood. There are many factors that influence the type and amount of bacteria we host and although most of us belong to a certain ‘enterotype’ – similar to having a certain blood type – each person has a unique bacterial footprint.

Gut microbiome

Sometimes, the gut microbiome becomes disrupted – this is called dysbiosis. This can be caused by lots of things, including stress, illness, being overweight, overuse of antibiotics, or eating a poor diet. If your gut barrier is weakened then small particles, like bacteria or small bits of food are able to escape into your bloodstream, where they are marked as intruders and trigger your immune system into action. This is known as ‘Leaky Gut’ and there is rapidly expanding evidence for this as a factor in disease. Continuous immune activation and the inflammation that goes with it puts us at risk for a range of diseases and can compromise both our physical and mental health.

7 common signs of poor gut health

  1. Upset stomach. Stomach disturbances like gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, and heartburn can all be signs of an unhealthy gut.
  2. A high-sugar diet.
  3. Unintentional weight changes.
  4. Sleep disturbances or constant fatigue.
  5. Skin irritation.
  6. Autoimmune conditions.
  7. Food intolerances.

Our experts at Cavendish Wellness know that it is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to improving the health of your gut but with diagnostic testing we can work with you to establish a bespoke nutrition, supplement and lifestyle plan to optimise your immunity via the gut microbiome.

Interested in finding out how you can benefit from Immunity at Cavendish Wellness?  Get in touch today.

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